Niskala, Dr. Helen (1926-2018)

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Helen Niskala graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from Toronto Western Hospital in 1951, where she worked from 1952 to 1957.  She spent the 1957-58 year at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London, England, as a post-graduate student.  From 1958-1963 she was an Auxiliary Medical Nurse for the Royal Canadian Air Force while working at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

Graduation from McGill University with a BN in 1964 was followed by moving to UBC School of Nursing as a clinical instructor from 1964 to 1968.  She received her MS from The University of California in San Francisco in 1969, and her Doctorate in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia in 1976.  The title of her doctoral thesis was “Learning Needs of Persons on Home Hemodialysis”.

She was employed by the School of Nursing at the University of Alberta from 1972-1975, and served as Director of Education Services in Coquitlam for the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of BC.  She recommenced employment at UBC in 1982, and became an Associate Professor where her special research interests have included treatment of adults and the elderly with long term health problems, particularly in community settings.  Her teaching responsibilities included Advanced Nursing Care, Guided Study in Nursing, Clinical Specialization I and II, Teaching in Clinical Nursing, and Nursing and the Delivery of Health Care.  She also worked as a consultant on numerous projects, was active in research and publication and was Vice-President RNABC 1989-1990.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Brief biographical entries from The Canadian Nurse, December 1972 and April 1978.