Dr. Verna (Huffman) Splane
Honourary Membership received April 19, 1997
Dr. Verna (Huffman) Splane is an internationally recognized health educator and nurse historian. From 1973-1981 she was the first woman Principal Nursing Officer in the Canadian Department of National Health and Welfare, holding the highest office of any nurse in the country. In partnership with her husband, Richard Splane, she played a key role in a 50-country study of the role of the senior nursing position in national ministries of health. The book “Chief Nursing Officer Positions in National Ministries of Health: Focal Points for Nursing Leadership”, is a landmark study which generated international interest.
Dr. Splane is a long time member and supporter of the BC History of Nursing Society. She values the connection to the Society through the newsletter. Her many awards include the Jeanne Mance Award(1982) and the Order of Canada (1996).
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