Nursing Sister Jessie Middleton passes away.

Jessie Middleton (nee Lee) passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019 at the age of 102. The youngest of 12 children, she was born and raised on the family farm in Murrayville BC.  She entered the nursing program at the Royal Columbian Hospital and graduated in September of 1939 just one day after Canada declared war on Germany. Eager to serve her country, Jessie joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1942 and nursed injured soldiers both in Canada and England. She considered this work as “the greatest privilege for me”.

A service in celebration and remembrance of Jessie’s life will be held at 2 pm on Friday June 7th at Trinity Memorial United Church in Abbotsford.

To read Jessie’s full obituary and find out more about her remarkable life as a Canadian nursing sister, here are some links:


UBC GALA a smashing success

The UBC Centenary Gala, May 2 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was a smashing success!!  In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the School of Nursing, 100 nurses were featured, who have over the years have made nursing proud. Dr Elizabeth Saewyc, Director of the School of Nursing gave the delightful award presentations and closing remarks.  BCHNS members were well represented in this evening event and several received awards.

The Vancouver Fairmont provided a beautiful setting in the BC Ballroom and served a top notch dinner for this grand occasion.  To see the list of awardees go to  For more photos please click on this link




Date: 01 Jun 2019 — 07 Jun 2019

Presented by: Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences | UBC

Room: Various UBC Point Grey sites

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 88th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

The joint conference of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine will be part of the congress, from June 1st – 3rd.

A special program to commemorate 100 years of university nursing education in Canada and the UBC School of Nursing’s Centenary and is included on June 3.

For information on the joint CSHM – CAHN conference, visit the website of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing:

Or the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, annual conference:

For the preliminary program:

For information on conference registration and accommodation: [register with the CSHM, Society #70, at the Congress]

Visit for more details.

Heather Heritage Society AGM


Sunday, April 7th 2019, Hycroft Manor, 1489 MacRae Avenue, Vancouver

Heather Heritage Society AGM: 2pm  Refreshments and Public Lecture: 2:30

Come and hear about the history of Vancouver General Hospital’s “hidden gem”. Obscured by later additions, many have forgotten that the once magnificent Heather Pavilion is even there.  Donald Luxton, Heritage Consultant, Historian and Author of Vancouver General Hospital, 100 Years of Care and Service will tell the story of one of Vancouver’s first major institutions and architectural landmarks.

Parking is available on McRae Avenue and The Crescent.  Disabled parking is available on site

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Scholarship Opportunities

Two Scholarships available to Students through CAHN/ACHN

    1. The Vera Roberts Endowment, which funds research and publication on the history of outpost nursing in Canada with priority to the Canadian circumpolar regions (north of 60 degrees parallel).

    Here is a link to it:

    1. The Dr. Margaret Allemang Scholarship in Nursing History, which seeks to promote the study of Canadian nursing history among students.

    Here is the link to that application/information:

    A New Grant:

    New Bjoring Center Grant for Historical Research on Nurse Practitioners
    The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (ECBCNHI) is announcing the Advance Practice History Research Scholar Award. The goal of this research award is to disseminate scholarship regarding advance practice nursing to an international audience. By strengthening relationships and collaborations to increase access to historical scholarship, the ECBCNHI hopes to advance historical scholarship to practitioners.  A donor has made a gift of $5,000. This will be a one-time award with the potential for continuation. The due date is June 1, 2019 with the intention of the recipient using the award the following academic year.

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Call for Submissions

QANE : Quality Advancement in Nursing Education Inviting Articles to be submitted.

This special issue seeks contributions on the history of nursing education, on pedagogy and curriculum that focus on the history of nursing and healthcare, and on the history of accreditation of nursing schools. We welcome submissions related to the history of nursing education that examine a wide range of curricula foci, such as mental health, public health, advanced practice, and home care, or the historical analysis of all aspects of professional education, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education, as well as leadership in nursing education. We also encourage submissions on the history of nursing education and pedagogy from a global perspective and invite papers from all regions and jurisdictions.

Submission Deadline : April 30, 2020

Publication : September 2020

Celebrating 100 years at the UBC School of Nursing

Under the gorgeous sunny sky the long awaited event of the Ethel Johns’ plaque being unveiled in the garden adjacent to the UBC hospital brought to an end the long 12 years  process of her being recognized as a Person of Interest by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Ethel Johns was the first Director of the UBC School of Nursing and so fitting that the unveiling would be the first event of the UBC School of Nursing’s events celebrating it’s 100 years.   Elizabeth Saewyc, the present Director of Nursing performed the unveiling of the plaque.  For more information you can scroll down to page 11 of this blog to read more, as well, there will be more photos & information in the upcoming newsletter.