Nursing Network Cafe: April 9th 6:45-8:30 PM

Trinity Western University School of Nursing is hosting a networking café for nurses to get together in a collegial environment to discuss topics of interest.

Photo Credit: TWU poster

The April speaker is Susan Martens Kehler who has an inspiring history to share about her years at the Mennonite Christian Hospital Nursing School Taiwan (1957-1980). Dr. Sonya Grypma will offer a commentary on the relevance of nursing history to the nursing profession of today.

For further information, directions and parking information RSVP to [email protected], by April 3, 2015 or call 604-888-7511, local 3239.


Sponsored by the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry

  • Place: UBC School of Nursing T182
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
  • January 29th 2015 Dr. Sally Mennill, Douglas College faculty, will present a talk entitled “Reducing Risk: Caesarean Section at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, 1950-1970”
  • March 11th 2015 Dr. Lesley McBain, the Consortium’s 2015 Visiting Associate Professor from First Nations University of Canada, will present a talk entitled “Place and Nursing in Remote Northern Communities”.

For more information on both these presentations visit

UBC School of Nursing Awards to BCHNS Members

Beth Fitzpatrick and Irene Goldstone, both BCHNS members received prestigious awards from UBC School of Nursing Thurs eve. May 8th.

Beth the  “Award of Recognition.” for the UBC 2014 School of Nursing alumni division, Congratulations Beth!

Irene Goldstone BCHNS May 2014Irene Goldstone the “The UBC Nursing Partnership Award”  which is awarded at the discretion of the Director of the School to non-alumni who have made significant contributions to nursing and to the School.   Congratulations Irene!

The Inmates are running the Asylum: Stories from the early days of the Vancouver Mental Patient’s Association

Interested students, faculty and the wider UBC School of Nursing community are invited to attend the showing of a documentary film about the early days of the Vancouver Mental Patient’s Association (MPA). The presentation will take place on Monday, February 24th, 1-2:30 in the UBC School of Nursing, UBC Hospital in room T182.

The documentary is about the early days of the MPA, a group that was formed in 1971 by former mental patients, activist health care workers and allies. Members of the founding group were instrumental in making the film which will be introduced by the executive producer and visiting Professor Dr. Megan Davies from York University.  A panel discussion follows the film and includes founding member Jackie Hooper who will answer questions. 

Successful Consortium held at UBC

Laurie Meijer Drees & Sonya GrypmaThe first Consortium for Historical Inquiry in Nursing and Health Care, organized by Dr.Geertje Boschma, with generous support from patron & Associate Professor Emerita Helen Shore, proved a very successful event Thurs. Nov 21,2013.

Dr.Sonya Grypma presented on her new book “China Interrupted – Japanese internment and the reshaping of a Canadian missionary community”, and Laurie Meijer Drees presented on her new book “Healing histories: Stories from Canada’s Indian hospitals”  Geertje opened the event with “Historical nursing knowledge: why we need it”.

PhD Student Poster Award Winners: 

  • Catherine Haney: “Considering Oral History: Methodological questions & reflections”
  • Helen Vandenberg: “From Methodist Mission to Modern Hospital: The History of Steveston’s Japanese Hospital:1895-1942”
  • Jennifer Stephens: “Transforming Maggie May to Miss Pu: Neoculturalism Through Missionary Nursing in North China, 1924-1943”