The ARNBC Board presented Verna with an ARNBC Honorary Life Membership at a small ceremony at her home on April 27th 2013.
The award of $5,000 will provide financial assistance to a nursing student in a Doctoral Program in Nursing or Nursing related studies. The application form can be found on the Resources Page and then click on “Student Resources” of this BC History of Nursing website.
The deadline for submission of the application is November 15, 2013.
The BCHNS is proud to announce our latest recipient of an Honourary Membership Award to Beth Fitzpatrick at our recent AGM, April 11, 2013
Please visit Online Exhibits and drop down to Honourary Members and click onto her name for the full write up.
Until about a year ago, Beverly regularly attended our meetings & events, despite her many health challenges. In April 1998 Beverly was given Honourary Membership Status in the BCHNS for her outstanding & continuous support of the BCHNS. Beverly’s children honoured her career on her 80th Birthday by sponsoring a portrait doll in the RNABC Memorial Doll Collection, which can be viewed at the CRNBC Library and on this website.
We honour & recognize all Beverly’s accomplishments, we will all miss her and her unfailing desire to contribute ideas.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family.
A service will be held at St.Faith’s Anglican Church Vancouver, Saturday Dec 1,2012 at 10:30 a.m. Donations can be made to the Church or to the UBC School of Nursing Scholarship Fund.
A graduate of the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing, she served overseas during World War II. She obtained her baccalaureate in nursing from McGill and master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia, and returned to administration and teaching at VGH before heading a national study to evaluate schools of nursing.
During her long nursing career she served as Executive Director of the CNA from 1963-1981. Internationally and nationally renowned she was frequently consulted on policies for nursing and nursing education. She received many outstanding national and international awards, including Canada’s highest honor, Companion of the Order of Canada.
She had a special place in her heart for history of nursing and, as a nurse from this province, has supported the BC History of Nursing Society since its inception. She was awarded honourary membership in the Society in 2000.
Her funeral will be held in Ottawa on November 16th. In lieu of flowers her family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Canadian Nurses Foundation. Please watch for further notices about a gathering in Vancouver to honor Dr. Mussallem, probably in January around the time of her birthday.
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