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 presentation 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 https://nursing-alumni.sites.olt.ubc.ca/100awardees/ For more photos, tweets and information please click on this link to the UBC website: https://nursing.ubc.ca/

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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: https://cahn-achn.ca/

Or the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, annual conference: https://cshm-schm.ca/

For the preliminary program: https://cahn-achn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/70-cshm-schm-2019-04-07-DRAFT2.pdf

For information on conference registration and accommodation: https://www.congress2019.ca/register [register with the CSHM, Society #70, at the Congress]

Visit www.congress2019.ca 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: https://cahn-achn.ca/vera-roberts-endowment-le-fonds-vera-roberts/

    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.


NEW WEBSITE for the Victoria General Hospital in HALIFAX Nova Scotia

Former BCHNS member Gloria Stephens, who now resides in Nova Scotia, announced the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni’s brand- new website: www.halifaxvghnursesalumni.ca.

Of interest is an impressive richly illustrated account of the history of the Victoria General Hospital and the role of nursing within its walls over the years. The story of the Halifax Explosion (1917) is also found on the website.

The school of nursing graduated approximately 5000 nurses from 1892-1995 when the school closed.

The VGH School of Nursing Archives is dedicated to the preservation of the history of nursing. Their mandate is “to acquire and preserve memorabilia pertaining to the Victoria General Hospital, the School of Nursing and its graduates”.

The Alumni remains vibrant with plans to celebrate 100 years in 20/20 with a three- day event.

The Forgotten Flu


In 1918 the Spanish Flu swept around the globe and Nanaimo was not immune. Local business, industries and schools closed and an emergency hospital opened. To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu Epidemic, Vancouver Island University history students, supervised by Katharine Rollwagen, have developed an exhibit in the Community Gallery in the Nanaimo Museum.that looks at how the Spanish Flu affected Nanaimo. The exhibit closes on February 15th.

(From the BCHF Buzz, January 2019)