The UBC School of Nursing has an international reputation for research and scholarship and a vision characterized by social relevance and excellence. Faculty, students and clinical partners are award-winning leaders within nursing, health care and the academy, are active in numerous international initiatives and are creating links between British Columbia and the larger global context of health and health care.
Education in Asia-Pacific Region
- The School of Nursing has renewed its partnership with the Canada India Education Society (CIES) to support the development of nursing education in the Indian state of Punjab. The CIES and the School of Nursing began their partnership in 1998, with the goal of supporting the nursing education program at Guru Nanak College of Nursing in Punjab. Through visits, exchanges, and advocacy for nursing, the partnership has increased the profile and status of nursing as a profession – and through doing so has improved the health of citizens in more than 60 nearby villages, and helped many women and poorer families improve their lives through employment in a growing and necessary field. As Director of the UBC-BFUHS Nursing Partnership Project, Associate Professor Susan Dahinten has been pivotal in supporting this partnership. www.nursing.ubc.ca/News/NewsItem.aspx?id=185
- Associate Professor Maura MacPhee has been working with Nethersole School of Nursing of Chinese University, Hong Kong, to develop a collaborative Nethersole-UBC Nursing Leadership Institute. She also teaches a leadership intensive for Nethersole’s masters and doctoral students, co-evaluates their case scenarios with a Nethersole faculty, and supports their MN/DN accreditation. She is also collaborating on a joint nursing-leadership institute for the nurse practice leaders of Hong Kong and lower mainland China. She also conducted leadership workshops for the Taiwanese Nurses Association and practice-based nurse leaders from around Taipei, Taiwan.
Research Collaborations in Asia
- Professor Sally Thorne collaborates on several international projects including: Guru Nanak Partnership Project in Dhahan-Kaleran, Punjab, India and the Baba Farid Project (Amritsar); publishes on the topic of Breast Cancer Survivorship with a past visiting graduate student (Eileen Chan) from Chinese University of Hong Kong; edits the journal Nursing Inquiry, published by Wiley Blackwell in Singapore and the Philippine; collaborates on palliative care research with a former post-doctoral fellow (Yoko Katayama) who is now a faculty member at Kagawa University in Japan; mentors former doctoral student (Wil-Lie Chen) who is on faculty at China Medical College in Taichung, Taiwan; has a manuscript in progress on models of hope in cancer care with former Visiting Scholar (Dal Sook Kim) on faculty in Chungnam University in South Korea; and liaises with Diana Lee, Director of the Nethersole School of Nursing at Chinese University of Hong Kong on various strategic educational partnership ideas.
- Professor Pam Ratner, Director of the Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion Research Center at the Chiayi, Taiwan campus, collaborates and co-authors work with Professor Su-Er Guo of Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, in Taiwan. She is also the external examiner for the Graduate School, Master of Nursing Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2010-2014).
- Doctoral trainee, Christina Han, studies Culture and Suicide: Perspectives of first-generation Korean-Canadian immigrants, with supervisor Associate Professor John Oliffe. Her doctoral work is extending this research to involve different populations in Korea in the coming years to further understand how culture and suicide connect.