Nursing in Northern BC: An Afternoon of Innovation

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
UNBC Bentley Centre
Prince George

As part of UNBC's 25th Anniversary, the School of Nursing celebrated 20 years of achievements in nursing research, education and practice innovation during a free afternoon event.

Event Schedule

1:00pm - Dr. Martha MacLeod – Welcome and Introduction

1:15pm - Dr. Lela Zimmer – Nursing: An Evolving Profession

Nursing practice in 2015 is very different from how it was twenty-five, fifty or one hundred years ago. Yet, despite changing times and varied understandings of nursing as a profession, vocation, discipline, art and science, there seem to be constant attributes that give nursing meaning and definition. What have we brought with us from the past? What are our current concerns? And how might nurses move the profession forward for the future?

2:00pm - Coffee Chat with an Expert & Poster Sessions

Theme: Nursing in Times of Transition: Innovation & Inspiration

Meet our experts:

  • Ginny Burns – Telehealth and Nursing in First Nations Communities
  • Megan Hunter – Global Health and Nursing
  • Helen Bourque – Nurse Practitioners: New and Evolving Roles
  • Dr. Davina Banner – Cardiac Care in Northern BC
  • Elizabeth Mooring/Angela Simmonds – Community Nursing: Adults with Special Needs

3:30pm - Dr. Martha MacLeod – Afternoon Windup: Nursing Innovation: A Look to the Future

Lela Zimmer, RN PhD

Lela has a General Nursing Diploma and an Obstetrical Nursing Specialty Certificate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, a post-diploma BScN Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta. Her primary area of clinical expertise is perinatal nursing, although she has also worked in medicine, general and gynecological surgery, and as an AIDS educator. Lela’s research and scholarship interests include: women’s health, rural and perinatal nursing practice, nursing education, philosophy, and qualitative research methods. She is currently an Associate Professor teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the UNBC School of Nursing.

Contact Information

Cheryl Chorney

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