Mission, Vision, and Values
The UBC School of Nursing provides leadership and innovation in integrated nursing education, research, knowledge exchange, and practice to advance individual, family, community, and population health.
Excellence in leading edge nursing education, research, and practice in an exceptional learning environment.
The UBC School of Nursing is committed to:
- Justice and equity
Making communities healthier, safer, and stronger
Our students and graduates work and learn in a variety of settings and on indigenous lands all over the world, but it all begins here at the School, located on the Point Grey campus in Vancouver. We gratefully acknowledge that our students, faculty, and staff gather on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the Coast Salish people, particularly the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. In our work and in our curriculum, the School of Nursing at UBC is committed to enacting the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to upholding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The School aims to increase the number of Indigenous health care providers in Canada and works to improve indigenous health and cultural safety and humility for all nurses. A number of our faculty focus on indigenous health, working in partnership to address the concerns of Indigenous peoples, to confront inequities in the health care system, and to advocate for changes that will benefit all Canadians.
Founded in 1919, the UBC School of Nursing was one of the first programs established at the University of British Columbia.
The School’s founding director was Ethel Johns, an internationally recognized educator, public health researcher, writer and advocate for social justice. Her insistence on a baccalaureate-level nursing program lead to the establishment of the first university degree program for nurses in the Commonwealth. Four nurses graduated in the School’s first baccalaureate class.
Today, 120 men and women annually enter the undergraduate program, and in 2019 the School of Nursing will mark our 100th anniversary, recognizing a century of preparing nurses for careers in professional practice, education and research which make our communities healthier and safer, and stronger.
To recognize her invaluable role in promoting equality and advancing public health, the Government of Canada officially recognized Ethel Johns as a Person of National Historical Significance.
Looking for more historical information?
To learn more about the history of the UBC School of Nursing, contact the archivist to arrange a viewing of nursing artifacts donated through the years. To learn more about the BC History of Nursing Society, email them or visit their website.
Legacy: 100 years of nursing education in BC
The School of Nursing also has copies – available by donation – of the book, Legacy, which documents nursing education in British Columbia over the last 100 years. Both authors of this book are graduates of UBC's School of Nursing. Glennis Zilm went on to a career as a writer, editor and journalist. Ethel Warbinek became a faculty member and has had a long association with the School. Both are active members of provincial and national history of nursing associations.
Contact the Director's Assistant to get your copy.