Drs. Victoria Bungay and Helen Brown conferred with 2018 NNPBC Nursing Awards of Excellence

09 Jan 2019

Two UBC Faculty are among the 2018 recipients of the prestigious Nursing Awards of Excellence selected by Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC), the professional body representing all nursing professions in British Columbia. Dr. Victoria Bungay was awarded with an Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research Award, and Dr. Helen Brown received an Excellence in Nursing Education Award, in the course of a ceremony that recognized their contributions to the transformation of the Canadian health care system and their impact on the daily lives of British Columbians.

An Associate Professor and Associate Director (Strategic Initiatives) at the School of Nursing, Dr. Vicky Bungay holds a prestigious Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Gender, Equity and Community Engagement (2015-2020). This chair is the first and only CRC within UBC School of Nursing. Her work focuses on addressing inequities that negatively affect people’s health and wellbeing including the devastating effects of stigma, discrimination and violence. She considers how research partnerships can positively impact communities that are regularly excluded in health and social policy planning. Her commitment to foregrounding community priorities in programming that affects people’s lives in a meaningful way is a model of how community-based interventions support “real world” evidence. Her current research and partnerships are tackling such issues as research ethics in practice, equity-oriented care, gender–based violence, and evidence-informed recommendations to promote and protect the health, safety and human rights of people engaged in the adult commercial sex industry. She partners with researchers from diverse disciplines, and with a wide range of community partners bringing the significant contributions of nursing and nursing research to multiple knowledge development and mobilization efforts. This Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research Award recognizes her leadership in equity-oriented care, with particular expertise in research ethics, harm reduction in clinical practice, and in relation to the wellbeing of people doing commercial sex work.

An Associate Professor at the School, Dr. Helen Brown’s program of research brings critical perspectives to studies aimed at improving health and social equity for rural and remote Indigenous communities. Using community-based and participatory methods she has worked with First Nations communities across Western Canada on projects that align with community priorities around health, wellness, cultural continuity and language revitalization. She is highly valued by both students and faculty colleagues and her thinking about educational matters is deep, analytical, thoughtful, respectful and beautifully articulated. She has in-depth knowledge of the subject matter of nursing, with an emphasis on relational practice, maternal-child care, neonatal nursing, cultural safety, and the well-being of Indigenous populations. She has been particularly skilled at developing enjoyable but challenging courses, and has tried to make classes on topics such as discrimination and stigma comfortable for students. A recent and shining example is in Helen’s work to develop a course on Indigenous People’s Health, which was offered for the first time in the fall of 2018. This has been a pivotal course, aligned with UBC’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action that has required careful thought, planning and extensive partnership building. This Excellence in Nursing Education Award distinguishes her outstanding efforts at fostering an inclusive learning environment for students and at approaching emotionally difficult topics by using humor as well as a straightforward, well researched analysis.

Among the other award recipients, the School is proud to recognize some of its Alumni, including:

  • Excellence in Nursing Education: Silvia Nobrega, RN, BScN, BA, MSN (2016)
  • Excellence in Nursing Practice Award : Jacqueline Lum, MN-NP(F) (2011)
  • Innovation in Nursing Award : Jenifer Tabamo, RN, BSN, MSN (2015)
  • Rising Star Award : Jessica Kwanxwalaogwa Key, RN (2017)

Read more about the awards on the NNPBC website