2021 NNPBC Awards of Excellence

17 Jan 2022

Congratulations to the three faculty members who received 2021 Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC Awards of Excellence in December, 2021. (Below, from the program - December 16, 2021.)

Dr. Elisabeth Bailey

Elisabeth Bailey,


Elisabeth Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at the University of British Columbia School (UBC) School of Nursing. In the United States, Elisabeth practiced as a Board-Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of clinical experience and a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to her nursing background, she is also a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) in British Columbia. In addition to her work in mental health, Elisabeth has practiced pediatric nursing in acute, primary care, and long-term rehabilitative settings.

Elisabeth’s teaching is grounded in a few core beliefs. She believes that excellent teaching and learning happen when teachers and students feel part of a connected community and are mutually invested in knowledge exchange. Being connected to their teachers and to one another sets the stage for students to dig deeper, take intellectual risks, and support one another’s learning. Genuinely inviting questions and student contributions during class and creating opportunities for peer-to-peer connections through small group work and large group reflective assignments are a few ways she builds rapport and connection in her classes. Because Elisabeth believes deep learning and a spirit of inquiry are enhanced by open, authentic communication, she strives to bring her whole self into the classroom. She communicates enthusiasm for nursing by sharing clinical experiences, role modeling curiosity, and bringing a sense of humour whenever possible.

Elisabeth also believes that active learning strategies support higher-level engagement with course content and meaningful application of theoretical knowledge into clinical contexts. She uses numerous active learning strategies, in particular case-based learning, interactive polling/questions, mind mapping, and role playing in her teaching. Elisabeth is keenly interested in using contemplative practices such as meditation to support compassionate nursing practice and education and is regarded as a skilled and dynamic educator by those who have worked with her.

Sincere thanks to my UBC Nursing colleagues for their support, patience, and sense of humor as we’ve managed to teach and learn during these challenging times. Thank you to Ranjit Dhari for organizing my nomination for this award - I am humbled, honored, and deeply grateful for your kindness and guidance. I am so lucky to learn from our students whose curiosity, passion, and commitment inspire me and give me hope for a more compassionate and equitable future. And thank you to my wonderful family and friends, especially Rose, James, and Grahame – I love you and appreciate your steadfast support!

Dr. Fuchsia Howard

A. Fuchsia Howard,


Fuchsia Howard has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years and is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing. Her research examines the health service needs of high-risk survivors of acute life-threatening illness, specifically critical illness, and cancer. Fuchsia promotes socially responsive scholarship, generating evidence of survivor perspectives and priorities which are vital for enhancing the accessibility and quality of health services. She leads clinically integrated, multidisciplinary, and patient-oriented research which involves partnership with health care providers, administrators, and patients to conduct qualitative and mixed-methods analysis. Her research program includes an integrative knowledge translation thread with patients and incorporates an innovative and engaging way of creating and sharing information to empower patients through electronic health, or e-Health, interventions.

The overarching aim of Fuchsia’s research is to generate a patient and family foundation of evidence of their health and disability challenges to serve as a foundation for designing and evaluating patient-centred health care which addresses the complications of critical illness survivorship as well as the long-term burden of illness. To date, Fuchsia has published over 58 peer-reviewed publications and has secured over $3.1 million in competitive research funding as a nominated principal investigator and co-investigator. In 2020, she was selected as a five-year Michael Smith Foundation of Health Research Scholar Award recipient for her work on “Critical Illness Survivorship: Evidence to Design Patient-Centred Interventions.”

Fuchsia’s work has consistently demonstrated a commitment to improving health services through research that engages with patients to understand their experiences, perspectives, and needs. Indeed, all of her recent projects have involved patient-partners and she is highly regarded for her ability to generate patient-perspective evidence to inform health service and knowledge translation efforts. The depth of her research has established her as a respected leader and expert in patient-oriented research in BC, Canada and internationally.

Thank you to the NNPBC for this award. I am honoured to join the distinguished ranks of fellow and the past honorees. Special thanks to my inspiring mentors, colleagues, and trainees with whom I have had the privilege to work. Individual thanks to:
  • The UBC School of Nursing and Dr. Emily Jenkins, Dr. Paul Yong and Sarah Crowe, for the generous nomination,
  • My daughters, Cielle and Juniper, for their brilliance, love and laughter,
  • And my husband Greg for his constant companionship, spirited academic conversations and life adventures.

Dr. Naz Havaei

Farinaz (Naz) Havaei,


Farinaz (Naz) Havaei has been an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing since 2018. She has a passion for research, especially research methods and design, and teaches research methods at different program levels as well as mentors Master and PhD students.

Naz is well respected as a health systems researcher who conducts mixed methods studies of significant relevance to the nursing profession and our public health care system. She has been studying nurses’ psychological health and well-being as well as violence against nurses in the workplace and has given numerous TV and radio interviews while also sharing her research widely through international and national conferences and peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals, such as the International Journal of Nursing Studies. Naz holds highly competitive grants from the national funding body, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and most recently, she received a five-year New Research Scholar Award through the Michael Smith Health Research Foundation.

A key aspect of Naz’s research is her ability to work effectively across health care sectors and to collaborate with diverse stakeholders. She is well-known for her work in patient-oriented research and integrated knowledge translation. One of her recent grants on patient engagement is investigating the perspectives of residents and families in long-term care settings during COVID-19. In doing this work, she is giving voice to one of our most vulnerable populations. Naz’s research is rigorous, thoughtful, inclusive, and applicable to complex real-world issues.

I am extremely honored to be the recipient of such an important award. I am well aware that it is not just my sole effort that has brought me here. While I am unable to acknowledge everyone who has supported me in my journey, I’d like to make special mention of my mentor, Professor Maura MacPhee who saw the passion in me when I could not see it myself and always pushed me out of my comfort zone, and for that I am extremely grateful. I am also super grateful to my husband and partner in crime, Amir and my mom and dad for their unconditional love and support in every step of the way.