Colleen Varcoe, PhD, RN

Professor

UBC School of Nursing
T201 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 2B5

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Ford-Gilboe, M., Wathen, C.N. , Varcoe, C.,  MacMillan, H.L., Scott-Story, K. Mantler, T., Perrin, N. (in press). Development of a Brief Measure of Intimate Partner Violence Experiences: The Composite Abuse Scale (Revised). Short Form (CASR-SF). BMJ Open.

Browne, A.J., Varcoe, C., Lavoie, J., Smye, V.L., Wong, S., Krause, M., Fridkin, A. (in press).  Enhancing health care equity with Indigenous populations: Evidence based strategies from an ethnographic study. BMC Health Care Services Research. Accepted August 2, 2016.

McKenzie, H., Varcoe, C., Browne, A.J., Day, L. (in press). Disrupting the continuities among residential schools, the ‘sixties scoop’, and child welfare: An analysis of colonial and neocolonial discourses , policies and practices for change. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 7(2). Accepted March 3, 2015.

McKenzie, H., Varcoe, C. Browne, A.J. Ford Cilboe (in press). Context Matters: Promoting Inclusion in an inner city context. In Klodawsky, F. (Ed.). Seeking Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Municipalities.

Ford-Gilboe, M., MacMillan, H., Perrin, N., Scott-Storey, K., Varcoe, C. & Wathen, N.  (2016). Development of a Short Version Composite Abuse Scale for National Surveys. Report submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada, March 23, 2016 (authors listed alphabetically).

Ponic, P.,  Varcoe, C. & Smutylo, T. (2016). Trauma-(and Violence) Informed Approaches to Supporting Victims of Violence: Policy and Practice Considerations. Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Journal.

Pauly, B. & Varcoe, C. (2015). Vulnerable Populations and Nursing: Vulnerability as a Health Equity Concern. In D. Gregory, C. Raymond-Seniuk, & L. Patrick, L. Fundamentals: Perspectives on the Art and Science of Canadian Nursing (pp 216-231). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Varcoe, C & Doane, G. (2015). The significance of context: Relational inquiry and family nursing in Canada. In J. Rowe, V. Gedaly-Duff, D. P. Coehlo & S. M. H. Hanson (Eds.), Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice, & Research. 5th Edition (pp). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Varcoe, C. & Browne, A. (2015). Culture and cultural safety: Beyond cultural inventories. In D. Gregory, C. Raymond-Seniuk, & L. Patrick, L. Fundamentals: Perspectives on the Art and Science of Canadian Nursing (pp. 1027-1045).  Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Hartrick Doane, G. & Varcoe, C. (2015). How to Nurse? Relational Inquiry with Individuals and Families in Changing Health and Healthcare Contexts. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Bonnie, K., Campbell, J. McWilliams, C., Kompleien, K., Bungay, V. & Varcoe, C. (2015). Improving dual diagnosis and revolving door care in acute psychiatric settings, Report submitted to the Providence Health Care Research Challenge.

Varcoe, C. (2014). Interpersonal violence assessment. In C. Jarvis, A. J. Browne, J. MacDonald-Jenkins & M. Luctkar-Flude (Eds.), Physical Examination and Health Assessment: Second Canadian Edition (pp. 120-137). Toronto: Elsevier.

Browne, A.J., & Varcoe, C. (2014). Cultural and social considerations in health assessment. In A. J. Browne, J. MacDonald-Jenkins & M. Luctkar-Flude (Eds.), Physical Examination and Health Assessment by C. Jarvis Second Canadian Edition (pp. 27-44). Toronto: Elsevier.

Varcoe, C., Browne, A.J. & Michaelson, L. (2014). Substance use in the context of health assessment. In A. J. Browne, J. MacDonald-Jenkins & M. Luctkar-Flude (Eds.), Physical Examination and Health Assessment by C. Jarvis. Second Canadian Edition (pp. 107-119). Toronto: Elsevier.

Caaj, C., Berman, H. Varcoe, C., Ray, S.L., & Restoule, J-P. (2014) Strengths Admist Vulnerbilities: the Paradox of Resistance in a Mining-affected Community in Guatemala. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35

Varcoe, C. & Einboden, R. (2014). Ethics of Practice: Interpersonal and Structural Violence. Report submitted to the Canadian Nurses Association.

Varcoe, C. & Browne, A. (2013). Promising Theoretical Contributions to the Measurement of Racial Discrimination: Critical Literature Review. Public Health Agency of Canada.

Varcoe, C. & Browne, A. (2013). Promising Theoretical Contributions to the Measurement of Racial Discrimination: Critical Literature Review. Public Health Agency of Canada. https://equiphealthcare.ca/2013/10/04/promising-theoretical-contribution...

Rodney, P., & Varcoe, C. (2012). Constrained agency: The social structure of nurses’ work. In F. Baylis, J. Downie, B. Hoffmaster, & S. Sherwin (Eds.) Health care ethics in Canada (3rd ed.; pp. 97-114). Toronto ON: Nelson.

Browne, A., Varcoe, C. & Fridkin, A. (2011). Addressing Trauma, Violence and Pain: Research on Health Services for Women at the Intersections of History and Economics. In O. Hankivsky (Ed.), Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices (pp. 295-311). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Varcoe, C., Pauly, B., Laliberte, S., McPherson, G. (2011). Intersectionality, social justice and policy. In O. Hankivsky (Ed.), Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices (pp. 331-348). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Varcoe, C., Brown, H., Calam, B., Buchanan, M. & Newman, V. (2011). Capacity Building is a Two-Way Street: Learning from Doing Research in Aboriginal Communities. In G, Creese & W. Frisby (Eds.). Feminist Community Research: Case Studies and Methodologies (pp. 210-213). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Doane, G. & Varcoe, C. (2010). Boundaries and the Culture of Theorizing in Nursing. Invited dialogue. Nursing Science Quarterly, 23(2), 130-7.

Varcoe, C. & Einboden, R. (2010). Family violence and ethics. In J. Humphreys and J. Campbell (Eds.), Family Violence and Nursing Practice. New York: Springer.

Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., Wuest, J. & Merritt-Gray, M. (2010). Nursing practice in relation to family violence. In J. Humphreys and J. Campbell (Eds.), Family Violence and Nursing Practice. New York: Springer.

Varcoe, C., & Doane, G. (2010). Canadian context of family nursing. In J. R. Kaakinen, V. Gedaly-Duff, D. P. Coehlo & S. M. H. Hanson (Eds.), Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice, & Research. 4th Edition (pp. 175-190). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Varcoe, C., Anderson, J. & Browne, A. (2010). Cultural considerations in health assessment. In Tracey Stephen, Lynn Skillen, Rene Day, & Lynn Bickley, Canadian Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking for Nurses, (pp. 27-50), Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Varcoe, C. (2010). Violence and abuse. In M. McIntyre, C. McDonald & E. Thomlinson (Eds.), Realities of Canadian Nursing. (pp. 414-434). Philidelphia: Lippincott, Wilkins & Williams.

Varcoe, C. (2009). Commentary on O’Brien MA, Whelan, TJ, Charles, C, et al. Women’s perceptions of their treatment decision-making about breast cancer treatment.  Patient Education and Counselling 2008; 73: 431-6, Evidence Based Nursing, 12, 125.

Varcoe, C., & Rodney, P. (2009). Constrained agency: The social structure of nurse’s work. In B. S. Bolaria & H. D. Dickinson (Eds.), Health, illness and health care in Canada (4th ed., pp. 122-150). Toronto: Nelson.

Calam, B., Varcoe, C., and community partners. (2009). Rural Aboriginal Women’s Experiences of Maternity Care. Community Report.

Varcoe, C. (2009). Inequality, violence and women's health. In B. S. Bolaria & H. Dickinson (Eds.), Health, illness and health care in Canada(4th ed., pp. 259-282). Toronto: Nelson.

Varcoe, C. (2009). Interpersonal violence assessment. In C. Jarvis, A. J. Browne, J. MacDonald-Jenkins & M. Luctkar-Flude (Eds.), Physical Examination and Health Assessment: First Canadian Edition (pp. 121-135): Elsevier.

Browne, A., & Varcoe, C. (2009). Cultural and social considerations in health assessment. In C. Jarvis, A. J. Browne, J. MacDonald-Jenkins & M. Luctkar-Flude (Eds.), Physical Examination and Health Assessment: First Canadian Edition (pp. 35-50): Elsevier.

Calam, B., Varcoe, C. and community partners. (2009). Rural Aboriginal Women’s Experiences of Maternity Care. Community Report.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3577503/

Varcoe, C. (2008). Commentary on Luck, L., Jackson, D, Usher, K. STAMP: Components of observable behaviour that indicate potential for patient violence in emergency departments (Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2006, 59:11-9, Evidence Based Nursing, 11 :29.

Varcoe, C., & Hartrick Doane, G. A. (2007). Mothering and women's health. In O. Hankivsky, M. Morrow & C. Varcoe (Eds.), Women's health in Canada: Critical perspectives on theory and policy (pp. 297-323). Toronto: University of Toronto.

Varcoe, C. & McCormick, J. (2007). Racing around the classroom margins: Race, racism and teaching nursing. In L. Young & B. Paterson.Learning Nursing: Developing a student-centered learning environment (pp. 439-468). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Varcoe, C., Hankivsky, O., & Morrow, M. (2007). Introduction: Beyond gender matters. In O. Hankivsky, M. Morrow & C. Varcoe (Eds.),Women's health in Canada: Critical perspectives on theory and policy (pp. 3-30). Toronto: University of Toronto.

Hankivsky, O., & Varcoe, C. (2007). From global to local and over the rainbow: Violence against women. In M. Morrow, O. Hankivsky & C. Varcoe (Eds.), Women's health in Canada: Critical perspectives on theory and policy (pp. 478-507). Toronto: University of Toronto.

Morrow, M., Hankivsky, O., & Varcoe, C. (2007). Women's health in Canada: Critical perspectives on theory and policy. Toronto: University of Toronto. [Two co-authors are listed in alphabetical order]

Browne, A. J., Smye, V., & Varcoe, C. (2007). Postcolonial feminist theoretical perspectives and women's health. In O. Hankivsky, M. Morrow & C. Varcoe (Eds.), Women's health in Canada: Critical perspectives on theory and policy (pp. 124-142). Toronto: University of Toronto.

Varcoe, C. & Dick, S. (2007). Dulling disconnection: Substance use and violence experiences of rural and aboriginal women. In Poole, N & Greaves, L. (Eds). Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women's Substance Use. Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

Vissandjee, B. Varcoe, C., Apale, A. (2007). Words: A diversity of words. Applied Nursing Research, 20(1), 47-48.

Varcoe, C., & Ford-Gilboe, M. (2006). Toward a better understanding of the real costs of intimate –partner violence against women. AWARE. BC Institute Against Family Violence Newsletter. Special Issue on Health and Violence.

Hartrick Doane, G. & Varcoe, C. (2005). Family Nursing As Relational Inquiry: Developing Health Promoting Practice. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Varcoe, C. (2004). Widening the scope of ethical theory, practice and policy: Violence against women as an illustration. In J. Storch, P., Rodney & R. Starzomski. Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice. (pp. 414-432). Toronto: Pearson.

Brown, H., Rodney, P. Pauly, B., Varcoe, C. & Smye, V. (2004). Working the landscape: Nursing ethics. In J. Storch, P., Rodney & R. Starzomski. Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice. (pp. 126-153). Toronto: Pearson.

Hankivsky, O., Friesen, J., Varcoe, C., McFail, F., Greaves, L. & Spencer, C. (2004). Expanding economic costing in health care: Values, gender and diversity. Canadian Public Policy, 30(3), 257-282.

Dick, S., & Varcoe, C. (2004). Violence against women and substance use in a rural context. Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal, 2(4) 15-16. http://naho.ca/documents/journal/jah04_01/07ViolenceHIV_42-52.pdf

Varcoe, C., Morrow, M., & Hankivisky, O. (2003). No Lessons Learned- Developing a Dialogue about BC Provincial Cuts and the Impact on Women Who Experience Violence. Unpublished paper prepared for the Research Advisory on the Provincial Cuts and Violence Against Women. Vancouver, BC Institute Against Family Violence.

Greaves. L. Varcoe, C., Poole, N., Morrow, M., Johnson, J., Pederson, A. & Irwin, L. (2002). A Motherhood Issue: Discourses on Mothering Under Duress. Ottawa: Status of Women Canada. Available at http://www.swc.fc.gc.ca/pubs/0662326791/200210_0662326791_2_e.html

Varcoe, C. & Rodney, P. (2002). Constrained agency: The social structure of nurse’s work. In B. S. Bolaria & H. Dickinson, Health, illness and health care in Canada, (3rd Ed., pp. 211-230). Toronto: Harcourt Brace.

Varcoe, C. (2002). Inequality, violence and women’s health. In B. S. Bolaria & H. Dickinson, Health, illness and health care in Canada, (3rd Ed., pp. 427-453) Toronto: Harcourt Brace.

Varcoe, C., Jaffer, F., & Kellin, P. (2002).  Protecting Women: Women’s experiences of seeking protection from abuse by intimate partners. Vancouver: BC Women in Action Association.

Varcoe, C., Irwin, L., Jaffer, F. (2002).  Abuse through child custody and access: A critical site of women’s work. Vancouver: BC Women in Action Association.

Rodney, P. & Varcoe, C. (2002). Values in Health Care Work Places: Strategic Priorities for Retaining Nurses. Submission to the Rominow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/CP32-85-2002E.pdf

Varcoe, C. (2001). Abuse obscured: An ethnographic account of Emergency Unit nursing in relation to violence against women. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 32(4), 95-115.

Varcoe, C. (2001). Emergency department care of women who were abused was driven by the prevailing practice pattern of efficient patient processing. Abstracted version of article with commentary by E. Olshnasky. Evidence-based Nursing, 5(1) 29.

Morrow, M & Varcoe, C. (2000). Violence against women: Improving the health care response. Victoria, B.C.: Women’s Health Bureau Ministry of Health and Ministry Responsible for Seniors, Government of British Columbia. 

Storch, J. Anderson, J. McDonald, M., Flordia R., Healy, T., James, M. McGillivray, B., Nisker, J., Rodney, P., Starzomski, R., Varcoe, C., Yeo, M., Baird, P., Bainster, E., Bergum, V., Blondeau, D., Blue A., Browne, A., Carnevale, F., Chappell, N., Cox, S., Dawson, I., Gallagher, E., Glickman, B., Hartick, G., Hayes, V., Lamb, H., MacDonald, C., O’Neil, J., Oberle, K, Sanchez-Sweatman, L., Thorne, S., Tredwell, S., & Young, L. (1999).  An Institute for the integration of ethics, law, society culture and health. A position paper to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

Thorne, S. & Varcoe, C. (1998). The tyranny of feminist methodology in women’s health research. Health Care for Women International, 19(6), 481-494.

Varcoe, C. (1998). From “better than nothing” to “best practice” A background paper on “best practices” in health care in relation to violence against women. Prepared for the Minister’s Advisory Council on Women’s Health, Ministry of Health, Government of British Columbia.

Varcoe, C. (1997). The revolution never ends: Challenges of praxis for nursing education. In S. Thorne & V. Hayes (Eds.), Nursing praxis: Knowledge and action. (pp. 180-200) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Varcoe, C. (1996). Disparagement of the nursing process: The new dogma? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 23, 120-125.

Varcoe, C., & Hilton, A. (1995). Factors affecting acute-care nurses use of research findings. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 27(4), 51-72.

Bottorff, J., & Varcoe, C. (1995). Transitions in nurse-patient interactions. Qualitative Health Research, 5(3), 315-331.

Varcoe, C. (1991). Comparison of polytechnic and university models. Report submitted to the Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour, Government of British Columbia.

Dahllof, U. & Varcoe, C. (1988). The general problem of course structure. In U. Dahllof, Building a future of excellence: A university for northern British Columbia. Ministry of International Business and Immigration.

Lindgren, G.M. & Varcoe, C.M. Evaluating educational program failures (1986). Nursing Management, 17 (6), 61-3.

Films, Videos

Varcoe, C. Browne, A., Ford-Gilboe, M., Dion-Stout, M., Day, L., Inyallie, J., Jinkerson-Brass, S. (2016). Reclaiming Our Spirits.

Smye, V., Browne, A.J., Varcoe, C., & Dion Stout, M. (2012). From a Dark Room: Picturing a Better World for Aboriginal Women Experiencing Violence.

Pump up the Volume (2002). Contributed to the development of this video developed by women participants in “Project Violence Free” for women who have experienced violence.

“Your Angioplasty”. (1986). Patient teaching video developed for the Vancouver General Hospital  (still in use in 2013 at various hospitals including Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital).

Teaching

Supervisor eligibiity: 

  • MHLP
  • MN
  • MSN – thesis
  • MSN – non-thesis
  • PhD