Professor of Teaching; Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs
UBC School of Nursing
T201 - 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Canada V6T 2B5
A faculty member since 1992, Ms. Tan has a background in pediatric nursing but also teaches a variety of courses within the nursing program. Her primary interest and focus is nursing education and facilitation, with a focus on mindful learning and teaching. Co-creating learning environments and instilling values of engaged mindful learning in students are essential when helping students manoeuvre complex environments. Ms. Tan is active in exploring, guiding, and supporting interprofessional education initiatives and innovations in UBC’s health profession programs.
- Certification (Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator), Centre for Curriculum, Transfer & Technology, Ministry of Advanced Education
- Certification (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education ), University of British Columbia
- MSN, University of British Columbia
- BSN, University of Victoria
- Post Basic Education Certification (Post-Basic Pediatric Nursing), Vancouver Community College
- RN, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Honours & Awards
- Award of Excellence in Nursing Education, 2012, College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
- Faculty Service Recognition Award, 2010, UBC School of Nursing
- Teacher of the Year Award, 1997-1998, The Nursing Undergraduate Society, University of British Columbia School of Nursing
Service to the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
- Member, Undergraduate Program and Policy Committee, (2004 - 2007, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - present)
- Member, Practice Education Committee (formerly Practice Education Advisory Group), (2006 - 2014)
- External Reviewer, Promotion and Tenure, (2009 - present)
- Clinical Practice Faculty Lead, (2012 - 2015)
- Reviewer, MSN Admissions Committee, (2012 - 2015)
- Member, Scholarship of Teaching and Research Committee, (2011 - 2014)
- Member, Aboriginal Engagement Strategic Initiative Committee, (January 2011 - 2015)
- Member, Critical Research in Health and Health Inequities Research Unit (formerly Culture, Gender and Health Research Unit), (2000 - 2014)
- Interprofessional Education Lead (Passport), 2012 - present
Service to the University of British Columbia
- Member, UBC Health Curriculum Committee, UBC Health [formerly College of Health Discipline] (2015 - present: formerly Interprofessional Education Curriculum Committee (IPECC) 2010-2014)
- Member, Awards Committee, UBC Health (2014 - present)
- Member, Health Care Team Challenge, UBC Health (2002 - present)
- Facilitator, Instructional Skills Workshop, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) [formerly TAG, Teaching Academic Growth], (2002 - 2014)
- Interim Director, Interprofessional Curriculum, College of Health Disciplines, (secondment, July 2012 - 2013)
- Chair, Peer Review Committee, College of Health Disciplines, (September 2012 - 2013)
- Member, Interprofessional Practice Education Curriculum Committee, College of Health Disciplines, (Dec 2010 - 2013)
Service to the Community
- UBC SoN representative, Community of Practice, Professional Practice & Integration, Fraser Health Authority, (Jan 2013 - 2015)
- Reviewer, BC Academic Health Council Practice Education Guidelines Initiative, (September 2012 - 2014)
Completed Projects (oldest to most recent):
- Building collaborative nursing simulation education excellence, co-investigator (Principal; Dr. Maura Macphee); UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund; competitive
- Faculty Development for Interprofessional Education, co-investigator (Principle: Dr. Christie Newton: College of Health Disciplines; UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund; competitive
- Educating towards equity, citizenship, and respectful relations in nursing and health care: a faculty and student transformative intervention project (co-investigator: UBC Teaching and learning Enhancement Fund, competitive)
- Core Assignments: required, redundant or resonant (Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Kenny McCann Scholar Award: UBC School of Nursing, competitive)
- Preparing Educators for Fostering Global Citizenship in Teaching and Learning (co-investigator, UBC Teaching and learning Enhancement Fund; competitive)
- Socio-cultural construction of health and illness: What worked and what did not? A guide for developing Relational Practice thread, Principal Investigator: UBC School of Nursing Teaching Scholarship Funds, competitive)
- Cultural Safety and Knowledge Uptake in Clinical Settings: A Model for Practice for Culturally Diverse Population, Co-Investigator (Principal: Dr. Joan Anderson); CIHR
- Achieving the outcome: Faculty perceptions of students' cultural competence, Principal Investigator: UBC School of Nursing Katherine McMillan Director's Discretionary Fund: competitive
- Hospitalization and Help seeking experiences of Diverse Ethnocultural Groups: Phase II, Co-Investigator (Principal: Dr. Joan Anderson); CIHR
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Tan, E (2015). How to Nurse: Relational Inquiry with individuals and families in changing health and health care contexts, Hartrick Doane, G. & Varcoe, C. (2015), L Wolters Kluwer|Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA.
Khan, K., McDonald, H., Baumbusch, J., Reimer Kirkham, S., Tan, E., & Anderson, J. (2007). Taking up postcolonial feminism in the field: Working through a method. Women’s Studies International Forum 30, 228-242.
Tan, Elsie (2013). A review of basic essentials for effective teaching. Nurse Education Today, 33, 224. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.02.007
Hayes, V.E., Hollander, M.J., Tan, E.L.C. & Cloutier, J.E. (1997). Services for children with special needs in Canada. A report prepared for the Canadian Association for Community Care and Health Canada. Victoria, British Columbia.
I have been a member of the SoN teaching team since 1992 and my philosophy of teaching has evolved over the years reflecting my mastery in the art and science of teaching and facilitating learning. Co-creating learning environments and instilling values of engaged mindful learning in students are essential when helping students manoeuver complex environments. Teaching in the introductory labs in the Care of Adults and Older Adults, Consolidated Practice Experience, and in my primary practice area, Care of Infants, Children and Youth and their Families (both foundational and advance courses), enabled me to stay grounded in practice while also teaching in other undergraduate courses such as Relational Practice, and Leadership, Ethics and Policy has advanced my ability to bring intersections into classroom discussions and cross pollinate content material: students appreciate the richness this brings to the classroom.
In addition, I had supervised Master’s students in their major essays and theses, and now due to policy changes, Senior Instructors supervise students engaged in Scholarly Practice Advancement Research Projects (SPAR). My substantive knowledge areas include culture and health, nursing education, child health, international education and global health.
My ‘teaching’ responsibilities also extend to other UBC departments for example, UBC Health (a conglomerate of all health profession programs). As a member of the UBC Health Curriculum Committee, we explore, guide and help innovate Interprofessional Education (IPE) initiatives. I also lead and guide IPE initiatives in the school through the Undergraduate Program Committee.