Geertje Boschma, PhD

Professor, BSN Program Coordinator

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Boschma, G., Davies, M., & Morrow, M. (2014). "Those people known as mental patients...": Professional and patient engagement in community mental health in Vancouver BC in the 1970s, Oral History Forum, 34(2014). Link:

Liva, S. J., Boschma, G. and Hall, W. (2013). Labour support and high-touch care: A lost art in perinatal nursing? The Bulletin of the United Kingdom Association for the History of Nursing, 2, 23-37.

"The inmates are running the asylum: Stories from the MPA [Mental Patient Association]” - A documentary about the group that transformed Canada's psychiatric landscape. DVD, 36-minutes. Created by the MPA founders’ collective. Producer: Megan Davies, Co-Producer: Marina Morrow, Associate Co-Producer: Geertje Boschma. © History of Madness Productions 2013. With teacher's guide.

Boschma, G. (2013). Community mental health post-1950: Reconsidering nurses’ and consumers’ identities. In: D’Antonio, P., Fairman, J. & Whelan, J. (Eds.). Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing, pp. 237 -258. London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Boschma, G. (2013). Geintegreerd of apart? Ervaringen van psychiatrisch verpleegkundigen in de Nederlandse ziekenhuispsychiatrie [Integrated or set apart? The experiences of psychiatric nurses in Dutch general hospital psychiatry]. In: C. aan de Stegge & C. van Tilburg (Eds.) ‘Helpen en niet schaden’.Uit de geschiedenis van verpleegkunde en medische zorg [To help and not to harm: From the history of nursing and medicine], pp. 99 - 122, Cahiers Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde en Gezondheidszorg, nr. 1. (History of Medicine and Health Care Series, no. 1.) Antwerp: Uitgeverij (publisher) Garant.

Choi, R., and G. Boschma. (2011). The emergence of survivor groups in BC: A historical perspective, Vancouver Acute & Community Mental Health Services Newsletter, 1(7), 3-4.

Boschma, G., Haney, C., & Gorrie, M. (2012). Gender, Work, and Identity: Consumer Perspectives on Rehabilitation and Recovery in Mental Health Care, The Bulletin of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, 1(1): 9-20. This can be found on our webpage at

Boschma, G., Santiago, L. M, Choy, C., & Ronquillo, C. (2012). Health Worker Migration in Canada: Histories, Geographies, and Ethics. Working Paper (Policy Brief) – WP# 12- 02. Metropolis BC (electronic). Full text can be viewed at

Tung, S. M. W., Boschma, G., Phinney, A. (2011). Residential elder care in British Columbia: Policy development and culture change, 1950-2005. Perspectives: The Journal of the Gerontological Nursing Association of Ontario, 34(4), 5-26.

Boschma, G. & Grypma, S. (2010). Guest Editorial. New Scholarship in Nursing History. Canadian Bulletin for Medical History, 27 (1), 61-64

Kanji, Z., Craig, B. J., Boschma, G., Imai, P., Sunell, S. (2010). Dental hygiene baccalaureate degree education in Canada: Motivating influences and experiences. Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, 44(4), 147-55.

Boschma, G. (2010). Developing Nursing Scholarship and Research: The Innovative Leadership of Margaret Scott Wright, 1946 – 1985, History of Nursing: Electronic Journal (HERE), 1(1)-article 10, 163-181. Available electronically:

Boschma, G., Groening, M, & Boyd, M. A. (2010). Psychiatric Nursing from Past to Present. Chapter 1. In: Austin, W. & Boyd, M.A. (Eds.)  Psychiatric Nursing for Canadian Practice, 2nd edition, revised, pp.3-18. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens.

Kanji, Z., Craig, B. J., Boschma, G., Imai, P., Sunell, S. (2010). Dental hygiene baccalaureate degree education in Canada: Motivating influences and experiences. Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, 44(4), 147-55.

Boschma G, Scaia, M., Bonifacio, N., and Roberts, E. (2008). Oral history research. In Sandra B. Lewenson & Eleanor Krohn Herrmann (Eds.), Capturing nursing history: A guide to historical methods in research (pp. 79-98). New York: Springer.

Boschma, G., Grypma, S., & Melchior, F. (2008). Reflections on researcher subjectivity and identity in nursing history. In S.B. Lewenson & E. Krohn-Herrmann (Eds.), Capturing nursing history: A guide to historical methods in research (pp. 99-121). New York: Springer.

Boschma, G., Groening, M. & Boyd, M.A. (2007). Psychiatric Nursing from past to present. Chapter 1. In Austin, W. & Boyd, M.A (Eds.), Psychiatric Nursing for Canadian Practice. (pp. 3-17). Philiadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Boschma, G., Brush, B. & Stuart, M. (2006). The International Council of Nurses. In McIntyre, M.R., Thomlinson, E. & McDonald, C (Eds.), Realities of Canadian Nursing: Professional, Practice & Power Issues. Second Edition. (pp. 117-132). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Boschma G. (2005). Faculty of Nursing on the Move: Nursing at the University of Calgary, 1969-2004. Calgary: University of Calgary.

Boschma, G. (2003). The rise of mental health nursing: A history of psychiatric care in Dutch Asylums. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Boschma, G., Mychajlunow, L. & Yonge, O. (1999). Guide to Archival Resources for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing History in Alberta. Edmonton: Interpret Design.

Brush, B. L., Lynaugh, J. E., Boschma, G., Rafferty, A. M., Stuart, M. & Tomes, N. J. (1999) Nurses of All Nations: A History of the International Council of Nurses, 1899-1999. Philadelphia: Lippincott/Raven. Peer-reviewed by external experts.

Boschma, G., Mychajlunow, L & Yonge, O. (1999). Searching for Historical Evidence: The History of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing," Partners  in Psychiatric Health Care Journal 2(1), 29-34.

Boschma, G. (1997) “Ambivalence about Nursing’s Expertise: The Role of a Gendered, Holistic Ideology in Nursing, 1890-1990.” Book chapter. In AnneMarie Rafferty, Jane Robinson, and Ruth Elkan (eds.), Nursing History and the Politics of Welfare, p.164-176. London: Routledge.

Boschma, G. (1997).  “Naar een professionele psychiatrie, 1884-1918” [Towards a professional psychiatry]. Book chapter. In Joost Vijselaar (ed.). Gesticht in de Duinen: De geschiedenis van de provinciale psychiatrische ziekenhuizen in Noordholland, 1849-1994, p. 91-121. Hilversum: Verloren.

Boschma, G. (1990) “Ontwikkeling van verpleegkundige theorie” [The development of nursing theory]. Book chapter. In Rob van der Peet, (ed.), Inleiding in de verpleegkunde, p. 302-327, Lochum: De Tijdstroom.

Boschma, G. (1989). Tegenstrijdigheden in Integrerende Verpleegkunde [Contradictions in ‘Integrated Nursing’]. Verpleegkunde 4(1), 4-16.


Supervisor eligibiity: 

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