News and events

Jessie Mantle (1932-2021) fondly remembered by UVic School of Nursing Community

Jessie Mantle RN, MN, Post-graduate studies in Gerontological Nursing, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Described as one of the nursing superstars of her generation, Jessie Mantle is fondly remembered by the UVic School of Nursing community. Her colleagues, many of whom were her former students, recall her significant contributions to practice, education and mentorship over her forty year career. Jessie remained a passionate advocate for the nursing profession and engaged with our faculty until her final days. Prior to her passing, she established the Jessie Mantle Fellowship in Nursing.

202201 Winter Session – Second Call for Expression of Interest for Term Sessional Lecturers

The School of Nursing at the University of Victoria invites expressions of interest from individuals interested in sessional instruction specifically for courses offered in the upcoming Winter term (202201 January – April 2022). Appointments offered will commence January 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022. Note: course availability and offers are subject to change.

CEiNHC at UVic School of Nursing now a JBI Centre of Excellence

The Centre for Evidence-Informed Nursing and Healthcare (CEiNHC) at the University of Victoria, School of Nursing is pleased to announce that we are now a Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Centre of Excellence. The centre began as an affiliated group in 2016 with a focus on evidence synthesis and providing peer reviews of submitted JBI protocols and reports. We began offering the comprehensive JBI training program in 2019. With this new designation, CEiNHC aims to increase production of reviews and seek out new ways to engage with the nursing community to become the hub for evidence where practising nurses and other professionals can turn to find latest evidence to support their practice.

We are delighted and grateful for the new Elta Brown and Peggy Mika Nursing Scholarship

The newest School of Nursing scholarship is inspired by the long friendship and nursing leadership of Elta Brown and Peggy Mika. The Elta Brown and Peggy Mika scholarship will be awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in the School of Nursing who have demonstrated potential to provide leadership within a community or professional role.

Nancy Wright UVic Scholarship in the School of Nursing

A devoted RN, instructor and foundational member of the BC Nurse Practitioner’s Assn, Nancy Wright was part of BC’s nursing family for 30+ years providing primary care to people who struggled with mental health and substance use. Nancy passed away suddenly last year and in her memory husband Jason Easton, family and friends created a UVic Master’s of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner award to assist students in financial need.

School of Nursing and College Partners’ faculty presenting at CASN Canadian Nursing Virtual Education Conference May 3-5th, 2021

The UVic School of Nursing and College Partners’ faculty will be presenting at this year’s CASN Canadian Nursing Virtual Education Conference. The conference will take place from May 3-5, 2021 with this year’s theme being “Responding to the Complexity of Nursing Education and Practice”.

Second Round - Expression of Interest: 202105 Summer Session

The School of Nursing at the University of Victoria invites expressions of interest from individuals interested in sessional instruction specifically for courses offered in the upcoming Summer term (202105 May-August 2021). Appointments offered will commence May 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021. Note: course availability and offers are subject to change.

New online course offering: NURA 519—Leadership for Health Systems

The NURA 519 course is an elective nursing graduate course. This course is open to undergraduate students*, graduate students, and working professionals who are interested in health leadership or interested in pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. *undergraduate students must be in their final year and meet the specific guidelines listed in the Registration by Undergraduates in Graduate Courses policy.

The rise of the Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Adair, Nurse Practitioner (NP) and UVic graduate with the class of 2019, now works as a Primary Care Provider at the West Shore Primary Care Centre in Colwood. Her first day was January 6, 2020, marking the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Having invested eleven years of education and work experience to prepare for this role – a four year undergraduate degree completed at UVic, a one year critical care specialty program with BCIT, a two year master’s program with UVic, plus working as an RN in the Emergency Department at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for four years – Adair not only feels ready, she can’t wait to take on full responsibility.

School of nursing hosts Judy Darcy, Canada's first Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

Judy Darcy, B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, joined student nurses and faculty with UVic’s School of Nursing to share an announcement on campus April 4, 2018 to advance the scope of practice for all Nurse Practitioners in the province to prescribe therapies for those with opioid addiction.

Samosa sale for the World Partnership Walk

Do you love samosas? Why not treat your tastebuds while supporting the World Partnership Walk, a global initiative led by theAga Khan Foundation Canada to fight poverty and improve the quality of life for millions in Africa and Asia.

This year, the walk is being supported by UVic's Office of Global Engagement and we're hoping to maintain our position as the top Canadian post-secondary fundraising team again this year.

University Club specials

For the month of November, support the United Way when you dine on campus! $2 from each lunch or dinner special ordered at the University Club will go to the United Way.

For Time Immemorial

Curated by Mel Granley with Guest Curator lessLIE

Eric Metcalfe: Pop Anthropology

Pop Anthropologyis an exhibition of multimedia artist Eric Metcalfe's oeuvre, spanning over sixty years, in celebration of the artist's honorary doctorate from UVic (UVic DFA 2021, BFA1970).

Chemistry Seminar: Zachary Hudson

Luminescent Polymer Nanoparticles for Diagnostics and Imaging

Dow Lecturer

Associate Professor, CRC in Sustainable Chemistry, UBC

Smartphones are now ubiquitous, and are more common than clean drinking water in some developing countries and remote communities. Where healthcare resources are limited, there is a need fordiagnostic tools that are both inexpensive and readily available. Fluorescent polymer nanoparticles – termed polymer dots, or Pdots, have recently been shown to have sufficient brightness to bevisible by a smartphone camera for fluoresence-based assays. In this lecture, the design and synthesis of new multifunctional Pdot probes for use in bioanalysis as diagnostic tools will be described.Pdots with near-infrared fluorescence capable of selective binding to breast cancer cells suitable for imaging in the biological transparency window (650 – 1350 nm) will be demonstrated. New Pdottechnologies taing advantage of thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) for time-gated imaging will also be described, allowing one to eliminate background fluorescence from biologicaltissues or secondary dyes. We will also show how single-chain polymer nanoparticles (SCPNs) can be used to give Pdots that can deliver a targeted drug payload with high specificity. Deep-redfluorescent polymer dots functionalized with a cell-penetrating peptide mimic will also be described, capable of entering a variety of mammalian cells with low cytotoxicity for time-gated imaging.Finally, we will demonstrate how commercial smartphones can be adapted for Pdot-based bioanalysis, with the goal of improving the accessibility of complex healthcare tools in rural and developingcommunities.

Intro to Image Editing with GIMP

Chancellor Shelagh Rogers Farewell

Join us in recognizing the contributions of outgoing Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, whose second term wraps up at the end of the year.