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Helen Vandenberg RN, PhD Associate Professor - On Sabbatical Leave (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023)

119 4400 - 4th Avenue, Regina


Dr. Helen Vandenberg joined the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan as Assistant Professor in July of 2015. Her current program of research is focused on the history of hospitals, health systems, and nursing in Western Canada during the turn of the twentieth century. Dr. Vandenberg explores the history of hospital development to highlight both the diversity of hospitals that existed, the active role that communities and nurses played in the establishment of Canada's early health services, and the relationships between charity, state, race and health. Dr. Vandenberg has been involved in a number of capacities with history organizations, including the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, the BC Nursing History Society and the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry. Any inquiries about Dr. Vandenberg's current or past work are warmly welcomed.

Educational Background:

PhD in Nursing
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Dissertation Title: Race, hospital development and the power of community: The history of Japanese and Chinese hospitals in British Columbia from 1880-1920

Master of Science, Nursing
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB
Thesis Title: Concepts of culture, diversity and cultural care among undergraduate nursing students: A nursing education perspective

Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB

Research Interests

  • History of hospitals, health systems and nursing in Western Canada from 1860-present
  • Nursing history in undergraduate nursing education
  • Health systems, health policy and healthcare transformation
  • Culture and culture theorizing in nursing
  • Cultural care theory in nursing education
  • Nursing education


  • Historiography (Social history, oral history)
  • Qualitative (Ethnography, focused ethnography, critical ethnography)
  • Quantitative (Descriptive, survey work including inferential statistics)
  • Mixed Methods (Sequential exploratory design)


  • I have taught a number of courses and labs at the graduate and undergraduate level including:
    • N201 (Global health)
    • N204 (Communications lab)
    • N203 (Lecturer, Coordinator and Assessment lab instructor)
    • N450 Practice Integration)
    • N818 Statistical Methodology in Nursing
  • I am currently teaching:
    • N440 Inter-professional Perspectives: Health Systems and Policy Development within a Global Context
    • N422 Issues in Leadership and Management Transformative Practice in Health Care Organizations
    • N891 (Concept clarification)


Vandenberg, H., & Johnson, L. (2022). Filling the Gap Between Metropoles and Peripheries: Insights about Hospital Standardization from the British Columbia Hospital Association Conferences, 1918-1930. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 39(1), 125-152.

Vandenberg, H., & Gallagher-Cohoon, E. (2022). Health, Charity, and Citizenship: Protestant Hospitals in Rural Saskatchewan, Canada 1906-1942. European Review of History, (28), 718-739.

Racine, L. & Vandenberg, H. (2021). A philosophical analysis of anti-intellectualism in nursing: Newman's view of a university education. Nursing Philosophy, Jun 22(e12361): 1-14.

Vandenberg, H., Martin, W., Dietrich, Leurer M. & Ens, A. (2021). The History of Saskatchewan's Public Health Association 1954-1986. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 38(1): 93-127.

Vandenberg, H. & Boschma, G. (2021). The evolution of early hospitals in British Columbia, 1855-1918. BC Studies, 208(Winter 2020/21): 73-118.

Campbell, T., Penz, K., Vandenberg, H. & Campbell, M. (2019). A Closer Look at the Introduction of the NCLEXRN in Canada. Nursing Leadership, 32(4): 46-56.

Vandenberg, H. (2017). “A Powerful Protector of the Japanese people”: The History of the Japanese Fishermen’s Hospital in Steveston, British Columbia, Canada, 1896-1942. Nursing History Review, 25(2017), 54-81.

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Kent-Wilkinson, A. (Principal Investigator), Vandenberg, H. (Co-Principal Investigator). (July 2022-June 2024). Exploring the Secrets and Provenance of the ‘Florence Nightingale Medicine Chest’ in Canada, $6999. SSHRC Explore, Office of the Vice-President Research (Internal).

Dyck, E., Clifford, J., Muhajarine, N., Vandenberg, H. & Harkema, C. (March 2022 - March 2024). Remembering and Rebuilding: Saskatchewan's COVID 19 Public Archive, $199,094. Partnership Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (External Peer Reviewed).

Vandenberg, H. (Principal Investigator). (January 2022 - December 2022). The History of Saskatchewan's Early Hospitals, 1873-1920, $9593. Project Grant, AMS Healthcare, (External Peer Reviewed).

Vandenberg, H. (Principal Investigator), Wytenbroek L (Co-investigator). (May 2017 – August 2017). Innovating the History of Nursing in Canadian Undergraduate Nursing Education, Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, $5,000.00 (External Peer Reviewed).

Jansen S (Principal Investigator), Bassendowski S (Co­principal Investigator), Campbell T (Co-investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-investigator), Malloy P (Co-investigator), Penz K (Co-investigator), Vandenberg H (Co-investigator), Rodger K (Co-investigator), Petrucka P (Co-investigator), Juckes K (Co-investigator), Bigalky J (Co-investigator), Lasiuk G (Co-investigator). BSN Nursing Students Perceptions of Distributed Synchronous Learning at the Yorkton and Regina, SK Campuses, The Provost's Project Grant for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning University of Saskatchewan. Total: $10,000.00 for 2017-03 to 2019-03

Vandenberg, H. (Principal Investigator). (September 2016 – January 2017). A history of hospital development and funding in southern Saskatchewan from 1860–1947, $6,800, President’s SSHRC Insight Grant (Internal).

Vandenberg, H. (Principal Investigator), Boschma, G. (Co-investigator), McBain, L. (Co-investigator), & Meijer Drees, L. (Co-investigator). (February 2015- September 2017). Inventory of Archival Sources for Historical Research on Outpost Nursing and Remote Hospital History in Northwestern Canada 1880-1960, $12,000 (External Peer Reviewed).

Vandenberg H (Principal Investigator). Two projects: Inventory of archival sources for historical research on hospital and nursing history in Saskatchewan, 1860-­1960 (Completed) and Saskatchewan Oral Nursing History Project., Faculty Recruitment and Retention Program. Total: $50,000.00 for 2015-09-01 to 2020-08­19

Vandenberg H (Principal Investigator). Saskatchewan Nursing Oral History Research Project, USRA (Internal) University of Saskatchewan. Total: $2,250.00 for 2017-­05 to 2017-08

Vandenberg H (Principal Investigator). The history of the British Columbia hospital association 1918-1931, USRA (Internal) University of Saskatchewan. Total: $2,250.00 for 2016-07 to 2016-08