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Helen Vandenberg RN, PhD Assistant Professor

Address
119 4400 - 4th Avenue, Regina

Biography

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 rural and remote hospitals and nursing in Northwestern Canada from 1860 to 1960. Dr. Vandenberg explores the history of hospital development to highlight both the diversity of hospitals that existed, and the active role that communities and nurses played in the establishment of Canada's early health care services. Dr. Vandenberg has been involved in a number of capacities with nursing history organizations, including the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, 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, policy and health systems 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
  • Critical social theory

Methodology

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

Teaching

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

Publications

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.

Vandenberg, H., & Kalischuk, R. (2014). Conceptualizations of culture and cultural care among undergraduate nursing students: An exploration and critique of cultural education. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 21(3), 99-107.

Kalischuk, R., Vandenberg, H., & Awosoga, O. (2013). Nursing preceptors speak out: An empirical study. Journal of Professional Nursing, 29(1), 30-38.

Grants

Vandenberg H (Principal Investigator), Wytenbroek L (Co-investigator). Innovating the History of Nursing in Canadian Undergraduate Nursing Education, Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (External Peer Reviewed). Total: $5,000.00 for 2017-05 to 2017-08

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). A history of hospital development and funding in southern Saskatchewan from 1860–1947, President’s SSHRC Insight Grant (Internal). Total: $6,800.00 for 2016-09 to 2017-01

Vandenberg H (Principal Investigator), Boschma G (Co-investigator), McBain L (Co-investigator), Meijer Drees L (Co-investigator). Inventory of Archival Sources for Historical Research on Outpost Nursing and Remote Hospital History in Northwestern Canada 1880-1960, This research project was designed to create an inventory of significant archival records related to the history of rural and remote hospitals and nursing in Northwestern Canada, from 1860 to 1960. The search focused on Northern regions of Saskatchewan, British Columbia, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Canadian Association for the History of Nursing. Total: $12,000.00 for 2015-02 to 2017-09-30 

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