Lynne Young has had a profound impact on health education in British Columbia. She has not only helped change the curriculum of what nurses are taught by breaking down silos between departments, but has transformed how they are educated.
As a Professor at the School of Nursing in the University of Victoria, Lynne has personally taught countless students and practicing clinical nurses through a range of undergraduate and graduate courses for many years. “She is a creative and respectful teacher who sets high standards and motivates students to strive for excellence, raise questions and think critically,” says School of Nursing Associate Professor Debra Sheets. “She also has a record of sustained mentoring with faculty and students.” Much of her ability to teach and mentor stems from her very reputable performance as a clinical nurse in critical care at St. Paul’s Hospital earlier in her career.
Lynne has held positions as Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Education, member of the Faculty Advisory Committee at the Faculty of Science and member of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing’s Undergraduate Forum Committee. Her participation in health organizations has been wide-ranging and impactful. She joined the education committee of the Pain BC Society and through her dedication many workshops, webinars and other presentations were delivered to help thousands of British Columbians living in pain.
Health administrators and clinicians need thorough research in order to continually improve nursing practice and Lynne’s contributions have been exceptional. Recently, she has been involved in a variety of important research projects, receiving more than $1.2 million in funding, including grants for “Sex, Gender and Health Promotion”, “Exploring Differential Impacts of Chronic Condition Self-Management Policies and Interventions on Disadvantaged Populations in British Columbia” and Understanding Inequities in Health-related Experiences Among Mid-life Women and Men Following an Acute Myocardial Infarction”. Lynn has offered numerous workshops and seminars locally and across North America, on topics such as student-centered teaching, supporting educators on book writing and publishing, and dealing with student nurse stress.
Many educators have paid attention to Lynne’s role in the Educator Pathway Project, validating the competency of assessment tools used to establish clinical education competencies. “Lynne’s contributions to the field of nursing education have extended far beyond the production of materials for her own classroom use, and she has developed educational scholarship throughout her academic career,” says UBC Nursing Professor Sally Thorne. “She is a well-recognized educational specialist in nursing.”
“Lynne’s story-based learning model moves our teaching beyond the linear approach of problem-based learning and requires more comprehensive reflection,” says University of Victoria Professor Noreen Frisch. “She encourages students to consider a wider range of data when making clinical decisions.” More recently, she has led the UVic School of Nursing in developing increasingly popular simulations improving nursing students’ access to complex clinical scenarios, helping many students meet or even exceed practice standards.
Articulating a vision of an integrated health system that goes beyond the silos of various health disciplines, Lynne has helped to improve clinical care and the quality of nursing education that feeds into it—resulting in better patient care all around.