A graduate of the 1968 UBC BSN program, Ann began her nursing career in Toronto working on the nursing research unit at Sunnybrook Hospital. She became a faculty member at the University of Toronto and did her MSN degree there (1974). In 1974 she joined UBC as an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin Texas (1986). Dr. Hilton was promoted to Associate Professor and Full Professor and retired in 2005 as a Professor Emerita.
Her research focused on how individuals and families cope with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. A major focus was on coping with uncertainty. She authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. Her research was supported by many provincial and national grants. She was well known for her expertise in program evaluation. Dr. Hilton was actively involved in several nursing organizations, including the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and Sigma Theta Tau (The International Honor Society of Nurses). While at UBC, she served on the Board of the Faculty Club and the Faculty Pension Plan. Through an endowment, she just established the B. Ann Hilton Fellowship in Nursing, for outstanding graduate students in the School of Nursing.
She painted since she was a child and this interest gained considerable momentum post retirement. She loves watercolour as a medium for the freedom it gives colours to mix and mingle creating wonderful scenarios. She is a member of Artists in Our Midst, the Vancouver Art Guild, the South Delta Artists Guild and the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her website: www.annhilton.com.