Carol Jillings became part of UBC and the School of Nursing when she entered the MSN program in 1975. Her 35-year academic career evolved along two pathways: nursing education, and the care of patients with heart disease. Each of these foci afforded her opportunities for learning, teaching and leadership, within the university and its academic and research programs, and in the wider community engaged with health programs and policy affecting cardiac patients, their families and communities.
In the realm of education, Carol taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs and participated in curriculum development and implementation, serving as Associate Director of the School and as a program coordinator in several contexts. She served the UBC community as a member of Senate and Graduate Council; in BC , Canada, and abroad she provided curriculum consultation and served as a team member for numerous program reviews.
In cardiac nursing, Carol served in leadership roles with the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, ultimately serving as President of all three organizations. Many of her publications and national and international conference presentations reflect her sustained interest in the psychosocial aspects of illness.
Carol is the recipient of the Killam Teaching Prize, the RNABC Award of Distinction, the CASN Ethel Johns Award, and the Heart of Gold volunteer award.