Anne Wyness graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSN (Honors) in 1965 and earned a Master of Nursing from the University of Washington in 1972. Following work as a staff nurse at the Vancouver General Hospital, she taught at the Atkinson School of Nursing, Toronto Western Hospital and then at the University of Toronto. In 1973, she joined the nursing faculty at UBC.
Throughout her career, Anne focused on the care of adults and their families in high acuity settings, particularly the neurosciences. At the graduate level, she taught educational processes in nursing. A belief in maintaining clinical expertise and an interest in patient education, led her to accept the first joint appointment in nursing at Vancouver General Hospital.
At a time when care of those with HIV-related illness was a major challenge, Anne worked with colleagues to design, teach, and evaluate a nursing elective and then an interprofessional elective in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. An important outcome of this work was the advancement of interprofessional learning and practice at UBC and across Canada.
Anne was a leader in the development of the Canadian Nurses Association’s certification programme. With other members of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses she sought certification for this specialty and participated in the design of the first certification examination in Canada.
Awards include the RNABC Award of Excellence in Nursing Education, the Codman Award of Excellence for Neuroscience Nursing and The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Award of Recognition.