Centenary Medal – Pam Ratner

Pamela Ratner’s nursing career began at Vancouver General Hospital, where she graduated from the School of Nursing in 1979 and worked in various clinical specialties ranging from palliative care and haematology to critical care and emergency nursing. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science, Master of Nursing and doctoral degree – all from the University of Alberta – as well as an epidemiology certificate from Tufts University, Ratner joined the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Health Promotion Research as a Medical Research Council and Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in 1995. The following year, Ratner was appointed Assistant Professor at UBC’s School of Nursing. Over the next 18 years, she developed an extensive research program, received $10 million in research funding, published widely, supported numerous graduate students and was promoted to Professor. Throughout her career, Ratner has contributed significantly to the School of Nursing and the profession overall through her various leadership and board roles at the Registered Nurses Association of B.C., the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the Canadian Nurses Association. Her awards of recognition include the Canadian Association for Nursing Research’s Outstanding New Investigator Award; the Registered Nurses Association of B.C. Award of Excellence in Nursing Research; and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Research. In 2007, she was elected a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Since 2013 Ratner has held leadership roles at UBC and is currently the university’s Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Enrolment and Academic Facilities.