Master of Nursing-Clinical Student
“U of T, over any other university, has more to offer students in terms of awards and scholarships and that kind of support allows me to study without facing the stress of crippling student debt.
“I’ve worked in different health care settings and the reputation of Bloomberg Nursing always remained the same: It has the best faculty, the highest calibre of research and an esteemed position within the health care system.”
Melinda Wall took a desire to go into women’s counselling and turned it into a thriving nursing career that has made a difference to numerous lives. Focused on influencing health and wellness in the fields of mental health and public health, always with a focus on vulnerable populations, Wall has developed a crucial understanding of what the system needs to put in place to reduce health inequities for these groups
“Currently, my work is with adult mental health and vulnerable seniors in the Poverty and Health program,” says Wall, a Public Health Nurse at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit. “While every situation is unique but many have similarities that need to be addressed at a systems level and I want to lend my voice to make positive changes for individuals and communities.”
In order to achieve those goals, Wall knew a master’s program would equip her with the critical-thinking, analytical and communication skills needed to have a greater impact at the policy and systems level. Wall also recognized that Bloomberg Nursing was one of the only faculties to explore the nursing profession at a deeper level than other academic institutions and it was a natural decision to begin her studies in 2011.
The prospect of starting a master’s program on top of working full-time, participating in many professional organizations at the local and provincial level and being a mother to two little boys could seem daunting, but not to Wall. A supportive family and a passion to keep learning has Wall excelling at UofT Nursing. Her studies have garnered her financial and academic awards, and she has even found the time to lend her talents to the Graduate Nursing Student Society.
This multifaceted nursing professional already embodies the integrity, compassion and knowledge that are the cornerstones of the nursing profession. U of T Nursing is helping to bring her career to the next level and strengthen the voice of the most vulnerable in society.
“Nurses have such a positive influence on the health of individuals and communities when they are practising to their full scope,” says Wall. “Through Bloomberg Nursing I hope to have the opportunity to empower nurses and nursing students in carrying out the brilliant work they do.”