Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Alumni Spotlight: Julia Roitenberg

Bloomberg Nursing alumni do extraordinary things in the communities in which they work and live, and we take great pride in the work they do. To date, there are nearly 11,000 Bloomberg Nursing alumni, all of whom have made or continue to make a positive impact in the world of nursing.

Julia Roitenberg is one such alumni.

Julia Roitenberg RN, MN, MBA candidate

Title: Director, Child and Family Health and Chief Nursing Officer

Organization/Hospital/Practice: York Region Public Health

Hometown: Born in Kishinev, Moldova. Grew up in Haifa, Israel.

Current town/city: Vaughan, Ontario

Year of graduation: Master of Nursing, 2005

Currently a student, again: Global Executive MBA in Healthcare and Life Sciences at the Rotman School of Management, U of T. Expected graduation: March 2020

Interests, activities, clubs and professional organizations:

I feel lucky to have such an amazing nursing career and feel very passionate about giving back!!!

Board Director with the Ontario Public Health Association

Past Board Director with RNAO – Member at Large, Administration

Certified Professional Coach and passionate about people development through coaching and mentoring. Have done numerous one on one as well as group coaching sessions with nurses and other health professionals focusing specifically on leadership development. I have worked with new managers and supervisors and helped them create high functioning teams in a nurturing work environment where everyone has a voice and people are able to thrive.

I have an adjunct appointment with the Faculty of Nursing and have been engaged in meeting with new nursing students discussing their career goals and aspirations

Greatest professional accomplishment:

My key career accomplishments:

  1. Developing people through coaching and mentoring. Including the creation of an in house leadership development program in public health
  2. Strategic planning – collaboratively setting the direction for the future of division and seeing outcomes and impact these strategic directions create on the health of our population
  3. Quality initiatives – Excellence Canada Silver Accreditation
  4. Initiating and Engaging in the Best Practice Spotlight Organization initiative with RNAO
  5. Achieving the Baby Friendly Initiative Designation for York Region Public Health

What is/was your favourite thing about nursing?

The impact that we have on patients/clients and their families, being there for others in their most challenging times and making a difference in people’s lives

Nursing is very versatile profession that enables us to work in different fields throughout our careers – from public health to acute care. There is strong nursing leadership at all levels: service delivery, administration, research, academia and policy.

What advice do you have for current Bloomberg Nursing students?

Engage in a variety of school activities – not just the academic courses. There is much more that the faculty can offer you for your leadership development.

Get to know your classmates – they are very “cool” and may lead you to new career explorations.

Connect with the faculty members on a 1:1 basis, if and when possible. Their knowledge and insights are life changing.

Get involved with professional nursing associations such as the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). RNAO has been a fundamental driving force in my career development. I was able to connect with nurses across the whole system and better understand their impact on health as well as their day to day challenges. In addition, I had an opportunity to meet and build relationships with nursing leaders and learn from them.

Visit Julia’s LinkedIn profile to learn more.

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