Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

RSVP – Verna Huffman Splane Lecture w/ Speaker Judith Shamian

Lecture Details
Judith Shamian Bio
  • Politics and Policy in Global Health: Lessons Learned from Dr. Verna Splane

    We always stand on the shoulders of our ancestors and the shoulders of giants.  Global politics and policies underpin our daily wellbeing and the health of our nations.  There is no health without nursing, and there is no health without nursing engaged in policy and politics for global health.

    Lessons we can learn from great leaders/giants like Florence Nightingale, Verna Splane, Mother Teresa and many more are essential to consider for today and tomorrow.  Nurses and women need to take on the moral commitment to act on behalf of those that can’t act or speak for themselves.

    This inaugural speech will examine the current reality and the actions needed to achieve a different reality.

  • JUDITH SHAMIAN, RN, PhD, LLD (hon), D.Sci (hon), FAAN, was the 27th President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), also is past president and CEO of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). Dr. Shamian is past president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). She is also a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and the founding executive director of the Office of Nursing Policy at Health Canada.

    Dr. Shamian served at 2016 as a Commissioner on the UN High level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

    Dr. Shamian is a strong voice for the role and impact of nurses and nursing can make on global health.  Global Health will only be attained by including governments, civil society, private and public sectors and professional voices in the planning and implementing of global agendas like UHC, NCDs, SDGs and others.


Date: October 30, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Please note: Light appetizers will be served from 5:30-6:00 pm, and the lecture will commence at 6pm.
Location: Main Auditorium, Women’s College Hospital (76 Grenville St, Toronto, ON M5S 1B2)

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