Welcome to the new Dean’s Corner, featuring monthly messages from our Dean Linda Johnston to the Bloomberg Nursing community. Previous monthly messages will be archived on this page.
Dean’s Message: February 2023
We proudly join our student groups and the University of Toronto in celebrating Black History Month and recognizing the achievements and resilience of Black nursing leaders. On February 22, members of the Canadian Black Nurses Alliance (CBNA) Ovie Onagbeboma and Ola Abanta Thomas Obewu will lead an in-person discussion on the resilience of Black nurses throughout history called Black Futures: Resilience in Nursing, which I highly encourage everyone to attend. In this month’s newsletter we also celebrate the achievements of PhD student Kokui Klutse, who is the recipient of the International Doctoral Research Award from Universities Canada, in support of her timely research examining developmentally supportive care practices for preterm infants in Ghana. More details about university-wide events celebrating Black History month can be found here.
February also marks heart health month, an opportunity to raise awareness about the need to prevent heart disease and improve detection of symptoms in Canadians. Cardiovascular disease is still one of the leading causes of death in Canadian women and Associate Professor Monica Parry, shares with us her expertise and current projects that aim to address gaps in the care and research of women’s heart health in addition to empowering them to self-manage their disease.
Congratulations to Bloomberg Nursing Faculty members, Professor Kelly Metcalfe, Associate Professor Lisa Cranley, and Assistant Professor Quinn Grundy, on their recent successful receipt of grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and welcome to our newest staff members including our new Assistant Dean and Registrar Yubai Liu.
As we all continue to grimly watch the recovery efforts unfolding following the devastating earthquake in Türkiye and Syria, I would like to share my profound sorrow and concern for any members of our Bloomberg Nursing community who have friends or loved ones, colleagues or collaborators in this region of the world. A statement from U of T’s Vice President International Joe Wong includes information about personal support services available to U of T community members, and also notes that for any members of our community who are moved to contribute to relief efforts, donations made to the Canadian Red Cross between February 6-22 will be matched by the Government of Canada.
Linda Johnston PhD FEANS FCAHS FAAN
Dean and Professor
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing