Dean’s Corner October 2022
Dean’s Message: October 2022
Our fall academic term is in full-swing, and I know that many of you are working hard preparing to take your mid-term tests and exams while advancing your learning in our simulation lab and in your clinical placements. For our faculty and graduate students, many of you are in the middle of preparing grant applications or moving forward with your research, while others are working and balancing time between their clinical roles and time in the classroom.
Whether you are a student, faculty member or a member of staff, I would like to commend each of you on making it to this mid-way point. Congratulate yourself and recognize with pride what you have accomplished as we head into the second half of this fall term.
Much of the time, we do not realize the impact of our accomplishments as nurses, scientists, and researchers on the health of communities, spanning geographic boundaries and regional health systems.
That widespread impact and leadership potential is the basis for our upcoming and highly anticipated Verna Huffman Splane Lecture on November 9, featuring Annette Kennedy, President Emeritus of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), and a U of T honorary degree recipient. Annette’s keynote address entitled We are Nurses – A Global Perspective on Nursing, Healthcare and the Economy will focus on the interconnected relationship between health services and the economy including how collective action among nurses and international bodies like the ICN, can create lasting change for nurses and health systems worldwide.
In this month’s newsletter you will learn more about the impact of research from Associate Professor Craig Dale whose work has contributed to a major change in American guidelines for pneumonia prevention among ICU patients on mechanical ventilators. October is also breast cancer awareness month and in this edition of e-Pulse, we invite you to discover more about Professor Kelly Metcalfe’s innovative research which seeks to revolutionize genetic testing to provide women diagnosed with breast cancer more support in navigating their treatment options.
Finally, I would like to congratulate our own Professor Kathy McGilton on her recent induction as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy Nursing. This honour recognizes her integral role as an international leader in the field of aging and her work improving the lives of older adults.
I look forward to seeing many of you in-person at some of our upcoming events.
Until then stay well.
Linda Johnston PhD FEANS FCAHS FAAN
Dean and Professor
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing