Dean’s Corner September 2022
Dean’s Message: September 2022
The start of a new academic term is upon us, and I want to welcome each of you, especially our first-year nursing students, as we embark on what I hope will be, a very successful and productive year at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.
For some of you this will be the first time you are experiencing a full return to in-person learning. Our faculty, staff, and clinical instructors are eager to see you back on campus and in your placements while we also continue to follow health policies in line with both our hospital partners and the University. If you have questions about our COVID-19 policies including our strong recommendation on masking indoors on campus and our mask requirement in the simulation lab, I invite you to stay up-to-date on this and other health information by frequently checking our COVID-19 Information page.
While the nursing profession is experiencing a tumultuous time, I want you to know that nursing leaders including our own graduates are working tirelessly to improve the future of nursing and the future of our health care system. A few weeks ago, our alumna Dr. Leigh Chapman was named Federal Chief Nursing Officer, a newly reinstated role that will once again give nurses a critical voice in policy decisions that affect our workforce. In our interview with Dr. Chapman she shares her aspirations for this new role and reflects on how her time at Bloomberg Nursing has helped shape her career path.
Whether you are returning as a graduate student or joining us for the first time this year, I know many of you have a story about what motivates your journey in nursing. I invite you to read our latest story featuring Jinal Patel and Conor Chiasson, two first year BScN students whose enthusiasm, commitment, and determination about the field of nursing is, I think, an inspiration to us all.
This fall season will be a busy time for everyone, but I encourage you to take time to attend events, get to know your peers and your faculty members, and learn about the important and timely research being undertaken by our innovative researchers. And finally, take time for yourself, let us start this new term off with a focus on wellness, academic rigour and a newfound sense of community.
Stay safe and stay well.
Linda Johnston PhD FEANS FCAHS FAAN
Dean and Professor
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing