Bloomberg Nursing representatives elected to U of T Governing Council and Academic Board

31 March 2014

Two representatives from Bloomberg Nursing have been elected to the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, and one acclaimed to the Academic Board. Governing Council oversees the academic, business and student affairs of the University. Membership is made up of 25 members from within the internal University community, including administrative staff, teaching staff and students, and 25 members external to the University.

Elizabeth Peter is an Associate Professor at Bloomberg Nursing, and is pleased to be elected to the Governing Council. Her scholarship reflects her interdisciplinary background in nursing, philosophy and bioethics. In addition to her seat on Governing Council, Peter is Chair of the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board, an expert faculty member on the Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Program of Sigma Theta Tau International and a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at U of T. Professor Peter will serve a three year term.

Alexandra Harris is currently in her second year of the doctoral program at Bloomberg Nursing. Having recently completed a joint MN/MHSc (Health Administration), Harris is a Junior Fellow at U of T’s Massey College. In her doctoral work, Ms. Harris studies the relationship between nursing intellectual capital (nursing knowledge assets) and hospital performance. Ms. Harris will serve a one-year term.

Anne Simmonds is a lecturer at Bloomberg Nursing, and has been acclaimed as a representative to the Academic Board for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2014. Dr. Simmonds teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and has extensive experience as a maternal child nurse and educator, most recently in high-risk obstetrics. Her doctoral work examined nurses’ moral understanding of childbearing women and families earned her the Dean’s Medal. Her current work focuses on ethical decision-making in perinatal nursing and exploring the dimensions of rural health care delivery, particularly for marginalized women. Dr. Simmonds will serve a three year term