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Patient Advisors: Empowering Patients in Hospital Decision Making

In the Monday Globe and Mail, a front-page article appeared about Kingston General Hospital.1 The article gave an account of a terrific initiative at the hospital to comprehensively involve patients in hospital decision making processes. The story focuses on a Kingston innkeeper, Patrick Dickey, who is one of the 55 patient advisers at KGH. Specifically, the article relays how Dickey was involved in the hiring of hospital staff, as part of an interview panel in selecting a hospital phlebotomist.

A Queen’s Nursing grad making a “huge impact”

As we say good bye to nursing students at convocation we wonder where they will be in five years – how their career will have developed, what their plans are for their continued education in nursing, and where they will be living.   Christiane Gray-Schleihauf (nee Macpherson) graduated in 2011 and we remember her as a student who participated in Queen’s life and through the Nursing Science Society.  Receiving feedback from employers is part of our evaluation process but it can be difficult to find where our graduates are practicing and find the right manager.  Occasionally we receive phone

Go Canada!

Canadian pride will kick into overdrive starting this Friday with the opening of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Four-time Olympian Hailey Wickenheiser will carry the flag at the opening ceremony with our Canadian Olympic Team of 221 athletes across 14 sports.


On March 7th, the 2014 Paralympic Games will open for 1,650 Paralympians from across the globe. Here is an inspiring video about our Canadian team!

Tomorrow. Let’s Talk.

Tuesday January 28th is the fourth annual “Bell Let’s Talk Day”. This national promotion is one of the pillars of the Bell Mental Health Initiative, which was launched in 2010 with a $50 million commitment by Bell to reduce the stigma of mental illness in this country.


“Let’s Talk” is designed to engage all Canadians in the dialogue around mental health. Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives across Canada for every:

Text message sent*

Long distance call made*

Dr. Richard Reznick

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University

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