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“What will you do next?” Preparing for a career in nursing

Convocation is in the air right now at Queen’s. Almost every day, graduates in gowns can be spotted on campus, smiling, carrying flowers and posing for pictures. On Monday last week, our nursing graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees in Grant Hall. As they did so, they moved on to a new chapter in their lives. And I am sure that now, more than ever (and like all of the other recent graduates across campus), they have been asked the age-old question: “what will you do next?”

Placements in India and Tanzania inspire eight student OTs

The following is a guest post by one of our student communication ambassadors and soon-to-be graduate, Ilan Mester (OT’17).

Occupational Therapy knows no boundaries and eight student OTs are proving that. Thanks to the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Scholarship in International Community Based Rehabilitation, these second-year students are now completing their final placement and a community development project in India and Tanzania.

Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital Decide to Integrate

One of the best things about being a Dean at Queen’s is the close and special relationship I have with our three academic hospitals in Kingston. I serve as a proud board member of the hospitals and meet on a regular basis with members of the senior executive team. In fact, it’s been my observation that the relationships between the hospitals and the University are closer and more integrated in Kingston than in most academic medical centres across the country.

Setting our sights high: creating a new strategic plan

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” ~ Orison Swett Marden

Shortly after my arrival at Queen’s just over five years ago, we developed a strategic plan for the School of Medicine. This plan has served as a fundamental guide to monitor our accomplishments, and measure our progress against stated goals and targets.

We are all very proud of the accomplishments to date, many of which were guided by our last strategic plan. Some of these successes include:

Nursing Students identify and create a network of spaces for Breastfeeding at Queen’s

Guest Blog by Dr. Katie Goldie, Assistant Professor, Queen’s School of Nursing

Queen’s Alumni Walk 500 Miles for Parkinson’s

Harry McMurtry (left) and Sue Thompson went to the same high school, both studied at Queen’s, and being athletically inclined, both played varsity sports. And yet despite being in the same place at the same time many times in their young lives, the two never met until decades later. It wasn’t because of their hometown or university connection; it was because of a mutual diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

Groundbreaking cardiopulmonary research centre coming to Queen’s

The Faculty of Health Sciences will soon be home to a new research centre – Queen’s CardioPulmonary Unit (Q-CPU). Q-CPU is the brainchild of Dr. Stephen Archer, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mitochondrial Dynamics and Translational Medicine, and Head of the Department of Medicine. Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation jointly awarded $7.7 million to Dr. Archer and a team of 20 investigators for this project. Q-CPU members are a functioning team with established collaborations.

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