May 2020

Special Edition

Celebrating National Nursing Week

During National Nursing Week 2020, Western honours those who have dedicated their lives to protecting and preserving the lives of others – even at grave risk to themselves and their loved ones.

Today’s pandemic has brought the valuable work of nurses into clear focus for the world – our work continues to focus on preparing the profession to meet the challenge of tomorrow.

With early roots in public health and community health nursing a century ago, the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western continues to unite students from across the country and around the world in the nurse’s way of being – of understanding and supporting the human condition.

Throughout 2020 we have been celebrating 100 years of Nursing at Western and all that has gone into making us a research leader with the clear goal of transforming education, services, systems and policies that affect health. Our past has informed our present and will continue to influence our future over the next 100 years.

This website captures just some of Western’s history of nursing education excellence and showcases the many ways that our members are impacting the health of individuals, families and communities, close to home, and around the world.

Labatt Family gift supports nursing education, research

Research, community involvement and technology are at the heart of a $5-million gift to Western from long-time donors and Western supporters Arthur and Sonia Labatt.

Exploring better way back for mental-health patients

A new model for individuals facing mental-health challenges offers smoother transitions back into the community following hospitalization – all while saving the health-care system millions of dollars annually, according to a Western researcher.

Study backs shelter space as housing solution

A program to convert emergency shelter space into long-term affordable housing showed incredible benefits for the community’s most vulnerable, prompting a call from Western researchers to push for additional permanent housing solutions in emergency shelters nationwide.

Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence

Eight exceptional faculty members have been awarded Western’s highest honours for leading and inspiring their students. Collectively and individually, they exemplify the heart of excellence in teaching – and their influence has stretched across faculties, disciplines and decades.

Western teams recruited in effort to combat COVID-19

Two Western research teams have been named key players in an accelerated national effort to understand and control the spread of COVID-19.

30+30 adds up for professor, local nonprofit

Thirteen days into his month-long series of triathlons, Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn hit the wall. “I was cooked. I was toast. I couldn’t make it up the stairs.”

Study: Online tool help combat partner violence

Canadian women experiencing intimate partner violence benefited from the use of a personalized digital lifeline linking them to information, supports and help, according to a new study into the use of the online tool co-developed by a Western researcher.

Research turns trauma healing into art form

Western professors Tara Mantler and Kimberley Jackson were co-investigators in a study that identified cognitive behavioural therapy as helpful for traumatized mothers-to-be. They then had that research translated to visual art and poetry.

Museum London marks century of nursing education

A new Museum London exhibit highlights a century of nursing education in London. Throughout the exhibit, the common theme is that educating nursing professionals was – and is – about public health, bedside care and solid research.

Nursing professor gives local fundraising a ‘tri’

Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn is planning to swim, cycle and run one triathlon each day for a month to raise money for Atlohsa’s homelessness relief efforts.

Bolstered mother-child bonds at heart of research

While treating postpartum depression itself doesn’t always end up benefiting the mother/child relationship, Nursing professor Panagiota Tryphonopoulos is looking at ways to bolster this critical bond.

Research explores state of migrant worker protections

Federal protections lacking in clarity, accessibility and enforcement are leaving thousands of migrant workers across Canada open to exploitation, and in some cases putting their health and lives at risk to maintain employment, according to a Western researcher.