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The School of Nursing Welcomes Dr. Leigh Chapman, Chief Nursing Officer for Health Canada

Posted by Theresa Gilbert on October 18, 2022 in News


Dr. Chapman was announced as the new Chief Nursing Officer of Canada on August 23, 2022. In this role, she will provide strategic advice from a nursing perspective to Health Canada on priority policy and program areas, including health workforce planning and stability, long-term care, home care, palliative care, mental health, alcohol and drug use, models of care, scope of practice and competencies. She will play a convening role with provincial/territorial governments along with federal health populations, the broad range of nursing stakeholders, regulatory bodies/colleges and educators on key nursing issues and will represent the Government of Canada at public forums, both within and outside of Canada.

Dr. Chapman's nursing career has spanned almost 20 years, and in that time, she has gained a deep understanding of nursing through a variety of clinical leadership positions in home and community care, research, academic, regulatory, and professional practice environments. Her background in direct service provision includes critical care (i.e., intensive care unit, emergency department), community care (i.e., home care, harm reduction, and camp nursing), as well as education in professional associations (i.e., the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario).

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