NUS Global Health Conference - Nursing Perspectives in Global Health

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155 College Street

Health Sciences Building, 6th floor Auditorium (610)

Toronto, ON M5T 1P8

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The Nursing Undergraduate Society (N.U.S.) presents the 2018 Global Health conference. The aim of the conference is to explore nursing roles in global health from various perspectives including policy, capacity building, humanitarian work, research, and Indigenous health.

We are honoured to have Judith Shamian as our keynote speaker. Dr. Shamian was the immediate past president of the Interntional Council of Nurses and brings her extensive expertise in global health policy to the conference. Please join us to learn about how nurses can engage with issues impacting populations around the globe!


4:00pm - Registration and refreshments
5:00pm - Conference opening remarks
5:15pm - Keynote speech by Judith Shamian
6:15pm - Panel Discussion
7:00pm - Dinner
7:30pm - Break-out sessions
8:30pm - Conference closing


Tickets cost $10 for general admission, which includes a dinner and refreshments.

All conference participants will have the opportunity to attend the keynote speech, panel discussion, and breakout session. Panelists represent a global health nursing role and each panelist will be leading a separate breakout session following dinner.

Please select ONE session to attend when purchasing your ticket. We are unable to accomodate changes to breakout sessions once your ticket has been purchased, and sessions will be capped at a maximum of 30 participants.

How to purchase tickets:

Choose ticket based on break-out session you would like to attend

  • Indigenous Health -Melissa Stevenson, Anishnawbe Health Toronto
  • Research - Robin Enns, University of Toronto
  • Humanitarian Work - Veronica Van Dam & Johana Amar, MSF Canada
  • Capacity Building - Qatar Experience -Allison Dalby, SickKids International
  • Capacity Building - Nursing Education Partnerships - Karla Wentzel & Karin Zekveld SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

i.e. If you want to attend the break-out session on Humanitarian work then you would select the ticket 'Admission - Humanitarian Work'

Please read the following speaker biographies to help facilitate your choice!


  • Humanitarian Work

Veronica will lead the panel discussion. Both Veronica and Johana will be co-leading a session focusing on their experiences working with MSF Canada.

Veronica Van Dam RN(EC), MN-NP - MSF Canada
Veronica has spent most of her career working overseas with MSF and in Malawi with Dignitas International and has extensive experience nursing in Northern Canada. She currently serves as a Director on the board of MSF Canada.

Johana Amar RN, BScN, MPH - Research Association and Advanced Clinical Practice Educator
A significant part of Johana's career has been dedicated to medical- humanitarian causes having worked with MSF in various roles and contexts in a number of countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. She also held a health advisor position at MSF Headquarters from 2008 - 2012.

  • Capacity Building: Nursing Education Partnerships

Stephanie de Young will lead the panel discussion. Karla Wentzel & Karin Zekveld will co-facilitate the break-out session entitled Capacity Building in Low Resource Settings: SickKids Nursing Education Partnerships.

The session will include an interactive quiz to test your knowledge of global child health, a demonstration of the interactive teaching methods used in nursing education and reflections from the SickKids educators involved in capacity building in Ghana, Ethiopia and the Caribbean

Stephanie de Young RN, BScN, MSc - Nursing Manager, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

As a Nursing Manager with over 10 years of nursing leadership experience at SickKids, Stephanie focuses on the design and implementation of nursing education partnerships in Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Caribbean. By working with nurses, patients and families both locally and globally, Stephanie has developed expertise in designing learner-centred health professional education in low resource settings, preparing nurses to participate in global health assignments, and building effective global nursing partnerships. She also currently holds an Adjunct Appointment with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

Karla Wentzel RN, BScN, MN-NP - Nursing Education Specialist, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

Karla is a paediatric nurse practitioner, who splits her time between a clinical role at SickKids with the Suspected child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program and providing leadership in education to capacity building projects with the Centre for Global Child Health. Karla has worked on projects revolving around nursing education in Ethiopia, Ghana and the Caribbean. Karla has an Adjunct Clinical Appointment with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing - University of Toronto.

Karin Zekveld RN, BScN, MN - Nursing Education Specialist, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

Karin is passionate about Global Health development & teaching and has previous humanitarian work experience working as an OR nurse with Mercy Ships in Sierra Leonne, and with SickKids developing and implementing curriculum in Ethiopia. Her interest in education took her back to complete her Masters in Nursing Leadership and Education. Karin is currently involved in capacity building projects and providing education leadership in Ghana. She also works part time clinically in the Operating Room (OR).

  • Capacity Building: The Qatar Experience

Allison Dalby RN, MN-NP Candidate - SickKids International
From 2012-2014 Allison implemented a capacity building program through SickKids International to improve neonatal care in Qatar. This entailed direct, in-unit support and teaching for local nurses with refined knowledge, technical skill and critical thinking. Allison's clinical expertise includes neonatal care and sexual health, includes sexual assault and domestic violence care.

  • Research

Robin Enns RN, MSc Global Health, PhD candidate at the University of Toronto
Robin's research looks at the challenges and successes of international partnerships in health professions education between high income and low/middle-income countries. Her clinical experience includes TB Prevention and Health Promotion with the Region of Peel Public Health and ER nursing at Hamilton General Hospital.

  • Indigenous Health

Melissa Stevenson, RN, BScN, CDE - Anishnawbe Health Toronto
For the past 6 years, Melissa has worked within the Diabetes Education Program, promoting the prevention and management of diabetes within Indigenous communities. She has spent most of her professional career working with Indigenous health & research, focusing on understanding lived experience.The mission at Anishnawbe Health Toronto is to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous people in spirit, mind, emotion and body by providing Traditional Healing with an intradisciplinary health model.


Registration will begin at 4 pm outside of the 6th floor auditorium. Please check in at the registration table with your electronic or printed Eventbrite ticket. Coffee and light snacks will be available at this time.

A pizza dinner will be served. If you have dietary restrictions please contact Dan Rowland at daniel.rowland@mail.utoronto.ca.

For all other inquiries, please contact Anna Foster at anna.foster@mail.utoronto.ca

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

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Toronto, ON M5T 1P8

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