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Medves reappointed nursing school director

By Communications Staff

Jennifer Medves has been reappointed as director of the School of Nursing and vice-dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences for a second five-year term, having served in the position since 2009.

“Queen’s School of Nursing achieved the highest level of accreditation possible from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing during Dr. Medves’ first term, a testament to her leadership skills and desire to deliver the best possible nursing education to students,” says Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. “Dr. Medves is also to be commended for spearheading the master of science in healthcare quality program and leading a province-wide initiative to improve nursing simulation that received a $5.8 million grant from the Ontario government’s Productivity and Innovation Fund.”

[Jennifer Medves]Dr. Jennifer Medves

Dr. Medves remains an active educator in addition to her administrative duties. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs and supervises master’s and doctoral students. Her commitment to advancing nursing education has helped prepare students to provide high quality and safe health care in a multitude of situations and settings.

One of the most productive nursing researchers in Canada, Dr. Medves has held a Career Scientist Award from the Ministry of Health and Long Term-Care in support of her work in rural maternity nursing. Her research program has evolved from a focus on rural maternity care to the wider contexts of nursing in rural health care and interprofessional education.

Dr. Medves serves on Queen’s Senate and on a number of university committees. As a member of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health, she helped develop the commission’s framework and recommendations. She also serves on local, provincial and federal committees that have the mandate to examine maternity practice and sustain health care for women.

She joined Queen’s School of Nursing as an assistant professor in 2000. She was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2006 before becoming a full professor in 2010.

Dr. Medves is cross-appointed to the Department of Public Health and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. Visit the Queen’s News Centre website for the complete reappointment notice.