UCalgary Nursing Mental Health & Wellness Strategy
Flourishing together in a caring community
Our faculty is the first unit at UCalgary to launch a three year initiative that will embed the Campus Mental Health Strategy into our strategic plan pillar of wellness for work and study.
Throughout the first year, an implementation committee will identify opportunities through a needs assessment to understand what makes UCalgary Nursing students, faculty and staff thrive.
During year two, we focus on putting research into practice by introducing new policies, procedures and curriculum changes.
At the close of the third year, we intend to evaluate progress and establish a model for sustainability that can be shared with other faculties at UCalgary and across Canada to follow.
Overview of strategy 2019-2022
2019 - 2020
Needs assessment and Logic Model development
Our Goal: Measure Faculty of Nursing needs, hopes/wishes for initiative
Gather existing and new information within the Faculty of Nursing community (UCalgary and Medicine Hat College) to inform mental health and wellness strategy including needs, desired outcomes, and intervention planning.
2020 - 2021
Intervention planning based on Year 1 needs assessment
Our Goal: Measure psychological wellness of community using Guarding Minds tool
Based on interventions identified in Year 1, develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-informed mental health and wellness strategies to support the mental health and well-being of all Faculty of Nursing community members.
Conduct a quantitative measure of psychological wellness of staff, faculty and students using the Guarding Minds tool.
2021 - 2022
Evaluation of interventions
Our Goal: Create a sustainability plan and culture shift
Evaluate influence of UCalgary Nursing Mental Health and Wellness Initiative, the work of the Faculty of Nursing Indigenous Initiatives, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on shifting perceptions on topics that influence mental health and wellness.
There will be qualitative focus groups with members of the nursing community to review the results of Phase 1 and 2 surveys, to identify gaps and collect recommendations to inform intervention planning.
Dec. 1, 2018
The Faculty of Nursing formally adopts the University of Calgary Campus Mental Health Strategy: Creating a Community of Caring.
March 5, 2019
The Faculty of Nursing became one of the first to embed the university’s institutional mental health strategy by developing a three-year initiative.
Dr. Jacqueline Smith is appointed Director, Mental Health and Wellness.
Nov. 7, 2019
UCalgary Nursing Mental Health and Wellness website launches
Jan. 27, 2020
UCalgary Nursing Mental Health and Wellness Initiative holds its first Town Hall and reports the Needs Assessment Results.
UCalgary Nursing Wellness Dog program cancelled due to COVID
Update to our faculty on this mental health and wellness initiative...