Carolyn Byrne has come full circle into her role as associate dean and director of McMaster's School of Nursing. More than three decades ago she began her academic career in McMaster's School of Nursing, and this summer returned to her alma mater to lead one of the Faculty's largest and most innovative schools.
"I feel as though I have come home," says Byrne, who started her new role July 1. "The warm welcome that everyone has shown to me has been wonderful and has made this transition effortless. Working together, I am confident in the School of Nursing's future and anticipate great things to come."
Byrne started her career at McMaster in 1981 teaching in the undergraduate and graduate-nursing programs. She was chair of McMaster's Undergraduate Nursing Program, received the President's Award for Educational Leadership, and was a nurse consultant in the Mental Heath Nursing Hamilton Wentworth Public Heath Unit.
Why bother with vaccinations?
Three members of the McMaster community volunteered their time last weekend to answer that question at the Quarantine Tent.
The interactive display allowed visitors to meet people transported from the past who, by today's standards, have vaccine-preventable diseases. It was hosted by Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS), and took place at this year's Open Streets Hamilton festival on James Street North.
At the Quarantine Tent, visitors met actors (a mix of students and healthcare professionals) who played patients with diseases such as diphtheria, polio and smallpox. The actors also communicated how the diseases affected families and communities from past eras.