Addressing the Nursing Staffing Crisis with Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy

Welcome to Season Two of Nurses’ Voices!

In the first episode of our new season, join hosts Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler as they talk with Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Vice-President, Research, Innovation & Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive at Nova Scotia Health and Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research at Dalhousie University.

Watch and listen as they speak with Gail about the ongoing nursing staffing and human resource challenges in Canada, where up to 30% of the nursing workforce is out due to COVID-19. There is burnout and moral distress amongst nurses, and the situation is dire. However, there is also optimism that with the right strategies and investments, we have an opportunity to address nursing staffing issues, retain nurses and improve care delivery in Canada.

We wish to thank Pfizer Canada for their sponsorship of Season Two of Nurses’ Voices, and to the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Canadian Nurses Association for their ongoing support.

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About Our Guest

Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCAN, FCAHS
Vice-President, Research, Innovation & Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive at Nova Scotia Health
Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research at Dalhousie University

From Gail:

Growing up between Calgary and Halifax, I had the benefit of being exposed to different cultures and communities across this country. Those early impressions of this diversity have stuck with me through my education, training, and professional life. Drawn to health and healthcare as a career choice, I began my health sciences journey as a critical care nurse. Fueled by a desire to help people and seeing first-hand the challenges met by patients and families trying to access care services propelled me to continue my education in the area of needs-based health system planning. Improved access to healthcare through research, health system design and policy are areas that I have continued to contribute to as a health leader.

In my current role as Vice-President, Research, Innovation & Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive at Nova Scotia Health, I have the privilege of leading a great team of dedicated people committed to developing a world-class Learning Health System in our province. Together, we are catalyzing a culture, capacity and capabilities to integrate evidence-informed planning, decision-making and policy setting aimed at improving access to quality health care for Nova Scotians. Part of our transformed implementation of the provincial Nursing Strategy, I have developed strategies to revitalize our recruitment and retention program.

As Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, I have been able to work with international partners to advance population needs-based approaches to planning for the health workforce, monitor and evaluate health systems and programs, advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice and health leadership. This global health work has been exciting and allows me to bring this international perspective to local problems. I believe we have to always seek new and innovative ways to engage, collaborate and adapt our health system to our population needs.

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