“I have a passion for the nursing profession. I see the potential that nurses have to make a difference to individual patients but also the collective opportunity we have to impact the health of Canadians.”
Julia Scott recently became the permanent Vice-President of Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Executive (CNE). She has a long history with Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) not only as a member of senior leadership team from 2007 to 2012 but also as a member of the community.
“I always wanted to work at my local hospital. MSH, even when it was new, had a great reputation as an organization that was ahead of its time with respect to quality care.”
When she came back to MSH near the beginning of COVID-19, she never expected it to become a permanent position.
“I was only looking for an interim role when I came here, but then I fell in love with the team. I realized I’ve spent one third of my life in leadership development teaching others about how to navigate change and the importance of finding your purpose. Here, I found my team, my skills aligned with the hospital’s needs, and I had an opportunity to contribute. I realized I wasn’t ready for retirement.”
As VP/CNE, Julia is committed to helping all MSH staff succeed and thrive through these challenging times. “Our staff have never faced so much change. Uncertainty and unpredictability have become a way of life, and I am here to support everyone as we learn collectively how to survive and thrive”.
Recently, Julia was included in the Canadian Nursing Association’s inaugural class of Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Nursing. Julia believes her work as one of the founders of the Dorothy Wylie Health Leadership Institute was one of the main reasons for her inclusion.
“What a fabulous honour. I’ve spent 20 years with my colleagues in the Institute providing leadership coaching and development to health care leaders across Canada, and this is an acknowledgment of this work.”
In her spare time, Julia pursues her passion for learning about family history and genealogy and was recently elected as Vice President of Ontario Ancestors Board of Directors.