About Nursing

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Nursing is part of the Collaborative Academic Practice portfolio led by Dr. Joy Richards, Vice President Patient Experience & Chief Health Professions.

Dynamic leadership, innovative education, supportive professional development! These are just a few of the ways University Health Network supports a positive work environment for nurses. UHN has more than 3,500 nursing staff and more than 1,300 nursing students completing their clinical placements each year.

Our nurses are supported by a strong leadership team consisting of Nurse Managers, Patient Care Coordinators, Directors, Advanced Practice Nurse Educators, Nursing Administration Coordinators, Nurse Clinicians and Advanced Practice Nurses.​

We w​ent to the source to find out what it means to be a UHN nurse.

One of the highlights of Nursing at UHN is our patient centred approach to caring for patients and families. Our professional practice model puts patients first and provides a foundation for excellence in patient care, research and education.

Dr. Joy Richards, Vice President Patient Experience & Chief Health Professions

Nursing, Joy Richard's PictureAs the Vice President, Health Professions & Chief Nurse Executive, I report to the President and Chief Executive Officer and am a member of the senior management team, the Medical Advisory Committee, the Patient Safety Council, and the UHN Board of Trustees. In this role, I lead patient-centered care, provide strategic direction for practice, education and research, and promote shared leadership for nursing at ​UHN.

These are exciting, and yet challenging, times for the nursing profession.

The relationship between quality of work life for nurses, nursing care and positive patient outcomes is supported in recent research. We are building a positive work environment to support autonomou​s professional practice and professional development for nurses at UHN.

Contact: Dr. Joy Richards - RN, PhD


UHN is a work place where you will enjoy the unique challenges of your chosen field, create and engage in best practices, and you will be at the heart of facilities bringing the world new health care​ innovations. . 

Find out more at UHN Careers.