Nataly Viens Python, dean
‘Lausanne is not a closed city. Studying here is fabulous.’
Why did you choose to pursue your career in Lausanne?
NV | The history and reputation of La Source School of Nursing Sciences made me want to come and work in Lausanne.
Have you been in Lausanne a long time?
NV | I've been working at La Source School of Nursing Sciences since 2008. Prior to that, I worked in different places in the cantons of Vaud and Fribourg.
If you had to define the study environment in Lausanne in just three words, what would they be?
NV | Dynamic, creative, festive.
Can you tell us about your career before taking up your post as dean?
NV | After doing a university degree in nursing sciences in Quebec, I came to Switzerland. I worked as an assistant director in a nursing school, then for the Public Health Service. I then did some research at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (Institut Universitaire de médecine sociale et préventive - IUMSP) and at the Vaudois Association of Medical-Social Establishments (Association Vaudoise des EMS - AVDEMS).
The thread running through this work was to develop the quality of care.
What do you consider to be key features of research within your branch of study in Lausanne?
NV | The desire to look at professional practice from a new perspective. In a university of applied sciences, research allows you to question practices, to develop new interventions, and to analyse and respond to changing needs. The main objective is to improve the quality of care provided for the public
Can you tell us about any memorable events you have experienced during your career?
NV | There's a sense of richness in the diversity and the quality of people involved in nursing care.
How do you pass on information about discoveries? Do you hold conferences? What do you get out of your work as a dean?
NV | We publish our research on a regular basis in scientific reviews and international databases. We arrange colloquiums every year, as well as national and international conferences.
Do you wish to stay in Lausanne?
NV | I appreciate my working environment in Lausanne and my work as a dean. I feel very happy in this town and I enjoy discovering and rediscovering Lausanne every day!
Would you recommend Lausanne as a town in which to study?
NV | Completely! I like the ambiance of Lausanne, the cultural and sporting life that it offers, including the Fête de la Cité and its marathons, for example. Lausanne is a very open and lively city. It must be fabulous to study here!
What is your fondest memory of Lausanne?
NV | The 20 km race in Lausanne, because you see a different side to the city!
Interview conducted by | Tom Crawford