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Thank you for your interest in exploring opportunities for investment in Nursing at McMaster. For over 60 years, the School of Nursing has been building a legacy of leading, engaging and inspiring, locally and across the globe.  We invite you to become a partner in this legacy through a financial gift to the School. Every gift makes a difference.  Together, we can strengthen the contribution of nursing to the improvement of health for all.

Opportunities for Investment

Add to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research

The HSFO Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research focuses on education and training of cardiovascular nurse-scientists, and on clinical research in improving cardiovascular health.  The Chair works closely with McMaster’s health partners to encourage new research and postgraduate studies in cardiovascular nursing, with the goal of improving the contribution of nurse scientists to knowledge and to the care of patients with heart disease and their families.

The Chair is the result of a visionary commitment by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario in combination with unprecedented support from the McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences communities, including Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, the Henderson Research Centre, the Population Health Research Institute and McMaster’s School of Nursing.

Add to the Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing

The Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing focuses on education and research that supports community-based primary health care nursing.  This type of health care ranges from nurses working in tuberculosis clinics to those working with volunteers in remote or rural areas in community health centres. It encourages self-reliance and community participation in decision-making about health issues and health promotion initiatives.

The Chair is named in honour of Dorothy C. Hall, a pioneer in primary health care nursing and long-time international nursing consultant with the World Health Organization.  It has been made possible through generous donations to the School of Nursing, including a bequest from the late Henrietta Alderson, one of three founding faculty members of the undergraduate nursing program, as well as contributions from Dorothy Hall and other nursing faculty donors.

Endow and name a new Chair or Professorship in Nursing

Endowed Chairs and Professorships allow the Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing to recognize distinguished academic achievement and enhance education, research and service capacity  in areas of importance to the School, Faculty and partners.  The focus of an endowed Chair or Professorship represents a match between the donor’s interest(s) and the strengths and interests of  the School of Nursing.

Two areas of interest to the School for the development of a Chair or Professorship are:

  • Endowed Chair in Social Inequities in Health — This Chair would focus on achieving a better understanding of social inequities in health and using that knowledge to effect change through policy and interprofessional education and service.  The scope of the Chair’s influence would be local to global, encompassing the unique issues related to women and children, recent immigrants, and marginalized populations.  The work of the Chair would expand the impact of the School’s existing Chair in Primary Health Care.  Innovative linkages within the Faculty of  Health Sciences and within the University (e.g. Social Work; Geography; Gerontology; etc.) would be key to achieving the mandate of the Chair.
  • Endowed Professorship in Nursing Research — This Professorship would be held by the Associate Dean, Nursing and the funds used to support the salaries of promising, novice researchers in the School for a period of up to 3 years to enable them to build a solid foundation for their research careers.  This Professorship is aligned with the School’s plan to optimize research, scholarship and the utilization of knowledge in practice

Establish and name a scholarship or bursary

Invest in our undergraduate and/or graduate students through a scholarship or bursary and impact thousands of lives as those students make a difference in nursing and health throughout their careers.  Scholarships aligned with the School’s areas of expertise would have the additional benefit of attracting quality graduate students to McMaster who share an interest in these areas and who could contribute meaningfully to the School’s priorities both as students and potentially as faculty upon graduation.  

These areas include:

  • Nursing Education — focus on technology, interprofessional initiatives and evaluation
  • Health of Populations — focus on women and children, socio-economically disadvantaged people and global perspectives
  • Wellness and Healing Across the Lifespan — focus on mental health, gerontology, violence prevention, cardiovascular health and cancer
  • Leadership, Practice and Policy — focus on leadership and management, Advanced Practice Nursing, knowledge exchange and policy

For donors interested in international health, a Student Travel Scholarship — International Clinical Learning may be a desirable option.  This scholarship would reduce the financial barriers that prevent some students from pursuing the opportunity to complete a portion of their clinical learning in an international clinical environment.  Such an experience transforms students; a travel scholarship would ensure that a student’s limited financial resources don’t put this opportunity out of reach.

To discuss these or other opportunities for investment in the School of Nursing, please contact Dr. Carolyn Byrne, Associate Dean and Director of the School of Nursing, at 905.525.9140, ext. 22400, or by email (  We look forward to developing an exciting, mutually rewarding partnership with you!  We also wish to thank those who have already invested in us for their support and generosity.

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