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Welcome to the School of Nursing

Our School has a rich history. For over 70 years, we have provided leadership within the Hamilton community and beyond in nursing education, nursing scholarship and research, and nursing practice.

Sandra Carroll

Dr. Sandra L. Carroll, ​Vice-Dean, Health Sciences & Executive Director, School of Nursing

Welcome to the School of Nursing at McMaster. It is my privilege and honor to serve as Vice-Dean, Health Sciences and Executive Director of the School of Nursing. At McMaster, we are committed to the education of highly skilled professional nurses who are at the heart of health care— from the hospital bedside to the community. Our vision is to advance health and well-being through excellence in nursing. Our key core values centre on respect, creativity, and caring. Nurses are advocates for patients and families through health promotion, quality care delivery, and innovative and impactful research. As a community, we are also engaged in local, national, and international nursing leadership. Nurses comprise the largest single regulated health profession in Ontario, achieving sustained excellence as our healthcare system continues to evolve. Our school has a rich history of driving healthcare since its inception in 1946. Alongside our hospital, community, and educational partners, we continue to shape healthcare by ensuring excellence in our students. Our School’s faculty and staff are the key drivers of our student success. I look forward to working with all students, faculty, and our leadership team. Together, we invite you to explore and engage in all that our School of Nursing has to offer.

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Dr. Nancy Carter, Assistant Dean, Nursing Graduate Program

The objective of the Nursing Graduate Program is to engage Registered Nurses who want to enhance their career opportunities through graduate education.  A graduate degree or certificate opens many doors for nurses, whether your interest is clinical care or practice, education, research or leadership. We offer three Masters degrees in three streams (Course based, Thesis based and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner) for nurses wanting to practice at an advanced level.  We also offer the PHCNP Certificate for nurses who already have a Master’s degree.  For nurses with a passion for research, we offer the PhD program.  Our award winning graduate faculty include nurses doing research on healthy aging, palliative care, diabetes care, cardiovascular health, oncology, primary care, public health and advanced practice nursing.  Our students are supported through generous admission scholarships, internal travel and research bursaries, and support for external awards and scholarships. If you have an interest in graduate education or nursing research, we welcome the opportunity to discuss our programs with you.

Ruth Chen

Dr. Ruth Chen, Assistant Dean, Academic Resources and Department Education Coordinator

The Academic Resources Office of the School of Nursing (SON) promotes high-quality student learning experiences by adopting proactive, responsive, and fiscally responsible approaches to meet the instructional needs of our SON Education Programs. To ensure that all educational needs in the SON are addressed, we develop a robust Part-Time (Sessional) Instructor and Part-Time Clinical Faculty base to complement the teaching our Full-Time Faculty provide in the Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Our Sessional Instructors and Part-Time Clinical Faculty Appointees are clinicians, researchers, educators, and senior administrators who are employed in all sectors of the healthcare system. These partnerships provide rich learning opportunities for students and foster a learning environment where students remain informed and engaged with current developments in the healthcare environment and in nursing practice.

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Dr. Michael McGillion, Assistant Dean, Research

Welcome to the School of Nursing. Our school has a history of being one of the most research-intensive schools or faculties of nursing in Canada. Our faculty members are searching for solutions to some of the most important health challenges facing us today: heart disease, healthy aging, diabetes, to name a few. Our nursing students are on the front line of health care and are well positioned to advocate for how to practically address these challenges; they are also engaged in health research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Ultimately, the goal of the school’s researchers is to promote health and improve health care for everyone. It’s an inspiring mission. As a school, we are leading health system innovation and creating new models of care, helping people live well after major illness, and helping to prevent illnesses from developing in the first place.

Joanna PierazzoDr. Joanna Pierazzo, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Welcome to all incoming and current students to the Undergraduate Nursing Program. I am delighted you have chosen to complete your BScN program at McMaster University. The next few years will be an incredible journey as you learn and experience the nursing profession. In a short time, you will recognize the value and inspiration that this rewarding profession offers. The nature of providing person-centered care for your patients and families is central to all that you will experience. The School of Nursing offers rich classroom and clinical opportunities, where you will engage with our faculty (full-time, part-time and clinical faculty). Our teachers come with a wealth of experience and knowledge, each individually contributing to your success in the Undergraduate Nursing Program. As you embark on this insightful journey, remember the enthusiasm you bring today and continue to embrace this in the care you provide to your patients and families. I look forward to working with you, and sincerely welcome you to the BScN program.



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