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Welcome to the School of Nursing

Change your life – and the world – with a Nursing Degree from McMaster University

Ranked 2nd in Canada, 15th globally, we create nursing leaders ready to take on the world

Sandra Carroll

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

Welcome to the School of Nursing at McMaster University. Here we empower our learners to innovate and lead change in an increasingly challenging health care environment where exceptional nurses can make all the difference.

Our goal is simple – attract high quality students, provide them with the best experience possible, and offer a range of different pathways in which they can excel.

At Mac Nursing, innovation runs deep. We created a much-lauded model of nursing that enables students to assess the quality of evidence and balance it with their patient’s values and preferences. And we’re a leader in problem-based learning, a McMaster innovation that ensures our nurses stand out not just for what learn, but for how they learn.

More than 1,900 students are enrolled annually in our Bachelor, Master and PhD programs. Their success stems from strong collaborations with our partners – Mohawk College and Conestoga College who share in the delivery of our innovative BScN program; local teaching hospitals and community health settings that provide much-needed clinical training environments for our students; and government and non-profit organizations who fund our groundbreaking, impactful research.

Mentored by faculty members who are leaders in their field, our graduates are improving health outcomes of patients and their families, developing policies and programs that transform communities, and generating and translating knowledge that informs nursing education, leadership and practice.

At Mac nursing, we are committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive environment for all. This includes ensuring a culturally safe environment for our many Indigenous learners, and better integrating Indigenous knowledge and teachings into our educational and research programs.

Whether you’re a budding nurse, career practitioner or nurse researcher, I invite you to get acquainted with all that Mac Nursing has to offer. Inspired by a vision of the way things can be, you, too, can change the world.

Nancy Carter

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.

Michael McGillion

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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