College of Nursing

About the College

Message from the Dean

Acting Dean Dr. Lois Berry

Welcome to the College of Nursing. I am Dr. Lois Berry, Acting Dean for 2013-2014. As I step into this new role, I look forward to furthering existing relationships and creating new ones, while helping the College work towards its goals. I became a Registered Nurse in 1975, earned  my Master of Continuing Education from the U of S in 1986 and most recently in 2010, I completed my U of S Ph.D in Educational Administration. I have been a nurse educator in Saskatchewan since 1979, taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both the clinical and classroom environments and I am a member of the National CASN Accreditation team. I have worked for the College of Nursing since 2005. Prior to becoming Acting Dean, I was located at the Prince Albert Campus as the Associate Dean North and North-Western Saskatchewan Campus Rural and Remote Engagement since 2011.

Our College is celebrating our 75th Anniversary this year. As such, our students are part of a time honored tradition. Many have relatives and friends who are graduates of the College of Nursing. In my travels around the province, I find our graduates to be immensely proud of graduating from this College. Our Alumni have built a legacy and reputation of skill, expertise and commitment that we know our current students will carry forward as they move through their programs and beyond.

Our reputation is built on the quality of our graduates. Graduates of the College are providing leadership in the health care system as skilled front line nurses, managers, educators, CEOs, researchers and public policy developers around the world and right here at home. Graduates of the College are leaders and they make a difference in their communities.

The College of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate programming. In our undergraduate program we offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, as well as the Post-Degree BSN. In our graduate studies program, students can complete their Master of Nursing, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.

Expanding our reach beyond our borders is an important theme in the College of Nursing. We offer international study abroad opportunities for students in their senior practicum courses and we encourage our faculty to participate in research projects world-wide. We also place a high importance on interprofessional learning.  Students in the College are required to take a variety of health science courses throughout their programs, which prepares them to work on an interprofessional team. Students have the opportunity to work with other disciplines, such as Clinical Psychology, Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Public Health and Veterinary Medicine.

The College believes students should have the ability to learn where they live. We have campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. As well, in order to address the critical shortage of Registered Nurses in rural and remote communities, in particular in Northern Saskatchewan and in the Sunrise Health Region, we have an expanded distributed learning approach, so students now have the option to "learn where they live" in La Ronge, Île-à-la-Crosse and Yorkton. We are proud to say we have students pursuing their U of S post-secondary nursing education throughout the province.

Many of our faculty members are leading Canadian nurse researchers who are generating knowledge in various fields - global health in developing countries, decision making with patients and families at the end of life, the impact of current stresses and demands on nurse leaders in the health care system, use of leading technologies in teaching, working with families and children with disabilities, the ethics of health care decisions and promoting healthy activity in nursing student bodies. These are just some of our current research studies. Our students have the opportunity to be involved in these activities and to learn from the best. We have many award winning faculty who have won national, provincial and university awards for the quality of their teaching.

As you move through our website, I encourage you to meet our faculty and staff, read through our current news items and explore our programs. The College of Nursing is about investing in people. We have a vision for nursing education within Saskatchewan that engages with communities across the province. We invite you to join our College and make a difference in nursing education.