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College of Nursing Launches New Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program

July 22, 2009

Dr. Lorna Butler, Dean of the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan today announced the launch of a new program this fall that will improve access to nurse practitioner training in Saskatchewan.

The new program allows nurses who have already received their Masters of Nursing to apply to enter a fast-tracked post-degree Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

"This is an exciting new development for nursing education in Saskatchewan and we are proud to be the first in the province to offer this training," said Butler.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with special advanced nursing education in the diagnosis and management of common as well as complex medical conditions. In Saskatchewan, they have certain physician-like privileges including writing prescriptions.

"Opening access to nurse practitioner training will help improve health care for everyone in Saskatchewan. In rural areas facing shortages of both doctors and nurses, nurse practitioners can help bridge the gap in providing primary health care," said Butler.

Since only a small handful of nursing programs in Canada offer nurse practitioner post-degree programs, Dr. Lawrence W. Martz, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research predicted that the program would make the University of Saskatchewan more attractive to nursing students from outside the province.

"This post-graduate certificate is an excellent example of innovative, new graduate programming being developed at the University of Saskatchewan in response to social needs. It provides nurses with access to the advanced training they need to become nurse practitioners and to strengthen our health care delivery system. I expect this program will attract nurses from within Saskatchewan and from across the country," said Martz.

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For more information, contact Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, RN, PhD
(306) 966-1477 (Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Continuing Nursing Education and Information Technology)

 

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