Faculty & Staff
Mary Ellen Andrews
Acting Associate Dean North and North-Western Saskatchewan Campus Rural and Remote Engagement and Director Nurse Practitioner Program - Assistant Professor
Office: 4252 Health Sciences
Phone: Saskatoon: (306) 966-8523 Prince Albert: (306) 765-3333 ext. 7523
Fax: (306) 966-6703
- Research Interests
- Advanced practice nursing
- RN (Nurse Practitioners)
- Rural & remote nursing
- Vulnerable populations
- Health education
- Mixed methods
- Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) with the University of Saskatchewan Student Health Centre.
Mary Ellen is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She first joined the College in 1997 a contract position teaching in the undergraduate Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan and the Post RN Program. In 2007, she was hired into a tenure track position, continuing to teaching the undergraduate program and in the Graduate Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program.
Mary Ellen started her nursing practice as a Diploma RN, returning to school to complete a Post RN BSN, a Master of Nursing, and a PhD in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. She has also completed the Post Master’s Diploma: Advanced Nursing Practice through Athabasca University and is registered with the Saskatchewan Registered Nursing Association as a Registered Nurse - Nurse Practitioner. Mary Ellen currently practices as a RN(NP) with the University of Saskatchewan Student Health Centre on campus.
Mary Ellen refers to her nursing employment experiences as “my adventures in nursing.” Her background in nursing includes working in rural and urban acute care settings and in northern outpost and mining settings in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, NWT and Nunavut. Mary Ellen’s tour of nursing practice settings also included employment in Addictions Services, Community Health, Sexual Health, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in LTC.
Research interests include the delivery of primary health care that addresses the unique determinants of health for a population. Her previous nursing experience in rural and northern Canada continues to be the focus ongoing research on rural and remote nursing practice and advanced practice nursing.
With a focus on health education, exploration of the potential for nursing education to contribute to the health education needs of inner city youth, has lead the development of an undergraduate practicum placement in an inner city elementary school where she supervises nursing students delivering health education in the classroom.
Stewart, N. J., D'Arcy, C, Kosteniuk, J., Andrews, M. E., Morgan, D., Forbes, D., MacLeod, M., L. P., Kulig, J., & Pitblado, J. R. (2011). Moving on? Predictors of intent to leave among rural and remote RNs in Canada. Journal of Rural Health, 27(1), 103–113.
Andrews, M. E., Stewart, N. J., Morgan, D., & D'Arcy, C. (2011). More alike than different: A comparison of Male and Female RNs in Rural and Remote Canada. Journal of Nursing Management.
Andrews, M. E. (2010). Book review, Rural nursing: Aspects of practice. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 42(1), 129-131.
Andrews, M. E., Morgan, D., & Stewart, N. J. (2010). Dementia awareness in northern nursing practice. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 42(1), 56-73.
Kulig, J.C., Andrews, M.E., Stewart, N.J., Pitblado, R., MacLeod, M., Bentham, D., D'Arcy, C., Morgan, D., Forbes, D., Remus, G., & Smith, B. (2008). How do registered nurses define rurality? Australian Journal of Rural Health 16(1), 28-32.
Kulig, J.C., Stewart, N.J., Morgan, D., Andrews, M.E., MacLeod, M., & Pitblado, J.R. (2006). Aboriginal nurse: Insights from a national study. Findings from a study on nursing practice in rural and remote Canada confirm the importance of supportive work environments and continuing education. Canadian Nurse, 102(4), 16-20.
Andrews, M.E., Stewart, N.J., Pitbaldo, J.R., Morgan, D.G., D'Arcy, C., & Forbes, D. (2005). Registered nurses working alone in rural and remote Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 37(1), 15-33.Stewart, N.J., D'Arcy, C., Pitblado, J.R., Morgan, D.G., Forbes, D., Remus, G., Smith, B., Andrews, M.E., & Kosteniuk, J. (2005). A profile of registered nurses in rural and remote Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 37(1), 122-145.
Andrews, M. E. (2010). Learning together: Developing interactive health teaching tools, $9,912.84. Faculty Community Development Award: RBC Nurses for Kids Community Development Program, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan.
Andrews, M. E. (2009). Learning together: Exploring peer health teaching in a secondary school setting, $4,048, Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC) Summer Undergraduate Research Awards. In collaboration with Native Access Program to Nursing/Medicine and Greater Saskatoon Catholic School.
Andrews, M. E. (2008). An exploration of casual, contract and itinerant northern RNs: Characteristics and perception of work and family life. Start-up funds $5,000, University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing.
Stamler, L., Wall, P., Stewart, N., Andrews, M.E., & Quest, D. (2008). Program development, delivery, and evaluation. Saskatchewan Nurse Practitioners - RN(NP)s New Classes of Practitioners Regulations re: Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). $15,000, SRNA.