College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Mary Ellen Andrews -
Director Nurse Practitioner Program - Assistant Professor - On Sabbatical Leave
E4220 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
(306) 966-8523(306) 966-8523
(306) 966-6621
On Sabbatical Leave (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)


  • Research Interests
    • Advanced practice nursing
    • RN (Nurse Practitioners)
    • Rural & remote nursing
    • Vulnerable populations
    • Health education
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative
    • Quantitative
    • Mixed methods

Professional Practice:

  • 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.


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.