First class of nurses graduate and helping healthcare

By Dale Johnson Posted: June 29, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The first full complement of nursing students graduated at this year’s Spring Convocation.
The first full complement of nursing students graduated at this year’s Spring Convocation. (Photo courtesy of Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography).

Saskatchewan now has more nurses, following the graduation of 170 new nurses through the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, offered by the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. 

Now that they have earned their degrees, these new nurses are applying what they’ve learned by starting their careers in hospitals and health care facilities across the province.

This year’s Spring Convocation held special significance for the Faculty of Nursing, because the first cohort of students in the SCBScN program graduated.  This collaborative program began in the fall of 2011, with graduates earning University of Regina degrees. 

Although some of the students graduated last year through accelerated and fast track options, the vast majority of that first class – 170 – received their U of R degrees at Spring Convocation, on June 5, 2015.

In her remarks at Convocation to the new nursing graduates, University of Regina President Vianne Timmons said “You will have a tremendous impact on the lives of others. You will actually save lives. At the same time, people who put their lives into your hands will have a tremendous impact on you, by teaching you about courage, faith, hope, despair and gratitude.”  

For the U of R’s Dean of Nursing, Dr. david Gregory, convocation was a proud day. “It’s surprising how quickly four years passed. It seemed so far away and yet we now have graduates and the reality of Convocation has come true.”

There are currently 300 nursing students taking summer classes. The Faculty of Nursing is the fifth largest faculty at the University of Regina with about 345 students enrolling every year.

     Spring Convocation 2015