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Graduate student success

Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program - Master of Nursing student, Lisa Wipf (left) received a $6,000 scholarship for her high academic achievements from Dr. Armin Eberlin (right), Dean - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research.


4 Master's of Nursing students each received a $6,000 scholarship for their high academic achievements. From left to right, Dr. Armin Eberlin, Dean-Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, Vanessa Burwell, Kim Veronneau, Diana Ashfield, Nicole Aschenbrenner

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PhD Student Scholarship recipient: Our special case Nursing PhD student, Jodie Bigalky is shown below receiving a $7,000 scholarship for her high academic achievements by Dr. Armin Eberlin, Dean-Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research.


Nursing and social work are sharing space at U of R Campus in Saskatoon

Posted: November 22, 2016 11:15 AM

Dr. Thomas Chase, U of R Vice President (Academic), meets with faculty and staff from the faculties of nursing and social work at the grand opening of shared space in Saskatoon.

Dr. Thomas Chase, U of R Vice President (Academic), meets with faculty and staff from the faculties of nursing and social work at the grand opening of shared space in Saskatoon. Photo courtesy of Faculty of Nursing

The University of Regina’s faculties of nursing and social work are getting together in Saskatoon.

The two faculties now are sharing space at Innovation Place. The official grand opening was held on Friday, November 18.

Both faculties will benefit from this new relationship, including opportunities for collaborative research, as well as possible financial savings. The move helps to lower costs by providing a better utilization of resources, specifically space, staff and technology.

There are about 550 nursing students enrolled in the Saskatchewan Collaberative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) Program in Saskatoon, offered by the U of R in partnership with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic. This move means students are able to meet with their professors at either Sask Polytechnic or in the new space at Innovation Place. Eight faculty members have offices in this new space which provides more space and more privacy.

The U of R has offered classes in social work in Saskatoon since 1974. The faculty of social work has about 290 students enrolled at the Saskatoon Campus. For social work students, relocating to the Concourse Building means larger classrooms and a separate computer lab to support the master’s program.

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Nursing Instructor Honoured

Posted: November 18, 2016 11:00 AM

Cindy Kuster Orban, named as an Outstanding Individual Volunteer for her work with the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. 

“After I lost my mom to this devastating disease my grief led me to a path to become an advocate for disease,” she explains.

Kuster Orban is chair for the Silent Auction Committee for the annual gala, held every October.

“In addition, I have a jewellery company called Allicious Designs, and I design and create every piece. Ten per cent of all of my jewellery sales are gifted to the Alzheimer Society for research purposes in honour of my Mom, who faced Alzheimer's Disease with dignity and grace.”


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International conference for PhD nursing students

By Dale Johnson

Posted: June 17, 2016 6:00 PM

Nursing dean Dr. david Gregory welcomes delegates to the Doctoral Nursing Network Conference at the U of R.
Photo: U of R Photography

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Nursing recently hosted the Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference for the third consecutive year.

There were 26 PhD students, and they came from across Canada – British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland – as well as the United States (Tennessee and Florida) and Iran.

Holding this event showcases the University of Regina to the broader academic community across Canada and beyond.

“It gives our own professors an opportunity to share and exchange ideas with other scholars,” explains the Associate Dean (Graduate) of Nursing, Dr. Glenn Donnelly.  

Keynote speakers were Dr. Colleen Varcoe from the University of British Columbia and Dr. Alex Clark from University of Alberta.

“The keynote speakers provide inspiration to junior faculty members and conference participants to complete their PhDs,” Donnelly says.   

Nurses who earn their PhDs typically go on to “act as researchers in the health care system” says Donnelly. “They advance the discipline of nursing. They can do research within the health care system which makes it more efficient and a higher quality.”

He says the conference “provides students the opportunity to present their dissertation work, and bring together students engaged in doctoral research for networking, scholarly discussion and learning opportunities.”

“It showcases not only Regina, but Saskatchewan; we can highlight our opportunities here, as well as our wonderful city and province,” he adds.

Work will soon begin on planning next year’s conference, which is becoming a key event for the Faculty of Nursing.

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