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Posted: October 21st, 2021

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First of its kind Student Wellness Centre begins providing

healthcare for U of R students


By University Adancement and Communications Posted: October 19, 2021 11:00 a.m.

SWC Hallway Signage.
The nurse practitioner-led Student Wellness Centre is open and staff are ready to begin providing primary healthcare services to students. Photos: UAC

The University of Regina is the first university in Canada to open a nurse practitioner-led Student Wellness Centre on campus, and staff are ready to begin providing primary healthcare services to students.  

Maureen Desk

Maureen Klenk, the Associate Dean
(Student Wellness) of the Faculty of Nursing,
and one of the nurse practitioners who will
be providing care for students at the
Wellness Centre.

“I think the University community should be very proud that they have been innovative enough in their thinking to realize that this is an opportunity and that they had the foresight to see that it was a possibility,” said Maureen Klenk, Associate Dean (Student Wellness) of the Faculty of Nursing at the U of R, and one of the nurse practitioners at the Wellness Centre. 

“The Student Wellness Centre really is a unique feature, and it speaks to how the U of R believes and values providing service while creating a place of connection for our students,” added Dr. Cheryl Pollard, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the U of R. “We’re here to serve our student population. We’re creating a home. We’re creating a space where people can thrive, whether that’s through creating a healing space or whether that’s helping them achieve their academic dreams. The U of R really has some powerful demonstrations of that commitment, and the Student Wellness Centre is one of them.” 

Klenk said the nurse practitioners at the Centre, located at Room 119 on the ground floor of the Paskwaw Tower, can provide several in-person services to students and the families of students who live on campus. They can order and interpret diagnostic tests, monitor lab work, prescribe drugs, renew prescriptions, perform minor surgical procedures, and can refer to specialists. They can manage and assist with chronic disease such as diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure, while also help augment the mental health services that are already available on campus. The Centre will also continue to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

A full list of the services offered can be found on the Wellness Centre’s website. Students can book appointments online only at this time.  Hours are Monday to Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Anyone experiencing an emergency is asked to call 9-1-1.

The Centre held some trial runs in the Fall to ensure all the processes were functioning correctly, but the capabilities of the staff and the centre had already been put to the test earlier in the summer when the University played host to more than 450 people from Shoal Lake Cree Nation and Red Earth Cree Nation who were evacuated from their homes due to wildfires. 

Klenk said they helped treat about 10 per cent of the evacuees and referred many more to other healthcare providers over the six days they were on campus.

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“It helped give us a sense of the capabilities of the centre,” Klenk said. “Seeing people waiting in the waiting room for their care and seeing the nurse practitioner help with the care certainly gave it a realness.” 

But what it also gave was a burgeoning partnership with the SHA – a partnership that Klenk assumed would be established after the doors opened, not before. 

“It really helped solidify SHA’s willingness to partner with us,” she said. “They were really excited to see our facility and to experience the flow that we could have, and they identified quite quickly that they would like to continue that partnership with us.” 

Klenk is hopeful the partnership might lead to expanded care in the future, where for instance, students could access a nutritionist or respiratory therapist once per week. 

“We’ve always had the ability to refer out to them but to have them come in would make it so much easier,” she said. 

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The Wellness Centre features several
treatment rooms, a laboratory, a
gathering area and reception area.

Klenk said she will also be exploring potential partnerships with other faculties in the future to see how together they can promote disease prevention and health promotion.  

Aside from seeing the Centre as an important service for students and a point of pride for the University and the Faculty of Nursing, Dean Pollard sees great potential for the Centre as a teaching and research facility. 

“We are hoping to have practicum students work with our professionals in the clinic and we are hoping to have undergrads work there as well and have a peer-to-peer component,” she said. “On the research piece, having a nursing led primary health clinic is unique so we need to be able to share our experiences and how we were able to get the successes, how we are making a difference, how do we create a face of healing and how to engage with students internationally and from different communities. The Wellness Centre is well positioned to take on those questions.”



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Posted: September 14th, 2021

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Vaccinations support all our relations and our transition back to on-campus learning

By University Advancement and Communications

Posted: July 19, 2021


Student who stuck it to COVID at the July 14 on-campus clinic. Photos by UAC


As we look forward to the 2021 Fall semester, and the return of more in-person classes and campus activities, the University’s top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Therefore, although the province has relaxed most of its COVID-19 restrictions, the University is taking a more cautious approach such as limiting the number of in-person courses being held in the Fall 2021 semester, and at present requiring masks be worn in any public spaces on campus and social distancing is maintained. In addition, the University strongly encourages everyone that is eligible to be vaccinated to get vaccinated. Read more

Dr. Cheryl Pollard appointed as U of R’s new Dean of Nursing

By University Advancement and Communications

Posted: June March 22, 2021

Cheryl Pollard

Dr. Cheryl Pollard begins her new role as Dean of Nursing

on July 1, 2021. Photo provided by Dr. Cheryl Pollard

The University of Regina is pleased to welcome Dr. Cheryl Pollard as the new Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, beginning July 1, 2021. Dr. Pollard is an active scholar and collaborative researcher committed to the promotion of mental health and resilience among people living with mental illness and their caregivers. She is currently Associate Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at MacEwan University.

In her new position, Pollard is looking forward to getting involved in the campus community and building on the successes of former Dean of Nursing Dr. david Gregory and current Interim Dean of Nursing, Dr. Robin Evans.

“As I become a part of the University of Regina, it is important to me that we start from a place of good relations. One that embraces good intentions as we move forward. I really see myself leading the faculty using an approach that recognizes and builds on past successes while leveraging current and future opportunities,” says Pollard. “I’m also looking forward to getting involved with the community, and meeting people around the university.”

With Pollard’s experience in the Faculty of Nursing at MacEwan University, she is familiar with the challenges that faculties of nursing, instructors, and students have faced over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she also views it as an opportunity to learn lessons, reassess how things are currently being done, and pivot to new methods of teaching and learning that reflect the current circumstances in universities, in health care, and the emerging needs of our communities.

“The past year has taught us that we need to continually evaluate and determine what needs to be taught in person and where we can use alternative delivery methods. For example, by becoming more familiar with the virtual products, it’s opening doors to look at how we would like to continue educating nurses.” “By working closely with faculty, we can identify core learning outcomes and alternative teaching strategies, but in ways that we may not have taught them five years ago,” says Pollard.

As a Métis woman, Pollard was drawn to the University of Regina’s commitment to honouring our Indigenous community.

“It was obvious to me that it was more than just words, and that they are authentically engaged with Indigenous knowledges and practices,” says Pollard. “I believe that we are linked generationally – I want to make a difference and help our communities so that we can position our future leaders and citizens in a way that is strong, I am drawn to work in the community that develops resilience and hardiness in individuals.”

Outside of work, Pollard is a committed community volunteer, and serves as a Director and Board Chair of a non-profit organization that provides services to clients experiencing, abuse and other forms of domestic violence, and the devastating effect it can have on children, elders, and families as a whole.

Interim Provost Dr. david Gregory believes Dr. Pollard’s diverse work experience, paired with her commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, make her a perfect fit for both the University of Regina and the Faculty of Nursing.

“Right now, we are experiencing a time where nurses, and all healthcare workers, are more important than ever,” says Dr. Gregory. “Dr. Pollard’s expertise, dedication to her community, and desire to develop our future leaders make her a strong candidate to lead our Faculty of Nursing and our next generation of nurses.”

Pollard and her family are excited to make the move from Edmonton to Regina later this summer. They have decided to “lean in” to being Saskatchewan Roughriders fans and have already purchased their season tickets!

The Faculty of Nursing supports Pink Shirt Day - Lift Each other Up

Posted: February 24th, 2021

Lift Each Other Up