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Dean's Message

Dr. Cheryl Pollard, BScN, MN, PhD (Nursing), RPN, RN, ANEF
Dean, Faculty of Nursing
University of Regina

This year has brought its share of challenges for all Nursing Faculties and  Schools, from an international health crisis to financial constraints. It has also marked a milestone for the University of Regina’s Faculty of Nursing. Our Faculty of Nursing recently celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary and our proud history of working collaboratively with other post-secondary institutions to make exceptional nursing education available to the people of Saskatchewan and beyond.

The importance of nurses has been highlighted over the last 18-months, for this I am grateful. The courageous and brave nurses who have drawn strength and resolve from their loved ones, their family, their community, and all their relations have demonstrated their commitment to the health of our global community. The nurses caring directly for our sick, the nurses supporting nurses as we adapt to, and thrive, within the new normal, and the nurses dedicated to ensuring our future nurses have the foundations to be courageous, enterprising, and wise. To these nurses and all their relations, chi-miigwetch.

With nurses, comprising of approximately half the global healthcare workforce, the opportunities to contribute to innovative and prosperous communities are boundless. Over the next 10 years, nursing education will respond to opportunities to reach even more learners and to be even more innovative in our approaches as we support learners to become our future nursing leaders, scholars and clinicians. Our nurses will play a critical role in disease prevention and health restoration as they serve their communities in primary, community and hospital settings, including emergency and critical care areas. The demand for nurses continues to grow, and by 2030 the National Syndicate of Nursing Professionals has predicted a global shortage of 9 million nurses. Over 60,000 of these will be in Canada, with every province and territory needing nurses.

The reasons for the impending nursing shortage are complicated. They include the increasing and more complex demands for population health services coupled with a shrinking workforce, as more nurses retire from the profession and others leave the workforce altogether due to stressful and challenging work environments. The University of Regina’s Faculty of Nursing is committed to preparing nurses who will make a positive impact on the health of the people of Saskatchewan, Canada and the globe; who will advance the discipline of nursing through an active and engaged community of scholars; and who will promote healthy and safe work environments by embracing inclusivity and reciprocity.

I am proud to join a group of nursing education leaders, who have worked diligently to build a respected Faculty of Nursing with a proven track record, who are committed to offering our learners rigorous, high quality university education while systematically dismantling obstacles between learners and their educational ambitions. I wish you all the best in the upcoming academic year and encourage us all to reflect on what will be our contributions to those we serve.