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Mission & Vision

Vision Statement

REALIZE human potential through the power of NURSING

Mission Statement

Inspire a quest for knowledge through innovative teaching, critical thought, research, scholarship and practice.

Accept responsibility and assume leadership to make a difference in the health and well-being of all members of society.

Create respectful environments that foster personal growth and professional formation.

Educate students for safe, ethical, relational and competent, advanced nursing practice.

Generate and share nursing knowledge with the community.


The development team utilized a rigorous process to develop a conceptual framework to guide curricular and program design. Initially, conceptual frameworks used by educational programs across Canada and the United States were examined. After much deliberation, the committee identified that the “Strong Model of Advanced Practice Nursing” was useful (Ackerman, et al., 1996; Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, 2008). The Strong Model is recognized as a valid and reliable model for depicting the dimensions of the advanced practice role in an international contemporary health service context (Chang, Gardner, Duffield, & Ramis, 2010, 2011). However, the model is primarily focused on practice education and the language did not effectively reflect the Saskatchewan/Canadian context. Thus, the model was adapted to create the Saskatchewan Nursing Advanced Practice (SNAP) conceptual model.

The core concepts were redefined to logically fit the Saskatchewan health system context, contemporary literature and available expertise.  Additionally, the concepts were evaluated to be consistent with CRNA Registered Nurse (nurse practitioner), RN(NP) Core Competencies (2010) and academic and clinical domains for advanced nursing practice, and the Pan Canadian Core Competencies for the Clinical Nurse Specialist as set out by the CNA. The guiding principles from the Strong Model, Canadian Advanced Practice competencies, Saskatchewan and Canadian healthcare context, and CNA-CNS competencies were incorporated to reflect the Saskatchewan Nursing Advanced Practice (SNAP) model as the conceptual framework for the curricular and program design of the CNS.

The conceptual framework guides advanced nursing practice. Admission criteria acknowledge that applicants have sound competence in registered nurse practice thus applicants know the core concepts central to nursing. Examples of core concepts central to nursing that are built upon in the program are primary health care, population health, collaboration, caring, communication, evidence-informed practice, critical inquiry, information literacy, leadership, ethical practice, professionalism and safety.

The framework reflects advanced nursing practice national and provincial competencies and standards. The Advanced Practice Nursing program defines advanced nursing practice as an advanced level of clinical nursing practice that maximizes the use of graduate level educational preparation; in-depth nursing knowledge; and expertise in meeting the health needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. This involves analyzing and synthesizing knowledge; understanding, interpreting and applying nursing theory and research; and developing and advancing nursing knowledge and the profession as a whole (CNA, 2014).

The clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is defined as a registered nurse with graduate level educational preparation, who has a high degree of expertise in a clinical specialty and has competencies in analyzing, synthesizing and applying nursing knowledge, theory and research evidence to foster system-wide changes and advance nursing care. The CNS role is derived from blending theoretical and clinical knowledge, skills and abilities within a nursing framework that emphasizes holism, health promotion and partnership with individuals and families, as well as communities (CNA, 2008).

Snap Model