Faculty of Nursing

Together, we will advance nursing practice and promote health

The Faculty of Nursing has been producing leaders in clinical, research, education and administrative roles for more than four decades.

We are advancing the practice of nursing and transforming health systems for the future because nursing roles in the health system are changing. Our programs prepare graduates to thrive and lead in these exciting times. We embrace opportunities for innovation.

As we prepare excellent clinicians for registered nursing roles in the health care system and revamp nursing practice to meet the health needs of Albertans and our global communities, we are committed to promoting health through research and teaching.

Our next generation of nurses will lead in varied roles and settings, in local and global contexts with diverse populations, through the integration of nursing education and research.

Faculty of Nursing campaign goal

$10 million

Nursing Progress

Excelling in teaching, learning and practice

We focus on synergies between scholarship, teaching and learning, and nursing practice.

These combined efforts will advance energizing environments for our students.

We are establishing collaborative and mutually beneficial practicum partnerships to support exceptional clinical learning for our students.

Our collaborative partnership with the nursing program at the UC-Qatar branch campus enables our students to experience international nursing in a safe environment in the most progressive Arab country in the Middle East.

Practicum enriches students

A couple of times each year, up to 12 fourth-year students from the faculty travel to Doha, capital city of the State of Qatar, to complete their final clinical practicum.

The goal is to experience nursing in a completely different clinical environment and to gain some understanding of health care in another culture.

Program participants Mia Torres, Catherine Godzwon and University of Calgary in Qatar student Stephany Tapa earned their Bachelor of Nursing degrees with a bonus — lifelong friendships.

Strengthening research and knowledge translation

Multiple strategies will continue to build research capacity within the faculty and attract new research talent.

Areas of research strength and priorities include programs focused on child and family health, chronic illness and health service delivery.

We aim to ensure the sustainability of our existing research chair and professorship program, and seek additional chair support for stellar faculty. We will recruit new research talent to build strength in priority clinical areas.

Studying digital stories on childhood-cancer

Researcher Catherine Laing is leading a study on the therapeutic value of digital storytelling on childhood-cancer patients and survivors.

Study participants explain their experiences of cancer with a trained digital storytelling facilitator. The assistant nursing professor’s study will consider whether digital storytelling has therapeutic value. There is currently no definitive research about its efficiency.

The study is funded by the Kids Cancer Care Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research Fund.

Creating a culture of community

We are creating a culture of belonging, inclusivity, support and responsiveness.

By doing so, we generate an environment where talents, time and energies are enthusiastically committed.
We generate diverse opportunities for engagement, partnership and mutual benefit.

The faculty believes a culture of community will support a work environment where our faculty and staff are energized and develop creative solutions.

Helping new families in the community

Babies don’t come with instructions, though the faculty’s Karen Benzies and her research team from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute are trying to make challenges for new parents easier. 

They are using community-based research to help parents find reliable information.

The research team is assessing the use of a Welcome to Parenthood package as a way to deliver evidence-based information. It will allow parents to comfortably interact with their babies during a time in their infancy when it is crucial to brain development.

Join us in advancing nursing practice and promoting health

Contact information

Maria Martens
Director of Development
Faculty of Nursing
403.210.6109
maria.martens@ucalgary.ca