The focus on research, innovation and student-centred learning within the Graduate Program in Nursing allows our students to become leading clinical health science investigators in nursing who contribute to the development of the theoretical basis of practice and the evaluation of health care interventions and programs. Our six areas of excellence provide students with a broad range of opportunity for advanced education and research in nursing, on a full-time and part-time basis.
The Graduate Program in Nursing was established in 1994 and leads to a Ph.D. degree by thesis, an M.Sc. by thesis or an M.Sc. by course work. A diploma in Advanced Neonatal Nursing is available to M.Sc. students and M.Sc. prepared neonatal nurses.
The School of Nursing, led by the Associate Dean of Health Sciences (Nursing), has overall responsibility for the development of the discipline of Nursing in the University and works closely with the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences) who is responsible for the Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The areas of research and clinical expertise of our graduate faculty range from critical care neonatal nursing to gerontology and are given in detail under the faculty listing. These areas of research have evolved from the strong clinical base of the faculty, who since the inception of the School have actively participated in health care delivery both within the community and institutional-based services. The integration of education, research and service is the foundation for the education of both graduate and undergraduate students at McMaster.
Undergraduate Nursing at McMaster University began in 1942 as a cooperative venture between the University and the Hamilton General Hospital leading to, in 1946, the establishment of McMaster University School of Nursing with approval for an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.Sc.N.) for students entering from high school (Basic Stream). In 1967, a self-directed, problem-based student centered learning methodology was implemented and in 1974 the School joined the Faculty of Health Sciences. In 1982, the Post-Diploma stream was added to the B.Sc.N. program. Additional specialty streams include Nursing and Health Care Leadership/Management, Paediatric and Adult Oncology Nursing and the Nurse Practitioner program. In 2001-2002, the School of Nursing combined with Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology and Conestoga College to form the McMaster-Mohawk-Conestoga Collaborative B.Sc.N. Program. With an undergraduate enrolment of 1,012, the B.Sc.N. program has consistently received the highest Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing accreditation approval rating and national and international recognition for its educational programs.
There are several major research units in the School of Nursing. These include: the McMaster site of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit in collaboration with the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing; The Health and Social Services Utilization Research Unit (formerly Systems-Linked Research Unit); the Nursing Education Research Unit and the Center for Evidence-Based Nursing which offers an annual Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) Workshop.
In recognition of the School's involvement in International Nursing, it was designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Primary Care and Teaching Methodologies in 1992. The international programs commenced in 1978 with a project to assist development of a School of Nursing with an undergraduate Nursing program at the Aga-Khan University in Pakistan. Funded by CIDA since 1983, McMaster and Aga-Khan School of Nursing partnership is assisting with the development of Nursing and Lady Health Visitors (Development of Women Health Professionals (DWHP)) throughout Pakistan.
Other CIDA funded projects include the McMaster-Universidad De La Frontera CIDA project (1993-1998), and the McMaster University School of Nursing - University of Natal (Durban) - CIDA Project (1997-2001). Other international projects have been developed with Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.