History

Here is some of the history and the pictures of the McMaster School of Nursing.



1930S: AN IDEA
1941: THE “ARTS COURSE AND NURSE’S TRAINING”
1946: SCHOOL OF NURSING OPENS
1970: FIRST FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT
1973: GRADUATE-LEVEL NURSING BEGINS
1974: FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES ESTABLISHED
1979: INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
2000: COLLABORATIVE BSCN NURSING PROGRAM ESTABLISHED
2007: ACCELERATED BSCN STREAM

The School of Nursing is internationally-recognized for achievements in high-impact research, and for an esteemed legacy of research intensity across our nurse-led research units, career scientist awards, operating grants, research chairs that contribute to the development of nursing research capacity worldwide.

We Are Research Intensive

Research chairs of the McMaster School of Nursing

(Research excellence has brought significant support of prestigious research chairs.)

  • CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing – Dr. Alba Dicenso – 2001-2011
  • Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing – Dr. Ruta Valaitis – 2007-2019
  • Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions, – Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid – 2012-present; First CRC chair in SON
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael F. DeGroote Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing - Dr. Heather Arthur – 2003-2013; Dr. Michael McGillion – 2013-present
  • Heart and Stroke Indigenous Early Career Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair Award - Dr. Bernice Downey – 2018-present
  • Alba DiCenso Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing – Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius – 2018-present
  • Heather M. Arthur Population Health Research Institute/Hamilton Health Sciences Chair in Inter-Professional Health Research – Dr. Diana Sherifali – 2019-present
  • Gladys Sharpe Chair in Nursing at McMaster University – Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen – 2020-present

Directors of the McMaster School of Nursing

(The role has been the same, the title changed over the years.)

  • 1946-1949 - Miss Gladys Sharpe, Director
  • 1949-1970 - Miss Alma Reid, Director
  • 1970-1979 - Dr. Dorothy Kergin, Director
  • 1980-1990 - Dr. Susan French, Associate Dean Health Sciences (Nursing), Director
  • 1990-2004 - Dr. Andrea Baumann, Associate Dean Health Sciences (Nursing), Director
  • 2004-2014 - Dr. Catherine Tompkins, Associate Dean Health Sciences (Nursing), Director
  • 2014 -2017 - Dr. Carolyn Byrne, Associate Dean Health Sciences (Nursing), Director
  • 2017-2018 - Dr. Sandra Carroll, Interim Associate Dean, Health Sciences, Director
  • 2018-present - Dr. Sandra Carroll, Vice-Dean, Health Sciences, Executive Director
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