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Welcome from the Director

Dr. Hélène Ezer

The Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University has been a leader in nursing education, research and practice since its founding in 1920. It is recognized globally for the excellence, creativity, and rigour of its academic programs. Graduates of the School have made remarkable contributions to the development of the discipline and to the delivery of health care in Quebec, Canada and internationally. On September 10, 2012, another milestone was reached as we celebrated the naming of the Ingram School of Nursing in recognition of Richard and Satoko Ingram and their remarkable support of Nursing for the McGill hospitals.

The relationship of the School and its network of hospitals and community health agencies is unique in North America. There is a longstanding history of mutual respect and understanding between the School and its practice partners that developed in the context of a joint university/clinical appointment system initiated in the 1970's. This joint appointment system brings university and clinically based faculty members together to develop the curricula of our educational programs and to share in the teaching and evaluation of students. In turn, students at bachelor's, masters and doctoral levels contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-based practice in their clinical practice environments. As part of a very dynamic nursing and health services community, students have the opportunity to learn from experts in both the academic and clinical environments. They also have the opportunity to become involved in cutting edge research conducted by teams of faculty and practitioners.

A significant phenomenon that binds the McGill network is a set of shared values and beliefs known as the McGill Model of Nursing. This model or philosophy of care has been the basis for the development of our undergraduate and graduate programs, and has been adopted by hospital and community centers in the McGill network. It is also widely known in Canada and recognized internationally. The McGill Model incorporates ideas of health promotion, patient and family-centred care and collaborative practice that are so critical to health care delivery in today's world. It goes beyond treatment and prevention of disease to focus on promoting health during illness as well as during times of normal development. It highlights the importance of the family as the focus of nursing care and puts the emphasis on working with strengths that exist within individuals and groups. It calls for collaboration as the essence of nurse-client interactions and as a critical component of interprofessional practice.

The McGill Model of Nursing is combined with teaching-learning approaches that place emphasis on the student as a self-directed learner who integrates the skills of life-long learning. Throughout their studies, students are encouraged to re-examine traditional practices, to question and to think critically before acting. They are encouraged to develop innovative approaches in every dimension of health care. These are the skills they require to make a difference in the lives of the individuals, families and communities with whom they will work.

The approach to nursing is but one distinguishing feature of our programs and graduates. We invite you to examine the nature of our programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral level. We offer a distinctive 3-year program leading to a Master of Science degree in Nursing specifically tailored to university graduates with a BA or BSc. This program is the only one of its kind in Canada and opens the door for graduates to focus on clinical work, teaching and research. Entrance scholarships and financial support are available for undergraduate and graduate students. We invite you to learn more about the School's strong clinical linkages,  our nurse practitioner programs, to read about the CJNR (the first peer-reviewed nursing journal in Canada) and to meet the committed educators, researchers, practitioners and the strong students who define excellence for which Nursing and McGill are known internationally. This is the Ingram School of Nursing.

Welcome to our community!

Dr. Hélène Ezer
Director, Ingram School of Nursing
Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine

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