History of the Ingram School of Nursing
The McGill Ingram School of Nursing, a professional school within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been educating nurses since 1920. The School is internationally recognized for its distinctive vision, leadership in nursing, and the quality of its programs. McGill nursing graduates have earned a reputation as outstanding clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the discipline.
Recently, the Ingram School of Nursing adopted Strengths-Based Nursing (SBN) as its foundation for practice, education, and research. SBN is the culmination of an approach to nursing that has been an integral part of the McGill School of Nursing since its founding in 1920, evolving from the McGill Model of Nursing. Strengths-Based Nursing is a philosophy as well as a value-driven approach that has as its foundational pillars person-/family-centered care, empowerment, relational care, and innate and acquired healing.
The first programs offered at the McGill Ingram School of Nursing in the 1920s were intended to develop knowledge and skills for nurses working in the field of community health. In those early years, education programs offered at McGill were directed at nurses holding diplomas from hospital schools. Since 1957, the School has offered a first-level undergraduate degree in nursing to university students interested in health care. The increasing complexity of nursing practice, coupled with the rapid growth of knowledge about human behaviour during health and illness led to the development of the Master's program in Nursing in 1961. In 1974, the School opened the first direct entry Master’s program in Nursing. This program, which remains the only one of its kind in Canada, admits students with a B.A. or B.Sc. in the social or biological sciences and selected course requisites to a three-year clinically based program of study that leads to a Master’s degree in Nursing and to licensure as a registered nurse. In 1993, the joint Doctoral program began in collaboration with the Université de Montréal. Continuing its long tradition of innovation and responsiveness, in 2004, the School opened a new Bachelor of Nursing degree for students who complete the DEC 180.A.0 in Quebec and meet the University entrance requirements. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program opened in 2004 and the Nurse Practitioner Program in Primary Care in 2007. In the fall of 2017, the Ingram School of Nursing began offering the Nurse practitioner programs in Mental Health and Pediatrics.
The Ingram School of Nursing is launching the first online academic program offered at McGill in September 2021. As the bachelor program, it is open to graduates of the 180.A0 and 180.A1, Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) in Nursing from CEGEP.
Graduates of the 180.A0 and 180.A1 will benefit greatly from the increased flexibility of the online modality of this bachelor’s degree, as there are currently no Quebec-based online bachelor programs for licensed nurses. Because the bachelor degree has been the entry-for-practice in all other Canadian provinces for some time (the education standard changed in the other provinces between 1998 and 2012), similar online programs in the country have closed, or are closing, due to an insufficient applicant pool. The ISoN is now uniquely positioned to lead the province is offering a fully online undergraduate program in nursing to licensed nurses. This educational innovation contributes to fulfilling the tenets of the University’s mission to further academic excellence in nursing education and to respond to societal needs for accessibility to higher education and optimal health care.
The admission requirements are identical, as is the Course of Study. With the exclusion of clinical courses, all courses in the B.N.I. online modality are online.
The ﬁrst doctoral degree in nursing in Canada was awarded at McGill in 1990. In addition, the School published the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, Canada's ﬁrst refereed journal of research and scholarly papers in nursing, for 47 years.
The school and its lab is situated at 680 Sherbrooke Street West and occupy the 18th, 19th, and 20th floor of that building. The new state of the art Satoko Shibata Clinical Nursing Laboratories are designed to offer the students a wealth of hands-on experience. The new space accommodates student lounges, faculty and staff offices, classrooms and meeting rooms. Students registered in the School also take courses in other faculties within the University. Selected experience in nursing is provided in the McGill University Health Centre, other McGill-affiliated hospitals and in a wide variety of health agencies in Montreal.