of Registered Nurses
first class of students for the three-year diploma program was admitted in
1923. Prior to this certificate courses had been offered to graduates of
hospital training programs in order for them to specialize in public health.
In 1923, also the option was given for nurses to enroll in the five-year Bachelor
of Science in Nursing. The BScN program rules changed from time to time,
but basically it was a combination of arts and science courses and actual
hospital training, topped off with a final year leading to a specialization
in public health nursing or teaching.
full-time Director of the School, Agnes Macleod, wasn't hired until 1936. It was under her guidance that the final or fifth year of the BScN was offered
again at the University of Alberta--for several years before this, it had been
necessary for students to finish their courses at the University of Toronto
or the University of British Columbia. In 1996, the Universities Act made the
U. of A. School of Nursing a free-standing academic unit, part of the university
and the four-year Bachelor's program was implemented.
graduate program in nursing in Alberta was introduced in 1975 at the university.
It enabled nurses to specialize in administration, or to obtain a certificate
in such areas as advanced neonatal intensive care or midwifery. The Master
of Nursing program adds flexibility in the response to new and specialized
areas of work. The PhD program at the University of Alberta was the first
of its kind in Canada, and it continues to prepare nurses for leadership roles
- offering courses that test and develop nursing theory.
have occurred over the years to the length and mode of delivery of nurses training.
The University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing (given faculty status in 1976)
has offered collaborative programs with hospitals and colleges in the Edmonton
area and in 1990 began a five-year pilot program developed with Red Deer College,
allowing students to complete the four-year BScN in Red Deer. All of these
collaborations make it easier for young people not living in the major centres
to take nurses' training if they so wish. Other collaborations with
the University of Alberta Hospitals have offered a certificate program in neonatal
nursing and nephrology since the 1980s. Emergency and intensive care nursing
is also offered as an area of specialization.
University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing continues to respond to new initiatives
and to encourage its students to maintain a life-long learning approach to nursing.
In 1998, the International Nursing Office (INO) was established to create an
environment for international nursing initiatives. As part of the University's
goal of internationalization, a major objective of the INO is to become a center
for knowledge development and mutual capacity building in international/multicultural
health and nursing. One major goal of the University's International Office is
the facilitation of innovative learning and research opportunities for the University
and its partner institutions. Another major goal is to assist students to understand
global issues by participating in educational opportunities abroad.