Mount Royal University celebrates 50 years of nursing education during National Nursing Week 2017

 MRU celebrates 50 years of nursing education

Everybody knows a nurse. Chances are, from birth to death, most people will experience some of their most defining moments in the company of a nurse.

Nurses save lives. They care for the sick. Nurse advocate for healthier communities. And, they soothe bumps and bruises on the playground.

Today, on the first school day of National Nursing Week 2017, Mount Royal University is saying thanks to the nursing community and recognizing the vital role nurses play in health care and promotion.

“Nurses see people through their best and worst of days — and, they do what they do without ever expecting a thank you,” said Paula Price, interim Director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. “Today, in celebration of National Nursing Week and our 50-year legacy of delivering nursing education at Mount Royal, we extend our deepest thank you to all of the nurses, students and educators who have dedicated their lives to the health and wellness of our communities.”

National Nursing Week happens across Canada each year. However, it is taking on new significance at Mount Royal this year — as the University marks 50 years of nursing education. Monday marks the official kick off of the nursing program’s golden anniversary.

In 1967, 25 students were admitted to the inaugural class of Mount Royal’s two-year nursing diploma. In 2007, nursing was the first of 12 baccalaureate programs introduced as Mount Royal began its transition to a university. Now, more than 200 students enrol each year in pursuit of a Bachelor of Nursing.

“I am so grateful to be part of the nursing program at Mount Royal,” said Roisin Dillon, fourth-year nursing student and valedictorian for the upcoming Spring 2017 Convocation in June. “It is an incredible honour to be named valedictorian on such a momentous year for the program, and I look forward to seeing it unfold.

“I am excited to parlay the skills and knowledge I have gained at Mount Royal into to my graduate studies and then into my eventual career.”

Throughout time, Mount Royal’s nursing program has kept pace with the steady changes in health care. It is recognized as one of Alberta’s most distinguished nursing education programs with thousands of highly skilled alumni making contributions to the profession worldwide.

“The Bachelor of Nursing program provides students with exceptional levels of hands-on skills training and knowledge transfer through comprehensive practicum opportunities,” said Shifrah Gadamsetti, nursing alumna (2014) and current President of the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University. “With a focus on interdisciplinary leadership, the program encourages graduates to pursue opportunities beyond the traditional scope.

“I am excited to see my peers revolutionize the future of health care.”

In this historic year, Mount Royal aims to raise $25,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to create an annual scholarship that reflects excellence in the program. The endowed scholarship would support students who demonstrate academic excellence, commitment and leadership within the program.

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National Nursing Week is held annually in connection with the birthday (May 12) of nursing luminary Florence Nightingale. The week-long salute is observed by groups such as the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta,Canadian Nurses Association and American Nurses Association.

“Education is key to shaping the nurses of our future, but it couldn’t be done without those who came before,” said Jerry Macdonald, president of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. “In thanking nurses throughout the province during this National Nursing Week, I would also like to congratulate Mount Royal on its 50 year anniversary of delivering nursing education, and commend all of the educators who inspire students and propel the evolution of our profession.”

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Bryan Weismiller, Senior Media Relations Officer Mount Royal University
Cell: 403.978.1365
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