Welcome to the Faculty of Nursing
MacEwan University has a long-standing history of providing quality nursing education that is relevant to and reflective of current nursing practice in the province and across Canada. The university’s Faculty of Nursing includes the Department of Nursing Science that offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree and the Department of Psychiatric Nursing that offers a Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) as well as a Psychiatric Nursing Diploma.
The Centre for Professional Nursing Education offers a mosaic of innovative continuing education programs grounded in evidence-based practice and responsive to a dynamic health care environment. The Clinical Simulation Centre (CSC) is 25,000 square feet of authentic clinical spaces that set the stage for students to practice skills and critical thinking in a realistic learning environment.
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Dr. Vince Salyers
Dean & Professor, Faculty of Nursing
9-511C, City Centre Campus
780-497-5056 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Vince Salyers was appointed Founding Dean of the Faculty of Nursing on August 22, 2016. He has held numerous academic and administrative positions including Interim Associate Vice President, Research; Associate Dean at Mount Royal University; and Director, Chair and Coordinator roles in schools of nursing in the United States, British Columbia and Ontario. He is directly responsible for the supervision, direction, and evaluation of faculty and staff; management of budget and resource expenditures; and program/curricular planning, implementation, and evaluation. He also brings extensive experience with nursing regulatory body approval and accreditation processes. He is a registered nurse who holds active licensure in the United States and Alberta. He holds non-practicing registered nurse status in British Columbia and Ontario.
Vince holds a BA in Psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University; and a doctorate (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. The integration and utilization of technology and e-learning strategies into program curricula is his passion. His doctoral research focused on the effectiveness of web-enhanced instruction in teaching psychomotor nursing skills and he continues to develop his web-enhanced and e-learning research. He is also quite interested in research associated with the use of simulation in nursing education.
Vince has also been actively involved with international student experiences and/or research in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru to further his research agenda with vulnerable populations. He and others are exploring interdisciplinary service learning opportunities within the Faculty. He holds a special place in his heart for students and clients from diverse ethnic backgrounds and has worked closely with these groups.
Dr. Cheryl Pollard
Associate Dean, Faculty of Nursing
9-511D, City Centre Campus
Cheryl has recently held various administrative appointments within MacEwan University. These include:
Lead Faculty for Strategic Directions, Research and Curriculum within the Department of Nursing Science;
Chair of MacEwan’s Research Ethics Board; and
Chair of the Student Ombudsperson Advisory Committee.
Her administrative experience extends beyond post-secondary institutions and includes various management roles within complex health care settings. Her administrative excellence has been recognized nationally by the Canadian College of Health Leaders, as she is a past recipient of the 3M Health Care Quality Team Award. In addition to her contributions to MacEwan University, Cheryl has a very strong commitment to supporting her community. She currently serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Stop Abuse in Families Society and is an active volunteer with the Arts and Heritage Foundation.
Cheryl holds a Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing (RPN) from Alberta Hospital-Ponoka, a BScN, MN, and PhD (Nursing) from the University of Alberta. Her master’s thesis focused on exploring factors that affect personal health-related hardiness, while her doctoral work focused on depictions of psychiatric nursing care in film. Cheryl’s active research interests are in the areas of relational ethics, secondary victimization and patient safety, and pedagogy. She currently holds a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellowship.