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.
We thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Nursing and encourage you to browse further for more information related to our degrees, diplomas and credentials.
Dr. Fred McGinn
Interim Dean, Faculty of Nursing
PhD (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) Vocational Rehabilitation
Dr. Fred McGinn was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies on August 1, 2016 and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Nursing on September 16, 2019.
He was previously an Associate Professor in the Dalhousie University Faculty of Health Professions where, for the past seven years, he was Director of the School of Health and Human Performance. Prior to assuming faculty duties at Dalhousie in 1999, Fred was an Assistant Professor at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
As Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies Fred provides leadership and guidance to foster an atmosphere of unity and cooperation among departments, faculty, staff and community members in support of academic excellence.
Fred holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an M.A. from Western Michigan University and a B.A. from Dalhousie University.
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
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.
Department of Nursing Science
Margaret Milner, Department Chair
Department of Psychiatric Nursing
Ann Ranson Ratusz, Department Chair
Department of Interprofessional Education and Simulation Learning
Jill Vihos, Department Chair