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Queen's School of Nursing 80th Anniversary

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Support our nursing learners through a variety of initiatives

Celebrating 80 years of nursing excellence

Guided by the SON 2021-2022 Strategic Plan and centered on three pillars of foci: nursing care and practice, wellness, and equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigeneity and accessibility (EDIIA), the School of Nursing is hosting a year-long campaign that continues our legacy of providing an education that empowers nurses and demonstrates the strength and potential of our profession.

Nursing Care & Practice

Reflecting all persons and knowledges in care and practice is vital to building a healthier world. We’re committed to centering the needs of persons, communities, and environments within our education and work.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion,
Indigeneity, & Accessibility (EDIIA)

The School of Nursing is dedicated to creating an environment where EDII is reflected throughout our work and culture, on campus, within health care settings and our wider communities.

Wellness & Mental Health

Recognizing the continued need for mental wellness supports in health education, the promotion of wellness, mindfulness, and compassionate care practices is an integral part of our work, both inside and outside of classrooms.

News & Previous Events

Reflections on the Evolving Public Voice of the Nursing Profession

Dr. Sally Thorne RN, PhD
Professor, University of British Columbia

The pandemic has taught nursing a great deal about where we shine, and where we sometimes remain hidden in the shadow. Among the lessons we will take forward into the future is a renewed passion for nursing leadership in public policy and in the conditions that shape our profession. Individually and collectively, we are finding the voice that reflects the force nursing must become within the kind of society we all envision.


Eighty Years of Queen's Nursing

As the School of Nursing celebrates its 80th anniversary, alumni reflect on how the profession has changed, and how they have changed with it.

On the cover: alumna Daria Adèle Juüdi-Hope, NSc’11, painted by artist Steve Derrick.

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Our Story

1941
First nursing courses are offered at Queen's

The School of Nursing was officially established shortly afterwards in response to the growing wartime demand for nurse.

1942
Queen's launches first formal Nursing Program

The proposed 'course' consists of 2 academic years and 2 summer sessions at Queen's, followed by 32 months training at Kingston General Hospital.

1946
School of Nursing Officially Opens

In May 1947, two graduates receive the first bachelor in nursing science degrees from Queen's University.

1970
First Externally Funded Research Project

Nursing faculty member Dr. Ruth MacKay and Dr. David Alexander (department of paediatrics) receive funding to conduct a study examining the role of advanced nursing practice. Queen's nursing faculty continue this legacy of interprofessional collaboration and research excellence today.

1994
Graduate Nursing Programs Launched

While training in advanced practice nursing took place at Queen's throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the master of nursing science degree was launched in 1994. Since then, the School has developed a a doctoral program in Nursing (PhD), a master of nursing primary healthcare nurse practitioner program (MN-NPHNP) and a primary healthcare nurse practitioner diploma (PHCNP).

2012
Master of Science in Health Quality Launched

Created in collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Health Quality Programs are the first of their kind, specializing in linking theory and practice in health quality, risk, and safety. In September 2018, the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Quality (PhDHQ) was created, the first doctoral program in Canada to specialize in the field of health quality and safety.

2021
The School of Nursing celebrates 80 years of nursing excellence

In celebrating 80 wonderful years of educating and supporting nurses from all capacities and specialties, the School of Nursing is hosting a year-long campaign that continues our legacy of providing an education that empowers nurses and demonstrates the strength and potential of our profession. Guided by the SON 2021-2022 Strategic Plan and centered on three pillars of focus – nursing care and practice, wellness, and equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigeneity and accessibility (EDIIA) – the campaign launched during the Homecoming 2021 celebrations.