School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Nursing

Director
Medves, J.

Associate Director (Graduate Nursing Programs)
Almost, J.

Professor
Medves, J., Tranmer, J., VanDenKerkhof, E.

Associate Professor
Almost, J., Edge, D., Godfrey, C.1, Pulling,C., Sears, K., Tregunno, D.,Wilson, R.2, Woo, K.Y.2

Assistant Professor
Camargo Plazas, M., Duhn, L., Goldie, C., Luctkar-Flude, M., Sawhney, M.

Professor Emeritus
Baker, C., Baumgart, A.J., Burke, S., Harrison, M., Kisilevsky, B., Lamb, M.

Lecturer
Gedcke-Kerr, L.

Cross-Appointed
Duffin, J.M.

HEALTHCARE QUALITY

Director (Nursing), Head (Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine)
Medves, J. , Parlow, J.
Associate Director (Master of Science in Healthcare Quality) 
Sears, K.

Professor
Gilron, I., Medves, J., Parlow, J., Rudie, K., VanDenKerkhof, E., Zoutman, D.

Associate Professor
Almost, J.,Edge, D., Godfrey, C.1, Goldstein, D., Knutsen, E., Sears, K., Tregunno, D.,Wilson, R.2, Woo, K.Y. 2  

Assistant Professor
Burjojee, J., Ilan, R., McMullen, M.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Ginsberg, L., Nyce, J., Parush, A.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Briggs, V., Knutsen, W.

1  - On sabbatical January 2018-December 2018
2 -  On sabbatical July 2017 -July 2018

School Facilities

The School of Nursing is housed at 82 and 92 Barrie Street where graduate students are provided with shared office space and unlimited wireless computer access. Three Nursing Laboratories include spaces dedicated to video work, clinical simulation and small meetings. Research facilities for various funded studies are available in the School, at other sites on the Queen's campus, and at affiliated health care agencies.  The Glaxo-Wellcome Clinical Learning Centre is equipped with one-way windows, video systems and adjacent observation rooms.

The settings for the observations and interventions in most thesis research vary, including inpatient units, ambulatory clinics or community settings. Nursing Research is undertaken at a variety of affiliated Health Care facilities and organizations in Eastern Ontario. These include acute and long-term care hospitals, ambulatory care, primary care, and community health facilities.

Financial Assistance

Master of Nursing Science (M.N.Sc.) Program

Financial assistance is available to thesis graduate students from sources internal and external to Queen's University during their two years of full-time study. Most first year M.N.Sc. thesis students receive internal monies. Second year students are expected to apply for federal, provincial and foundation fellowships, grants and awards for which they are eligible. Those who have applied for external fellowships such as Ontario Graduate Scholarship, CIHR, or SSHRC are considered for Queen's Fellowships without further application. All M.N.Sc. students may work as research assistants for grants held by faculty members. They may also work as teaching assistants for the School of Nursing. Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships are limited to 10 hours per week. Information about financial assistance is available from the School of Nursing.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

Financial assistance is available to Ph.D. students from sources internal and external to Queen's University. Those who have applied for external fellowships such as Ontario Graduate Scholarship, CIHR, or SSHRC are also considered for Queen's Fellowships. Graduate Students may work as research assistants for grants held by faculty members. They may also work as teaching assistants for the School of Nursing. Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships are limited to 10 hours per week. Information about financial assistance is available from the School of Nursing.

Programs of Study

Master of Nursing Science (M.N.Sc.) Program and Field

Applicants to the M.N.Sc. Program 

Admission requirements are:

  • Graduation with a minimum of a second class standing (overall average equivalent to B) from an baccalaureate program in nursing that has been approved by the provincial/territorial authority;
  • Registration (or eligible to register) as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • Undergraduate courses in research methodology and statistics;
  • Two academic letters of reference; and
  • Curriculum vitae (resume)

A statement of research interest is requested to match student interests with faculty research programs to assign thesis supervision.

International Applicants

International applicants must be graduates of a baccalaureate program in nursing that is equivalent to a four year Canadian program and have  a minimum of a second class standing (overall average equivalent of B).  Applicants must provide proof of registration as a nurse in their own country, but will not be required to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario.  Please note that international students who are not registered in Ontario will be unable to provide direct patient care or conduct thesis research that requires registration. The applicant and potential thesis supervisors should discuss this limitation on thesis research topics during the matching process.

The Program

The M.N.Sc. is a two-year program that focuses on nursing research.   The program is built on a foundation of nursing theory and clinical expertise. Typically, required course work is completed in year one with classes held on 2 consecutive weekdays. Thesis work begins in year one and is the primary focus of year two. This is a unique approach, as other nursing graduate programs focus on advanced clinical practice or a combination of advanced practice and research. Nursing research is operationally defined as the scientific investigation of health, health promotion, illness and care-related questions and hypotheses of interest to nursing. It includes the identification of factors influencing nursing care decisions and testing the effectiveness of nursing interventions on patient outcomes. The graduate of this research-intensive master's program will have:

  1. the theoretical knowledge and skills to conduct small nursing research projects and participate on research teams;
  2. an area of expertise as well as the knowledge and skill to introduce and use their own and published research findings; and,
  3. critical appraisal skills needed for developing the scientific basis for nursing practice.

There are two fields of study offered: chronic health conditions, and transitions in health and illness. The program provides course work in research methods and skills, nursing theories and the conceptualization of nursing research. Theoretical and empirical analysis and conclusions on special topics of critical concern to the student's clinical field are integral to course and thesis work.

The M.N.Sc. requires 5 half courses plus, a thesis. The course work is as follows:

Foundation Courses (Required)
  • NURS-800* Intermediate Statistics and Analysis
  • NURS-802* Qualitative Methodology & Methods
  • NURS-803* Intermediate Quantitative Research Design
  • NURS-811* Theoretical Bases of Nursing Research
Special Topics (One of these half courses is required. Some years only one of these courses may be offered)
  • NURS-805* Nursing, Health Services & Public Policy in Canada
  • NURS-822* Nursing Research in Women's & Children's Health Issues
  • NURS-832* Nursing Research for Complex Chronic Health Conditions
  • NURS-833* Nursing Research for Persons at Risk for Mental Health Conditions
  • NURS-862* Health Care Management Systems
Optional Electives
  • NURS-801* Topics in Nursing Research
  • NURS-892* Independent Study
Research (Required)
  • NURS-899 Master's Thesis Research

*Denotes half courses (3.0 credits).

Students whose research is closely linked to other disciplines, such as basic, behavioural, or social sciences, may be advised or may wish to complement core nursing courses with courses in the relevant discipline.

Master of Nursing (Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner) (M.N.[PHCNP]) Program (non-thesis)

Applicants to the M.N.(PHCNP) Program

Admission requirements are:

  • Graduation with a minimum of a second class standing (overall average equivalent to B) from an baccalaureate program in nursing that has been approved by a provincial/territorial authority;
  • Active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • Undergraduate courses in research methodology and statistics;
  • Two academic letters of reference; and
  • Curriculum vitae (resume).

In addition to the above admission requirements,

  • Applicants to the program must have the equivalent of two years of relevant full-time practice as a Registered Nurse within the past five years (minimum of 3640 hours). As such, all applicants must have their employer(s) complete a "Verification of Employment Hours" form.
  • In addition to 2 academic references, 1 clinical reference is required
  • Applicants must complete and submit the Nurse Practitioner Personal Essay form.

Applicants with advanced academic credentials may be considered for advanced standing.

International applicants cannot apply to this program unless they have active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and are a resident in Ontario.

The Program

The M.N.(PHCNP) program is a two-year full-time program.  The program provides opportunities for students to examine theory and research relevant to primary health care health care nursing, enhance knowledge and skills in critical analysis/synthesis of evidence and professional leadership and develop advanced skills and knowledge in health assessment for clinical nursing roles in primary health care settings.  The graduates of the program will:

  • possess knowledge of the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the discipline;
  • be able to contribute to nursing research projects
  •  gain critical appraisal skills required to evaluate and synthesize the scientific evidence for practice in a primary health care settings; and,
  • be able to undertake leadership roles in primary health care.

The M.N.(PHCNP) program consist of the following coursework: 

  • NURS-800* Intermediate Statistics and Analysis
  • NURS-802* Qualitative Methodology & Methods
  • NURS-803* Intermediate Quantitative Research Design
  • NURS-811* Theoretical Bases of Nursing Research
  • NURS-898 Project in Evidence Based Practice

The following  seven courses are delivered via a consortium of nine Ontario universities:

  • NURS-850* Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners
  • NURS-853* Primary Health Care NP Roles and Responsibilities
  • NURS-856* Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
  • NURS-857*Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
  • NURS-858* Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
  • NURS-859*Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II
  • NURS-854 Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care1

*Denotes half courses (3.0 credits).

1 - NURS-854 is a 12 credit course, to be completed in one term, normally Summer term.

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) Diploma

Applicants to the PHCNP Diploma Program 

Admission requirements are:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a Master’s degree (nursing preferred) that have both been approved by a provincial/territorial authority;
  • Graduation with a minimum overall average equivalent to B calculated over the core courses in both programs (Master's and undergraduate degree);
  • Active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • Two academic letters of reference;  and
  • Curriculum vitae (resume).

In addition to the above admission requirements:

  • Applicants to the program must have the equivalent of two years of relevant full-time practice as a Registered Nurse within the past five years (minimum of 3640 hours). As such, all applicants must have their employers complete a “Verification of Employment Hours” form.
  • In addition to 2 academic references, 1 clinical reference is required.
  • Applicants must complete and submit the Nurse Practitioner Personal Essay form.

The Program

The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) diploma is a post-masters program designed for those who have an undergraduate nursing degree and have already completed a master’s degree. It consists of the following seven courses offered by the nine Ontario University Consortium:

  • NURS-850* Pathophysiology for Nurse Practitioners
  • NURS-853* Primary Health Care NP Roles and Responsibilities
  • NURS-856* Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
  • NURS-857* Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
  • NURS-858* Therapeutics in Primary Health Care I
  • NURS-859* Therapeutics in Primary Health Care II
  • NURS-854 Integrative Practicum in Primary Health Care1

*Denotes half courses (3.0 credits)

1 - NURS-854 is a 12- credit course, to be completed in one term, normally Summer term.

Graduate Diploma in Pain Care (GDipPainCare)

Applicants to the GDipPainCare Program 

Admission requirements are:

  • Graduation with a minimum of a second class standing (overall average equivalent to B) from an accredited, baccalaureate-granting University;  
  • A baccalaureate or Master’s degree in a healthcare profession;
  • A statement of interest in the program is requested to match the applicant’s academic and work background with the objectives of the program;
  • Curriculum vitae; and
  • 2 references: 1 academic and 1 professional.

The Program

The Graduate Diploma in Pain Care program (GDipPainCare) is an eight month, part-time blended program. The objective of the program is to prepare practicing health care professionals with a comprehensive understanding of pain and the care of individuals with pain. This knowledge and skill will be achieved through a combination of online course work and clinical practice in the simulation laboratory. 

The specific program objectives are to prepare graduates who will:

  1. Have an advanced understanding of the pathophysiology of pain that will be applied to interprofessional care of individuals with pain;
  2. Have a comprehensive understanding of the burden and impact of pain in Canada;
  3. Employ and facilitate the use by colleagues of validated pain measurement strategies to assess pain;
  4. Comprehensively assess pain by systematically examining biopsychosocial aspects of pain;
  5. Aid individuals and families to understand and manage pain by integrating a biopsychosocial model into the treatment of pain;
  6. Engage in program evaluation to monitor and improve pain care; and,
  7. Assume leadership roles in their organizations to support best practices in pain care.

The GDipPainCare program consists of the following coursework (all courses except PAIN-874* are online courses): 

  • PAIN-870* Pathophysiology of Pain
  • PAIN-871* Assessment and Treatment of Pain I
  • PAIN-872* Assessment and Treatment of Pain II
  • PAIN-873* Evaluating Pain Related Programs and Services
  • PAIN-874*  Integrated Approach to Pain Care (1-week on-site course)

*Denotes half courses (3.0 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Applicants to the Ph.D. program

Admission requirements are:

  • a Master's degree in Nursing Science or equivalent master's degree from a recognized university, with a minimum overall average equivalent to B+ calculated over the core courses of the program;
  • Undergraduate university degree in nursing; and
  • Two academic letters of reference. 

A statement of academic, research and professional plans is requested to match student with faculty interests. Applicants must also include a separate curriculum vitae with the application.

Applicants without an undergraduate university degree in nursing will be considered on an individual basis, and are strongly encouraged to contact the School of Nursing to discuss this opportunity prior to applying.

International Applicants
International applicants must be graduates of a baccalaureate program in nursing that is equivalent to a four year Canadian program and have a minimum of a second class standing (minimum overall average of B+). Applicants must provide proof of registration as a nurse in their own country, but will not be required to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Please note that international students who are not registered in Ontario will be unable to provide direct patient care or conduct thesis research that requires registration. The applicant and potential thesis supervisors should discuss this limitation on thesis research topics during the matching process.

The Program
The Ph.D. program will normally involve four years of full-time study. The program has one field, Transitions in health and illness. This field is concerned with the nature, impact, outcome, and management of the following types of health and illness related transitions: developmental transitions such as birth, death, and the passage to old age; illness transitions such as the passage to chronic illness or the experience of a health crisis; and transitions through the health care environment.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Have a substantive knowledge base in a selected area of nursing.
  • Advance the discipline of nursing and nursing practice through the rigorous generation of knowledge using a variety of scientific inquiry methods.
  • Have the ability to test, generate, and extend knowledge relevant to nursing science upon which the practice of nursing is based.
  • Be prepared to engage in multidisciplinary research for advancement of health sciences.
  • Demonstrate the potential for leadership in nursing and within interdisciplinary teams through scholarship and collaborative activities.

The program involves:

1. Course work
A minimum of 6 term length courses is required. Normally, the following courses will be required:

  • NURS-900* Advanced Statistics and Analytic Techniques
  • NURS-901* Philosophy of Nursing Science
  • NURS-902* Qualitative Research Methods in Health Sciences
  • NURS-903* Advanced Quantitative Measurement, Methods and Design 
  • NURS-906* Thesis Seminar Course

 Plus, one of the following (see note below):

  • NURS-905* Nursing, Health Services and Public Policy in Canada OR
  • NURS-907* Independent Study OR
  • NUSR-822* Nursing Research in Women's and Children's Health Issues OR
  • NURS-832* Nursing Research for Complex Chronic Health Conditions OR
  • NURS-833* Nursing Research for Persons at Risk for Mental Health Conditions OR
  • NURS-862*Health Care Management Systems

Note:  Students who completed NURS-805 at Queen’s University within the past 5 years are exempt from completing NURS-905 but must take one other course to comprise the 6 term length courses that are required.  If other courses on the list are not being offered during the current academic year, students should consult with their PhD supervisor and the School of Nursing about their course requirements.

*Denotes half courses (3.0 credits).

2. Comprehensive Examination

The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to assess students' ability to critically synthesize knowledge in a substantive area of the discipline and to assess their ability to successfully pursue independent scholarship. Students will be evaluated for in-depth knowledge in theoretical and applied nursing and research methods; and theoretical and applied knowledge in their substantive area. Students will normally begin to work on the Comprehensive Examination after all coursework has been completed. Ph.D. students are expected to successfully complete their comprehensive examination within 18 months of the start of their studies. The Comprehensive Examination will contain a written component only.

3. Thesis requirement

Independent, original research and the preparation of a thesis are major requirements and make up at least two thirds of the time normally required for the program. Students must be registered in the thesis course NURS-999 throughout their time in the program. Students must have completed their courses and comprehensive exams prior to completing and defending their research thesis.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTHCARE QUALITY (M.Sc. [H.Q.])

Program Structure and Facilities
The two-year, part-time interdisciplinary course-based master's program consists of seven(7) core courses and an independent project leading to a MSc (HQ) degree that will prepare professionals for practice, research and education in the developing area of Healthcare Quality, Risk and Safety. Students will have two mandatory, one-week intensive study periods on campus over the two years, with the option of an elective intensive course held at Herstmonceux Castle in the United Kingdom; the remainder of the program will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous study using web technology.

Program of Study
The objective of the MSc (HQ) is to prepare individuals who are skilled and capable of linking theoretical foundations of quality, risk and safety with practical applications in healthcare settings, and to assume leadership roles to promote excellence. These skills will be achieved through course work; networking with fellow students, national and international faculty; and a program project.

The specific program objectives are to prepare graduates who will:

  1. Promote, innovate and disseminate, in theory and methods, the discipline of Quality, Risk and Safety in Healthcare.
  2. Engage in research that will enhance quality improvement, risk reduction and promote safety within the healthcare system.
  3. Systematically examine, evaluate and measure and apply current tools and approaches for system improvements.
  4. Assume leadership roles in their organizations to ensure the patient safety mandate is fulfilled.
  5. Practice health care safely in the 21st century with the competencies outlined by Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  6. Practice in an interdisciplinary environment understanding perspectives of other disciplines and incorporating patient perspectives on quality and safety, and have the capacity to move beyond their immediate local environment to inspire change at the policy level.

The program is of interest to practicing professionals, such as healthcare managers, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, allied health professionals, lawyers, engineers, business leaders, engineers, healthcare architects, IT specialists, and medical physicists.  In addition, the program may appeal to those who wish to gain additional education and credentials to move into a healthcare quality position or role.

Applicants to the M.Sc.(HQ) program

Admission requirements are:

  • Graduation with a minimum of a second class standing of 3.0 GPA from an accredited, baccalaureate-granting University
  • A baccalaureate in a healthcare discipline, law, business, engineering, or policy studies is preferred;
  • Undergraduate course in statistics and evidence of an understanding of research methodology, and/or quality improvement experience; and,
  • A statement of interest in the program is requested to match the applicant's academic and work background with the objectives of the program.

Applicants will be provided with an Academic Advisor who will help them develop their HQRS-898* project and ensure they have the most appropriate course instructor as a supervisor. The Academic Advisor may also assist in finding mentors from practice settings to help promote a network for graduates on completion of the program.

The Program

Foundation Courses (Required)

  • HQRS-840* Introduction to Quality, Risk and Safety
  • HQRS-841* Process Improvement in Health Care
  • HQRS-842* Research and Evaluation Methods to Assess Quality, Risk and Safety
  • HQRS-844* Law, Risk and Healthcare
  • HQRS-845* Organizational Behaviour in Healthcare
  • HQRS-846* Human Factors in Healthcare
  • HQRS-847* Public Policy, Politics, and Quality Healthcare

Research (Required)

  • HQRS-898* Project in Healthcare Quality

*Denotes half courses (3.0 credits).