Welcome to the website of the Centre for Nursing Studies. We offer a continuum of educational opportunities for those who wish to pursue a career in nursing and for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to advance their nursing career. Take your time to browse information pertaining to our programs, services, faculty, staff and students. Please feel free to contact us for more information. 

 The Centre for Nursing Studies would like to  hear from Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses who are  interested in teaching with us on a casual  basis.

 Please forward your CV to the Director. 

Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Watkins who convocated from Memorial University on May 27, 2014 with a Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) degree. Dr. Watkins was awarded a ‘Pass with Distinction’ when she successfully defended her dissertation entitled “The Psychosocial and Behavioral Impact of Genetic Testing for Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer”. She was also awarded the Dean’s Fellowship during her program and received research funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research as well as numerous scholarships from nursing and health care organizations.

Dr. Watkins assumed the role of Director of the Centre for Nursing Studies on June 1, 2014.

Patricia Grainger, RN, Educator, Centre for Nursing Studies, Eastern Health

Award for Excellence in Nursing – Research

Research is Patricia Grainger’s passion. A nursing school faculty member since 1987, she also holds the position of Coordinator of the Research Office at the Centre for Nursing Studies in St. Johns. In addition to her own practice and research interests, Patricia has been teaching nursing research to undergraduate students for 15 years.

Patricia encourages partnerships between nursing education and practice, and co-chairs Eastern Health’s Nursing Education and Research Council. One of the many research projects in which she was involved was a study regarding the safety of early ambulation of patients following left heart catheterization. The findings of the study highlighted the benefits of early ambulation for the patient, as well as benefits for the health system through decreased costs for post-procedure care and reduced wait times. This study was awarded research grants and the study findings were published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. The evidence that resulted from this study influenced a change in practice.

Patricia has co-authored eight publications, received four research funding awards, and has provided dozens of presentations provincially, nationally and internationally. A testament to the respect and confidence the research community holds for Patricia is in her appointment as Vice-Chair of the non-clinical trials committee of the Provincial Health Ethics Board.

 PN Bursary Offer

 There will be a limited number of bursaries for PN students who accept difficult-to-fill positions  within a Regional Health Authority. The number of bursaries will be determined later by the Regional Health Authorities.    

          Bursary Program Information                                                                                                  

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Congratulations to those who have been named!

Faculty Scholars: Allan Anstey, Pam Ward, and Denise English

Faculty Associates: Lorna Walsh, Anne Marie Tracey, Gladys Schofield, and Natalie Gosse

"Welcome to Nursing" Ceremony

The "Welcome to Nursing" Ceremony for our first year students at the Inco Innovation Centre was a fabulous success. This was the inaugural ceremony of this kind and coincided with the introduction of a new standardized student uniform at CNS and the introduction of a student crest. The students looked so professional in their white tops, navy blue pants, and student lanyards.

Students were welcomed into the nursing profession by key nursing leaders including those from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Beverly Griffiths - Provincial Chief Nurse), the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union (Debbie Forward), the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (Pam King-Jesso), and Eastern Health (Dr. Mollie Butler, Director of Professional Practice, and Kelly Manning - Resident Care Manager at Hoyles-Escasoni).

Following these addresses, students recited their Nursing Pledge, which they had written themselves. It was an inspiring and humbling moment.

Thanks to the Nursing Society Executive - Jamieson Kovacs, Emily Walsh, Aimee O'Keefe, and Arianna Bugden - for their leadership in planning an event of this scale. Thanks also to Anne Marie Tracey, Associate Director, Gail Piercey, Registrar and Lorna Walsh, 1st year Co-ordinator for the BN (Collaborative) Program, for your hard work to ensure this event went off as successfully as it did.

The Centre for Nursing Studies demonstrated their pride and leadership this night. It was a joyous and heartfelt event. I am sure it won't be the last one!

Well done everyone,

Dr. Anne Kearney 

 Funding Awarded for Research on Aging


Five researchers investigating issues of relevance to our 
aging population have been awarded funding under the NL Healthy Aging Research Program. The program, funded by the province’s Department of Health and Community Services, is administered by NLCAHR to support local research aligned with the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework. 

Congratulations to CNS Sue Anne Mandeville-Anstey who has been awarded a $10,500 Grant for her project. What is it Like for Aging Nurses to Live and Work with Cardiovascular Disease in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador? A Phenomenological Study 

CNS Faculty Scholarship Inventory 2012-2013. This inventory includes all projects completed and currently ongoing for 2012-2013.


SA Grace Alumni Scholarship Information

The S.A. Grace General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae awards up to two $750.00 scholarships annually to eligible persons (as per the application criteria) who are currently undertaking part time or full time studies towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing.


Student and Faculty Scholarship and Bursary Recipients 2013-2014


ARNNL Research Grants Awarded to Centre for Nursing Studies Faculty


Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Bridging/Re-Entry Program

This program was launched by the Centre for Nursing Studies in the Fall of 2013. It prepares IENs to practice nursing in the Canadian health care system.

The CNS has received funding from Health Canada for the online development and distance delivery of courses from the current print-based Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Bridging/Re-Entry Program. The CNS is pleased to be partnering with Professional Development & Conferencing Services (PDCS) and Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS) at Memorial University on this important initiative and will commence offering the program online in March 2014.


Practical Nursing Program awarded 5 year approval from CLPNNL

In 2013, the Practical Nursing Program was granted a 5 year approval, the maximum approval period possible, from the College for Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador.


CNS introduces a new uniform policy for first year BN (Collaborative) students

Starting in the 2013-14 academic year, all first year Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) students will be required to wear a standard nursing uniform consisting of navy blue pants and a white top. This standardized uniform will be phased in through all four years of the program as these students progress through their program.

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