Task Force on Nursing Master’s Education

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CASN Task Force on Nursing Master’s Education

Operational Committee

Mandate
To draft Guiding Principles and Essential Components to promote high quality Nursing Masters Education in Canada.

Terms of Reference

  • To identify current approaches to Nursing Masters programs in Canada.
  • To develop national consensus-based Guiding Principles and Essential Components for Nursing Masters Education. This will involve the following:
    • Present a draft National Framework of Guiding Principles and Essential Components to Guide Nursing Master’s Education in Canada at the CASN Graduate Studies Forum (November 2012);
    • Oversee a broader stakeholder consultation of a revised Framework;
    • Develop a consultation process with regulatory bodies around issues relevant to Nursing Masters Education; and
    • Refine and adopt a final document, which will be disseminated to CASN members and other relevant stakeholders.
  • There shall be regular communications between the Co-chairs of this Task Force and the Co-Chairs of the Education Committee through the CASN National Office.

Term of Office and Membership
The Term of Office is from June 2012 to December 2013.  The Task Force Co-Chairs are members of the CASN Sub-Committee of Graduate Studies. Additional members include:

  • CASN members with expertise in Master’s Nursing Education, and representing either the Western (5), Ontario (5), Quebec (3), or Atlantic (3) regions.Members will be representative of different program compositions, including:
  • Course and thesis-based programsSpecialty programsGeneral programsOne program in an institution without a doctoral program in nursing
  • A member of the CASN Board of Directors will be appointed to serve as a communication linkage between the Task Force and the Board of Directors.A representative will be sought from CNA. 2 representatives of Masters’ Programs in health fields other than nursing.

Meetings
The Task Force will normally meet by teleconference, a minimum of twice per year and at other times, at the call of the Co-chairs, to fulfill its mandate. Support for meetings and the work of the Task Force will be provided by the CASN Education Programs Coordinator.

 Approved: July 2012  

Membership

Carol Ewashen (Co-Chair), Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary
Margaret Purden (Co-Chair), Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University
Sandra Bassendowski, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
Geertje Boschma, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
Chantal Cara, Faculté des sciences infirmières, Université de Montréal
Alba DiCenso, School of Nursing and Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McMaster University
Mary Ellen Gurnham, Canadian Nurses Association
Caroline Larue, Faculté des sciences infirmières, Université de Montréal
Marilyn Macdonald, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University
Caroline Park, Athabasca University
Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, School of Nursing, Trinity Western University
Judith Scanlan, School of Nursing, University of Manitoba
Karen Spalding, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University
Shirley Solberg, School of Nursing, Memorial University
Ann Tourangeau, Lawrence S. Bloomberg,  Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Jocelyne Tourigny, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
Kathy Wilson, School of Nursing, University of New Brunswick
Linda Ferguson, CASN President (Ex officio)
Cynthia Baker, CASN Executive Director (Ex officio)
CASN Staff Liaison