NGSA Weekly Newsletter

Hey snurses!

We survived the Wind Chill that has been affecting us over the past week. Now is time to rejoice yourselves: the weather will warm-up over the weekend, Hurray! Unfortunately, meteorologists predict that such a cold snap will reoccur in a few weeks… So if you have not yet put on your hat, scarf, and mittens, hopefully this week was enough of a warning and you’ll put on your winter gear soon; I would not want any of you to lose precious body parts to frostbites.

As for this newsletter, it contains a lot of information about social & academic events, job opportunities, and other fun stuff. Enjoy reading this issue of the weekly NGSA newsletter; I’ll get back to you next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!
On behalf of your NGSA,
Maxim (VP-Comm)



  1. NGSA Clothing Sale (January 29-30)
  2. Speed Nursing (January 31)
  3. JGH recruitment open house (January 31)
  4. Physician Assisted Suicide Colloquium (February 2)
  5. Marker/Grader Position Available NUR 421 (February 15)
  6. NGSA Logo Contest Reminder (February 15)
  7. St. Mary’s Hospital Interprofessional Open House (February 19)
  8. Marker/Grader Position Available HSEL 309 (March 1)
  9. Clinical Research Employment Opportunity for Registered Nurses
  10. MonWHO Conference “Corruption in the Healthcare System” (March 22–24)
  11. Externship & Job Applications



1- NGSA Clothing Sale

The NGSA will be taking clothing orders in the Research Unit (2nd floor) in Wilson on Tuesday January 29th and Wednesday January 30th between the hours of 11:30am-1:00pm. Those who are interested in purchasing clothing, but are unable to attend during these times can contact Hilary Swanson at Please see attached PowerPoint presentation for clothing options and pricing: NGSA Clothing Catalogue 2013

Embroidery will be the McGill Crest with the words “Graduate Nursing” underneath. Customized embroidery is also available and can be a name, graduation year (Class of…) or anything else you want within 2 lines of 12 characters each.  The embroidery will be on the sleeve and will be an additional $6.00.  Please bring the exact amount of your order in cash.


2- Speed Nursing

Speed Nursing is an annual event organized in conjunction with the Nursing Undergraduate Society and the McGill Nursing Alumni Association. Similar to the organization of a Speed Dating event, attendees will have the chance to spend a few minutes with Registered Nurses from many different units and fields (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Nursing Administrator, Nurse Practitioner, etc.) to learn of all the amazing career paths available in the fantastic world of the Nursing Profession.

When: Thursday January 31st, 2013 @ 18h00-20h00
Where: Thomson House Ballroom (3650 McTavish)
Cost: Free! Food and non-alcoholic drinks included.
RSVP: or select “Attend” on Facebook to help us order enough food for everyone.


3- Jewish General Hospital recruitment open house

All are invited to attend the Jewish General Hospital recruitment open house taking place January 31st from 16:30-19:30.  Please see the poster for more details.



4- Physician Assisted Suicide Colloquium

The McGill Journal of Law and Health is hosting its fifth annual Colloquium titled Physician Assisted Suicide: Balancing Legal Approaches to Private and Public Interests in Canada. The fundamental aim of this student-based initiative is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue on the question of physician-assisted suicide following the recent Gloria Taylor case and the recent report of the Dying with Dignity Commission in Quebec. Speakers include: Dr. Manuel Borod (Director, MUHC Palliative Care), Professor Daniel Weinstock (Public Health Ethics Committee of Quebec), Grace Pastine (Litigation Director, BC Civil Liberties Association), Suzanne Philips-Nootens (Associate Professor, University of Sherbrooke), Alex Schadenberg (Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition) and Professor Margaret Somerville (McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics, and Law). Breakfast and lunch will be served.

When: Saturday, February 2 @ 9:00am–2:30pm
Where: McGill Law Faculty, New Chancellor Day Hall 100 (3644 Peel)
Who: Open to all!
Cost: $5 for students/ $10 for non-students

Physician Assisted Suicide Colloquium


5- Marker/Grader Position Available NUR1 421

You have until February 15th to apply for this marker/grader position. Please consult the attached document: Grader Posting NUR 421 Winter 2013


6- NGSA Logo Contest Reminder

We would like to remind you that you still have until February 15th to submit your candidacy for the NGSA Logo Contest.  You could win $100! The contest is open to all students at McGill and Concordia University. For more details, please have a look at the official rules of the contest on our Logo Contest Page. Good luck to all participants!


7- Research Employment Opportunity for Registered Nurses

Looking to do some extra hours? Interested in getting involved in clinical research? Dr. Brent Richards and his team are seeking part time study nurses to assist with two research studies at the Jewish General Hospital. This is a great opportunity for nurses who are interested in getting involved in research or in getting extra experience and hours.

Successful applicants will conduct hour-long sessions with each patient, have them sign consent forms, administer a questionnaire, do a blood draw, and in some cases a punch biopsy of the skin.  Hours are flexible and can work according to your schedule – You must be a registered nurse!

The principal investigator is Dr. Brent Richards.  The study will be run out of the Division of Endocrinology at the Jewish General Hospital.  The first study will start recruiting patients in February, the second will start in March. If you are interested, please email with a CV.  You can also call (514)340-8222 ex.3867 if you have any questions.



8- St. Mary’s Hospital Interprofessional Open House

St. Mary’s Hospital Center is hosting its annual Inter-professional open house, on Tuesday February 19th, 2013, for the students enrolled in the Nursing Program.

The format is to accommodate the students who have classes or clinical rotations.  Therefore, we will be holding this event between 17h00 to 19h00 in the hospital cafeteria and refreshments and snacks will be served.  In addition we would like the students to pre-register if possible at indicating what specialty they would like to visit to better schedule their visit or call at 514-345-3511 extension 2608.

It will be a chance for the students to exchange with the different Managers and health care professionals from all units in the hospital.



9- Marker/Grader Position Available HSEL 309

You have until March 1st to apply for this marker/grader position. Please consult the attached document: Grader Posting HSEL 309 Winter 2013


10- Montreal World Health Organization Simulation Conference “Corruption in the Healthcare System”

The 2013 Montreal World Health Organization Simulation, on “Corruption in the Healthcare System,” is scheduled for March 22-24th, 2013. Their website,, is up and running, and registration is already opened, on a first-come first serve basis. Full details on MonWHO are available on the website or on Facebook.

Look out for the radio program scheduled for 8:30pm on February 19th, with CKUT 90.3 FM on “Corruption in the Healthcare System”!


11 – Externship & Job Applications

If you are in the MSc I DE group and looking for more clinical experience, you should consider doing an externship this summer. Hospitals and clinics are already accepting applications for this upcoming summer period. Externships are paid nursing positions and are a great way to get a feel for the culture and the type of tasks nurses are accountable for in a given clinical setting. If your performance evaluation is positive at the end of your externship, the unit will most likely want to hire you as a CPNP upon graduation!

The NGSA is working hard on updating the Externship information document on the NGSA website ( In the meantime, feel free to contact Michal, your VP Academic (MSc), for more information about externships or for tips on how to apply, at

If you are in the MSc II group and looking for a job, there will be several career fairs available in the coming weeks. The Jewish General Hospital‘s Nursing Dept. is holding their annual Recruitment Open House on Jan. 31 (event info: If you’re interested in mental health nursing, please contact me and I will get you in touch directly with a recruiter at the Douglas Institute. There are multiple exciting positions available for new grads! Check the Events section of the NGSA website ( regularly for updates and/or join our Facebook group if you haven’t done so already, as we will be creating job-related events on that page as well.

Finally, have your CV and cover letter reviewed by a professional from CaPS! For more information or to book an appointment, visit:

Good luck to you all!

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