NGSA Weekly Newsletter

Hey snurses!

This is it: the last week of class before Spring Break! Soon enough we’ll be able to catch up on the missed hours of sleep and spend some time with family and friends… As for this week, there are many upcoming events as well as opportunities to have your voice heard. Take a few minutes to go over the newsletter and see what might be of interest to you, particularly the FREE annual NGSA Wine & Cheese!

Without further ado, here is this week’s issue of the NGSA newsletter. Stay tuned for your weekly dose of NGSA information.

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



  1. NGSA Clothing Pickup (February 27)
  2. NGSA Annual Wine & Cheese – Reminder (February 28)
  3. msHPA Workshop on Conflict Resolution (February 28)
  4. Grader needed for NUR1 234 Illness Management Course
  5. Present at SSHRC Research for a Better Life (March 1)
  6. PGSS Elections & Accreditation (March 4-15)
  7. Nursing Town Hall Survey – Extension (March 10)
  8. Nursing Town Hall for MSc Program (March 14)


1- NGSA Clothing Pickup

Please note that all clothing ordered in the NGSA clothing sale can be picked up in the Research Unit (Wilson Hall Room 224) tomorrow, February 27th, between 11:30 and 1:30.  Those who are unavailable to pick up their clothing at this time should email Hilary Swanson at: to arrange an alternate pick up time.


2- NGSA Annual Wine & Cheese – Reminder

We would like to remind you that the Annual NGSA Wine & Cheese will be happening this Thursday, February 28th from 4:00-6:00pm in Wendy Patrick, Wilson Hall.

The event is open to all graduate students enrolled at the Ingram School of Nursing. This is a great opportunity to have fun with your colleagues and have meaningful discussions with faculty and staff outside of the classroom setting.

This is an all you can eat/drink event, for FREE! (limited quantities, until we run out of stock…)

Wine & Cheese


3- msHPA Workshop on Conflict Resolution

If you’re planning on working in healthcare you will be no stranger to conflict, that’s a fact. Working in an interprofessional environment with high stress can sometimes be a breeding ground for tricky situations.

Come hear Dr Robert Oppenheimer a professor with the John Molson School of Business give a practical workshop on conflict resolution. This workshop is guaranteed to be useful in both your professional and personal lives – don’t miss it!

When: Thursday February 28th, from 6:00-9:00pm.
Where: Royal Victoria Hospital, Pavilion H4, Nursing Lounge
For who: All welcome from any healthcare program!
To add this event to your Facebook events, click here:

Looking forward to seeing you all there,
The msHPA team (McGill students in Healthcare Professional Alliance)


4- Grader needed for NUR1 234 Illness Management Course

Professor Madeleine Buck is requesting a student grader for the NUR1 324 Illness Management midterm exam.  Nurse entry and direct entry students are welcome to apply.

Any interested individuals are to contact Madeleine Buck at immediately. Please see position posting on CaPS for more details.


5- Present at SSHRC Research for a Better Life

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has just launched a new competition, Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers, designed to support and promote excellence in research communications across the country. Postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research, focusing on people and behaviour, human thought, culture and ideas, is affecting our lives, and how it helps us to understand and improve our world and our future prosperity.

Students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply to be a part of this initiative. Students and postdocs are eligible to present either their own research or that of another McGill scholar. In addition, SSHRC funded researchers interested in having their research showcased online are invited to contact Jennifer Johnson of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Competition details:
Who: Postsecondary students and postdocs
What: Submit a three-minute pitch describing an innovative, SSHRC-funded research project being carried out at McGill. The project can be your own research or that of another scholar at McGill (provided you receive permission first).
When: February 16 through March 1
Why: The top 25 submissions will receive a prize valued at $3,000, an invitation to a special communications workshop at Congress 2013 in Victoria and the chance to deliver their pitch in front of a live audience at the Storytellers Showcase. At the Showcase, held at Congress, a jury will choose five final winners, to be invited to deliver a featured presentation at this year’s World Social Science Forum in Montreal.

Entries can be submitted in the medium of your choice—text, video, audio and infographic. Whatever the format, pitches need to be creative, compelling and clear. Use the SSHRC’s Awards Search Engine to identify SSHRC-funded research projects at McGill, and visit for more information.

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6- PGSS Elections & Accreditation

The NGSA is well aware that you’ve all been receiving many emails from PGSS in the past weeks about the upcoming elections and referendum. However, the circumstances are quite different this year and need your full attention since PGSS is seeking official accreditation in accordance with An Act Respecting the Accreditation and Financing of Students’ Associations R.S.Q., c. A-3.01.

We do not want to bother you too much with this, however for this referendum to pass we need at least 25% our membership to vote on this question. This accreditation will enable PGSS to be legally recognized and also bind the university to recognize any associations under PGSS, such as the NGSA. This would also protect the fees collected by student associations: they could only be changed by the membership, not the university.

For more information about this specific question, please refer to the attached Fact sheet
You can also attend the information session on Wednesday, February 27 5:30-6:30pm in the Thomson House basement.

We will send you further reminders about the upcoming elections and referendum, which will happen at the same time over the next week. The NGSA strongly encourages its members to vote Yes to the referendum question on Accreditation.

When to Vote: March 4 to March 15
Vote on: PGSS Executives for 2013-2014 & PGSS Accreditation Polls
Vote at:

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7- Nursing Town Hall Survey – EXTENSION

In light of the upcoming Nursing Town Hall for the MSc Program (see announcement below), the Student-Faculty Advisory Committee (SFAC) is seeking YOUR INPUT in terms of key focus areas and issues in regards to your master’s program. This survey has already been circulated to all students about a week ago, however we are giving you an extension to be able to capture the opinion of a larger part of our membership. To have your opinion heard, please fill out the electronic survey:

The deadline to fill out this anonymous survey is March 10, 23:59 PM.
Thank you!


8- Nursing Town Hall for MSc Program

Your Student-Faculty Advisory Committee is pleased to invite you to the Ingram School of Nursing annual Town Hall

When: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 @ 4:30-6:00pm.
Where: Wendy Patrick, Wilson Hall
For who: All MSc(A) students

– Guest speakers (Dr. Ezer & Dr. Clarke)
– MSc Student Survey review
– Open forum
– Food & beverages will be provided

To add this event to your Facebook events, click here:


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