NGSA Weekly Newsletter

Hey snurses!

Here’s is your weekly dose of information. Enjoy reading this issue of the NGSA newsletters.

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



  1. REMINDER: NGSA Elections Campaign Statement Deadline (March 25)
  2. Bridging the Gaps Session (March 26)
  3. McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy Speaker Series (March 27)
  4. Master’s Student Research Presentations (March 27 – April 10)
  5. Interaction Day Healthcare Career Fair (April 4 – April 8)
  6. “Thinking Qualitatively” Workshop Series Registration (May 2)
  7. Nursing Assistant Job Opportunity – Tamaracouta Scout Camp



1- REMINDER: NGSA Elections Campaign Statement Deadline

Dear Fellow Graduate Students,

The Nursing Graduate Student Association (NGSA) would like to remind you of the annual spring elections to fill the executive positions for the 2013/2014 school year.

Who Are We?

The NGSA is the official student association representing master- and doctorate-level nursing students at the Ingram School of Nursing, in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. The NGSA also represents graduate nursing students at the Post-Graduate Student Society (PGSS).

The Executive positions to be filled are:

– Vice-President, Academic (Master’s)
– Vice-President, Finance
– Vice-President, Administration
– Vice-President, Communications

The sixth Executive Council position is filled by appointment:
– Vice-President, Academic (Doctoral)

How Can You Get Involved?

You can run in the elections for one of the electable vacant executive positions, as long as you meet the requirements outlined in the constitution (see attached file). In addition:

  1. Please familiarize yourself with the roles and responsibilities for the executive position you are interested in.
  2. If you are interested in running for one of the five positions, prepare a 300-word campaign statement (telling us about yourself, the reasons why you are interested in the position, and the assets you possess that make you a good candidate for that specific position).
  3. Fill out the attached Nomination Form, including the signatures from three other nursing graduate students who are willing to nominate you for candidacy.
  4. Send your campaign statement (using your official e-mail account) to the NGSA email account at, on or before March 25th, 2013 at 5PM.
  5. Drop your Nomination Form off in the NGSA mailbox (across from Room 216 in Wilson Hall) by March 25th, 2013 at 5PM.
  6. Following the candidacy submission deadline, the NGSA will communicate the candidates’ names and statements to all graduate students via e-mail and declare the election campaign open.
  7. The election campaign will culminate in an online vote, where eligible graduate students will vote for the candidate(s) of their choice using the PGSS Online Voting System (OVS) – voting online will be open from April 2nd at 8AM, until April 7th at 5PM.
  8. The results of the election will be communicated within a few days of the closing of voting.

Are There Other Ways To Get Involved?

Absolutely! The Council is also made up of Class Representatives from each of the academic years and entry streams. For the 2013/2014 school year, the class representatives are as follows:

Direct-Entry QY: To be filled in August/September, 2013

– Direct-Entry MSc I: Abbey Mahon

– Direct-Entry MSc II: Christian Drouin

– Nurse-Entry MSc I: To be filled in August/September, 2013

– Nurse-Entry MSc II: To be filled before September, 2013

It is important to note that NGSA Class Representatives—in addition to their NGSA role—are also required to represent their class at the SFAC, the Student-Faculty Advisory Committee. SFAC meetings occurs a few times a year to discuss pending and new course- or program-related challenges in an open exchange forum between student and faculty representatives. Thanks to SFAC, the master’s program is continuously evolving, allowing the faculty to adapt the academic curriculum to the changing needs of students and to optimize adequate preparation for entry to practice.

The Vice-President, Academic (Doctoral) position, as stipulated in the Constitution, will be filled as decided by consensus or, if necessary, by secret ballot by doctoral students, and the nominee will be recommended to the President of the NGSA for appointment.

Finally, as we hold several academic and social events throughout the year, we will be looking for volunteers! You can always get involved and participate in the student life experience by joining the NGSA in planning, executing, and evaluating events. Stay tuned for upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Questions? Comments?

If you have any questions regarding the NGSA, the vacant positions, or the elections, please send us an email at

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2- Bridging the Gaps Session

A Bridging the Gaps session will be held for Direct-Entry students on Tuesday March 26th from 5:30-6:30 PM.  This is a peer mentoring event, where you can ask your questions about what to expect in the coming years of the program.  Whether you would like to come ask questions, or come to help answer questions, all are welcome!

The session will be held at Thompson House.  More specific location details will be posted in the NGSA Facebook group as information becomes available.  Please feel free to email for up-to-date information.

Hope you see you there!


3- McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy Speaker Series

McGill IHSP Poster Erin-Strumpf-Mar27-13


4- Master’s Student Research Presentations

The final research presentations of the 632 master’s students will be taking place on Wednesday March 27th, April 3rd and April 10th in room 110. Please see the attached schedule for more details about the presentations: Master’s Students Final Research Presentations Topics


5- Interaction Day Healthcare Career Fair

Healthcare Career Fair


6- “Thinking Qualitatively” Workshop Series Registration

The 13th annual “Thinking Qualitatively” workshop series will be taking place from June 17th – 20th at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.
Early registration is now open and is available until May 2nd.

The academic program consists of four days of hands-on workshops that include such topics as:  Introduction to qualitative methods, grounded theory, interpretive description, phenomenology, ethnography, narrative inquiry, mixed methods, focus groups, and interviewing.

For more information or to submit an abstract for the series please visit the following link:

Thinking Qualitatively Poster


7- Nursing Assistant Job Opportunity – Tamaracouta Scout Camp

Nursing Assistant Position Poster


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