NGSA Weekly Newsletter

Hello NGSA,

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,
Katrina Obas (interim VP-Comm)



  1. Reminder: NGSA By-Elections for Executive Positions
  2. 4th Edition of Ingram School of Nursing Faculty and Student Handbook
  3. Used Book Sale –Pick up and List of “Leftovers”
  4. PHAR 300 Tutor Opportunity
  5. Parkinsons Disease forum at McGill Integrated Program in Neuroscience Annual Retreat
  6. IHSP invitation to “Paying for Health Impact” on October 11th, 2013


1-NGSA By-Elections for Executive Positions

Dear Fellow Graduate Students,

The Nursing Graduate Student Association (NGSA) is pleased to announce the fall by elections for the unfilled 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:
– President
– Vice-President, Finance
– Vice-President, Communications

– Vice-President, Internal
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:
Please familiarize yourself with the executive officers’ roles and responsibilities.

  1. If you are interested in running for one of the four positions, prepare a 300-word campaign statement (in that statement, tell 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)
  2. Send your campaign statement (using your official e-mail account) to Brandy Vanderbyl (NGSA VP-Academic) and Katrina Obas (NGSA VP-Administration) at, on or before Thursday Sept. 26, 2013, 23:59 EDT.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 for four days, from October 1 to October 4, 2013.
  5. Elected executive will begin their term and associated responsibilities as of October 15th, 2013.

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. As such, there are the following positions:

Qualifying Year: Olivia Saint-Laurent

MSc (1) Direct Entry: Abbey Mahon

MSc (1) Nurse Entry: Patricia Alfaro

MSc (2) Direct Entry: Hailey Gurr

MSc (2) Nurse Entry: VACANT, please email if interested

PhD: Monica Parmar & Christina Clausen

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 occur 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.

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 question regarding the NGSA, the vacant positions, or the elections, please send us an email at

4th Edition of Ingram School of Nursing Faculty and Student Handbook

Dear Faculty and Students,

The 4’th Edition of the Ingram School of Nursing Faculty and Student Handbook is released!!

You can find the most recent edition of the Nursing Faculty and Student Handbook on Ingram School of Nursing website

The following is a summary of key changes/updates:

  • All web-links updated
  • Colleagueship name changed to Nursing Graduate Student Association
  • GRIISIQ change to RIISIQ (
  • Major updates on the section ‘Social Media’ (p. 14 – 15) to include specific instructions NOT to post patient photos or data on line as well as other ‘what not to do’ when using Facebook or Twitter or the like. In addition, there is now a section on how to assess your personal social media site and make sure it is ‘clean’ (good ideas for everyone!).  These updates are based on new Faculty of Medicine guidelines.
  • The three additions to the Scope of Practice for Nurses in QC have been added
    • (15) deciding to use isolation measures in accordance with the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S-4.2) and the Act respecting health services and social services for Cree Native persons (chapter S-5);
    • (16) assessing mental disorders, except mental retardation, if the nurse has the university degree and clinical experience in psychiatric nursing care required under a regulation made in accordance with paragraph g of section 14; and
    • (17) assessing a child not yet admissible to preschool education who shows signs of developmental delay, in order to determine the adjustment and rehabilitation services required.
  • BNI program of study over 2 or 3 years updated and maximum time to completion of degree changed from 5 to 4 years.
  • Names/positions updated e.g., Pozzuto as NSAO; L. McHarg as MSC program director, etc…
  • First Year Office renamed to Campus Life and Engagement” as of September 2013
  • Updates re criminal reference check and that more and more agencies requiring this including requirement to self declare on ‘Criminal Background Verification Form’ by Agence.
  • New guidelines re hand hygiene as per 2013 Public Health Agency of Canada Hand Hygiene Practices in Health Care Settings
  • Supplemental exams can now be written by any student with CGPA > 2.0 who is in Satisfactory Standing (the previous regulation had variations of CGPA from 2.2 – 2.3 and these restrictions created too many administrative challenges and exceptions were being made so we have reverted to the university regulation); the section on advising students re pros/cons of doing supplemental exam vs. redoing the course has been augmented to ensure good decision making.
  • In the event of an appealed grade, the reread fee is now reimbursed if the reread results in an increase in the grade.
  • Guidelines for study away have been updated and the difference between IUT and Study Away highlighted (page 25).
  • The discussion on who is eligible to complete a minor degree in anther faculty has been augmented and the new ‘form’ has been added (p. 27).
  • Details re OIIQ licensing exam changes have been updated based on removal of OSCE section of the exam as of September 2014 sitting.
  • Naming of Ingram School of Nursing, the Susan E. French Chair in Nursing Research, and the Collaborative explained!  (p. 61)
  • Minor edits of the ’10 Rights of Medication Administration’ (p. 67)based on Kozier, B., Erb, G., Berman, A., Buck, M., Yiu, L., & Stamler, L. L. (Eds.) (2014). Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing. Canadian 3nd ed. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.

As in any document with so much information, errors or omissions may have occurred. Please let me know if you find any.

I hope the document is helpful to you in some way!

Madeleine Buck, N./Inf, B.Sc.(N), M.Sc.(A)
Assistant Professor/Professeure adjointe
BSc(N) Program Director/Directrice du programme BSc (Inf)
Ingram School of Nursing / École des sciences infirmières Ingram

McGill University/Universite McGill
3506 rue University  –  # 211, Wilson Hall
Montreal, QC  H3A 2A7
tel: 514-398-4155        fax: 514-398-8455

 2-Used Book Sale –Pick up and List of “Leftovers”

  • Please email to check if your books were sold!
  • You can arrange with an NGSA executive to pick up your $$ or books.
  • We have included all the books that were not sold in the attached spreadsheet. Please contact the person listed at their McGill email if interested in buying their textbook.

3-PHAR 300 Tutor Opportunity

We’re looking for a Part Time Pharmacology Instructor

We’ve seen that lots of Nursing Students take and enjoy our exam review courses. After lots of requests, we’re offering PHAR 300 as a crash course and we’d like to add someone to our team who is dedicated to making sure we offer a session that helps students get ready for a tough set of exams.

Here’s who we’re looking for:

You’re the type of person who took PHAR 300 and understood what was going on. You get Pharmacology in general and love to teach people. You understand what it’s like to be a student and get where problems in this course may lie.

If you were working with us, here are some of the things you will do to prepare your course:

Reread your old notes and catch up on the material.

Talk to current students to see if there are any changes since you took the course.

Combine your notes, your knowledge and material like textbook, exams and assignments to create a great course pack.

Offer a great preparatory experience to current undergraduates.

Answer questions as needed.

Experience is important. We’re looking for someone who’s taken this course, and has received a great grade. You should feel confident relaying information, you’re a self described mentor.

This is a part time position. Total hours required over a semester are between 16 and 70. Teaching pays $75-120 per hour, material prep $15.

If this job sounds like something you’d like to do, we definitely want to hear from you. We need to hear from you!

Please get in touch by emailing and include “PHAR” (no quotes) somewhere in the subject. Thanks!

 4-Parkinsons Disease forum at McGill Integrated Program in Neuroscience Annual Retreat

Are you interested in basic and clinical aspects of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders? The McGill University Integrated Program in Neuroscience will be hosting a gathering of international students and speakers to share their knowledge and expertise on Parkinson’s Disease at the 5th Parkinson’s Disease Summer School. The event is part of the annual McGill Integrated Program in Neuroscience Retreat and will feature presentations by:

Jillian Carson – “Ask the Patient – My experience with Parkinsons”

Jillian is a retired physiotherapist who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and is an avid advocate for Parkinson’s Disease patients in Canada. She will be sharing her personal and professional insights on living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Paul de Roos, Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden – “Research, Educational, and Clinical Aspects of Parkinsons”

Dr. de Roos is a Neurologist at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden. He will be discussing basic and clinical aspects of Parkinson’s Disease as well as his interest in developing forums for students and young professionals to exchange knowledge and develop leadership skills, with the goal of improving clinical outcomes for patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

The event is free to attend and will be held at the Crowley Arts Centre, 5325 Crowley Ave, Montreal, QC (adjacent to Vendome Metro station) on Friday September 20th, 2013 from 9 – 11am.

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Thank you very much!

Andrew Kaplan

MSc candidate, McGill Integrated Program in Neuroscience

5-IHSP invitation to “Paying for Health Impact” on October 11th, 2013

The McGill Research Group on Health and Law in collaboration with the Institute for Health and Social Policy is pleased to invite you to its 6th Annual Lecture in Health and Law:

Paying for Health Impact

Presented by: Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University; President and Director of the Health Impact Fund

Friday, October 11th 2013
14h30 to 16h00
NCDH Room 100 (Moot Court)
3644 rue Peel (entry via 3660 Peel)

Space is limited. Kindly RSVP to <>
A request for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation has been made to the Barreau du Québec. Please specify if a member of the Barreau when you RSVP.

For more information:

One-third of all human lives end in early death from poverty-related causes. Many of these premature deaths are avoidable through global health system reforms, including to the existing patent regime. The latter provides incentives for the development and distribution of new medicines; but it also leaves gaps, especially in poor regions. The Health Impact Fund is a mechanism intended to fill these gaps and to improve access to new medicines worldwide. The HIF would give pharmaceutical innovators the option to be rewarded according to the incremental health impact of their product rather than through a patent-protected mark-up. The HIF would stimulate the development of high-impact medicines (especially for currently neglected diseases), would ensure availability at low cost, and would encourage innovators to market such medicines with the aim of reducing the global disease burden. The feasibility of this reform shows that the existing medical-patent regime is severely unjust. Professor Pogge will (a) introduce the HIF proposal and its moral justification, (b) discuss its implementation, funding, and economic viability, (c) explain its advantages for pharmaceutical firms as well as the benefits for the health and welfare of affluent and poor populations and (d) report on efforts to pilot the HIF idea in particular jurisdictions.

Having received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science as well as President of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international network aiming to enhance the impact of scholars, teachers and students on global poverty, and of Incentives for Global Health, a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide ( Pogge’s recent publications include Politics as Usual (Polity 2010); World Poverty and Human Rights (Polity 2008); John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice (Oxford 2007); and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right (Oxford & UNESCO 2007).


Gabriella Kranz

Academic Associate, Associée académique

McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy

Institut des politiques sociales et de la santé de l’Université McGill

T: 514-398-2457 / F: 514-398-8983


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