NGSA Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everyone,

First of all, thank you for attending the wine and cheese! The join NGSA/NUS venture was a success and we look forward to any feedback you might have to make next year’s event even better. In this week’s newsletter:

1. Nursing Colloquium: Sylvie Lambert, PhD-”How to Prepare for your Post-Doctoral Experience”: Tuesday, March 18th
2. Ingram School of Nursing Town Hall: Thursday, March 20th
3. Clothing Sale: March 20th-21st
4. NGSA Elections: Submissions due March 28th

Dr. Sylvie Lambert- “How to Prepare for your Post-Doctoral Experience

The Nursing Doctoral Colloquium is hosting Dr. Sylvie Lambert’s discussion on how to find the right post-doc for you. Masters students are also welcome, so if you are curious about a career in research, please feel free to drop in.

Where: Wilson Hall, room 223
When: Tuesday, March 18th 11:30-1:00

Ingram School of Nursing Town Hall

The Student Faculty Advisory Committee will be hosting the annual Ingram School of Nursing Town Hall. This is a chance to discuss ways to develop and improve the IsoN, as well as hear from some of the committees who have been working away all year. If you have any topics to add to the agenda, please submit them to ngsa.pgss@mail.mcgill.ca and I will forward them to the SFAC committee. You can also speak to your class representative.
Food will be provided!
Where: Wilson Hall, Wendy Patrick Room
When: Thursday, March 20th, 4-5:30 pm.
Who: All graduate students (Masters, PhD, NP) and faculty.

Clothing Sale

Members of the NGSA will be holding office hours this Thursday and Friday from 12-3 and 11-2 respectively. Students can come by and try on samples of yoga pants, hoodies, and sweatpants, and browse the catalogue. If you wish to place your order you will need to bring in cash to pay for the order before we can submit it to the company. Prices will be listed next to items.
If you have any questions please feel free to email ngsa.pgss@mail.mcgill.ca.

Where: NGSA Office: Basement Room 2
When: Thursday March 20th, 12-3 pm; Friday March 21st, 11-2 pm.

NGSA Annual Elections

The Nursing Graduate Student Association (NGSA) is pleased to announce the annual spring elections to fill the executive positions for the 2014/2015 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, Academic (Master’s)
– Vice-President, Finance
– Vice-President, Administration
– Vice-President, Communications

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

Please refer to the attached NGSA Constitution for information about the NGSA positions to be filled.

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 executive officers’ roles and responsibilities.
2. If you are interested in running for one of the two 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)
3. Send your campaign statement (using your official @mail.mcgill.ca e-mail account) to Katrina Obas, NGSA President, at katrina.obas@mail.mcgill.ca, on or before 12h00 (noon) March 28, 2014
4. 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.
5. 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 one week, from March 30 through April 4, 2014.

Proposed Amendments to the NGSA Constitution

There are also several constitution amendments to be voted on during these Spring Elections. We have developed proposed modifications and additions to the Constitution, which were approved by the NGSA Council and will be available to you shortly. You will have the chance to vote on the proposed changes when casting your vote for NGSA executive candidates.

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:
– Direct-Entry Qualifying Year
– Direct-Entry MSc I
– Direct-Entry MSc II
– Nurse-Entry MSc I
– Nurse-Entry MSc II

These positions will be filled by a volunteer or by consensus or secret ballot in the case where there are multiple students that are interested.

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 Affairs (Doctorate) 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 question regarding the NGSA, the vacant positions, or the elections, please send us an email at ngsa.pgss@mail.mcgill.ca

Toute question peut également être posée en français, selon votre préférence.

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