Message from the Dean
Welcome to a new school year at the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing! I am delighted you are viewing the college website. As the newly appointed Dean of the College of Nursing, I am honoured and excited to begin this journey!
Originally from Taiwan, I have lived the last couple of decades in the United States. Upon earning my PhD at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, I worked at the University of Michigan as a Professor and Associate Nursing Director and at the Washington State University-Spokane as a Professor and Associate Dean. Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan, I spent the last two and a half years in Tennessee, where I served as the Dean of the Tennessee Technological University Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.
Although I have been warned of the cold prairie winter ahead, I am very enthusiastic to live in Saskatchewan where the people are very warm and friendly. The beautiful sunsets and expansive skies make this province so lovely and I hope to see the northern lights soon!
The College of Nursing continues to lead the nation in Indigenous student recruitment and retention; the college is proportionate to the Indigenous population of the province, with 18.9% of our undergraduate program, and 17.7% of our overall student body identified as Indigenous. The success of distributed learning is evident in Saskatchewan. Campuses in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina support learning sites in La Ronge, Île-à-la Crosse and Yorkton. This innovation provides access to nursing education for people living in rural and remote communities, and ensures the education of caring and compassionate health care workers throughout the province!
In the coming months, the college will be drafting a blueprint for the future that will ensure continuity to the tradition of Indigenous student recruitment and distributed learning. Beyond that, I hope we can enhance our collaboration with other colleges, universities and institutions to promote the quality of our nursing education to be among the best in its field. Through this plan, we will be recognized as the worlds’ most engaged College of Nursing, working together to discover knowledge and solutions that impact lives and create opportunities for people in Saskatchewan and around the globe.
I will be inviting our students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders to express a vision for the future of the College of Nursing. Your unique perspective, experiences and ideas will serve to poise the college to excel in the years to come. The eager commitment of our outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni ensure a place of excellence for learning, research and scholarly practice.
I am very happy to work with you in the College of Nursing! I wish each of you happiness, and enjoyment in the coming months as we work together to build an aspirational college.
Huey-Ming Tzeng, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing