Why USask Nursing Research?

In an ever-changing research landscape, University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Nursing researchers are undaunted in their pursuit of knowledge – innovating and expanding our impact on the health of all.

We invite you to browse the following sections to explore why you should join USask College of Nursing to move your research forward.

The College of Nursing strives to be a world leader in research by conducting studies with real and positive impacts, driving improvement in health care practices locally and globally.

Our highly impactful nursing research is governed by a strong culture of exploration, innovative interdisciplinary collaboration, and engaging knowledge exchange.

Research expertise within the College of Nursing spans three signature areas: 

Community-Engaged Health and Nursing Research: Researchers collaborate with communities and local stakeholders to achieve shared goals of addressing health needs, building capacity, and promoting improved health outcomes. By giving voice to communities in research, we can create and share knowledge to advance nursing, empower individuals and communities, and strengthen the health and well-being of communities. 

Health Equity Research: Researchers acknowledge health inequities arise from social injustice that stems from systematic differences related to race, gender, social class, culture, and geographic locations. Exploring social determinants of health can inform health policies and translate into health and social interventions reducing these inequities. 

Innovation in Health Systems and Education Research: Researchers explore how innovation can lead to new or better ways to solve problems in a meaningful way. This research challenges existing ideas and assumptions of current health systems and education approaches, practices, and technologies; leading to better outcomes for health care providers, patients, educators, and students.

Our nurse scholars are creating the building blocks for better health systems and outcomes through programs of research awarded by provincial, regional, national, and international funders.

Learn more about our research successes in our monthly Research Newsletter.

The University of Saskatchewan is one of the top research-intensive, medical doctoral universities in Canada. USask is home to world-leading research in areas of global importance, including water and food security and infectious diseases. Researchers embrace exploration — responding to emerging questions and needs as they arise in the pursuit of new knowledge.

The University of Saskatchewan is a proud member of the U15, named as one of Canada’s top 15 research Universities.

USask is home to nine research signature areas, highlighting outstanding achievement enabled by our research capacity, investments, history and sense of place. A complete list of signature areas at the University of Saskatchewan can be found here.

Of particular importance, there are two new signature areas that include a health-research focus:

Health and Wellness: Research that combines aspects of the arts, population health, public health, biomedical, clinical, Indigenous, social and political science has the potential to increase the effectiveness of health care, health promotion, and disease prevention in society.

Communities and Sustainability: Understanding the relationships among different peoples and the natural world and ensuring that they are maintained in a good way — a philosophy embodied in the Cree/Saulteaux concept of wahkohtowin — is crucial to overcoming urgent environmental, social, and political hurdles.

“Our signature areas send an important message regarding our unique research strengths. Given their significance, it is essential that the USask community has pooled its collective wisdom and experience to explore new areas and identify leadership for them.”
President Peter Stoicheff

Learn more about University of Saskatchewan research impact here.

The College of Nursing is currently recruiting a Canada Research Chair (CRC) – Tier II in Refugee Migrant Health Promotion and Integration. The CRC in Refugee Migrant Health Promotion and Integration will contribute to delivering safe, cultural responsive and quality healthcare to refugees and migrants by creating new collaborative solutions to address the intersecting effects of globalization, racialization, the environment, and the social determinants of health.

Drawing on existing expertise in population and public health, this chair can further integrate the synergistic, multidisciplinary contributions of nursing, nutrition, dentistry, urban planning, public health, epidemiology, political sciences, psychology, and sociology.

By positioning this CRC in nursing, critical expertise in social justice, the social determinants of health, and the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) can be brought to bear in improving the health and wellness of refugees and migrants. Nurses have long advocated the mere acceptance of displaced persons into Canada is not enough, that there is an imperative duty to care for these individuals and families.

This CRC can play a vital role in ensuring refugees and migrants are better positioned to fully engage in all aspects of Canadian society free from unresolved issues of equity and inclusion.

Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., applicants must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program's Tier II justification process. Please contact the Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives (RASI) unit for more information. ​

Interested in applying? Click HERE for details.

College of Nursing faculty have a strong and collegiate focus on collaboration among disciplines, including several cross-disciplinary research areas. The focus on scholarship excellence in the College of Nursing provides supervised professional experience as part of the academic program and on completion of degrees graduates are ready for immediate entry to their profession. Learn more about the many prominent nurse scholars who are proud to work for the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing here.

The College of Nursing invites applications from qualified individuals for full time, tenure track, and clinical instructor faculty positions. We are seeking professional, innovative, and team-oriented faculty to join our community of scholars to push the boundaries of nursing knowledge and education.

Interested in working with us? Click here for details.

The College of Nursing offers a number of graduate programs, including Master of Nursing Professional Practice, Master of Nursing Thesis, Master of Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Postgraduate Degree Specialization Certificate Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.

USask College of Nursing uses a distributive learning approach, enabling students to learn where they live. All USask College of Nursing graduate programs are offered distributively, allowing students to participate from anywhere in Canada.

Our engaged nursing faculty and staff are dedicated to creating an innovative and creative student education experience. Our graduate students benefit from an interprofessional education, flexible study options, clinical placement coordination (Nurse Practitioner program), academic advising, and a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries.

Learn more about becoming a graduate student at USask College of Nursing here.

Saskatchewan is a vast and beautiful land located in the heart of North America, spanning six Treaty territories and numerous First Nations, and the homeland of the Métis.

Whether you are exploring the badlands in the Southwest, the rolling prairies in the Southeast, or the forests from the central region up to the northern border (with thousands of lakes and rivers throughout!), as the “Land of the Living Skies”, Saskatchewan offers breath-taking horizons and vistas.

Saskatchewan is home to19 national parks and historic sites, 39 provincial parks and historic sites, and 75 accredited regional parks that will inspire the adventurer within!

The College of Nursing is housed within 3 University of Saskatchewan campuses and at 3 partner sites across Saskatchewan.

University of Saskatchewan campus is on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon. Culturally diverse and the host of numerous acclaimed arts and culture festivals, Saskatoon is home to the Remai Modern, museum of modern and contemporary art, and the most comprehensive collection of linocuts by Pablo Picasso. Just outside of Saskatoon, you will find Wanuskewin, a global centre of excellence in fostering education and respect for the land based on expressions of Indigenous culture, heritage, and arts.

The Regina campus is located in the provincial capital city and is the closest city to the centre of North America! Regina is home to the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders (with Canada’s proudest and most enthusiastic fans!), the RCMP Training Depot, the Saskatchewan Science Centre, and Wascana Lake (a recreational hotspot!).

Last, but certainly not least, is the Prince Albert campus. Prince Albert is the “Gateway to the North” and offers access to world-class fishing, hunting, and outdoor adventure. The stunning Prince Albert National Park and Elk Ridge Resort are located only a minutes' drive away from this welcoming city.

The College of Nursing also offers programming in partnership with Northlands College in La Ronge and Ile-a-la-Crosse and with Parkland College in Yorkton.

Find out more information about beautiful Saskatchewan and how to enjoy all the province has to offer here.

Get your free guide to everything Saskatoon has to offer here.

Did you know?

  • With approximately 100,000 lakes, nearly 10% of Saskatchewan’s surface area is water.
  • Saskatchewan has five million acres of parkland.
  • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program helps non‑Canadians make Saskatchewan their home.
  • Saskatoon is one of the sunniest places in all of Canada - blessed to receive a whopping 2,268 hours of glorious sun annually!