Message from the Dean of Nursing

Dr. Linda PatrickOur reason for being is to advance the health and well-being of individuals and populations through nursing education, practice, research, scholarship and creative activity. It is through this mission that we will continue to be recognized as a premier centre for nursing education, and will advance the discipline of nursing through thriving research and scholarship.

Our vision for the future will build on a long and proud history of educating nurses for professional practice, beginning with our earliest roots in public health. Explore our website and learn about our people, our graduates, and our plans for the future - including our Strategic Plan for 2012-2017. Envision yourself here in student centered surroundings on your journey to becoming a nurse or pursuing graduate studies in your lifelong pursuit of knowledge as a health care professional. In the Fall of 2017, we will be welcoming the first students into our new PhD program.

Located in Windsor, Ontario at the southern-most region of Canada, our students have a unique opportunity to learn about health care on both sides of the international border that we share with Detroit, Michigan. Our relationship with the United States holds tremendous opportunity for student and faculty interaction. Currently, our Sigma Theta Tau Chapter (Tau Upsilon) is part of Region 10, which includes schools in Michigan and Ohio. Our undergraduate nursing program includes unique opportunities to enhance the student experience. We offer a senior-level one semester exchange, for qualified applicants, to Sweden or Australia. In 2015, we received funding to support undergraduate and graduate students interested in an enhanced palliative care learning experience in England as Queen Elizabeth II Scholars. Other exciting opportunities include the University of Windsor's  “Outstanding Scholar” program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a mentorship relationship with nursing faculty engaged in research projects. All students can expect a supportive learning environment with exceptional faculty and staff devoted to their success.

Our programs include the following:

Explore this website for more details about these programs and to learn how you can grow as a professional at the University of Windsor.

In 2003, the Faculty of Nursing (former School of Nursing) moved into the Toldo Health Education Centre. In 2012, we expanded to new learning space on the 3rd floor of the Medical Education Building (attached to Toldo). This new learning space includes a second simulation hospital suite, a second health asssessment lab, primary health care examination rooms, a palliative care suite that can convert to an infection control room, observation and de-briefing rooms - with the very best in audiovisual equipment to facilitate distance delivery of graduate courses in partnership with the de Souza Institute, Hospice of Windsor, and Cancer Care Ontario.  You can get more details about our newest space.

As a University of Windsor nursing student, you will study in state-of-the-art clinical learning suites that utilize the very latest technology, under the guidance of experiential learning specialists who are experts in simulation, using standardized patients and case studies to enhance your learning experience. This means that you will practice newly learned skills and use critical thinking in real life scenarios in a safe environment to prepare you for clinical practice.

Student learning is further supported by clinical experiences that begin in the very first semester of year one and in our classrooms, with expert faculty members who bring the scholarship of discovery from their own programs of research to life in the courses that they teach. Read about our faculty accomplishments on this site, our award winning instructors and research, our peer mentor program, and other student centered programs to support student success.

I invite you to explore our website for additional information about the opportunities that await you in our Faculty of Nursing. As a prospective student, faculty member, donor or an alumnus seeking ways to be part of our University of Windsor nursing family, I invite you to contact me.

Respectfully yours,

Linda J. Patrick, RN, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Nursing
University of Windsor Graduate, Class of 1990 and 1997