Welcome to the website of the Centre for Nursing Studies. We offer a continuum of educational opportunities for those who wish to pursue a career in nursing and for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to advance their nursing career. Take your time to browse information pertaining to our programs, services, faculty, staff and students. Please feel free to contact us for more information. 

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration at the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS), I would like to welcome you to the 2014-2015 academic year. So whether you are a returning student or new student, the faculty and staff at the CNS are ready to welcome you and facilitate your learning experiences. Nursing is an amazing career with endless opportunities to contribute to the quality of life and well-being of others. I am delighted that you are a part of the CNS community and am confident that you will approach your study with enthusiasm and vigor. I wish you continuing personal and professional success and look forward to hearing about your achievements.

On behalf of the administration at the CNS, I would also like to extend a sincere welcome to all of our faculty and staff. We all have a very important role to play in the success of our students and programs. I look forward to working closely with you throughout the year to ensure that this is an exciting and rewarding year for all students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Kathy Watkins, Director

 The Centre for Nursing Studies would like to  hear from Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses who are  interested in teaching with us on a casual  basis.

 Please forward your CV to the Director. 

Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Watkins who convocated from Memorial University on May 27, 2014 with a Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) degree. Dr. Watkins was awarded a ‘Pass with Distinction’ when she successfully defended her dissertation entitled “The Psychosocial and Behavioral Impact of Genetic Testing for Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer”. She was also awarded the Dean’s Fellowship during her program and received research funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research as well as numerous scholarships from nursing and health care organizations.

Dr. Watkins assumed the role of Director of the Centre for Nursing Studies on June 1, 2014.

Patricia Grainger, RN, Educator, Centre for Nursing Studies, Eastern Health

Award for Excellence in Nursing – Research

Research is Patricia Grainger’s passion. A nursing school faculty member since 1987, she also holds the position of Coordinator of the Research Office at the Centre for Nursing Studies in St. Johns. In addition to her own practice and research interests, Patricia has been teaching nursing research to undergraduate students for 15 years.

Patricia encourages partnerships between nursing education and practice, and co-chairs Eastern Health’s Nursing Education and Research Council. One of the many research projects in which she was involved was a study regarding the safety of early ambulation of patients following left heart catheterization. The findings of the study highlighted the benefits of early ambulation for the patient, as well as benefits for the health system through decreased costs for post-procedure care and reduced wait times. This study was awarded research grants and the study findings were published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. The evidence that resulted from this study influenced a change in practice.

Patricia has co-authored eight publications, received four research funding awards, and has provided dozens of presentations provincially, nationally and internationally. A testament to the respect and confidence the research community holds for Patricia is in her appointment as Vice-Chair of the non-clinical trials committee of the Provincial Health Ethics Board.

 PN Bursary Offer

 There will be a limited number of bursaries for PN students who accept difficult-to-fill positions  within a Regional Health Authority. The number of bursaries will be determined later by the Regional Health Authorities.    

          Bursary Program Information                                                                                                  

 What's New                

Starting September 2014 CNS Continuing Studies will be offering an Anatomy & Physiology Course through distance education for individuals interested in applying to the Practical Nursing Program.

Contact: Denise Waterman 777-8174 

Information and Registration Form



CNS Faculty Scholarship Inventory 2012-2013. This inventory includes all projects completed and currently ongoing for 2012-2013.


SA Grace Alumni Scholarship Information

The S.A. Grace General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae awards up to two $750.00 scholarships annually to eligible persons (as per the application criteria) who are currently undertaking part time or full time studies towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing.


Student and Faculty Scholarship and Bursary Recipients 2013-2014


ARNNL Research Grants Awarded to Centre for Nursing Studies Faculty


Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Bridging/Re-Entry Program

This program was launched by the Centre for Nursing Studies in the Fall of 2013. It prepares IENs to practice nursing in the Canadian health care system.

The CNS has received funding from Health Canada for the online development and distance delivery of courses from the current print-based Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Bridging/Re-Entry Program. The CNS is pleased to be partnering with Professional Development & Conferencing Services (PDCS) and Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS) at Memorial University on this important initiative and will commence offering the program online in March 2014.


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Privacy Statement: The Centre for Nursing Studies respects the privacy of individuals. Information is collected and shared only as required for the administration of academic programs. Please contact Dr. Kathy Watkins, Director, if you would like more information: kwatkins@mun.ca


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