Message from the dean

Frontlines, Summer 2021

Alice Gaudine

Message from Dr. Alice Gaudine 

Hello everyone:

Thanks to the hard-work, determination and innovative approaches of so many, including faculty, staff, preceptors and our nursing partners, our students have continued to make progress in their programs over the past year.

It certainly has been a time for innovation in teaching and learning and we are grateful that our collective efforts led to a successful graduation for our Class of 2021! This group of new nurses is certainly well-prepared in the use of PPE, and in infection prevention and control!

I know that many of you have faced a challenging year in your career and/or in your personal life as we learned to work and live differently. We appreciate the dedication and commitment you show every single day. We know it is a difficult time.

Whether caring for persons with COVID, working in vaccine clinics, helping to manage inequities made worse by the pandemic, or working in other areas of healthcare, we are proud of you, proud of your contributions to the health of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and residents of other provinces and countries.

In this summer edition of our newsletter we share news about recent events in the Faculty of Nursing, including  the celebration of new nursing graduates, welcoming new students in our first-ever virtual crest ceremony, and thanking our donors and friends for their generosity in our online scholarship and awards ceremony.

Students in clinical placements

Nursing as all of you know is a hands-on program, and we were happy that in spite of some adjustments we were able to have students in their labs and clinical placements.

Your donations help us equip our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and Cahill Nursing Simulation Room with necessary resources, and I want to thank you so much for your generosity. It really does make a difference.

Our plan to renovate our LRC so that students will continue to have greater access to simulation-based activities, was delayed during the pandemic. However we hope to move this project forward soon and you can make a lasting impact on student learning by helping fund this new space. We continue to raise funds for this project, which has an estimated cost of $90,000 for renovations and simulated mannequins. Contributions from many of our alumni can help us get there.

I want to thank you too for another crucial role you have in the lives of our students, and that’s as preceptors. The quality of our programs depends on the contributions of our many preceptors and for that we are fortunate to have your support. It is a vital role in students’ education, and one that I would strongly encourage you to consider.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next year in the fall of 2022, when we’ll celebrate 56 years educating nurses!

Until we meet again in person, I wish you all the best in your professional and personal lives.


Alice Gaudine, PhD, RN
Dean, Faculty of Nursing


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