Moving on up: The Ingram School of Nursing to celebrate 100th anniversary in new offices

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Could these Nursing students be smiling about the upcoming move? Pictured, clockwise from back left: PhD student Raíssa Passos dos Santos; Laura Heather, BN’17; Elizabet Kalantarov, BScN’17; Franciska Shaw, BScN’17; Mélissa Alfaro, BN’17; BScN student Lianna Curiale; Alex Magdzinski, MSc(A)’17. (Photo: Owen Egan)

By Philip Fine

A century’s worth of leadership, progress and advancements in nursing education is a major achievement by most standards.

Such is the case for the Ingram School of Nursing, which continues to flourish since its inception in 1920, offering students the chance to discover the many exciting and rewarding opportunities the profession has to offer.

The School’s expansion continues, literally, with a major move into 680 Sherbrooke St. West, planned for August 2017, in anticipation of its 100th anniversary.

The building, located on the corner of University St., is co-owned by McGill and iA Financial Group, and also houses the School of Continuing Studies and Le James, the McGill bookstore. Three floors of corporate office space have been freed up for the School’s new location. With a view of Mount Royal, floors 18, 19 and 20 almost double the amount of footage devoted to nursing education at McGill, to 26,000 square feet.

The Ingram School of Nursing’s current home, Wilson Hall, may be a historical gem, but the advanced needs of several modern nurse training programs are no match for the limited quarters of the gabled, four-storey brick structure.

Located on University St. by the Milton Gates, Wilson Hall was built as a theological college in 1913–14. McGill acquired it in 1945 for much-needed residence space and, in 1962, turned the building over to the schools of Nursing and Social Work.

The new space at 680 Sherbrooke St. West reflects the School’s commitment to providing students with state-of-the-art settings to better prepare them for their future careers. Numerous programs at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, as well as specialties including home care and critical care, require larger and more extensively equipped facilities. With that in mind, the Ingram School of Nursing received the go-ahead to create a home more compatible with 21st-century nursing education.

Whereas the old location counts 10 beds in its one lab, the new space will have 23 beds in three separate labs, one of which will be dedicated to intensive care nursing. We will also have a one-bedroom apartment where nurses will be able to learn how to do home visits, says Anita Gagnon, PhD’95, Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and Director, Ingram School of Nursing. The new location will also have such amenities as a student lounge and study rooms, a research lab, one-way mirrors for professors to watch students interviewing patients, and telephone cabins for researchers collecting data over the phone.

“We’ll have a lot of things we never had, and we’re looking forward to seeing the positive impacts of the move for our students, staff and faculty.”

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