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Saskatchewan Polytechnic dean wins prestigious national award

School of Nursing dean Dr. Netha Dyck wins Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Ethel Johns Award

November 15, 2016 – Last night Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing dean, Dr. Netha Dyck, was presented with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Ethel Johns Award at the annual awards reception in Ottawa.

The CASN Ethel Johns Award is named after the founding director of Canada’s first university nursing program. It is given in recognition of distinguished service to nursing education in Canada. CASN has presented this award to outstanding nursing education leaders since 1988.

“I’m thrilled to congratulate Dr. Netha Dyck on her academic achievements. She is very deserving of the CASN Ethel Johns Award,” shares Dr. Anne Neufeld, vice-president Academic and provost. “Netha provides outstanding strategic leadership in the delivery of 16 nursing programs, as well as a vast array of allied health programs."

Dyck was originally nominated for the CASN Academic Administrative Excellence Award by her colleagues. Upon receiving Sask Polytech’s nomination package the CASN Awards & Nomination Committee suggested Dyck be nominated for their most prestigious award – the Ethel Johns Award. Dyck met all the criteria for the Ethel Johns Award including leadership in curriculum development, administration, teaching and research. Dyck also has made significant contributions to the CASN council and committees over several years at national and international levels. Finally, over her distinguished career she has strengthened the quality of nursing education and the nursing profession.

The Sask Polytech School of Nursing has a proud and rich history as one of the primary providers of superior nursing education in the province of Saskatchewan, with a reputation that is recognized provincially, nationally and internationally. With 16 innovative programs, the school boasts 230 nationally recognized faculty and staff who help prepare students for gratifying careers as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, diabetes educators and more.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.