Graduate studies in Nursing: Reaching for the moon when you are a star

Talk Tuesday - January 12, 2021

A master‘s degree in nursing prepares students to advance their career in nursing practice, education, management and research. The College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba offers each of these streams via blended delivery to accommodate the needs of adult learners. Learn more about pursuing a graduate education.


Dr. Donna Martin RN PhD
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba 

Dr. Martin has served as the associate dean, graduate programs in the College of Nursing since 2018. She supervises graduate and undergraduate students with interests in health equity and social justice and students passionate about quality nursing education and health service. Dr. Martin currently serves as a co-principal investigator on a CIHR-funded study to explicate the micro- and macro-construction of induced displacement from the perspectives of Little Saskatchewan First Nation youth impacted by the 2011 human-made flood. She is the recipient of three teaching awards and a past president of Xi Lambda Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International (Nursing Honor Society).

Dr. Darlene Pierce RN NP DNP
Nurse Practitioner Program Director, University of Manitoba

Dr. Darlene Pierce practices at Access Norwest in Winnipeg and is the current Nurse Practitioner Program director at the University of Manitoba. She has enjoyed a diverse nursing career in British Columbia, Alabama and Manitoba that has spanned clinical practice in emergency, intensive care, family care and education. Darlene completed her Bachelor of Science in Specialty Nursing at BCIT and Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner degree with the University of Victoria. She continued her education and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Minnesota in 2012.