Named Bursaries

CRNS Nurse Practitioner Award

This bursary is awarded to an active member of the College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan who is pursuing education related to advanced practice, including a NP who is taking further education, a RN who is taking NP education or a Rn who is furthering their education in advanced practice.   Recipients must be a member of SNF and be active in College activities.

Elizabeth Bassendowski Award

This bursary was established in memory of Elizabeth Bassendowski (1918-2012) from Shamrock, Saskatchewan.  Throughout her life, she valued reading, lifelong learning, and formal education.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (double major in history) from Athabasca University at 84 years of age.  Elizabeth wanted to be a registered nurse but had no way to pay for the tuition due to the depression of the 1930s. She encouraged both of her daughters, Gloria and Sandra, to become registered nurses. This bursary is open to an active member of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association who is pursuing education related to nursing education.  All levels of education funding will be eligible; preference will be given to programs at the Masters or PhD level. 

Heather Keith Bursary for Nurse Practitioners

The Nurse Practitioners of Saskatchewan (NPOS) was a professional practice group of the SRNA.  Heather Keith was the first President of NPOS.  She wanted to have RNs working in the expanded role come together to have a voice in establishing the future role of the NP.  Heather’s vision for NPs started the Nurse Practitioners of Saskatchewan professional practice group.  She organized the first NPOS meeting and was actively involved in NPOS for many years right up until its dissolution.  Heather continues to lead and inspire NPs today in her role as an NP. NPOS was initially established on January 20, 2001 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  The initial focus was to bring RNs working in expanded roles together to ultimately assist in the distinct and recognized role of the Nurse Practitioner.  NPOS worked closely with the SRNA, promoted the role of the NP in communities and education for NPs , and contributed to yearly educational conferences for NPs. This bursary is open to a practicing member of SRNA who is licensed as a RN(NP) and is in good standing who is pursuing a clinical course of > 5 days, a Professional Development course or conference, initial CNA certification, or a degree program. Preference will be given to a RN(NP): who has demonstrated innovation for the NP role or practice ie promoting new work for the NP role or creating a program that is unique; who is active with SRNA activities related to the role, scope of practice or practice of NPs; and who was a former member of NPOS. If no one meets this criteria, the award will be open to newer NPs and NP students.  The recipient must implement a dissemination strategy from the education program following completion ie. an article, SRNA webinar, conference presentation, or workplace presentation. 

Jean Mahoney Bursary

In 1995, the Jean Mahoney Bursary was established by the Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation (SNF) in recognition of Jean’s years of dedicated service and support to SNF. The bursary is awarded annually to a registered nurse, who must be a member of SNF, who is enrolled in a masters, or doctoral program.

Kernen-Miner Bursary

This bursary was originally established by the Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation in 1987 to recognize the vision of both Hester Kernen and Louise Miner in urging donations to be made to the Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation in lieu of gifts for their respective retirements in 1980.  Hester Kernen was the Dean of the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan; Louise Miner was the Director of Public Health Nursing for Saskatchewan.  Ms Miner received the Jeanne Mance award, the highest recognition of nursing achievement that the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) offers, in 1994. Both women were granted SRNA life memberships in 1982.  This bursary is awarded to a registered nurse who is enrolled in a masters or PhD program with a focus in public health or a related public health field.  The recipient must be a member of SNF.

Leeseberg Stamler Bursary

This bursary was established by Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler. Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, PhD, DLitt, RN, FAAN grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She received earned degrees from St. Olaf College, Northfield. MN (1973), the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB (1984), and the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (1994), and an honourary doctorate from Nipissing University, North Bay, ON (2017). After eleven
years in clinical practice, Dr. Stamler began a teaching career that spanned diploma education to PhD in nursing and included three provinces and two states. One of her favourite accomplishments was the creation of the nursing text: Community Health Nursing, A Canadian Perspective, with coeditor Lucia Yiu, used by many nursing schools in Canada. She was an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, as well as the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, where she served as President from 2008-2010. Dr. Stamler was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2011. She created this bursary to acknowledge the assistance she received as she continued in her own education, and focused it on nursing education so that we continue to move forward in best practices for educating nurses who will advance health care to the future.  This bursary is Open to an active member of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association who is in good standing in the program and has completed at least 6 credit hours in a PhD education program. Preference will be given to an applicant whose area of interest encompasses an aspect of teaching/learning.

Regina Grey Nuns Hospital Nurses Alumnae Bursary

This bursary was initially established by a grant from the Regina Grey Nuns Hospital Nurses Alumnae and continues to be supported by donations from Alumnae and others. It is awarded to a registered nurse enrolled in a recognized Masters program, clinical course of more than 5 days, professional development conference or workshop or initial CNA Certification exam.  Preference will be given to an R.N. with a family connection to a graduate of the Regina Grey Nuns Hospital School of Nursing. 

Saskatoon City Hospital Nurses Alumnae Bursary

This bursary was initially established by a grant from the Saskatoon City Hospital Nurses Alumnae and continues to be supported by donations from Alumnae and others. It was given for the first time in 1999. Preference is given to a graduate of the Saskatoon City Hospital School of Nursing.

Walker Mireau Bursary

The Walker Mireau bursary was established in recognition of Roberta Mireau’s dedicated service, commitment and support of nursing and SNF.  The Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation was one of Roberta’s favorite charities.  Her continuing support of SNF was a reflection of her keen interest in, and promotion of, education in all its facets and in all spheres of nursing, throughout her career. Most of her nursing career was pursued in Saskatchewan where she was employed at the School of Nursing at the Regina General Hospital, at the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association, and at the Plains Health Centre in Regina.  Her commitment to nursing was further manifested in her dedicated service to the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association, including serving as President of the Association.

Donations to this bursary are continuing to be accepted.  Once the fund reaches a sufficient level, it will be awarded.