A Message from the NGSA

Have you met Nick Adcock, Nursing Graduate Student Association's President for the 2021-2022 academic year? Get to know him a little better and learn more about what the NGSA has in store for the Fall 2021 semester.

18 August 2021

Nick Adcock is a second-year Faculty of Nursing masters student (Leadership Stream) with a focus on Nursing Informatics at the University of Alberta and the Nursing Graduate Student Association's (NGSA) new president for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Adcock is interested in pursuing more knowledge about the unique intersection of nursing, technology, and the management of information. 

Information is essential to care for clients and in a world where information is endless it is important to be able to manage, access, and share the right information in a timely manner,” explains Adcock, who is excited to lead and inspire fellow graduate students as the current NGSA President. 

The NGSA is the official voice for Faculty of Nursing graduate students at the University of Alberta. It is composed of graduate students, both master's and PhD, who promote the general welfare of nursing graduate students through social, recreational, cultural, academic, and community-oriented endeavours.

Below, Adcock provides a glimpse into what to expect for the semester ahead.

What are your priorities as NGSA president for the 2021-2022 academic year? 

Students will be returning to campus this semester and my priority this year is create an online and in person environment that welcomes and encourages students, NGSA members, faculty, and the executive team to participate and engage in fulfilling the NGSA mandate of promoting the general welfare of students through social, cultural, academic, and community-orientated endeavours.  The NGSA has already received a few emails from eager graduate students looking for information on how they can be a member and participate in the NGSA this year and we are excited!

Is there anything exciting graduate students should look forward to? 

That back to school crisp fall air excitement of endless learning opportunities and fresh minds to sponge it all up.  Being able to take advantage of learning and teaching with each other in the same room and connecting with other students and faculty members in person.  I am most looking forward to those after lecture thought provoking conversations with other students and faculty diving deeper into concepts that were just covered.

Fall 2021 will be like no other fall on campus before. How does the NGSA plan to reconnect with graduate students on-campus? 

This past summer the NGSA teamed up with the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, and the Centre for Suicide Prevention to deliver a one hour webinar promoting the Buddy Up Campaign which brings awareness to men’s suicide prevention. Last year we were able to engage with the community by collecting warm winter wear for the Bissell Centre so that low-income community members were able to keep warm all winter long.  We also had virtual drop-in sessions where students could have one on one conversations with the NGSA team.  These are just three examples of ways that the NGSA would like to continue to engage the graduate students on campus this year.  We are also looking for fresh new ideas so please feel free to share.

Is there anything else you'd like to add? 

Please feel free to e-mail us with any questions and please stop by the NGSA office once we are all back to school.  If you get a chance, please check out and like/follow the NGSA facebook (@graduatenurses), instagram(graduatenurses), and/or Twitter (@Graduate_Nurses). 

The NGSA would love to hear from you! To become a general member or for other inquiries, please email the NGSA (nrsgsa@ualberta.ca) or any of the Executive members. Learn more: https://www.ualberta.ca/nursing/programs/graduate-student-resources-and-services/nursing-graduate-students-association.html