School of Nursing

Commitment to Health

Cape Breton University is committed to championing the Island’s prosperity by bolstering the overall health and development of Cape Breton Island. The School of Nursing is at the heart of this commitment, helping to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare system in Cape Breton and across the Province of Nova Scotia through innovative research and teaching.

CBU’s connection with the Eastern Zone of Nova Scotia Health creates diverse practice-learning opportunities for students specifically in rural, urban and Indigenous health specialties.

Degrees & Programs


Cape Breton University’s Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BScN) received its seven year accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, as well as accreditation from Nova Scotia College of Nurses.

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Accreditation involves the objective assessment of professional education programs against national standards of excellence, and Cape Breton University BScN program has met these rigorous national standards, a testimony to the public of the quality of CBU’s BScN program.

Director of Nursing

Willena Nemeth (RN) is CBU’s Director of Nursing. As a Registered Nurse, Willena models the highest standards of a licensed professional. She provides administrative and academic leadership to ensure a vigorous and high quality BScN program. Working in consultation with the Dean, Chair, and Department of Nursing members, Willena utilizes established partnerships and is the key liaison between local, provincial and national stakeholders including accrediting and professional regulatory bodies. Willena has a particular research interest in the transition of nursing graduates into professional practice, and can be reached at