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.

Dean of Nursing

Dr. Kimberley Lamarche is the first Dean of CBU’s School of Nursing. As a nurse practitioner, educator and researcher, Dr. Lamarche has held many impressive roles in the nursing field. Dr. Lamarche graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Ottawa in 1996 and began her career as a Registered Nurse in Cape Breton prior to joining the Canadian Forces. Since then, in addition to her strategic regulatory roles she has held various roles in clinical practice within the military and primary care as a Nurse Practitioner, and within academic and clinical leadership at the rank of full professor. In addition to her BScN, Dr. Lamarche is bilingual and holds an Emergency/Critical Care Diploma (Red River College), an Advanced Graduate Diploma (Nurse Practitioner) and a Master of Health Studies degree (Athabasca University). Dr. Lamarche also completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Clinical Leadership from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.