PEI Nurses Pursue Master's Degrees with Help from TD Bank Financial Group

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TD Bank Financial Group has made a $25,000 contribution to the PEI Health Research Institute (PEI HRI) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The funding will provide support for nurses who are completing a Master's of Nursing program. Since 2004, TD Bank Financial Group has donated a total of $50,000 to PEI HRI through the TD Grants in Medical Excellence program.

This year's four recipients of TD Grants in Nursing Skills and Education Awards are: Elaine Campbell, for her project, "The Lived Experience of Struggling with Personal Change"; Audrey Fraser, "Implementing Policy for Family-Centred Care"; Maureen MacInnis-Wheatley, "Young Women's Attitudes Toward Emergency Contraception: Predicting Intended Use"; and Janet MacIntyre, who will be working on Master's level course work.

TD Bank Financial Group is committed to investing in the future by helping to ensure that nurses and other practicing caregivers have access to funds to upgrade their skills or further their education. The TD Grants in Medical Excellence program provides funding for educational courses, research projects, and thesis work that contribute to the professional development of nurses or other practicing caregivers at regional and community hospitals or other healthcare facilities.

"Our partnership with TD Bank Financial Group is extremely important for building excellence in nursing, knowledge, research and evidence-based practice," says Donna Murnaghan, Director of PEI HRI. "A large percentage of nurses pursue their graduate- level education while continuing to work in the health system and therefore the traditional funding supports are not available. The TD Grant in Nursing Skills and Education Awards program is unique in that part-time students can benefit from this fund while contributing to the health system at the same time."

The PEI HRI works to build and support health research capacity in PEI. The goal is to develop a vital and sustainable health research community on Prince Edward Island, and at UPEI, that has a reputation for high-quality, productive research at the local, regional, national, and international level.

TD Bank Financial Group's Community Relations program supports education, health and the environment, with a focus on children and youth. TD Bank Financial Group sponsors four flagship programs -- TD Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership, the Children's Miracle Network and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation -- as well as a host of national, regional and local children's programs across Canada.

To learn more about PEI HRI please visit or call 902-894-2812.


Kate Harbinson
Communications Assistant