Education and Work Background
Cheryl Besse is an Assistant Professor (AP) at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing who has taught in the undergraduate and Post RN programs since 1994. Cheryl received her BScN in 1992 from the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. After working in Calgary at Foothills Hospital, she enrolled in the Master’s program at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2000, she completed her Master of Nursing Degree. Her area of interest for research was caring and her thesis was titled: “Caring in Palliative Care: A family perspective”. Cheryl’s nursing background includes acute care medical/ surgical, burns and microvascular plastic surgery, and obstetrics. She has been teaching with the College of Nursing since 1994 in a variety of capacities. She has taught Health Assessment in a variety of different formats including the BSN Basic program, Post Registration BSN program, and with Continuing Nursing Education since 1995. Presently, and since 1997, she has been a clinical instructor with third year students on Labour and Delivery/Post-Partum at Royal University Hospital. Most recently, since 2007, Cheryl has also been coordinating clinical and lecturing the Obstetrics theory component to third year students.
In 2010, Cheryl achieved the Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Perinatal Nursing. In 2012, Cheryl was nominated for a USSU Teaching Excellence Award and also received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College of Nursing. In 2015, Cheryl was honoured to receive a USSU Teaching Excellence Award.
Cheryl lives in Saskatoon with her two boys.
Areas of Special Interest
Cheryl is passionate about teaching, caring, nursing, and maternal and infant health. She finds tremendous satisfaction sharing this passion when teaching nursing students at the College of Nursing.