Dean's Message

Recognizing and Celebrating Everyone’s Contribution

What an honour and unique privilege to receive special recognition from the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, Cameron Friesen, and MLA Gary Nesbitt, in celebration of the College of Nursing’s 75th anniversary of delivering quality nursing education. We accepted the certificate of appreciation, signed by Premier Pallister and Honourable Cameron Friesen, with pride and are committed to continue to prepare competent registered nurses and nurse leaders for the health care system.

We were delighted to celebrate the achievement of the maximum five year approval of our Bachelor of Nursing program provided by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM). This achievement is attributable to the expertise of our faculty and staff and their exceptional dedication to student learning and success.

As we seek to continuously improve the quality of our programming, we appreciated the input from our newly established College of Nursing Advisory Council, as well as our new Nurse Practitioner Program Advisory Council. Keeping pace with workplace and workforce issues and trends ensures our programs remain current and relevant.

As the 2019 winter term has quickly come to a close, we are excited to celebrate the success of our students at the upcoming Convocation and Pinning Ceremony in June. I am confident about our future with these graduates as our new nurses and nurse leaders.

College of Nursing honoured at Legislative Assembly

Members of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba gave a standing ovation to the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences on April 15, congratulating the college for 75 years of quality nursing education.

In attendance from the College of Nursing were Dr. Netha Dyck, dean; Dr. Marie Edwards, associate dean, undergraduate; Dr. Donna Martin, associate dean, graduate; Dr. Christina West, assistant professor, Trina Arnold, director of undergraduate nursing programs, Dr. Christine Ateah, vice-dean, education, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Mark Boiteau, senior finance officer.

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Bachelor of Nursing program receives maximum CRNM approval

The University of Manitoba College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Nursing program has received the maximum approval from the Council of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM).

“We are delighted to have received the maximum five-year approval, which represents a significant distinction”, said Dr. Netha Dyck, dean of the College of Nursing. “With this approval, the program has been recognized for its many strengths and high calibre graduates”.

“The reviewers of the program were impressed with the calibre of our program, faculty, staff and students”, said Dr. Marie Edwards, associate dean, undergraduate programs. The college hosted two out-of-province reviewers as part of the process of program approval by the regulatory body for registered nurses in Manitoba.

“Among the many commendations were our strong student-centred approach, our engaging and innovative teaching and learning strategies and our clinical education model," said Edwards. "We were also commended for our integration of simulation, our advancement of interprofessional education, as well as the research opportunities for our students."

Edwards noted that receiving the maximum length of approval was a remarkable achievement and represents an endorsement of our brand new and innovative concept-based curriculum.

Dyck thanked all faculty and staff for their teaching excellence and dedication to student success, as well as their contribution to the program approval process. The next goal for the Bachelor of Nursing program is to obtain national accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Innovative research and ‘disruption’ highlights of Helen Glass Research Symposium

Changing health systems to make them more inclusive to vulnerable people was the focus for the 2019 Helen Glass Lecture, held, fittingly at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

Keynote speaker Dr. Amanda Kenny, Violet Marshman professor of rural health in the La Trobe University Rural Health School in Bendigo, Australia, presented her lecture on the global need to “disrupt” health systems by investing more in services that will help Indigenous populations, people with disabilities or those that live in rural areas.

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Emerging Leader Awards

Three College of Nursing graduate students were named as recipients of the university’s 2019 Emerging Leader Awards.The award recognizes students who are committed to furthering the U of M’s educational mission by contributing to the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and/or off campus, while encouraging cross cultural understanding and demonstrating sustained leadership and initiative that is worthy of recognition.

“I believe that you are only as successful as the people around you,” said Emily Hyde, master’s candidate. “I am better able to communicate my thoughts and am better able to reach out to the resources that exist and utilize them to improve patient care. The support I have received from faculty members has provided me more inspiration of the person and the nurse that I want to be.”

"I feel honoured to be recognized," said Stephanie Lelond, master’s candidate. "The leadership community I have experienced will be an invaluable lifelong asset. It is a privilege to be part of an environment that supports students in their progress to becoming leaders both within the university and the wider community."

"It is such an honor to have received this award," said PhD candidate Tara Horrill. "I feel privileged to have been given so many opportunities to develop leadership skills as a graduate student, and I hope to continue to use these skills to make a difference in the lives of others as a nurse, and as a future researcher."


Faculty recognized for research publication achievements

Congratulations to College of Nursing faculty members Dr. Tom Hack, Dr. Roberta Woodgate, Dr. Susan McClement and Dr. Maureen Heaman, Professor Emerita for being recognized as among the Top 25 nursing researchers in Canada for citations to their peer-reviewed publications. Each of these exceptional researchers appears in at least two of the Top 25 lists published in a recent issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

This publication highlights the most highly cited nursing researchers in Canadian academia, to honour them for their work and promote nursing research.

• Hack, McClement and Heaman are among the Top 25 Canadian Nursing Faculty based on number of career citations to all their published journal articles

• Hack and Woodgate are among the Top 25 Canadian Nursing Faculty based on number of career citations to their first-authored journal articles

• Hack has three articles that are among the Top 25 most highly cited individual articles

• Hack, Heaman, McClement and Woodgate are among the Top 25 Canadian Nursing Faculty according to Scopus h-index for all published journal articles

• Woodgate, Hack and Heaman are among the Top 25 Canadian Nursing Faculty according to Scopus h-index for first-authored articles


College of Nursing trio honoured at Indigenous Awards of Excellence

Two fourth-year students and one staff member from the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences were among 10 award recipients at the third annual Indigenous Awards of Excellence, presented by the Office of Indigenous Engagement on March 11 during Indigenous Awareness Month.

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Indigenous Nursing grad a health-care role model

Early in her nursing career, Crystal Cook, a mental wellness clinician with Natawiwewak Medical Clinic, knew she wanted to work directly with people in her culture and become a role model for those thinking of pursuing health care as a profession.

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Advanced Practice Nursing conference

Congratulations to the Graduate Nursing Students Association for its success in hosting the 9th annual conference on Advanced Practice Nursing: Sex, Drugs and the Role of the APN. At the event, the group raised $650 for Main Street Project, an organization that provides a safe place of respite, shelter and support with dignity and without judgement for people living with addictions, homelessness, chronic and acute illness and mental and physical health issues.

Front row (L-R) – Marina Pereira, Emily Hyde, Stephanie Vanderbeg; second row (L-R) – Darrell Derksen, Stephanie Van Haute, Stephanie Lelond, Tanya Scharnagyl, Sufia Turner

Sacred medicines on display

An exhibit of Indigenous sacred medicines is now on display on the fourth floor landing of the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing. The display case includes cedar, sage, sweetgrass, sacred tobacco, and a buffalo horn, all placed on a traditional star blanket.

The idea for the exhibit was developed by River Steele (pictured), also known as Mikisiw, meaning golden eagle person. Steele kept walking past the empty space in the Helen Glass Centre and could envision a display of sacred medicines so he made it a reality.

“I hope people learn from the display that these items in their raw form are gifts from the Creator, not specifically to us, but they are gifts on this planet,” said Steele. “We are all sacred beings and we’re all intertwined and I hope that this allows other people to see that when things work together there’s a healing, there’s a sacred bond that we share.”

A dedication ceremony took place on March 14 during Indigenous Awareness Month.

Mindermar professor sees growth in simulation learning

Dr. Nicole Harder, assistant professor in the College of Nursing who was appointed Mindermar Professor in Human Simulation in January, has seen a lot of growth in simulation learning as a health education tool over the last 19 years, from the quality of the manikins to the realism of simulated hospital environments.

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Academic Health Sciences Leadership Program

Congratulations to our faculty who took part in the Academic Health Sciences Leadership Program in 2018/2019. The program, run by the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, brings together leaders in the faculty and great health-care community.

Cheryl Dika, Director, Curriculum Integrity and Faculty Development
Capstone project: Faculty Teaching Mentorship Program

Donalda Wotton, Director, Clinical Education
Capstone project: What Does Reconciliation Look Like in Clinical Nursing Education? Responding to the TRC Calls to Action

Dr. Marie Edwards, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Capstone project: Essential Skills and Abilities: Balancing Rights and Duties in Policy Development

Dr. Susan McClement, Associate Dean, Research
Capstone project: Root Cause Analysis of Factors Contributing to Delay in Receiving Approval from the Education Nursing Research Ethics Board

Congratulations to the College of Nursing and MCNHR members on the following research and scholarly accomplishments that have been reported to us for February-April 2019.

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Convocation and Pinning Ceremony

The College of Nursing Convocation and Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, June 7.

9:30 a.m. | Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC), Fort Garry Campus.
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Pinning Ceremony
2:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Ave.
RSVP by May 31 to nursing@umanitoba.ca