RFHS / College of Nursing

December 2021

News and events

Dean's Message

Dr. Netha Dyck

Our December newsletter features many new initiatives, experiences, accomplishments and contributions of our College of Nursing team. We were delighted to have the unique opportunity to establish a brand new program in September 2021 – the long-awaited Bachelor of Midwifery program. In honour of the Indigenous focus of our program, Elder Thelma Morrisseau facilitated a water ceremony with students and faculty to launch the program. It was gratifying to meet our six stellar students and hear about their journey that brought them to the program.

As we welcomed 950 students into our programs in September, we also celebrated with 110 students as they convocated from their undergraduate program in October and began their new career in nursing and with our 18 graduate students who convocated and returned to the nursing workforce.

We celebrated the remarkable achievements of our stellar faculty and students as they were honoured with prestigious awards, while we also commemorated the distinguished careers of two faculty in memoriam.

With the resolution of the UMFA strike, we are excited to resume the delivery of our quality programming and assist our students to complete their Fall Term courses.

Nursing faculty honoured with prestigious fellowships

Netha Dyck and Donna Martin at the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing.College of Nursing leadership has been recognized on the national stage for their contributions to clinical practice, education, administration, research and policy. In a virtual ceremony Oct. 15, Dr. Donna Martin was one of 38 fellows inducted in the second annual class of fellows to be named since the academy was established in 2019. The inaugural class was announced in September 2020 at which Dr. Netha Dyck was inducted.

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New nurses graduate in virtual ceremony

The College of Nursing welcomed 110 new graduates to the nursing profession on Oct. 21 in a virtual pinning ceremony ahead of that day’s UM virtual Fall Convocation ceremony.

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Benches promote connection, mental health for students and community

Students at bench promoting mental health at the College of Nursing.Two new benches that offer more than a place to rest were recently installed by the College of Nursing, coinciding with World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10.

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Students to play major role in interprofessional community health project

A group of students from three different Rady Faculty of Health Sciences colleges took part this summer in an ongoing interprofessional initiative to create a student-infused community health centre in Manitoba. The summer work was led by College of Nursing assistant professors Dr. Dan Nagel and Jamie Penner, along with Dr. Gayle Halas, Rady Chair in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

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COVID throws curve for new nurses, student researcher learns

Chioma Nwagbo outside the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing.Newly graduated nurses are dealing with a higher level of stress and anxiety as they join the workforce in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, a third-year international student in the College of Nursing learned this summer.

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Water ceremony marks official start of midwifery program

The College of Nursing's bachelor of midwifery program welcomed its first group of new students on Aug. 31 with a water ceremony facilitated by Elder Thelma Morrisseau at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at Fort Garry campus.

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Canadian Nurses Foundation awards UM grad students

Five graduate students who were awarded by the Canadian Nurses Foundation .Five graduate students from the College of Nursing were recently designated as 2021 Canadian Nurses Foundation scholars, including two who received an award with a connection to the college’s history.

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Nursing students hold moving Orange Shirt Day virtual event

Over 80 students, faculty, staff and guests attended an emotional 80-minute virtual ceremony held by the Nursing Students’ Association (NSA) and College of Nursing to mark Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 29.

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Agape Table donation drive

Nursing student Danielle Pajarillo on CTV News Winnipeg.Fourth-year bachelor of nursing student Danielle Pajarillo appeared on CTV News Winnipeg on Oct. 28 to discuss the clothing donation drive she and fellow students Bennett Cruz, Wing Chu and Winnie Prasmo are running for Agape Table

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Tom Hack honoured as Distinguished Professor

College of Nursing professor and world-renowned researcher Dr. Tom Hack has been recognized by UM with the title of Distinguished Professor.

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CASN recognizes UM nursing faculty with prestigious awards

Roberta Woodgate and Christina West. Two College of Nursing faculty members recently secured prestigious awards from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Dr. Roberta Woodgate, distinguished professor and Canada Research Chair in child and family engagement in health research and healthcare received a CASN Research Excellence award, and Dr. Christina West, associate professor, is the CASN recipient for the Excellence in Nursing Education for tenured faculty.

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RadyUM research profile

‘Out of the Shadows’

Genevieve Thompson.While COVID-related public health restrictions have put a pause on much of her research, Genevieve Thompson [BN/97, MN/03, PhD/07] says the pandemic is having a positive effect on the future of her work.

RadyUM alumni profile

Captured by Complexity

Karen Dunlop at her office.When Karen Dunlop [BN/90, LLB/93] was a critical care nurse, her analytical mind was drawn to thorny questions, such as how far patients’ rights extend.

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Let's Talk About Racism in Nursing: Indigenous Health Nursing in research, education, policy and practice

Friday, Jan. 28 

Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin, CIHR Indigenous Nursing Research Chair (BC) and Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University 

More details to be announced soon. 


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