RFHS / College Nursing

April 2022

News and events

Dean's Message

Nursing Program Expansion Consultations

Dr. Netha Dyck

The College of Nursing is currently engaged in a consultation process to seek approval of its provisional program expansion proposal through the University of Manitoba internal quality assurance processes and governance bodies. As the provider of the largest nursing education program in Manitoba, the College of Nursing has an important role to play in addressing the critical nursing shortage in Manitoba. 

The provisional proposal anticipates a 50% expansion of the number of seats in the existing nursing program by adding a third intake of 120 students. By studying across three terms per year, students will complete the program in 28 months as opposed to 36 to 40 months.

In addition to the expansion of seat capacity, we are expanding the range of clinical experiences available to students, including placements in rural, northern and Indigenous communities. As we continue to further incorporate Indigenous knowledge and practices into our curricula, we are preparing to offer a new course for the summer term that will explore health care and research from Indigenous worldviews and experiences. To promote a respectful and supportive teaching and learning environment, we have implemented an online process for students to “speak up” about any experience with or concerns about mistreatment.

This edition of the newsletter features a range of compelling stories to keep you informed on what is happening in the College of Nursing.

Three students study together.New course to explore health care and research with Indigenous focus

The College of Nursing is offering a new course for the summer term that will explore health care and research from Indigenous worldviews and experiences. 

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Sick Kids Foundation funds Rady researchers

Dr. Mandy Archibald, assistant professor at the College of Nursing, is one of two Rady Faculty of Health Sciences researchers to receive a New Investigator Research Grant from the Sick Kids Foundation, a national health education group, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health.

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Nursing students tour building for first time following virtual learning

On March 23 and 25, the College of Nursing arranged a tour of the Helen Glass Centre of Nursing for second-year students who have, for the most part, been attending classes virtually since they began the program in 2020.

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A voice for youth

Dr. Roberta Woodgate has devoted her career to helping young people. The Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in child and family engagement in health research and healthcare believes young people’s voices have been overlooked in the past and is looking to amplify their voice when it comes to their care. She is driven by her belief that the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right.

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College of Nursing will receive long-term funding to expand nursing seats

The College of Nursing will receive new, long-term provincial funding to create 120 new seats in its nursing program. The initial provincial investment of $4.3 million includes money for staffing, equipment, capital and transition costs.

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Workshops explore empathetic communication in health care

Michelle Lobchuk, associate professor in the College of Nursing, recently taught a series of workshops on empathetic communication for health care educators and professionals through the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ office of education and faculty development.

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Speaker series focuses on racism in nursing

The College of Nursing has launched a new monthly speaker series that will address racism in nursing practice and education.

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APN Conference focuses on trauma-informed nursing practice

The Graduate Nursing Students Association (GNSA) held its annual Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) Conference on March 2, with four guest speakers discussing the topic of “trauma-informed practice.”

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CNSA conference looks ‘outside the box’

Thirty-six College of Nursing students recently attended the 2022 Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) National Conference, a four day event with the theme of “Nursing Outside the Box.”

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Students invited to “speak up” through website

As part of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ commitment to ensuring safe, respectful and supportive working and learning environments, a new “speak up” button has been added to the College of Nursing website.

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Remembering Penny Davis

Penny Davis was a much-beloved instructor and colleague in the College of Nursing for 15 years, retiring in 2009. Students loved and respected Davis for her exemplary teaching in the classroom and in the clinical setting.

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Faculty and staff news

Awards and achievements

Let’s Talk About Racism in Nursing

Talking, Being and Enacting Together: BIPOC Cultural Safety in Nursing Education
Friday, April 29 | 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm | Details
Speaker: Shireen Bell, MN, RN, CCCI and PhD (c)

Spring Convocation and Pinning Ceremony
Thursday, June 9

Details TBA

Helen Glass Research Symposium
September 28 - 29

Speakers: Dr. Cheryl Poth and Dr. Elizabeth Creamer

Details TBA

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