Dean's Message

Embracing New Beginnings

As we enter a new academic year, we welcome and celebrate many new beginnings. Our 115 new graduates are transitioning into their professional practice as a registered nurse and positively impacting patient care. Our Master in Nursing and PhD graduates are influencing nursing practice based on the new knowledge generated through their education and research. We have a bright future with these graduates as our new nurses and nurse leaders.

We welcomed and orientated 230 new undergraduate and graduate nursing students to the College of Nursing, including the largest class of PhD students to date. Their excitement, passion and hope for an exciting and impactful career was infectious. Our 23 summer nursing student research interns returned to their studies having gained new knowledge and perspectives on research and evidence-informed practice. We offered new and innovative experiences for our students including inter-professional clinical experiences in northern Indigenous communities.

We also welcomed new faculty and staff to our stellar team and look forward to their new ideas and perspectives as we seek to continuously improve our teaching excellence and the quality of our programming, as well as advance innovative research initiatives. We celebrated faculty achievements as they received prestigious awards in recognition of their excellence, achieved tenure and/or promotion.

With these new beginnings, we are forging new relationships and experiences and embracing learning, innovation, change and hope.

Manitoba’s newest nurses enter profession

On June 7, 115 new nurses were welcomed to the profession at the College of Nursing’s Spring Pinning Ceremony at Caboto Centre. The ceremony followed the college’s spring convocation at Fort Garry campus. The Pinning Ceremony is organized by the U of M Nursing Students’ Association and the college. The new graduates recited the U of M Bachelor of Nursing Pledge, which was inspired by the 1893 Florence Nightingale Pledge and has been adapted by the university.

College of Nursing welcomes largest incoming class of PhD students

The College of Nursing welcomed 10 students into its doctoral program this fall, the largest group since the program’s inception in 2013.

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Meet our new nursing PhD grads

At the spring convocation on June 7, two nurses earned their PhDs through the College of Nursing’s doctoral program.

Dr. Shelley Marshall (pictured with Dr. Donna Martin and Dr. Netha Dyck), a clinical nurse specialist with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, earned her PhD for her dissertation, Social Context Matters: A focused ethnography of Talwin and Ritalin injection in Winnipeg. Marshall also has bachelor's degrees in science and nursing from the U of M.

“I’m deeply grateful to the knowledge keepers and experts who helped me understand and map out the social context surrounding inner city injection drug use,” Marshall said. “Now that I’m done, I look forward to supporting the health system to become a safer and more inclusive place for people who use drugs.”

Dr. Suzanne Lennon, an assistant professor at the College of Nursing, also graduated with her PhD. Her thesis was titled Perception of pregnancy risk among women with gestational diabetes and their partners: A mixed methods study.

College of Nursing strengthens international ties at conference in Singapore

This summer, College of Nursing dean Dr. Netha Dyck and Rady Faculty vice-dean, education Dr. Christine Ateah were among more than 5,300 nursing professionals from 120 countries assembled in Singapore for the International Council of Nurses (ICN) 2019 Congress. 

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Mastering Methods in Australia

In May, assistant professors Dr. Christina West and Dr. Kendra Rieger were invited to speak at Mastering Methods, a two-day research methods event hosted by the Violet Vines Marshman Rural Health Initiative at La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia. Over 100 professionals participated in 16 research workshops over the two days.

West presented a public lecture titled Exploring Illness Through the Expressive Arts: New Possibilities for Healing in Families. She also did a TV interview with WIN News Bendigo. Rieger and West co-led two interactive research methods workshops: Determining the Fit: Comparing Three Grounded Theory Approaches; and Creating Collaborative Shared Research Initiatives: Strategies and Approaches. West also co-led a workshop with Dr. Amanda Kenny, Violet Marshman Professor of Rural Health.

Rieger and West also presented workshops at the 2019 Qualitative Methods Conference in Brisbane, and West gave research presentations at children’s medical centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

International students use video to share First Nations community research

Undergraduate nursing students Oghogho Okoro and Sochimaobi Nweze took part in a workshop this summer with youth in Little Saskatchewan First Nation that explored video as a way to share the community’s continuing struggles following a devastating flood in 2011.

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Rising Stars

Doctoral candidates Tara Horrill (pictured) and Vanessa Van Bewer recently gave presentations at the Sigma 30th Annual International Nursing Congress in Calgary, as part of the event’s Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship program.

Horrill presented a poster entitled Accessing Oncology Care Among Indigenous Peoples: A Cultural Safety/Trauma-Violence Informed Care Perspective.

Van Bewer’s presentation was called Rehearsing for the Revolution in Nursing: Engaging in the Indigenous Education Blueprint Through Forum Theatre.

"This was an excellent forum to present research in progress, and get feedback, with an international nursing audience that included nurses from diverse practice, policy and academic settings," Horrill said.

Summer research program builds students’ confidence, experience

More nursing students are taking part in the Summer Research Internship Program than ever beforeThe College of Nursing has been running the program through the Manitoba Centre for Nursing Health Research since 2010. This year, 23 student interns are taking part, compared to an average of five and a previous high of 15.

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Interprofessional Collaboration Experience an eye-opener

This summer, six College of Nursing students were among 25 from the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences who took part in the Interprofessional Experience in an Indigenous Community program in six northern First Nations communities.

From the College of Nursing, Christa DeGagne, Lori Davis and Susan Wintoniw participated as facilitators.

Fourth-year nursing student Courtney Masson (second from right in photo) visited Pinaymootang First Nation for 10 days and was teamed with students from medicine and dentistry.

“In the community’s beautiful accredited health centre, I spent time shadowing the nurses during patient visits and triaging for the doctor one day a week. The entire community welcomed us with open arms, and I learnt a tremendous amount about their culture,” she said, noting the experience has opened her eyes to the possibility of working in a rural community.

“The need for access to essential, proper health care in these communities is profound and I couldn’t have understood this without having seen it with my own eyes,” she added. “From this opportunity, I might find myself living in a rural community helping those most in need there.”

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NP, dental, dental hygiene students collaborate on inter-professional study

On Aug. 29, 12 nurse practitioner students joined 24 dental students and 35 dental hygiene students for a first-of-its kind evaluative study exploring patient and student perceptions of inter-professional educational initiatives promoting oral and systemic health.

Cheryl Dika, director of curriculum integrity and faculty development, said the project integrated oral systemic health within primary care services for patients older than 55 years and self-identified as not having a primary care provider. 

“The initial feedback from students and faculty was very positive,” Dika said. “They enjoyed the interaction between the disciplines and learning new skills from each other.”

MN grad wins Canadian Journal of Diabetes award

Congratulations to Julie Halipchuk, whose article Prenatal, obstetrical and perinatal factors associated with the development of childhood-onset type 2 diabetes was selected by the Canadian Journal of Diabetes for the Brian Dufton Memorial Award as one of the top viewed/cited articles from 2018. Halipchuk graduated from the College of Nursing with a master’s degree in 2014 and currently works as a clinical nurse specialist in Population and Public Health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

The award will be presented on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Diabetes Canada conference at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.  

Mandy Archibald

Dr. Mandy Archibald is an interdisciplinary artist scientist with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She joined the faculty on July 1 as an assistant professor. Her research integrates the arts, mixed-methods, and collaborative knowledge translation to affect change for often marginalized groups.

Elsie Duff

Dr. Elsie Duff joined the faculty as an assistant professor on August 16. A graduate of the U of M, Brandon University, Athabasca University and Western University, she is a nurse practitioner with interest in competence, patient safety, empowerment theory, governance and advanced practice.

Tom Hack

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Hack, who will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) on Sept. 26 for his enduring career contributions to psychosocial oncology. He will be presented the award at the CAPO/IPOS World Congress in Banff. 

Nicole Harder

Dr. Nicole Harder, assistant professor and Mindermar professor in human simulation, recently achieved tenure. Harder, who has been with the U of M since 2000, is the first College of Nursing faculty member to hold the Mindermar professor position since it was established in 2009. 

Erin Langford

Erin Langford started as a graduate programs assistant on Aug. 12. Previously, she worked at York University in the Faculty of Education as a program secretary, providing administrative support and supporting student practicum experiences. She also has teaching experience with the  Prairie South School Board in Moose Jaw, Sask.

Jennifer Marchant

Jennifer Marchant was appointed as registration consultant/student advisor effective June 24. She previously worked with the Registrar’s Office, and provided leadership as the international academic advisor in the Faculty of Science and served as the academic advisor with the Asper School of Business.

Christa Massey

Christa Massey began her new role as coordinator of clinical placement at the skills and simulation centre on June 17. She is a graduate of the U of M/Red River College bachelor of nursing program and brings nursing practice experience in sub-acute medicine, cardiology and labour delivery recovery at St. Boniface Hospital.

Alberta Mwangi

Alberta Mwangi started as an assistant at the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR) in August. She previously worked as an administrative office assistant with the Department of Emergency Medicine. She has a bachelor of arts from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a master of arts in anthropology from the U of M.

Shonna Pepper

Shonna Pepper joined the College of Nursing team in September as a human resources coordinator. Previously she worked as a payroll assistant with administration at the U of M. She also has experience as a senior payroll clerk with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and is the Founder and President of Disability Tax Matters.

Annette Schultz

Dr. Annette Schultz was promoted to full professor on April 1. Her career spans nearly four decades, beginning in direct pediatric patient care. Her research is grounded in health services and policies to explore systemic structural determinants of health and diversify the conceptualization of health beyond biomedical perspectives. 

Kellie Thiessen 

Dr. Kellie Thiessen recently achieved tenure and was promoted to associate professor on March 30. Thiessen is the director of the midwifery program and has over 20 years of experience in health care. 

Lisa Wong

Lisa Wong joined the College of Nursing on July 9 as manager of administrative services. She is a proud alumnus of U of M, and has a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a double major in human resource management and marketing from the Asper School of Business.

Kimberly Workum

Kimberly Workum assumed her new role as director of the Simulation Centre on August 1. She will continue to provide leadership as the director of the Clinical Competence Assessment (CCA) Centre. She joined the College of Nursing 18 years ago as a clinical education facilitator and also worked as an instructor and simulation facilitator. 

Congratulations to the College of Nursing and Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR) members on the research and scholarly accomplishments that have been reported to us for May-August 2019.

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Homecoming 2019 Tour and Reception

Homecoming is a time-honoured tradition where University of Manitoba alumni, faculty, students and community members celebrate their UM experience. This event is open to all College of Nursing alumni celebrating their 45th, 25th and 10th milestone reunions. 

Sunday, September 22
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Helen Glass Centre for Nursing Atrium

Orange Shirt Day

We wear an orange shirt and walk to honour the children who survived the Indian Residential Schools and remember those who never made it home. Orange t-shirts will be provided to the first 140 nursing students and faculty who participate in the awareness walk on Sept 27. Following the awareness walk, lunch will be provided. 

Friday, September 27
10:30 a.m.  | Meet in the atrium of Helen Glass Centre for Nursing

Showcase of Student Engagement in Research

Presented by Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR).

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. 

Monday, September 30
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  | Room 218, Helen Glass Centre

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Responding to Opioid Overdoses and Substance Use Harms:

Role of Inter-Professional Teams

Speaker: Bernie Pauly

Bernie Pauly is a registered nurse, educator and researcher whose work exemplifies community engaged scholarship. The focus of her research is reducing health inequities associated with harms of substance use and promotion of health equity in health systems. She has been recognized as a University of Victoria community engaged scholar, an honorary citizen of Victoria, and an honorary professor at the University of Stirling. She is the recipient of a University of Victoria Community University Leadership Award and a British Columbia Community Achievement Award.

Monday, October 21 
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  | Room E3-262,
Senate Chambers, Engineering Building 

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Convocation and Pinning Ceremony

The College of Nursing Fall Convocation and Pinning Ceremony will take place Thursday, October 17.

Pinning Ceremony
10:30 a.m. |  Great Hall, University College, 220 Dysart Road

3:00 p.m. | Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC), Fort Garry Campus.

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