Dean's Message

Positive Impacts of Active Engagement

Dr. Netha Dyck

We are inspired by the active engagement of students, faculty, staff and alumni and the positive impacts on the College of Nursing and beyond. These significant impacts indicate our high achieving faculty and staff are making remarkable contributions.

Our faculty and staff are putting the students’ quality education and their experience first, using innovative teaching strategies to promote engagement in their learning, and providing exceptional mentorship of our undergraduate and graduate students. Our leaders and faculty are recognized for their excellence in leadership, teaching, research and service with the presentation of prestigious national and university awards. Our students are providing leadership by presenting at the Canadian Nursing Students Association Western Region conference. Their remarkable volunteerism has resulted in successful influenza immunization clinics, support for Agape Table food bank and meal services, and fundraising for worthy causes. Our distinguished alumni are continuing to serve as ambassadors for the College, contributing their expertise through guest-lecturing and offering generous donations. 

We celebrate the positive impacts of the engagement of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Rady Faculty alumni celebrate Homecoming by “coming home”

College of Nursing alumni had a chance to see how technology has changed nursing education over the last 25 years at the college’s Homecoming tour and reception on Sept. 22.

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Tom Hack inducted into Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

College of Nursing professor Dr. Tom Hack was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) at an induction ceremony held in Ottawa on Sept. 19, along with Dr. Ross Feldman, a research scientist in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

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Manitoba’s newest nurses, nurse practitioners graduate

On Oct. 17, the College of Nursing held its pinning ceremony at Fort Garry campus celebrating 114 Bachelor of Nursing graduates, followed by the celebration of their convocation together with 14 Master of Nursing graduates.

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Rady students gain leadership skills in prestigious new program

Two students from the College of Nursing recently participated in the first cohort of the President’s Student Leadership Program. The prestigious program included an intensive core-week where 27 students took part in workshops, listened to influential speakers, and divided into groups to work on a social change project, which they will complete over the 2019-20 academic year.

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Hundreds walk in solidarity for Orange Shirt Day

You couldn’t miss them as they marched on Fort Garry campus from the Helen Glass Centre of Nursing to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 27. Over 200 people, including students, staff and faculty from the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Education, dressed in orange and walked in solidarity for those affected by Canada’s residential school system.

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First Nations face challenges accessing cancer care in Manitoba, study says

First Nations cancer patients in Manitoba are being diagnosed at later stages than other Manitobans, likely a result of barriers that limit access to oncology care for Indigenous Peoples across Canada, according to a newly published study by PhD candidate Tara Horrill (pictured) and professor Dr. Annette Schultz.

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CPD Educator of the Year Award

Kimberly Workum, senior instructor and director of the Simulation and Clinical Competence Assessment Centre, recently received a CPD Educator of the Year award from the Office of Continuing Competency and Assessment (CCA). The awards are given annually to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service in continuing professional development (CPD). Nominations are forwarded to the CCA leadership committee for consideration and successful candidates are recognized for their achievements at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Awards.

Faculty of Graduate Studies Outstanding Administrator

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Martin, who received the 2019 Faculty of Graduate Studies Outstanding Administrator Award on Nov. 28. 

This award recognizes the outstanding leadership provided in the effective management of program delivery, and mentorship and support of graduate students by staff, faculty members and administrators.

Excellence in Nursing Education

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Harder (middle), assistant professor and Mindermar Professor in Human Simulation, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, for receiving an award for Excellence in Nursing Education (tenured) from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

2019 Western Prairie Regional Conference

Eight students from the Bachelor of Nursing program attended the 2019 Western Prairie Regional Conference of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association, hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbottsford, B.C. on Oct. 31 – Nov. 3.

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Agape Table volunteers

On Nov. 11, nine graduate students from the College of Nursing volunteered at Agape Table, an independent, charitable, non-profit organization that feeds vulnerable people in the city.

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Support staff exchange with McGill University

College of Nursing student advisor Stephanie Toews  recently took part in a learning exchange for support staff with the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University from Oct. 21 – Nov. 3. 

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RFHS celebrates Brandon alumni

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences held an alumni reception in Brandon on Sept. 16. Among the College of Nursing alumni were Kathryn Chachula, a BN grad from 2003 and Dr. Kathryn Hyndman, a master’s grad from 1993, both pictured here with Dr. Netha Dyck. 

Els Duff

Congratulations to Dr. Els Duff on being reappointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal for Nurse Practitioners as an editorial board associate.

Marnie Kramer

Dr. Marnie Kramer will join the College of Nursing on Jan. 1, 2020 as an assistant professor. She's enjoyed a 22-year career in nursing and brings 18 years of teaching experience to this position. Dr. Kramer is recognized internationally for her work relating to NCLEX-RN preparation, and is at the forefront of NCLEX-RN innovation. 

Dayna Laviolette

Dayna Laviolette started a new position as an instructor on Nov. 15. She has a BSc from Brandon University, a BN from the U of M and a master’s degree in nursing from Athabasca University. She has experience as a clinical educator for Red River College, and as a clinical ward educator at Grace Hospital.  

Kimberley Mackay

Kimberley Mackay started as an instructor in the undergraduate program on Nov. 1. She achieved a master’s degree from the College of Nursing’s nurse practitioner stream in 2016. Her previous work experience has been in primary care and acute care, and her BN is from Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Daniel Nagel 

Dr. Daniel Nagel will join the College of Nursing as an assistant professor on July 1, 2020. He’s enjoyed a 30-year nursing career and brings 14 years of teaching experience to this position.  Dr. Nagel has articulated a vision for his program of research which is focused on vulnerable populations, access to care and health outreach programs.

Sandra Ericastilla Somers

Sandra Ericastilla Somers joined the College of Nursing as an administrative assistant on Nov. 18. She previously worked on campus in Extended Education, the School of Art and Student Affairs.

Genevieve Thompson

Congratulations to associate professor Dr. Genevieve Thompson on being elected to the Board of Palliative Manitoba for a two-year term. Founded in 1983 as the Manitoba Hospice Foundation Inc., Palliative Manitoba is a registered charity that is focused on improving living until the end of life.

Roberta Woodgate

Congratulations to Dr. Roberta Woodgate for securing a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant with funding amounting to $395,999 for her study Indigenous youth aging out of the child welfare system in Manitoba: Where do we go from here?

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 September-October 2019.

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Understanding Patient Experience

A Workshop for Rehabilitation and Nursing Professionals

People often experience serious illness and disability as distressing, alienating and confusing. In illness and disability, a person faces not only physiological disturbances, but also disturbances in how they experience their own bodies, selves and environments. This one-day workshop provides tools for understanding patient experience and enhancing person-centred care, and will be led by Anthony Vincent Fernandez, assistant professor at the department of philosophy, Kent State University.

Saturday, December 7
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.| Room R329, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, 771 McDermot Ave.

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Helen Glass Research Symposium

The Helen Glass Research Symposium is your chance to hear from innovative researchers from the frontlines of nursing. As part of this exciting three-day event, Dr. John Lowe, McKenzie Professor in Health Disparities Research, will present the Helen Glass Lecture, “The Impact of Colonization on the Health and Well-Being of Indigenous People.” 

March 16 - 18, 2020
Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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