RFHS / College of Nursing

August 2022

News and events

Dean's Message

Celebrating convocation and addressing the nursing shortage

Profile of Netha Dyck.
Dr. Netha Dyck


Our College of Nursing team was delighted to welcome our 106 graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing program into our wonderful profession of nursing at an in-person Pinning Ceremony. We were honored to celebrate their achievement at our in-person convocation ceremony, together with our seven Master of Nursing program graduates. This year’s convocation was extraordinarily inspiring as Jan Currie was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws. A leader, advocate and skilled nurse, Jan Currie dedicated her career to shaping the Manitoba health care system for nearly four decades. In addition, Dr. Roberta Woodgate and Dr. Tom Hack were presented their Distinguished Professor Award in recognition of their outstanding distinction in research, scholarship, creative endeavours, professional service and teaching.


With 97 per cent of our graduates remaining in the province for employment, we look forward to their contribution in the delivery of high-quality nursing care. To further assist in addressing the nursing shortage, we are proceeding with the implementation of a 120 seat expansion in our BN program. This expansion will offer a greater opportunity for the many applicants to enter our program earlier. With the year-round programming, students will complete the program in 28 months versus the current 36 to 40 months. The recruitment of faculty and staff is underway, along with the creation of additional student learning spaces, and incorporation of additional innovative teaching and learning strategies.


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

Over 100 new nurses graduate, join profession at Pinning Ceremony


Graduates watch a speaker during convocation.
For the first time in over two years, the University of Manitoba’s newest nursing graduates were welcomed to the profession at an in-person ceremony on June 9. The event was followed by a convocation ceremony, at which UM nursing alumna Jan Currie was conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

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University bestows honours on outstanding faculty


Roberta Woodgate and Tom Hack dressed in convocation robes awaiting the ceremony.College of Nursing faculty members Dr. Tom Hack and Dr. Roberta Woodgate were honoured at convocation this year with Distinguished Professor awards. The title, Distinguished Professor, is conferred by UM on academic staff members who have demonstrated outstanding distinction in research, scholarship, creative endeavours, professional service and teaching.

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Nursing PhD candidate receives significant CIHR research award


Naomi Armah, a PhD candidate with the College of Nursing, was one of three UM graduate students and 255 across Canada to receive a doctoral research award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in April. Each student received $105,000 over three years for their projects.

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Marking a 40-year career centred on nursing education, research and social justice


Profile of Lynn Scruby.After four decades of researching, teaching and practicing nursing, Lynn Scruby, [PhD /99] reflects on her career at the University of Manitoba. An assistant professor at the College of Nursing and research affiliate with the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR), Scruby’s research focuses on promoting social justice in health care settings and addressing health inequities for vulnerable and marginalized populations including low-income women with children, refugees, Indigenous people, persons with mental health issues and people with low income.  

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Rural placements offer nursing students broad learning experiences


Nursing students looking to gain a wide scope of experience should consider doing their practicum in a rural community says Donalda Wotton, the former director of clinical education at the College of Nursing. In the city, nursing students usually get placed on a unit specializing in one area. While they gain a deep understanding of that one unit, students may miss out on broader experiences. In rural communities, hospitals are more generalized. Students work closely with multidisciplinary teams and the community on a variety of cases.  

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Connecting: One Conversation at a Time 


Students and faculty pose at bench outside the College of Nursing.A QR code directing students, faculty and staff to mental health resources has been added to the Connecting: One Conversation at a Time bench outside the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing.  The bench, meant to provide a welcoming space to encourage peer-to peer-conversations about mental health, was installed in October and a second bench (with the QR code) will soon be added to the lower level fireside lounge at the University Centre. The Connecting: One Conversation initiative was officially launched at a virtual event on May 10.

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Celebrating UM Indigenous nursing grads


In honour of National Nursing Week in May, Mahkwa omushki kiim: Pathway to Indigenous Nursing Education (PINE), reached out to several Indigenous nursing alumni to learn about their careers and reflections on their time at UM. 

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ARNM Awards of Excellence


The Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba presented its Awards of Excellence at their Celebration of Excellence on May 12.

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Incorporating a growth mindset in academics and research


On June 28, the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences hosted a faculty and graduate student development workshop that brought together faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and graduate students from across the colleges of nursing, medicine, pharmacy and rehabilitation sciences. Titled Grow You and Your Career Success Beyond COVID-19, the workshop was organized by College of Nursing faculty members Dr. Donna Martin, Dr. Hope Anderson and Dr. Susan McClement and was led by Dr. Alex Clark and Bailey Sousa, authors of the 2018 book How to Be a Happy Academic. 

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Creating culturally safe learning environments for BIPOC students 


Profile of Shireen Bell.Post-secondary institutions need to move into actionable strategies to support the success of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) students, a UM nursing PhD student said at a recent virtual presentation hosted by the College of Nursing.

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Faculty and staff news

Student acknowledgements

Awards and achievements

UM Homecoming 2022
September 24


Join us for a College of Nursing Tour and Reception 

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Time: 1:00 -3:00 PM, doors open at 12:30 with program at 1:00 pm

Location: Helen Glass Centre For Nursing

Helen Glass Research Symposium
Dates to be confirmed


Profile of Cheryl Ploth.Workshop: How and Why Are the Societal Possibilities for Mixed Methods Research Limitless?
Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Poth, Professor, University of Alberta


Profile of Elizabeth Creamer.Workshop: Leveraging Integration Throughout the Inquiry Process in Mixed Methods Research 

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Creamer, Professor Emerita, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


More details TBA.