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RPNs in Practice

Manitoba’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) are professionals who are specifically educated to help individuals, families, groups  and communities achieve the highest possible level of mental health.

In addition to mental health promotion, illness prevention and treatment, they practice as educators, researchers and administrators in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals to industry, and from the private to the public sector.

Their contributions to our community are vital, and sometimes surprising and unique. Learn more about what some of Manitoba’s RPNs are contributing to our community by clicking on the stories below.



Reducing Barriers

Fiona Smith, RPN is a teacher and a researcher dedicated to advancing nursing practice and improving care for the families of gender-variant children.



Mastering Care

Amber Gilberto, RPN advanced her ability to treat people living with operational stress injuries by pursuing an innovative graduate program in psychiatric nursing.


Independent Practice, Collaborative Spirit

Patricia van Aggelen, RPN runs her own independent practice. She also provides therapeutic services to the Physicians at Risk program for Doctors Manitoba. She takes a collaborative approach to treating individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, stress and relationship issues.


Healing Bodies, Minds and Hearts

Ashley Smith, RPN is a forensic nurse who helps victims of sexual violence. She also serves Manitoba’s transgender community as an RPN working at Transgender Health Klinic, part of Klinic Community Health Centre.



Helping and Healing Young Minds

Cheryl Chorneyko, RPN is a mental health clinician at the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC), where she puts over 30 years of experience to work helping young people and their families living with mental illness.


A Valuable Resource in Shared Care

Wanda Brine, RPN is a mental health counselor at My Health Team—Brandon, where she works with a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of health care professionals to support patients of all ages.




First in Class

Candice Waddell, RPN was the first student to graduate from the Masters of Psychiatric Nursing program at Brandon University, where she is now an assistant professor. Her research examined ways to improve community wellness in Canada’s North by including traditional knowledge.