We acknowledge that Manitoba is on the original lands of the Dakota, Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dené, Inuit and Métis Nation. We acknowledge that the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba is located on Treaty One territory. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, and we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

AGM Education Presentations

2019 AGM: Indigenous Health – Patient Services & Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs – Patient Advocate Unit

Presentation by Beatrice Campbell, BSW, RSW, Regional Indigenous Patient Advocate, WRHA Indigenous Health – Patient Services.

WRHA Indigenous Health – Patient Services works with other health programs in the region to provide culturally safe care for Indigenous patients. The Indigenous Health team supports patients by educating health care staff on how to better understand the needs of Indigenous patients, and how to navigate the different jurisdictions/agencies that may be involved. The program brings strengths in terms of fostering respectful communication with patients and families, which can lead to increased participation in their care plans. A brief overview will be provided of the different staff providers and types of supports offered by Indigenous Health.


2018 AGM: A Toolkit to Introduce Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Non-Identified Mental Health Settings

Increasing health care service demands, current and anticipated shortages of health care providers and fiscal pressures have prompted governments, policy-makers, and health care leadership to identify strategies that optimize the roles of all health care providers. Workforce optimization aims to ensure health care providers are working to their fullest scope of practice and that the mix and distribution of health care providers meets the needs of the specific patient population (Evans, Schneider, & Barer, 2010).

While the majority of Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Manitoba work within mental health programs, other client populations could benefit from the addition of these mental health services providers to the health care team. 

Presentation by Tracy Thiele, RPN, BScPN, MN, PhD (s), Ryan Shymko, RPN, BA, MA, and Marg Synyshyn, RPN, BHS (Psych Nsg), MA.

Learn about the RPN toolkit and how it can be used to guide and facilitate the introduction of Registered Psychiatric Nurses into programs and settings other than mental health.

2017 AGM: Rural Residents’ Experiences in Living with 
Borderline Personality Disorder

Kyla Johnston, RPN, BScPN, MPN

Watch Kyla Johnston’s presentation at the 2017 AGM about her research into the lived experiences of rural residents who have been diagnosed and are living with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Kyla is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who is currently employed as the DBT Resource Nurse in the inpatient dialectical behaviour therapy program at Selkirk Mental Health Centre. Kyla offers practical resources, education, and coaching to assist front line mental health professionals to work more effectively with this population.

2016 AGM: Providing Care for Transgender Persons and Their Families

Niki Fields, RPN, BScPN

Niki Fields created a Gender Inclusive Care resource guide for nurses interested in increasing their knowledge and awareness around gender inclusive care.

2014 AGM: RPNs’ Use of Seclusion: Navigating Ethical Practice, Clinical Judgement, and the Code of Ethics

Isabelle Jarrin, RPN, BScPN, MN

Practicing ethically as a registered psychiatric nurse requires attention to standards of practice, the code of ethics, and evidence regarding quality care.

Watch Isabelle Jarrin’s presentation from the 2014 AGM about her research into the place of ethics in mental health nurses’ clinical judgments regarding seclusion use. Two themes from the study are explored in this presentation: the complexity of promoting safety and preventing harm and the importance of knowing for ethical action with seclusion use. Nurses’ narratives are examined to illustrate how they thought about notions of safety, harm, privacy, dignity, and well-being.

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