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August 11 - Going full circle: An Indigenous nurse's journey of nursing practice and leadership
Chief Karen Batson has been a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for over 30 years. Her nursing journey has included work in clinical, community, private practice and academic settings. In 2017, Karen made the return to her home community when she was elected as the first female Chief of Pine Creek First Nation. Please join Chief Batson as she invites you to "walk a mile in her moccasins," as she shares her insights into her nursing career and practice, and its evolution into a First Nation leadership role.
Chief Karen Batson, R.P.N., B.Sc.M.H., B.G.S., M.Ed
Pine Creek First Nation
Karen Batson is a member of the Pine Creek First Nation and the first female Chief. Karen’s education and work experience has focused in the area of health, specifically in mental health in both government and private practice settings. In her role as Chief, Karen has been involved in facilitating many community development initiatives resulting in positive changes in her community including increases in housing, employment, infrastructure, elder housing and improvements to the overall health and wellness of the community.
In 2018, she was appointed as the chair of the Chiefs Health Action Table at the Southern Chiefs Organization. The focus of this initiative is the transformation of health services for 36 First Nations communities in Southern Manitoba. Karen is also on the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Women’s Committee, Chiefs Standing Committee on Child Welfare, Chiefs Committee on Education, West Region Child & Family Services Board, Collaborative Leadership Initiative and the Chiefs Committee on Charter Renewal with the Assembly of First Nations.
Prior to becoming Chief, Karen worked in academia, where she has taught at both Assiniboine Community College and Brandon University with a focus on community development with Indigenous communities and most recently teaching in the Department of Psychiatric Nursing with the Faculty of Health Studies.