Talk Tuesdays

Talk Tuesdays is a virtual forum that takes place every Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm. Each forum will have a featured topic based on members’ input and questions.

The forums feature a nurse with specialized knowledge and skills in the topic area. The first 30 minutes of the session are a brief overview of the topic, followed by an open Q&A period where participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share stories.   

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Upcoming sessions

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September 29 - Climate change, displacement and health: What can we learn from COVID-19?

The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how systems respond to crisis and highlighted the role of public health and public policy in preparing for, mitigating, and responding to a global crisis. The lessons learned from COVID-19 will be discussed in relation to the climate crisis, and strategies to reduce vulnerability, increase preparedness, and build community capacity to adapt and respond to future climate-related hazards will be highlighted.


Catherine Baxter RN, PhD

Catherine has worked in nursing education for over twenty years in teaching and administrative positions. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Brandon University and a member of the steering committee for the Community Health Nurses of Manitoba. Her current research interests include rural nursing and workforce migration.  

October 6 - Rural healthcare workers needs and experiences during COVID-19

Rural communities experience unique challenges in health and mental health care. There is currently a lack of literature that focuses on healthcare professionals within rural communities and how these individuals cope within pandemic situations. In order to understand this more, researchers within the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health (CCSRMH) conducted a survey with 137 frontline health care professionals, working in communities of less than 50,000 people, between May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020. This presentation will share information on the open ended responses that these health care professionals provided in regards to their needs and experiences during COVID-19. The researchers hope that this will shed light on the experiences of rural health care providers in order to increase supports and services within these regions of Manitoba.


Candice Waddell RPN, MPN, PhD(c)

Candice Waddell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatric Nursing at Brandon University and a founding member of the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Brandon University and is currently completing a PhD from University of Manitoba in Community Health Science. Her research includes improving health care practice and systems through the lens of feminist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic and decolonizing approaches; and understanding the perspectives of individuals living with histories of mental illness and trauma.

Margaret de Jager BA

Margaret de Jager is a fourth year Psychiatric Nursing Student at Brandon University. She holds a BA in Psychology and works as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health. As a future psychiatric nurse, a current researcher, and an involved community member, Margaret’s goals within her work include reducing stigma around mental illness and making appropriate services more accessible.

October 13 - Professional quality of life in psychiatric nursing and nursing students: Implications for students and educators

This session will provide participants an overview of Professional Quality of Life that encompasses Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue in relation to pre-licensure health studies students. The presentation will highlight prevalence scores and student characteristics that contribute toward Compassion Satisfaction development as well as tenets of Compassion Fatigue that are comprised of burnout and secondary traumatic stress in nursing and psychiatric nursing students.


Dr. Kathryn Chachula, RN PhD

Dr. Chachula is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Brandon University. Her research program is focused on teaching and learning in nursing education and curricular strategies that prepare graduates for entry into the workforce. She is a Teaching Affiliate in the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Brandon University and a Research Affiliate with the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research, and Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health at Brandon University. She also served as a Council Member on the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba from August 2014-2020.

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