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 are facilitated by a registered psychiatric nurse and feature a nurse with specialized knowledge and skills in the topic area. The first 10-15 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 support each other, share stories, talk about current stressors and discuss coping strategies.  

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Facilitator: Melanie Gessell RPN

Melanie is a registered psychiatric nurse with 18 years experience in various streams of mental health nursing including inpatient acute care, crisis, youth corrections, community mental health and mental health counselling and consulting. In 2020, she opened the doors to her independent psychotherapy and mental health counselling and consulting practice. She is a Mental Health and Wellness Therapist and Consultant. She is pursing a graduate degree in the Masters of Psychiatric Nursing program at Brandon University with an interest in Recovery-Oriented practices. 

Upcoming sessions

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June 9 - Pandemic in Primary Care 

We'll discuss how the role of a primary care nurse has shifted and adapted during COVID-19. The presenters will share their successes, challenges, and stories and discuss what they have done personally and as a team to cope and thrive during these unprecedented times.

Featured presenters:

Laura Donnelly RN NP, President, Manitoba Primary Care Nurses Association

Laura is a nurse practitioner, but her roots are as a primary care nurse. She worked for five years as an RN and loved the possibilities that came with the role. She has worked mainly as a primary care nurse as well as a chronic disease nurse in English and French positions. Laura has a growing passion for women’s health, functional medicine and all topics related to preventative care. Upstream thinking, client empowerment, education and community engagement at a grassroots level remain pillars of her practice. She is thankful for the opportunity to be the president of the Manitoba Primary Care Nurses Association to advance excellence and education for the vital practice of primary care!







Kimberley Froese RN, Community Health Nurse

Kim has been nursing for over 30 years, and most of that work has been in primary care settings. She has also worked in acute care, public health, and addictions care.  Each type of care is crucial, and they all are integrated and interdependent, but primary care is such an opportunity for health promotion, the prevention of health problems and catching problems early.  Kim currently works at Klinic Community Health Centre, where she has appreciated their long history of commitment to inclusive and holistic care. 

 



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