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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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 contractor for Indigenous Services Canada for the non-insured mental health benefits program and Southern Health-Santé Sud as a mental health crisis clinician, psychiatric emergency nurse.
She is pursing a graduate degree in the Masters of Psychiatric Nursing program at Brandon University with an interest in Recovery-Oriented practices.
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April 28 - Coping during COVID-19: In for the long haul
This Talk Tuesday will focus on specific questions from members. We’ll go in-depth regarding strategies to enhance psychological health, build resilience and discuss how these might need to change over time as the pandemic evolves.
Featured presenter: Dr. Maxine Holmqvist, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Coordinator, University of Manitoba
Maxine Holmqvist is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba. She has served in a variety of leadership roles in medical education and is a long-standing clinical teacher in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, where she has worked with trainees in primary care and hospital settings.
She is also a past-chair of the clinical section of the Canadian Psychological Association, and currently is working with a national team of experts building a web-based resource for evidence-based practice in psychology.
Her research interests include the primary prevention of mental health disorders, psychological influences on health behaviour, improving health care delivery and interprofessional education and collaborative care.
May 5 - Seizing seismic change
Join Sarah as she shares a special story of frontline providers transitioning to a new critical care helicopter environment and learn how they created meaning and worked with leadership along the way. And why this has never mattered more in the context of nurses’ practice in a global pandemic.
Featured presenter: Sarah Painter RN
In this fast paced time of system change, nurses have needed to adapt their practice on a minute to minute basis - new PPE practices, testing guidelines, and clinical care plans. We are very familiar with information coming from the top down. But what about understanding system change from the bottom up?
May 12 - Nursing the world to health: A story of gratitude
This forum during Nursing Week will showcase the ICN/CNA theme and celebrate nurses as leaders, featuring Manitoba’s own Claire Betker, president of the Canadian Nurses Association. She will share her impressive personal journey of nursing leadership, as well describe how the national nursing priorities and pandemic response relate to us at the provincial level.
Featured presenter: Dr. Claire Betker CNA President & Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
Claire’s career began in southwestern Manitoba at a rural single-nurse public health office. She has worked in public health, home care and primary health care in a variety of positions at local, regional, provincial and national levels.
Claire believes all nurses are leaders. It is through our collective voice and action that we effectively advocate for our profession, support the sustainability of the health system and create communities where all people have a fair opportunity to be healthy. Claire is Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), hosted by St Francis Xavier University. Her focus there is on public health leadership to advance health equity across Canada.
May 19 - COVID-19 pandemic: A community health nursing perspective
COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the critical role of public health. This Talk Tuesday forum will feature the challenging reality facing community health nurses, their roles and innovative practices to support and protect the health of communities.