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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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.  

Upcoming sessions

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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. 

 


 

Previous sessions

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April 21 - Coping in a crisis: What works?

We’ll look at recognizing common cognitive, affective and behavioural responses that frontline healthcare providers may experience during pandemics and how these may impact performance and wellness. We’ll then discuss evidence-based strategies to manage intense emotional responses, enhance wellness in high-stress situations and how to take steps to mitigate harm. 

Feature 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.

April 14 - Infection prevention & control 

Feature Presenter: Barbara Catt RN CIC MEd

Barbara Catt has worked in the field of IPAC for many years. Her nursing experiences include emergency room, operating room, ICU, medical-surgical, long-term care, and professor of nursing at college and university levels. She has worked in a variety of health care settings including public health, a small community hospital and a large tertiary healthcare center and now is currently working with Public Health Ontario and teaching faculty member at Centennial College with their IPAC Basic and Practicum Courses.

Barbara is a registered nurse and holds a Master in Education where her research focus was adult learner principles.  She has been involved in research and publications regarding disease transmission and education such as IPAC Core Competencies.

She has been working at Public Health Ontario since 2017 as the IPAC Manager of Response and System Support Unit. She continues to be an active member with IPAC Canada, APIC, and CNA.

Barbara is a past member of IPAC Canada Standards and Guidelines, HealthPro Clinical Advisory Committee and past president for IPAC Greater Toronto and Area Chapter. She continues to be an active participant on committees such as IPAC Canada’s Prehospital Care Interest Group, Core Education Committee and Basic IPAC Course Advisory Committee.  Since 2014, Barbara has served as a Board Member for IPAC Canada and is currently the IPAC Canada President.