The Association Welcomes New Executive Director Mary Smith

The Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba’s Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Mary Smith RN MN into the role of executive director effective February 21, 2017. 

Mary has extensive experience in healthcare administration and leadership, research, education, policy, and clinical practice with hands on experience leading groups through complex change and empowering others in the achievement of a shared vision.  

For the past three years, Mary has been an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Brandon University. Prior to this she held a variety of positions such as Vice President Programs and Services, Southern Health-Santé Sud, public health practice leader, women’s health program leader and client services manager for Healthy Living Programs, RHA – Central. Throughout her career, Mary has been responsible for course development, program development, process planning and facilitation, building strong partnerships and creating innovative change.

Mary’s background also includes roles as intervention coordinator for the Manitoba Heart Health Program, public health nurse in remote northern communities, and surgical intensive care nurse in a larger urban centre. She has a masters of nursing, advanced practice leadership from the University of Victoria and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Western Ontario. 

The breadth of Mary’s experience allows her to understand and support the needs of nurses in various stages of their careers. As an active participant in the Manitoba RN Network and now the Association, Mary recognizes the vital role a professional association plays in the lives of nurses.  Mary looks forward to working with members to build professional supports and the voice of registered nurses in Manitoba.   


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