Advocacy in Action

Advocacy is a vital component of the work that we do.

Our advocacy efforts include many different strategies to influence decision-making at a variety of levels, ranging from individual meetings to speak on behalf of our members, to supporting students and practicing nurses in utilizing our advocacy toolkit to guide their efforts.

We have worked very hard to establish ourselves as a credible and valued organization that supports your professional practice and advances the profession of nursing.


  • Promotional campaigns
  • Position Statements
  • Media Releases


  • Meetings with elected officials
  • Strategic alliances with groups on common priorities


  • Developing relationships with government and key stakeholders
  • Gathering evidence and sharing of information

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Areas of Advocacy

Meeting with the new Minister of Health and Seniors Care

On February 22, executive director Dr. Cheryl Cusack, president Jennifer Dunsford and president-elect Loreley Fehr met with Heather Stefanson, the new Minister of Health and Seniors Care and department staff. Our executive took the opportunity to talk about the Association's role and the needs of nurses. We shared the results from the COVID-19 Nursing Survey. We emphasized that as we go through a third wave or emerge from the pandemic, there is a need to develop targeted strategies for healthcare workers to foster mental health and resilience.

We will be putting together recommendations based on our survey data and continuing to connect with government to action potential solutions.

COVID-19 Case Investigation & Public Health System Capacity

October 27: Together with the Community Health Nurses of Manitoba (CHNM) and in response to increasing community transmission of COVID19 in Manitoba, we sent a follow up letter to Minister Friesen regarding case investigations and the need to increase capacity in our public health system. We have requested another meeting to share input and insight we’ve received from members working in community health.

September 30: With CHNM and the Manitoba Gerontological Nursing Association we met with Minister Friesen and staff from Health, Seniors and Active Living to discuss long-term care needs and our concerns about the outsourcing of COVID-19 contact tracing. Click here for details on our recommendations.

September 9: Met with Dr. Jon Gerrard, Liberal MLA to discuss both long-term care and the outsourcing of core public health services during COVID-19.

September 4: Together with the Community Health Nurses of Manitoba (CHNM) we sent a letter to Premier Pallister expressing our concern about the request for proposals (RFP) to provide COVID-19 contact tracing and case investigation services for the province. Outsourcing core public health services fails to recognize the training, specialized skills and knowledge of public health nurses and other providers. Further, an outsourced provider will not be able to fully integrate with the public health system – a system that already has the potential to address Manitoba’s need if adequately supported.

Harm reduction

With direction provided by membership, the Association continues to make harm reduction a priority. Recently we’ve:

  • Participated as a member of the Community Mental Health and Addictions Network
  • Supported and promoted the work of Project Safe Audience
  • Offered professional development opportunities and resources to members

Nursing Strategy Steering Committee

ARNM was tapped by Shared Health Manitoba to participate on and provide support to the Nursing Strategy Steering Committee which has been tasked with seeking feedback from nurses related to their experience with the recent health care transformation process.

NP tariffs with WCB

We are collaborating with the Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba (NPAM) and Workers Compensation Board to discuss discrepancies between physician and NP tariffs for equal work.

Truth and reconciliation

On June 18, the Association signed Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord. The Accord is a living document, not a single time event, but an ongoing responsibility accepted by the signatories. By becoming partners to the Accord, the Association agrees to report the success of our commitment to reconciliation and our future goals annually.

Our goal

To improve the healthcare experience and health outcomes of Indigenous peoples. The Association is committed to increasing our members’ knowledge and skills related to cultural competency and sensitivity by providing professional development opportunities and workshops related to Calls to Action 18-24 set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Our results

For 2019, the Association reported:

ARNM made a conscious effort to include content that referred to the health needs of the Indigenous peoples and recognition of the value of indigenous healing practices, in professional development sessions that related to nursing practice.

We regularly collaborate with Indigenous nurse leaders who work in a variety of organizations, such as First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSS) and Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC), as well as professional associations such as Manitoba Indigenous Nurses Inc. and at the national level through Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association.

This year we sought out Indigenous nurses to:

  • Participate on the Association’s provincial Nursing Now Manitoba steering committee that would provide oversight and inform the development and implementation of a plan to honour and celebrate nurses and midwives throughout the province.
  • Act as 1 of 15 MB voting delegates at the Canadian Nurse’s Association (CNA) national professional association’s virtual AGM June 22nd.
  • Participate on the Association’s operational committees - advocacy and professional development.
  • Encouraged Indigenous nurses to nominate self or others for director position during board elections.

Our recruitment ads and position description for the public representative on the board of directors, indicated preference for a community member with an Indigenous perspective.

English proficiency requirement

The Association supported students in utilizing our advocacy toolkit to guide their feedback related to the proposed English proficient requirement for their certificate of practice.

Nurse manager forums

ARNM formed a partnership with Brandon University researchers who completed a study on the Role Stressors and Coping Strategies of Nurse Managers in rural Manitoba. Together, with the research team we travelled to sites to provide opportunities for nurse managers to come together to validate the findings and provide feedback on the recommendations.

ARNM will be building a leadership resource section based on the research recommendations and feedback from the participants.

Homelessness and poverty

We continue to work with End Homelessness Winnipeg, the lead agency for the volunteer-driven, community-based initiative Gi-zhe Waa Ti-Sii-Win: working with love, kindness and generosity for others. ARNM members volunteered at the past two events by providing foot care education and services.

As well, the Association is working with other not for profit groups to develop a comprehensive poverty reduction plan including targets & timelines to reduce poverty.