ARNM leadership meets with Health Minister
On March 15, ARNM President Loreley Fehr, President-Elect Ken Borce, and interim executive director Joyce Kristjansson met with Health Minister Audrey Gordon to discuss how we can work together to advance our profession and improve our health system for Manitobans.
Key issues that we brought forward included nursing retention, mental health support for nurses, and the need for a more streamlined process in licensing internationally educated nurses who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice. We emphasized that nurses’ expertise and leadership is critical to crafting and implementing a sustainable plan to meet the Manitoba health system’s current and future needs. We highlighted that ARNM has almost 10,000 members, many of whom would welcome the opportunity to participate on government committees to share their knowledge and expertise as leaders in health care.
Minister Gordon appreciated our participation in the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force and issues for internationally educated nurses. We highlighted the many ARNM members who are willing to participate in decision-making processes to resolve issues of significance to nurses and look forward to connecting with the department of health staff to make this happen.