On Monday, May 10, the Association participated in a roundtable for Manitoba nurses and nursing students with the Right. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Minister Jim Carr; Minister Dan Vandal; Member of Parliament (MP) Terry Duguid; and MP Kevin Lamoureux. Pam Friesen RN, a critical care nurse at Health Sciences Centre and Sharran Mullins RPN, assistant professor at Brandon University, spoke on behalf of the Association. They shared their experiences and insights from the pandemic, demonstrating nurses’ roles as leaders in healthcare.
Pam spoke of the difficulty of enforcing visitor restriction policies and seeing that impact on families. She shared that the pandemic has, in her eyes and the eyes of her peers, highlighted ongoing system issues including patient loads and complexity, and the high level of education required to care for patients.
Sharran drew attention to the importance of current students, and students as the future of the nursing profession. Students have also demonstrated incredible resiliency through the pandemic. They have adapted to new formats of learning; as well as and balanced their mental and physical health working in COVID areas, often taking on the same responsibilities as their registered colleagues.
Incredible stories and input were heard from representatives of the Manitoba Nurses Union, Nurse Practitioners Association of Manitoba, Philippine Nurses Association of Manitoba, Université de Saint-Boniface, Red River College Nursing Students’ Association and Victoria General Hospital.
To view the roundtable, visit: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1yNGaWvpRWlxj#News