2022 Year-in-review from our Executive Director, Joyce Kristjansson

By Kahla Evans posted 16 days ago


As ARNM celebrates six years of existence, I reflect on the last year with pride and amazement.

Among our accomplishments this year, we have: 

  • Heard from our members about their key issues and concerns and reported back on these to nurses, nursing organizations, politicians, and the public  
  • Held quarterly discussions with other nursing groups in Manitoba, including all 3 Colleges and the Manitoba Nurses Union 
  • Met with multiple politicians from all parties to discuss the important and varied roles nurses play in health care in our province  
  • Advocated for nursing retention initiatives, including supporting the mental health of nurses and increasing nursing involvement in decision making 
  • Participated in provincial and national work to streamline opportunities for Internationally Educated Nurses to obtain licensure in Manitoba
  • Hosted over 40 Talk Tuesdays which are available online for members to view to meet their licensing competency requirements 
  • Completed over 40 media interviews on nursing issues 
  • Supported almost 10,000 members during renewal  
  • Moved to being a fully virtual organization 
  • Met with other health professional associations to deal with matters of common interest  
  • Provided more than 20 presentations to students in all Manitoba undergraduate nursing programs 
  • Welcomed three new staff members and are now a team of four 
  • Had over 100 nurses volunteer over 1000 hours of time to support their profession 
  • Held our membership fees the same 
  • Renewed 90% of our members 

During the next year, we will: 

  • Be in frequent touch with members to communicate what is happening, and to solicit your input and ideas   
  • Begin implementing our strategic plan for the next three years (more details next month)  
  • Use our policy platform to advocate for nursing, especially with a provincial election coming  
  • Review our operations to try to improve the ratio of costs/benefits for members 
  • Host an in-person and online Awards of Excellence and Annual General Meeting during National Nursing Week  

I'd like to thank you all for your participation, feedback and support and I look forward to continuing our work in 2023.


-Joyce Kristjansson, Executive Director, ARNM