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RRC Nursing Awards 2020

February 4, 2021

Congratulations to this year’s award winners! It’s been another different year to say the least and we weren’t able to celebrate as usual with our luncheon, but none the less, the awards were celebrated virtually and in spirit and were well deserved!

The Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba Medal of Excellence Award – Machaela Cavanagh : This award was established for a graduating nursing student with the highest cumulative GPA and has excelled clinically throughout their program.

Machaela Cavanagh

Jean Burrows Award Scholarship – Haley McKay : Jean Burrows was the Nursing Department Chair from 1974 to 1998, and upon her retirement, this scholarship was created for a first year student recognizing their outstanding academic achievement.

Bernice Parrott Award – Hailey Campbell, William Gibson, Jalen Roldan, Shannon Bianca Hiebert Sawatzky, Chelsa Chernoff, Rex Gonzales, Kowthar Mohamed, Jessica Woloshyn : This award was established to provide financial assistance to deserving students entering their second or third year in the BN program, to recognize their hard work and efforts.

Hailey Campbell

Shannon Bianca Hiebert Sawatzky

Chelsa Chernoff

Rex Gonzales

Kowthar Mohamed

Jessica Woloshyn

Nursing Students Endowment Scholarship – Emma Collins, Machaela Cavanagh : This award was established from students who, in 1997 as part of their tuition fees, contributed to this endowment fund. In 2001, a portion of the money was dedicated to the creation of this award. The class of 2002 also made a sizable contribution from their own fundraising efforts.

Emma Collins

Machaela Cavanagh

Nursing Legacy Award – Jamie Harland, Michaela Miller, Samantha Thompson, Johanna Toews, Emma Collins, Machaela Cavanagh, Karli-Anne Berezowski, Sydney Plett, Haley Mckay, Kirsten Yaholkoski : This award recognizes outstanding clinical performance of students in years one to three. A student in Nursing Techniques 3 is also recognized for excelling in both their academic and skill performance, while the Health Assessment award recognizes a student who has outstanding academic achievement in both Health Assessment courses. This award was established by combining sources from the Stanton Family, the Duncan Family, and Phyllis Aaron, along with the Nursing faculty.

Jamie Harland

Machaela Cavanagh

Karli-Anne Berezowski

Emma Collins

Kirsten Yaholkoski

Michaela Miller

Thorey Johnson Nursing Award – Melanie Edwards, Jason Juell, Kayla Smith : In honor of their mother, Mrs. Johnson’s daughters have established this scholarship for a nursing student who has expressed a special interest in rural nursing practice.

Nursing Leadership Award – Michaela Miller, Amy McDonald : This award is for deserving students who have gone above and beyond in support and leadership of their peers. This award was established by the awards committee, with nominations from faculty and peers.

Amy McDonald

Michaela Miller

Discipline of Professional Nursing Award – Nicole Bonenfant, Jorien Friesen, Rachel Hotson : This award is presented to students for their outstanding achievement in the courses of Discipline of Professional Nursing 1-5.

Mary Langhan Nursing Award – Britainnie Pillar : This award is presented to a third year student who has demonstrated a high level of skill in the clinical setting and has expressed a special interest in obstetrics and gynecology.

Britainnie Pillar

Karla Ferens Award – Tylar Ehlan Takvam, Angelina Perea Rodallega : This award recipient has displayed the same accomplishments exhibited by Karla Ferens: involvement in sports and leadership qualities. Karla was a 2011 RRC graduate of the Health Care Aid program.

Tylar Ehlan Takvam

Community Service Award – Sarah Fordham, Ryan Penner : This award is presented to second and third year students who have volunteered for a community agency while maintaining sound academic achievement.

Ryan Penner

Karen Wall Indigenous Nursing Student Award – Lauren Thompson : This award is presented to a third year student of Canadian Indigenous heritage who has achieved academic success in the BN program and has demonstrated leadership within the Indigenous community.

Elizabeth Scaife Memorial Award – Ramanpreet Kaur Kainth : This award is presented to a BPIEN (Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses) student who demonstrated outstanding academic and clinical performance.

Ramanpreet Kaur Kainth

Written by Jennifer Johnson – Nursing Lab Manager
with descriptions of awards courtesy of the Nursing Awards Committee

Nursing Graduate Suzanne Guay Recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Nurse

January 21, 2021

In December, BN graduate Suzanne Guay was featured as a Trailblazer in the Nursing the Future newsletter! Nominated for her hard work, leadership, and professionalism, Suzanne was recognized as an outstanding graduate nurse.

Congratulations Suzanne!

To learn more, check of the ARNM’s news release here.

Post by Meagen Chorney – Nursing Instructor
Content and photo taken from the ARNM Website

Nursing Student Marlo Pereira-Edwards Receives the CNF Virginia Lindabury Award

January 14, 2021

BN student Marlo Pereira-Edwards was the recipient of the 2020 CNF Virginia Lindabury Award for baccalaureate nursing students! This highly competitive award provides the recipient with a $3000 scholarship.

Marlo has demonstrated strong leadership skills throughout her education, from her engagement in research to her active role in mentorship.

Congratulations Marlo!

To learn more, check out the Canadian Nurses Foundation.

Post written by Meagen Chorney – Nursing Instructor
Photo from the Canadian Nurses Foundation website

RRC Flu Clinic

January 7, 2021

In the midst of a COVID 19 pandemic, the Red River College nursing students came out to support the college students and staff by holding an Annual Influenza Immunization clinic in November. Clinics were held over 3 days in collaboration with the college health unit. There was a lot of nervousness about how the clinic would go this year.

But like everything this year, it was also quite different and needed an extra level of careful planning. More sanitation methods, plentiful social distancing, and daily mask-wearing are all part of the new normal these days.

Since the flu season this year will also be paired with COVID-19 challenges, it’s more important than ever for employers to encourage workers to get the flu shot.

Over the 3 days, we saw about 120-140 people each day, and the students had a very unique experience of working during a pandemic on important skills, including IM injections, screening, and health teaching . I would say the clinics were a success and a great learning opportunity, and a way for our future nurses to give back to the college community.

Thank you to the Health Center for setting this up so well and allowing us to participate. A great team to work with.

Community Clinical – Older Adult NRSG 2811: Bonnie Peers, Diane Ammeter, Tracey McCulloch, Janet Zacharias, and Teri-Lyn Healy

Post written by Teri-Lyn Healy – Nursing Instructor
Photos by Bonnie Peers – Nursing Instructor

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2020

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year! Hope the new year will be good to all and bring happiness to everyone.

Please celebrate safe, and share love and happiness with everyone!

Enjoy your holidays; everyone deserves it!!

Written by Jennifer Johnson – Nursing Lab Manager

Bachelor of Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony – Today at Noon!

December 17, 2020

You are invited to the 2020 Bachelor of Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony!

The 2020 graduates of the Red River College Baccalaureate Nursing Program will be celebrated in a virtual Pinning Ceremony today at noon.

Grab your 2020 Pinning Ceremony Program, and join us for this meaningful Nursing tradition on The College’s Facebook page.

The link to the ceremony will be available at noon. Join us then to leave live comments for the graduates!

The recording will remain on the RRC Facebook page for later viewing as well.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

Post by The Pinning Ceremony Committee

Clinical Tips From First Year Nursing Students

December 10, 2020

I asked my students at the end of their 1820 clinical rotation to share some tips and tricks with their fellow students heading into clinical next term. I also asked them to share some challenges they have come across in clinical during COVID, and how they were able to overcome these challenges. They were excited to share their thoughts and knowledge, even at the end of a long clinical term, and at the end of our last day! Since these students had been through 1810 pre-COVID, they have a unique perspective to share.

This is what they said:

-Ask questions when you are unsure

-Remember to breathe

-Get to know your patients and tasks will become easier

-Trust your assessment skills

-Prepare by researching your skills ahead of time that you know you will be doing. For example, if you know your patient uses the Sara lift to transfer, go over that skill. Utilize your techniques knowledge; remember your steps.

-Make clinical fun: look for learning opportunities; enjoy what you are doing.

-Always but especially during COVID: remember to wash your hands. “If you think you have washed them enough, you haven’t”.

-Masks and eye protection make connecting with your patients more challenging, since your patient is not able to see your face or facial expressions. Enhance your communication; use more non-verbal techniques such as therapeutic touch, massage. For example, apply lotion to your patient’s feet in order to spend more time with them and provide therapeutic touch.

-Because you are not able to see your patient when you come for research, there is more of the unknown on your clinical day. So rely more on interprofessional communication, and talk with the nurse or health care aid caring for the patient that day. Also, this means it is even more important to complete a thorough assessment on your clinical day.

-Things can become stressful, so try to go with the flow, and practice self care.

Post by Kirsten Loewen – Nursing Instructor

Help Feed a Student this Holiday Season!

November 12, 2020

This year, because of COVID-19, instead of supporting one large family with food and gifts, the Students’ Association is purchasing and distributing food vouchers to RRC students in need. Your support is even more important at this time, as they expect an increase in hamper needs.

The Christmas hamper program helped more than 100 students and their families last year thanks to the generous staff and departments at RRC. Our goal again this year is to provide as many students in need with hamper food vouchers.

Please consider making a financial donation to the Students’ Association to help support our students in need this holiday season. With everything going on, everyone, especially our students, need our support and love now more than ever!

Online donations can be made at

If you have any trouble or questions, please reach out to Jennifer Johnson ( or Meagen Chorney (, and we’ll be more than happy to help you contribute this year.

Let’s make this year just as great as our past years for our students in need!

Written by:

Jennifer Johnson – Nursing Lab Manager

Adapted from the RRC Students’ Association (

Images from Pixabay:
Polar Bear

Spiritual Health Awareness Week

October 22, 2020

In a season like no other, the Fall of 2020 will be remembered for many things, including how the COVID pandemic has been impacting our lives. People are experiencing additional stress and anxiety, which directly impacts their health, and not just physically speaking.

So, it seems very timely that the Government of Manitoba has proclaimed October 19 – 23, 2020 as “Spiritual Health Awareness Week.”

They are recognizing the spiritual health of people and those who make efforts to promote it… as it is “linked to… better coping and to improved mental and physical health outcomes”.

See more info here.

As nurses, we recognize the importance of health prevention and promotion as a holistic endeavor. Depression, hopelessness, and self-worth are aspects of human health we can’t ignore. I’d like to share a favourite article that I have used to educate students over the years when learning how to assess and implement spiritual care with clients. Very practical and relevant, the author in this article talks about the “5 R’s of Spirituality” to assist the nurse in providing effective spiritual care (Govier, 2000): Reason, Reflection, Religion, Relationships, and Restoration.

I encourage you to reflect on how you could or would promote your own patients’ spiritual health. Unsure? Take time to reflect on your OWN spiritual health first, and then take a peek at Govier’s (2000) article.

Happy “Spiritual Health Awareness Week”!

Post by:
Tanya Cole, RRC Nursing Instructor, Community & Mental Health