SMHC ARCHIVES Inc.
Selkirk Mental Health Centre
Keeping Our History Alive!
Alice Ann Inniss, nee Maryniewicz, is a SMHC Alumna of 1965. Alice also graduated from the Miisericordia School of Nursing in 1974. In 1984, she obtained a Certificate in Infection Control in Health Care from the University of Manitoba and a Certificate in Adult Education from Red River College in 1986. As a member of the Workplace Health and Safety Committee, Alice participated in the development of practices that enhanced the health and safety of staff and patients. She participated in the annual fire safety officer inspections and on a daily basis followed up on reported injuries and incidents to determine ways to prevent their reoccurrence. Alice retired in 2002 and currently resides in Selkirk with her husband Ken, also a RPN Alumnus 1963 from SMHC. Alice became a licensed lay reader in the Anglican Church in 1985 and continues to be actively involved with her church in this role as well as being a member of various committees. Alice and Ken are proud grandparents of two and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren who live in British Columbia. Alice began her nursing career on the ward for the elderly with mental illness and attained in 1970 the position of Head Nurse. From 1971 to 1980, Alice taught in the SMHC School of Psychiatric Nursing teaching basic nursing skills to first year students and assisting the medical / surgical instructors in the classroom and clinical areas. During this time she took on the responsibilities ff Health Nurse for all the student nurses. In 1980, Alice assumed the first full time position of Staff Health and Infection Control for the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. As a member of the multi-disciplinary infection control committee, she played a major role in developing infection control procedures and practices for the Centre with the aim to reduce the spread of infection. These practices were incorporated into the in-service education program that was offered annually to all staff. Alice was a resource to all disciplines in establishing and implementing infection control practices as a level acceptable to the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation. Alice was available to employees for personal counselling and as a resource for referrals to other health care professionals and employee assistance programs.
Alice Ann Inniss, RN, RPN