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Selkirk Mental Health Centre
Keeping Our History Alive!
John immigrated to Canada from England where he had qualified as a SRN and RMN and began working at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre’s School of Psychiatric Nursing in 1957. In 1958 he moved to Winnipeg to work as a nursing Instructor (Mental Health) at the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing. In 1962 John moved to Saskatoon to study for his Diploma in Nurse Teaching and in 1963 returned to the School of Psychiatric Nursing at Selkirk. He taught anatomy and physiology to the first year students in 1963 as well as psychiatric nursing and was the appointed Instructor in psychiatric nursing for general nursing students affiliated to the Centre from the St Boniface Hospital School of Nursing. John was very active in the formation of the former Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Manitoba, now the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses Manitoba, and served as the second President of the Association from 1966 to 1971. He also served as the Chair of the Psychiatric Nursing Education Committee of Canada and in 1981 John was awarded a lifetime membership to the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Manitoba. Not only was John the founding board member of Tudor House Personal Care Home on which he stamped his philosophy for personal care he also served from 1989 to 1991 as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Selkirk and District General Hospital. John died in September 2005 and much of his nursing legacy still exists. Psychiatric nursing today is enriched by his perspicacity and tenacity for raising the professional status and independence of psychiatric nursing education.
John Martyniw, RMN, SRN