Updated: January 2022

Annette Thorimbert Osted, RPN, LLD (hc)

Former Executive Director CRPNM
Annette Osted, an alumna from SMHC in 1967, retired from her position as Executive Director of the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba; a position she held for over 35 years. Annette was the first Executive Director appointed by what was then called the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association. Annette has been a tireless contributor to the profession of psychiatric nursing and has lead the development and growth of the profession at local, provincial and international levels. Annette became a recognized voice for psychiatric nursing in Canada and frequently her adept ability to navigate and negotiate the complex Government committee structures with her usual skill, knowledge and competence. Annette played an invaluable role for leading the College not only for future developments but also to ensure the enhancement of psychiatric nursing by advocating for the establishment of the Bachelor of Science in Mental Health 1986, the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing 1995 and the Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing that commenced in January 2011 at Brandon university. In 2004, Annette was the first Manitoba recipient of the Registered Psychiatric of Canada award for professional leadership. Annette has stipulated that the practice of delivering psychiatric nursing care involves a capacity not only to participate actively in care provisions but also to accept responsibility for the effective and efficient management of that care, practised within a safe environment. A key role was her assisting and guiding the College to set practice and competency standards for entry to the register and, therefore, for entry into employment into Manitoba’s health care. Now retired, she is still actively involved as a Board Director with Age and Opportunity for Manitoba and is also a Director on the Board for the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. Annette plans to continue her activities with the various non-profit organizations as well as fulfilling her wish to travel. In June 2012, Annette was awarded a Doctorate of Laws Degree Honoris Causa by Brandon University for her contributions to psychiatric nursing.