Selkirk Mental Health Centre
Keeping Our History Alive!
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.
Annette Throimbert - Osted, RPN, LLD (hc)