Nursing Leadership Council


The purpose of the Nursing Leadership Council (NLC) is to provide leadership that will promote and advance professional nursing practice across the continuum to improve health services delivery within the Winnipeg Health Region.  The NLC serves as an advocate, resource and guide for the changes needed to sustain health care’s economic viability, productivity and positive outcomes.

The purposes of Nursing Leadership Council are:

  • Promoting dignity, care and respect through collaboration across the continuum of services of the Winnipeg Health Region where nurses care for individual(s)/family
  • Leading through the building of common vision and sharing of expertise and resources
  • Promoting evidence informed decision making in the design, coordination and implementation of regional nursing practice and leadership initiatives
  • Leading  nursing initiatives and nursing research within the Winnipeg Health Region
  • Promoting integration of services between hospitals and programs and across sectors in providing a continuum of services to the people of Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Reports to:

The Chair of the Committee is the Vice-President, Chief Nursing Officer of the Winnipeg Health Region.  Nursing Leadership Council reports to the Professional Advisory Committee of the Winnipeg Health Region which reports to the Board.

Scope and Functions:

1. Enhance the individual/family experience by 

  • Identifying opportunities where nurses can positively impact individual(s)/family experiences
  • Influencing the development of  practice models or care delivery models that address the needs of individual(s)/family
  • Promote best practices that are individual/family centered

  • To identify and participate in Patient Safety initiatives to facilitate a positive individual/family experience.  

2. Improve Quality and Integration by

  • Providing a forum for the interchange of ideas and dissemination of information and materials related to, or potentially affecting professional nursing practice across the continuum
  • Act as an advisory forum for clinical programs/services to consult on practice issue trends, skill set requirements, quality practice environment and other issues with potential to impact on the nursing profession
  • Identifying and addressing nursing issues and providing direction related to professional practice, scope of practice, practice standards, legislative standards and patient safety in all sectors
  • Promoting the development of programming and responsive implementation related to regulatory requirements and changes
  • Making recommendations that promote integration and coordination of services between facilities and programs and across sectors in providing a continuum of services to the people of the Winnipeg Health Region
  • Providing leadership to initiatives that will improve flow in the region
  • Identifying, advocating, collaborating and participating in health equities initiatives to facilitate positive changes in practice and service delivery
  • Identifying and participating in quality improvement initiatives to facilitate positive changes in practice and service delivery specific to the profession of nursing. 

3. Foster public engagement by

  • Engaging and partnering with individual/family, communities and the public.
  • Establishing collaborative relationships with academic and other community care provider partners and provincial regulatory and professional organizations to support practice, education, research and leadership
  • Engaging and partnering with the public through the provision of information or education on health promotion, health issues or the health care system.

4. Support a positive work environment by

  • Facilitating and promoting front line nurse involvement in issues, changes, solutions related to practice, education, research, recruitment and retention
  • To develop and maintain strong linkages and open communication with nurses through a variety of channels
  • Promoting and engaging in activities to strengthen nursing leadership, foster and enhance the professional image and practice of nursing within the region
  • Modeling, promoting and supporting work life balance
  • Setting standards and ensuring supports are in place to ensure a healthy practice environment for nurses 
  • Fostering leadership of first-line managers to ensure they provide a supportive work environment for staff
  • Fostering a visible and accessible leadership environment.

5. Advance research and education by

  • Partnering with and leading educational institutions to support a learning environment both for undergraduate students and graduate students and staff of all disciplines
  • Supporting the work of Advance Practice Nurses within the Strong Model for practice
  • Identifying opportunities and questions to promote thesis work to guide future nursing research projects
  • Acting as a resource, engaging in partnerships with sites and program leaders and other stakeholders to recommend representation to committees, working groups and task forces as required. 

6. Build sustainability by

  • Developing and leading initiatives to ensure the sustainable use of resources including staff, supplies and equipment
  • Identifying and advocating for opportunities where new and innovative models of service delivery will improve services and sustainability.  Working collaboratively with Human Resources to ensure required recruitment strategies are in place and maintained
  • Developing and implementing a plan to retain nurses in the workforce. This includes formal and informal mentoring relationships with front-line staff, educators, managers and program directors to ensure a strong succession plan for current and future nurse leaders
  • Providing input and recommendations regarding the Winnipeg Health Region’s strategic plan, mission, goals and objectives, accountability framework and models of care
  • Adocating for collective agreement language and changes that positively impact nursing practice and operational requirements.

Meeting Frequency:

Nursing Leadership Council shall meet 8 times a year or more frequently at the call of the Chair.


  • WRHA Chief Nursing Officer – Chair
  • Chief Nursing Officers of Acute Care and Long Term Care facilities in the WRHA (or designates)
  • Program Directors (Nurses) of WRHA Clinical Programs
  • 2 Nursing representatives from PCH Directors of Care
  • 1 Nursing representative from Community Area Directors
  • WRHA Manager(s) of Nursing Initiatives
  • Other members as designated by the Chair
  • Director of Clinical Education

Quorum: 50% plus 1

Nursing Leadership Council Membership List

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