Mental Health Interest Group Webinar

Nursing Assessment Tools for Mental Health Status Examination

This presentation will feature Dr. Cheryl Pollard, author of Fundamentals of Psychiatric Mental Health Status Examination: A workbook. Dr. Pollard will discuss the development of this textbook and its unique case study approach.  Examples of how this textbook may be used in various courses (e.g., clinical, theory, lab, simulation) will be demonstrated and connections to the Mental Health Nursing Competencies explored.


Dr. Cheryl Pollard is the Associate Dean at the MacEwan University, in Edmonton Alberta. She previously held positions as clinical nurse specialist and nurse researcher in mental health, and has also had progressive leadership positions within the Alberta Home Care and Supportive Living within Alberta Health services. The foci of Dr. Pollard’s professional practice and research are resilience and hardiness, relational ethics, patient safety, and the media. Her doctoral research focused on the depictions of psychiatric-mental health nursing care in film, using an interpretive visual inquiry research approach.


Amie-Rae Zaborniak, RN, BN is a second year Master of Nursing student at the University of Manitoba. Ms Zaborniak aims to contribute to the profession of Nursing via her proposed research area and as a future undergraduate nurse educator.  She aspires to conduct research encompassing the mental health well-being of international nursing students within an academic program outside of their home country.  Amie possesses a clinical nursing background in women and child health; and nursing education experience in women and child health, mental health, and community health settings.