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2009 Recognition Award Winners

2009 Recognition Award Winners

RNAO Chapter of the Year - Peel Chapter

RNAO Interest Group of the Year - Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario

RNAO Promotion in a Nursing Program - Humber/UNB Bachelor of Nursing Degree Program

Student of Distinction - Tim Lenartowych

Student of Distinction - Poonam Sharma

RNAO in the Workplace Award - Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinic

RNAO Leadership Award in Nursing Administration - Nancy Fram

RNAO Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development) - Sharon Morgan-Hayward

RNAO Leadership Award in Nursing Research - Debra Bournes

Honourary Life Membership - Jane Underwood

Honourary Membership - Deva Marie Beck

HUB Fellowship - Charles Anyinam

President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice - Louise Wilson

President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice - Farah Khan Choudhry

RNAO Chapter of the Year - Peel Chapter
RNAO's Chapter of the Year best demonstrates commitment to the association by mobilizing members through active participation in RNAO initiatives. Peel Chapter's ongoing political advocacy, membership recruitment, and involvement with RNAO activities has earned it this award for the second straight year.

RNAO Interest Group of the Year - Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario
Interest Group of the Year members participate in RNAO activities, influence
decision makers, and exhibit strong teamwork and leadership. The Nurse Practitioners'
Association of Ontario was recognized this year for advancing awareness of the
NP role in improving patient access to health care. NPAO meets with politicians,
speaks out on regulatory changes, and supports members through ongoing communication
and meetings.




RNAO Promotion in a Nursing Program - Humber/UNB Bachelor
of Nursing Degree Program

This award recognizes an academic institution for its commitment to RNAO, and
its dedication to promoting student involvement in association events and initiatives.
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) / Humber College Collaborative Bachelor
of Nursing program has been selected for this year's award. The school's faculty
and students hold volunteer positions with RNAO as workplace liaisons, student
executive members, nurse ambassadors, and political action officers. RNAO's
best practice guidelines (BPG) have been integrated into the curriculum in all
four years of the program, and the smoking cessation BPG is used extensively
by students involved in a peer health group called Leave the Pack Behind. Students
are involved in grassroots efforts to recruit others to the association, and
faculty are supportive of those who are members, recognizing placements with
RNAO as clinical time, and encouraging participation in political events and
conferences.



Student of Distinction - Tim Lenartowych

University of Western Ontario (UWO) graduate Tim Lenartowych is an advocate
for nursing students and a role model for his classmates. He has been selected
for this award because of his leadership as former president of NSO in 2008
and student representative for the Provincial Nurse Educator Interest Group
(PNEIG) in 2007/08. In addition to representing NSO and its members at the 2008
annual general meeting, Lenartowych has put his communication and clinical skills
to work writing articles for the PNEIG newsletter, volunteering at a local flu
clinic, and organizing RNAO student recruitment and information sessions at
UWO. Lenartowych had the opportunity to fast track toward his goal of becoming
an RN and graduated in December 2008. He is currently working at the Nursing
Secretariat as a policy analyst.



Student of Distinction - Poonam Sharma

Humber College nursing student Poonam Sharma has shown leadership as the student
representative for Peel chapter and as an RNAO nurse ambassador. She is active
at home office and on campus, and has contributed to countless initiatives to
raise awareness of health policy and the many benefits of membership at RNAO.
Sharma is spearheading a referendum at Humber College for RNAO fees to be incorporated
into tuition for nursing students. She also assisted in organizing NSO's Model
World Health Organization Conference for nursing students in January. In addition,
she is participating in a smoking cessation pilot project through RNAO, and
helped to plan a college-wide Meningitis Education Day for students in November
2008. Sharma holds membership in five RNAO interest groups.



RNAO in the Workplace Award - Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner
Clinic

The RNAO in the Workplace Award recognizes an Ontario organization for its
work to foster involvement in the association, its creation of a climate of
professional partnership and quality worklife, and its commitment to promoting
professional development and research-based practice. The Sudbury District Nurse
Practitioner Clinics (SDNPC) has been selected for this year's honour. As the
first NP-led clinic in Ontario, SDNPC has relied on collaboration, clinical
knowledge and expertise in workplace wellness to ensure its success. A small
organization, it looks to each NP on staff to play a role in achieving change
in Ontario's health-care system. It supports membership in RNAO by reimbursing
staff fees and encouraging attendance at RNAO events. Staff members are supported
financially and with educational leave if they choose to pursue a master's education.

RNAO Leadership Award in Nursing Administration - Nancy
Fram

The Leadership Award in Nursing Administration honours a member who shows exemplary
management skills and actively implements groundbreaking ideas that enhance
patient care. Nancy Fram, Chief Nursing Executive at Hamilton Health Sciences
(HHS), has helped her organization achieve the title of one of Canada's top
employers for the past three years. Fram's considerable knowledge of strategic
planning, finance, and her emphasis on best practice guidelines and nursing
professionalism have raised standards of care as well as the skills and confidence
of nursing staff. Under Fram's leadership, HHS has achieved 75 per cent full-time
nursing employment. She is a leader because she understands that nurses play
a pivotal role in the health outcomes of patients and families.



RNAO Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development)
- Sharon Morgan-Hayward

The Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development) is awarded to
a member who enhances the image of nursing within a health-care organization
by encouraging critical thinking, innovation and debate about important nursing
issues. Sharon Morgan-Hayward is known for her dry wit and ability to synthesize
complex information into smaller, understandable pieces. The recently retired
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) RN always integrated creativity, drama
and fun into helping others develop knowledge and skill. Well known for her
expertise in mentoring and facilitating, Morgan-Hayward organized and led many
preceptor training workshops to help LHSC frontline nurses support new hires.
Upon her retirement at the end of 2008, the University of Western Ontario established
a Preceptor of the Year Award in her name.



RNAO Leadership Award in Nursing Research - Debra Bournes

The Leadership Award in Nursing Research is presented to a member whose work
supports the implementation of innovative and progressive nursing practice and
leads to positive patient and nurse outcomes. Debra Bournes, Director of Nursing,
New Knowledge and Innovation at the University Health Network (UHN), has more
than 40 publications to her credit and has drawn international attention for
her study of the 80/20 project, an initiative that focuses on retention of mid-
to late-career nurses. Under her leadership, UHN has implemented more than 80
nursing studies and researchers have secured more than $21 million in research
funding. One of Bournes' goals is to ensure staff satisfaction is a priority.
She's done this by developing initiatives such as the Research Challenge, a
project that helps staff nurses enhance their research capabilities and go on
to publish or present their work.



Honourary Life Membership - Jane Underwood

The Honourary Life Membership is conferred on long standing RNAO members who
have made outstanding contributions to nursing practice, education, administration
or research at the provincial, national or international levels. This includes
activities that promote the association among nursing colleagues, the government
and other health-care partners. Jane Underwood has been an RNAO member for 41
years, and since her days as a nursing student at the University of Toronto,
has always encouraged fellow RNs to join their professional organization. Underwood
is an active member of the Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group and is
an internationally respected advocate for community health nursing. She holds
a nursing degree and an MBA. While working at the Hamilton Wentworth Public
Health Department (1985-2001), Underwood established a positive vision for public
health nurses and always encouraged professional development. Today, she is
a successful public health consultant who continues to influence community health
nurses across Canada.

Honourary Membership - Deva Marie Beck
RNAO's Honourary Membership is granted to an individual who has made an outstanding
contribution to the profession in the areas of nursing practice, education,
administration or research. The winner demonstrates outstanding national and/or
international leadership in nursing. Recipients do not have to be members of
the association. Deva Marie Beck is International Co-Director for the Nightingale
Initiative for Global Health, a grassroots movement that empowers nurses to
come together worldwide and use their voices to impact the health of humanity
on a global scale. Beck, whose clinical nursing experience spans 30 years in
a variety of settings, is described as a visionary and ambassador to human health
and well-being. She has for years been an invited guest speaker at international
conferences to discuss nurses' important role to health. She participated in
RNAO's Beijing conference in the fall of 2008. She is the co-creator of The
Courage to Care, a national initiative that hosts nursing and health promotion
events and publishes a tabloid newspaper.



HUB Fellowship - Charles Anyinam

The HUB Fellowship, sponsored by RNAO's home and auto insurance provider, offers
a member the opportunity to participate in a week-long, one-on-one placement
with Executive Director Doris Grinspun. York University Undergraduate Nursing
Program Director Charles Anyinam was selected for this award because he is passionate
about nursing leadership and is committed to bringing about positive change
for nursing and health care in Ontario. Anyinam is dedicated to the education
of nursing students and strongly believes mentors and technology are excellent
teaching tools. He is co-creator of Ontario Nursing Connection (www.ontario-nursing.ca)
an innovative website that matches more than 100 nurses and nursing students
in short-term mentor relationships. The website focuses on leadership and interprofessional
practice.

President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice
The President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice recognizes
an RN(s) who demonstrate expertise and evidence-based practice in one or more
areas of clinical practice in a staff nurse position. She/he enhances the image
of nursing by demonstrating leadership and influencing change for the betterment
of patients, families and/or communities. There are two recipients this year:
Louise Wilson and Farah Khan Choudhry. The President's Award is generously sponsored
by HUB International to provide winnners an opportunity to attend a national
or international nursing conference.


President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice
- Louise Wilson


Public health nurse Louise Wilson is well respected by peers for her diplomacy,
communication and relationship building skills. She will receive this year's
award because of her intrinsic ability to provide leadership and facilitate
change with creativity and flexibility. An RNAO best practice champion, Wilson
mentors nurses to create a greater understanding of public health practice,
specifically smoking cessation. She recently became coordinator for the RNAO/Simcoe
Muskoka District Health Unit's smoking cessation project.

President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice
- Farah Khan Choudhry

Farah Khan Choudhry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre trauma unit team leader,
initiated a grassroots movement at her organization to examine its policy on
physical restraints. After successfully completing a 2007 RNAO Advanced Clinical
Practice Fellowship that focused on the use of restraints, Choudhry gained a
deeper understanding of the issue and convinced senior leadership at Sunnybrook
to change its policy and procedures to minimize the use of physical restraints.
Choudhry is nearing completion of her master's degree, and has a particular
strength in resource management. According to colleagues who nominated the trauma
RN, her diligence and clinical knowledge foster positive energy and generate
results.










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