This award is presented to the RN who excels as a nursing educator in a health-care organization. This individual acts as a role model and mentor, and enhances nursing by encouraging critical thinking, innovation and debate.
Lisa Lun knows the most valuable lessons in nursing come from patients. As clinical co-ordinator in the cancer care program at Humber River Hospital (HRH), Lisa promotes best practice standards and encourages all staff to participate in various educational opportunities. “(But) the more important piece is that our patients are our teachers,” she says. “Learning from them really adds meaning to our work.” Lisa relied on patient input for a recent nursing and patient survey to address gaps in cancer care, and the results led to the first-ever Central Local Health Integration Network Oncology Nursing Clinical Day in April 2014, an event that focused on quality and safety in cancer care. As an RN with a master’s degree in education, Lisa is often asked to present at regional and national conferences, and helps develop HRH’s patient and nursing educational materials. She says health-care professionals have an obligation to their patients to seek the most up-to-date education. “Every opportunity to learn and grow helps us enhance our practice.”