This award honours a nursing student who is a role model for professionalism and contributes to the advancement of RNAO/NSO within his/her nursing program. This student also acts as resource for other nursing students.
Few nursing students have left their mark at RNAO as quickly as Rachelle Bergeron. She recruited more than 130 students to join RNAO in 2013, organized information sessions to promote best practice guidelines among her peers, and took part in RNAO’s 2014 Queen’s Park Day event – all in less than two years. Rachelle also spearheaded a referendum at the University of Toronto (U of T) this past spring to include RNAO student membership fees as part of Nursing Undergraduate Society (NUS) fees beginning in the fall of 2014. “The experience…has given me the confidence to find my voice and solidify my passion for future advocacy work within the health-care system,” she says. Rachelle is wrapping up her bachelor’s degree at U of T and will start working full time at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children in September 2014. “I am very interested in developing all the skills I need to take me to the next level,” she says.