This award recognizes staff nurses who consistently demonstrate expertise and evidence-based practice in one or more areas of clinical practice. Winners demonstrate nursing leadership in their workplaces and influence change for the betterment of patients, families and/or communities. Two nurses have been selected for recognition in this category.
Carol Yandreski says she is honoured to have been nominated for this award by one of her mentors and a former nursing professor. She says it is a privilege to be among so many talented nurses who have won before her. Carol is a public health nurse and school board liaison on the Healthy Schools Team at Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).
This former president of RNAO’s Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group (CHNIG) has a keen interest in mental health promotion, healthy schools, and child and youth development. She is particularly interested in the role public health plays to promote better mental health in schools.
As liaison for her local boards of education, Carol has been instrumental in the development of the health unit’s school health program. She is an advocate for the role of public health nurses in schools, and facilitates collaboration between health and education professionals to create integrated, holistic services and strategies that help children and youth develop to their full potential.