Sponsored by HUB, RNAO’s home and auto insurance provider, this award offers the recipient the chance to participate in a week-long, one-on-one placement with RNAO Chief Executive Officer Doris Grinspun.
Sue Grafe knows this award means moving beyond what she’s done in the past, and looking towards the future, and a broader picture of nursing. Inspired by RNAO’s work, she wants to do her part to bring change to the health-care system at the policy level.
After 23 years in nursing, 13 as a nurse practitioner in downtown Hamilton, Sue is aware of the social and health-care inequalities that permeate all parts of the province, and impact on the health of people. Driven by a confidence that nursing is the bridge to both understanding and change,
Sue once lead a health-care team at Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre. Currently, she is undertaking a Masters of Nursing at McMaster University.
Sue is interested in exploring the nursing role for refugees and newcomers, and is employed by the Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health. In this role, she spearheaded an initiative to build a sustainable model for refugee health care. She is also heavily involved in a school-based pilot project. Sue helped set up health-care centres in two of Hamilton’s high needs schools to improve the health and well-being of at-risk students and their families.