This award is given to a nursing education program that best promotes and raises the profile of RNAO and participates in association activities.
Students who attend the University of Ontario Institute of Technology-Durham College Collaborative Nursing Program see the benefits of RNAO membership early in their academic careers.
“One hundred per cent of the faculty belongs to RNAO because they are enthusiastic about their association. It’s part of our lives as nurses,” explains the program’s director Sue Coffey. In addition to conveying the importance of connecting with one’s professional association, the school has also made it possible for all students to become RNAO members by including RNAO membership fees in its ancillary fees. “The values of RNAO are values we hold dear in our programs,” Sue says. “Helping our students move into the future with roots deeply embedded in their professional association, and committed to those values, gives us confidence for the future.”
Another essential part of a student’s nursing education is being able to understand the importance of evidence-based practice, she adds. That’s why the school is capitalizing on the benefits of RNAO’s best practice guidelines by highlighting them throughout the nursing curriculum.