This award is given to long-standing RNAO members who have made exceptional contributions to nursing practice, education, administration or research at the provincial, national or international levels. This includes activities that promote the association among nursing colleagues, the government and other health-care partners. Two nurses have been selected for recognition in this category.
Jean Clipsham says the Lifetime Achievement Award is a great way to cap off her career, and to recognize the work of all public health nurses.
Throughout her 31 years of membership, and 35 years of nursing, Jean has always been actively involved in RNAO. She co-founded the association’s Maternal Child Nurses’ Interest Group (formerly Childbirth Nurses Interest Group) in 1986. She was also executive network officer for the Policy and Political Action Committee of the Rainbow Nursing Interest Group, which she now co-chairs.
Jean currently works as a nurse practitioner at Halton Region Health Department in the Sexual Health and Needle Exchange Program. She tirelessly advocates for youth, women’s health issues and marginalized groups. She is a key participant in various research projects focusing on equity and access to health care for marginalized populations. In fact, Jean has presented research findings at local, national and international conferences. She is widely recognized for her ability to positively influence community development and bring about change. This is evident in her leadership of Halton-based initiatives such as the Community Response Protocol for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which enables response agencies to empower assault survivors.