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2004-12-20
RNAO invites reporters to submit work for 7th annual Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting

TORONTO, December 20, 2004 – From stories about nursing shortages and the need for more full-time employment, to reports on quality of life for the elderly in nursing homes, calls to improve Medicare by eliminating tax cuts, tireless efforts to ease the pain of homelessness, the post-SARS push for better public health, competitive bidding in the home-care sector, and HIV/AIDS at home and abroad – there have been a flurry of health-care stories to keep reporters busy in 2004.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) invites journalists to show off their best work on these and other issues, and to submit stories to the Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting. Now in its seventh successful year, RNAO’s award honours excellence in print and broadcast journalism that reveals how registered nurses contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities across Ontario. RNAO also wants to recognize the important role journalists play in informing the public on emerging health-care issues.

Each year, submissions arrive from national media outlets and small community operations across the province. Last year’s judges reviewed entries from The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, CBC, The Windsor Star, London Free Press, Sudbury Star, Sentinel Review, Scarborough Mirror, Tilsonburg News, Rogers, NewVR, OmniTV, and Kingston This Week.

Your stories will be judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity and human interest/community impact. Please select an exceptional feature, news story, or radio/television broadcast that you feel should be recognized for its comprehensive treatment of nursing and health-care issues. You can also nominate a colleague for the award.

Send us your news clippings or ship us your audio/video tapes for stories published in Ontario newspapers or magazines, or broadcast on radio or television in the 2004 calendar year. Winners will receive their awards at the President's Banquet, April 22, 2005, during RNAO's annual general meeting.

Submissions must be received at RNAO head office no later than February 28, 2005.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

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For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605
mzych@rnao.org

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