TORONTO, April 10, 2005 – This year’s recipients of the seventh annual Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting have produced stories that inform, inspire, engage – and sometimes enrage – readers in communities across Ontario. From news coverage on costly cancer medications and drug abuse to features on community nursing, nutrition, native health, and new hope for cystic fibrosis patients, the latest crop of award-winning reporters include:
“With this award, RNAO recognizes and rewards reporters who probe important health-care issues, often revealing how nurses contribute to improving the health of individuals and communities – despite many challenges,” says RNAO President Joan Lesmond. “We salute those reporters who look beyond the obvious angle and write stories that advance our understanding of the issues facing health-care professionals and the public they serve.” This year’s winners will receive their awards at the President’s Banquet during RNAO’s annual general meeting, Friday, April 22, at the Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Conference Centre.
RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practice 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.