Awards & Recognition Events

Each year RNAO presents a number of awards to recognize the significant contributions of our members to our mandate: Speaking Out for Nursing, Speaking Out for Health.

RNAO also awards outstanding journalism that contributes to a better understanding of nurses and the challenges of working in today’s health-care system.



Recognition Awards Logo
RNAO Membership Recognition Awards

Every day, health-care professionals, members of the public and organizations help make a difference for Ontarians.

The RNAO Recognition Awards are presented annually to recognize individuals and groups that make significant contributions to RNAO's mandate of speaking out for nursing and speaking out for health.




Media Awards Logo
RNAO Media Awards

RNAO's annual Media Awards honours journalists for outstanding work that helps Ontarians better understand nursing and health care.

Stories published or broadcast in Ontario are eligible. Entries are scored by an independent panel of judges consisting of nurses and journalists.




Nursing Now Awards Logo
Nursing Now Ontario Awards

This awards program builds on the goals of the Nursing Now campaign, a global initiative aimed at raising the profile of the profession and improving health around the world through nursing. The campaign calls on governments, health professionals and service users to champion nurses’ role in clinical practice, policy and political leadership.