Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Exceptional reporting on an RN/nursing issue

Nunavut's nursing crisis
Maisonneuve magazine

Ann Silversides’ interest in investigating nursing issues in Nunavut was piqued when she worked on a Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions nursing project that provided mentoring and training support to nurses at the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit. At the time, the hospital had no critical-care policies and procedures, and nurses faced the challenge of caring for a wide range of patients. An independent journalist, Ann received a grant to travel in Nunavut and came away from her investigation convinced that nurses from the south need to be provided with more initial and ongoing cultural orientation when they head to Nunavut, and that the Nunavut government must pay more attention to the health-care needs and concerns of its citizens. Ann's investigative journalism has been recognized on the national stage. She received both a National Magazine Award and the Canadian Medical Association’s Michelle Lang Award for excellence in in-depth reporting for a feature article she wrote about OxyContin, published in Maisonneuve magazine in 2013.