The Nursing Now Ontario Awards celebrate nurses for their contributions to the nursing profession and health outcomes of Ontarians. Awards are presented to one winner in three categories: nurse practitioner (NP), registered nurse (RN) and registered practical nurse (RPN).

Entries are judged by a volunteer panel of nurses. The three awards are presented during Nursing Week at a virtual ceremony.

The Nursing Now Ontario Awards leverages and supports the goals of the Nursing Now campaign, a global initiative led by the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing. The campaign calls on governments, health professionals and service users to value nurses and champion their leadership in providing the best quality of care. It's about supporting nurses to lead, to learn and to strengthen the profession, in both clinical practice and political leadership.

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Awards ceremony: Friday, May 10 at 2 p.m. ET


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2023 winners

NP Category
NP Lori Palozzi
Lori Palozzi
NP, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Lori Palozzi is the NP recipient of the 2023 Nursing Now Ontario Awards. With more than 30 years of experience in caring for infants, children and adolescents in pain, Palozzi is a true nursing leader whom colleagues describe as empathetic and compassionate. In 2015, she helped develop the Get Up and Go: Persistent Pediatric Pain Service at Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

RN Category
RN Ellie Neary
Ellie Neary
RN, Grey Bruce Health Services

A passionate and dedicated advocate for prevention in domestic violence and sexual assault, this year’s registered nurse (RN) recipient of the fourth-annual Nursing Now Ontario Awards is Ellie Neary.

RPN Category
RPN Sarah Goodreau
Sarah Goodreau
RPN, North Bay Indigenous Hub

Sarah Goodreau is the health promotion nurse at the North Bay Indigenous Hub and this year’s Nursing Now Ontario Award recipient in the category of RPN. She demonstrates exemplary nursing practice by always going above and beyond for patients and communities involved with the Hub.