Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO 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.

To honour these individuals and groups, consider nominating a colleague, yourself or your organization for one of RNAO's prestigious Recognition Awards.

Split into five different categories – leadership, education/mentorship, group, student (undergrad) and member of the public – these awards acknowledge contributions made by volunteers and long-time members within the association. They also foster excellence in the nursing profession and promote the profession to the public by highlighting the best of nursing practice, education, research, administration and policy.

Nomination/Eligibility Requirements

  • Both the nominator and nominee must be RNAO members in good standing at the time of submission, and must have held RNAO membership for at least the last two membership years.  With the exception of the Honoured Friend of Nursing Award where only the nominator is required to be a RNAO member.
  • Members of the RNAO board of directors, as well as anyone living with board members, are not eligible to be nominated. RNAO employees, as well as anyone living with RNAO employees, are not eligible to be nominated or to nominate others.

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to those who submitted. 
Awards are presented at our Annual General Meeting in June. 




Leadership in BPG Implementation
Lifetime Achievement
Nursing Administration
Nursing Education (Academic)
Nursing Research
Political Action
President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice


Nursing Education (Staff Development)
Student Mentorship
Award of Merit
HUB Fellowship (an opportunity to shadow RNAO's CEO Doris Grinspun)


Interest Group of the Year
Chapter of the Year
Promotion in a Nursing Program

Student (Undergrad)

Student of Distinction

Member of the public

Friend of Nursing

If you have any questions, please contact Ann-Marie Morris, Membership and Services or call 416-408-5618 or 1-800-268-7199 x. 220.

Award Winners (2017-2020)

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