Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic)

This award is presented to the RN who excels as a nursing educator in a university or college. The winner enhances the image of nursing by encouraging critical thinking, innovation and debate on nursing issues, and acts as a role model and mentor.

Leslie Graham recognizes that nursing and health care are always evolving, so nursing education must do the same. One of just 300 people worldwide certified as a Healthcare Simulation Educator, Leslie is a champion for the use of technology driven simulations in nursing education, which she incorporates into her teaching to allow students to experience real-world challenges. "You can read about it in a book, but when you actually get to do it, you engage with the content in a different way," she says. Leslie has been described as an "emerging star" in the field of technology enhanced education, and has co-authored three books on simulation – one of which was named Book of the Year from the American Journal of Nursing. She is also a powerful advocate for her students. As co-ordinator for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology-Durham College RPN-to-BScN program, she knows her students are often juggling full-time work along with their studies, and will do whatever she can to help them succeed. "If a student aspires to something, I will be relentless in trying to assist them."