Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Leadership Award in Nursing Research

This award is presented to an RN whose work supports the implementation of innovative and progressive nursing practice that leads to positive patient and nurse outcomes.

Sue Coffey isn't known for doing things the traditional way. Throughout her well-decorated career, the nursing professor at University of Ontario Institute of Technology has thrown away the rulebook and taken her own path. Sue has eschewed traditional nursing research, and instead focuses her attention on nursing education research, where her passion lies. "Nursing and health care are changing every day, so nursing education is critical to advancing our profession right from the beginning," she says. Her innovative work has had far-reaching implications for education, and helps countless students take non-traditional paths. She developed the internationally educated nurse program at York University, and conducted important research on programs to bridge education from RPN to BScN nursing. Sue strives to create educational programs to break down barriers, create pathways for non-traditional learners, and make the nursing profession more accessible. She says this award is recognition that educational research is an integral part of the nursing field. "How we educate our future workforce is critical to how nurses will practise tomorrow."