The Leadership Award in BPG Implementation is awarded to the RN, NP or Ontario-based health-care organization that promotes excellence in nursing practice and nursing work-life balance. The recipient of this award works to enhance the image of nursing through the committed use and advancement of RNAO’s best practice guidelines (BPG) in the workplace.
Arlene Masaba has seen first-hand the way that nursing is a truly global profession. She currently works for the University of Calgary, and is based in Doha, State of Qatar. In her role as co-ordinator at the Clinical Simulation Centre, she helps to train the next generation of nurses by using RNAO’s best practice guidelines (BPG). She says the guidelines provide her students with confidence in their abilities, and allow students to support not only their patients but also their patients’ families. Masaba has been an RNAO member since 2001. She joined the association before she even had her College of Nurses (CNO) registration number. Originally from the Phillipines, Masaba moved to Canada in 2000 and wrote her nursing exam in 2001. For 15 years, she worked at SickKids, where she was first introduced to RNAO’s Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) program. In 2015, she obtained her master’s degree and decided she really wanted to teach. After working as a clinical instructor at several Canadian universities, she had the opportunity to begin working for the University of Calgary in Qatar. Masba says the BPSO and BPG programs really prove the power of nursing as a global movement. “Nursing is nursing everywhere.”