Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Student of Distinction: Amanda Sissons

This award honours a nursing student who is a role model for professionalism and contributes to the advancement of RNAO/NSO within his/her nursing program. This student also acts as a resource for other nursing students.

Amanda Sissons is never hard to find at RNAO events. As the RNAO student delegate for the University of Toronto, Sissons has helped promote and organize several events for RNAO, including an on-campus documentary screening for students of In this Heaven, workshops on resume building, and lunch-and-learn sessions on health policy. Having recruited nearly 300 students, Sissons works hard to actively encourage enrolment with RNAO and spread the word about important RNAO initiatives through social media and in-class announcements. Asked why she first got involved with the association, Sissons shares that she really had an interest in health policy and thought this would be a great way to develop her nursing career. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to work with health policy leaders who are also nurses,” says Sissons, whose goal is to develop policy around access to primary care. Currently working as a researcher at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, Sissons' advice to nursing students is to seek out opportunities at RNAO and network with peers from your chapter or region.