Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


President’s Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice - Heather Campbell

This award recognizes staff nurses who consistently demonstrate expertise and evidence-based practice in one or more areas of clinical practice. Winners demonstrate nursing leadership in their workplaces and influence change for the betterment of patients, families and/or communities. Two nurses have been selected for recognition in this category.

Heather Campbell says winning this award has given her the chance to reflect on the many opportunities she’s had during her nursing career.

Currently director of nursing practice and education at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH), Heather champions SMH’s Best Practice Spotlight Organization designation and was a key player in developing a role dedicated to the implementation, sustainability and evaluation of RNAO BPGs. She has ensured staff nurses from each program are represented on the hospital’s Nursing Advisory Council, and was instrumental in mentoring her staff to make sure nurse practitioners at SMH are practising to their full scope.

As someone who is committed to life-long learning, Heather frequently shadows staff nurses to gain a better sense of their day-to-day work. She is described by her nominators as a hardworking and passionate leader who carries out her work with an understated elegance. She is a humble person who does not flaunt her work, her nominators add. Instead, she gives credit to her team.