Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Award of Merit - Janice Waddell

This award recognizes registered nurses who have made an outstanding contribution to RNAO and to the profession of nursing in Ontario. Winners demonstrate responsibility for professional development and are exemplary role models and mentors to peers. Two nurses have been selected for recognition in this category.

Janice Waddell says she is honoured to be nominated for this award, especially since the nomination comes from students - nursing’s future leaders.

As the associate dean for Ryerson University’s Faculty of Community Services, Janice teaches in the graduate program, with a focus on leadership in nursing education. She is a faculty advisor and thesis supervisor to graduate students. Daily, she offers encouraging support and calm mentorship to prepare countless students, new graduates and registered nurses to practise in their field.

The long-time RNAO member’s special research interest is career planning and development. Janice regularly presents her evidence-based career planning and development workshops at Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) conferences on a voluntary basis, where she promotes the benefits of RNAO membership and interest groups to students.

She is no stranger to awards, earning an Honorary Membership from the CNSA, and getting the Ryerson University Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award in 2012. Janice’s academic accomplishments and commitment to Ryerson students’ overall professional growth makes her a strong, positive, influential force within the nursing profession.