Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Leadership Award in Nursing Research: Jennifer Stinson

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.

Jennifer Stinson’s love for research began when she realized she wanted to make an impact in nursing. "I was really passionate about research and the potential it has if it's translated back appropriately to change practice," she says, noting a big gap in the latest evidence and what is being used in everyday practice. Currently working as a nurse clinician scientist in child health evaluative sciences, and as an advanced practice nurse in the chronic pain program at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Stinson develops innovative clinical tools to help patients. Her most recent was a mobile app called Pain Squad that helps cancer patients track their pain and communicate more effectively with their health-care providers. She has also won the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award and is actively involved in the Canadian Pain Society. Stinson says one of her goals for the future is to help train aspiring nurse clinician scientists and to also create a culture where there are more positions like hers "…because those are the ones that are going to have an impact on practice."