Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Award of Merit - Nancy Watters

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.

Nancy Watters feels surprised and humbled to be recognized by her peers. For more than 40 years, as an educator, public health nurse, researcher and consultant, Nancy has maintained extraordinary commitment to her profession and association.

She partners with both interest groups and the RNAO policy department to advance best practices and healthy public policy for families in Ontario and across Canada. She has served on the executive of RNAO’s Maternal Child Nurses’ Interest Group as policy and political action officer, chair elect, chair, and past president, and was Region 10 Representative on RNAO’s board of directors.

Nancy teaches in the undergraduate nursing program at the University of Ottawa. She continues to build on her 14 years with Ottawa Public Health as a part-time public health nurse with the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program. She has worked on provincial and national projects related to breastfeeding and infant nutrition, and is currently a member of Health Canada’s advisory group that serves to update the national guideline, Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants.

Nancy continues to be an enthusiastic and helpful mentor, and consistently recruits and supports undergraduate students to join RNAO.