Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Leadership Award in Student Mentorship: Shannon Carney

This award is given to the RN who practises excellence as a nursing educator or preceptor in a health-care organization. This individual enhances the image of nursing by encouraging critical thinking, innovation and debate about important nursing issues, and acts as a role model and mentor.

As an RN with experience in both hospital and public health nursing, Shannon Carney is proud to be a nursing leader and mentor. Currently working as a health promotion specialist at Toronto Public Health (TPH), Carney plans, develops and evaluates chronic disease and injury prevention services. She has also delivered hundreds of lectures, workshops and presentations to staff, students, health professionals and the public locally and nationally. The winner of the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ Local 79's Peer Recognition Award in 2014, and a participant in TPH's Leadership Mentorship program in 2015, Carney has trained approximately 800 TPH staff to implement a tobacco cessation policy, and has worked as a Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH) faculty member to facilitate a comprehensive course on tobacco dependence. When asked what advice she has for nurses or students who want to take on a mentorship or leadership role, she says the key is to "…follow your passion. Nurses are powerful leaders who can transform the health-care system.”