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President's Award in Clinical Practice: Tanis Brown

This award recognizes staff nurses who consistently demonstrate expertise and evidence-based practice in one or more areas of clinical practice. This year's two winners demonstrate nursing leadership in their workplaces and influence change for the betterment of patients, families and/or communities.

Tanis Brown has always been drawn to mothers and babies. Being a member of a huge family with younger brothers, sisters and cousins, she learned at a young age what it meant to babysit. That's why it came as no surprise to Brown that she found herself working in maternal newborn nursing and child health. With 15 years of nursing experience, Brown has come a long way in her career. In 2015, she helped to launch a tri-county community breastfeeding clinic in Brockville and Smiths Falls to meet new mothers’ needs. She also updated the safe sleep health education reference guide at Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU), and helped to organize a comprehensive skin-to-skin media campaign in 2015. Although busy in her current position as public health nurse and child health team leader for LGLDHU, Brown still finds time to be a Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, created by the University of Queensland – facilitator and co-chair of the Baby-Friendly Initiative Ontario committee. For Brown, leadership means "leading by example." It also means encouraging others. "All nurses are leaders, and I'm honoured to be recognized as one of them," she says.