The Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development) is awarded to an RN or NP who practises excellence as a nurse educator in a health-care setting. This individual enhances the role of nursing by encouraging critical thinking, innovation and debate about important nursing issues, and acts as a role model and mentor in their work environment.
Alicia Moonesar says it is thanks to mentors and role models she looked up to as a novice nurse that she was inspired to work in staff development. She currently works as an NP at Humber River Hospital. She also works with staff to make sure they are using evidence-based practice to inform their decision making. She says that by developing relationships with her staff, and understanding an approach to learning that meets their needs, she can contribute to improving their overall knowledge base. She also encourages staff to be engaged and ask questions. Moonesar received her diploma in nursing from Centennial College in 2004. She then went on to get her BScN from Ryerson University in 2007. She has a master’s degree from D’Youville College, and is working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Walden University. Moonesar has been a practising NP in nephrology-hemodialysis and primary care for five years. She says one of the best parts of her job is watching staff develop confidence in their skills. “It’s great to see that I’m imparting knowledge to my staff,” she says. “I want them to be at their greatest.” She says that she’s humbled to receive this award and to be recognized for the work that she does.