Leadership Award in Student Mentorship: Dr. Louela Manankil-Rankin
Dr. Louela Manankil-Rankin is an assistant professor with the Nipissing University School of Nursing’s Second-Degree Entry Accelerated Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP), located in Toronto. Louela co-led the Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO)-Academic designation team that achieved BPSO designation in early 2021. She highlights the work of her students as partners in propelling the learning related to best practice guideline (BPG) uptake in nursing students of the SPP. She is proud of the activities the nursing students created and implemented to influence patient outcomes. The Leadership Award in Student Mentorship is particularly significant to Louela as it recognizes the important relationship between mentor and mentee. To be nominated by her students was “a gift,” she says. For Louela, the nomination and award represents the meaning of being a “good” teacher. Louela’s mission is to develop and nurture her nursing students’ capacities for leading ongoing system transformation in health care.
The Leadership Award in Student Mentorship is awarded to the RN or NP who demonstrates outstanding practice as a nurse educator, mentor or preceptor in health care. This individual enhances the role of the RN and/or NP by encouraging critical thinking and evidence-informed practice, and initiates discussion about important nursing issues that encourage action and change. This individual is resourceful, adapting teaching to maximize learning opportunities that will contribute to student engagement and action.