University Health Network
Shannon Wright is a nurse practitioner (NP) in the Mental Health in Medicine Clinic at Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN), providing mental health care to patients who live with complex medical conditions. Shannon values the opportunity to collaborate with patients, families and multiple medical teams to improve patient outcomes, experiences and quality of life. Shannon is also in the process of completing a master’s degree in counselling psychology, and works as an adjunct lecturer in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Shannon’s current research interests include exploring the mental health needs of individuals living with long COVID syndrome, improving the quality of mental health care for solid organ transplant recipients, and optimizing patient outcomes through integrated care pathways using a stepped-care model.
The President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice is awarded to the RN or NP who consistently demonstrates expertise and evidence-informed practice in one or more areas of clinical practice in a staff nurse position. This member enhances the role of nursing by demonstrating leadership in her/his workplace and influencing change for the betterment of patients, families and/or communities. The winners of this award (we have two this year) each receive a $2,000 scholarship, or the equivalent in funding, towards attending a Canadian Nurses Association or International Council of Nurses conference. Funding for this award is generously sponsored by RNAO's group home and auto insurance provider, HUB International Ontario Limited.