Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Leadership Award in Nursing Administration: Sarah Ellis

Leadership Award in Nursing Administration: Sarah Ellis

The RNAO Leadership Award in Nursing Administration is offered to the RN or NP who provides exemplary nursing management by acting as a change agent, resource, and mentor within their professional setting. This individual actively collaborates with health-care teams to enhance patient care through the development and implementation of innovative and creative strategies.

Sarah Ellis is the chief nursing officer and BPSO lead at Grey Bruce Health Unit. Within her organization, she has provided opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles by being part of a variety of workplace committees. She encourages her staff to become part of the BPSO team, and attends, participates in, and represents her organization at RNAO events, including the IABPG Summer Institute, ACPF forums, BPSO forums, and BPG champion workshops. She plans an annual Nursing Week event as part of Grey Bruce Nursing Practice Network to share details of her work with RNAO BPGs. Sarah also invited RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun to visit Grey Bruce Health Unit last fall to promote the association and its policies to her colleagues and staff. She says leadership is something any nurse can aspire to. "I think everybody can be a leader." Sarah is an advocate for nurses working to their full scope of practice. She also works with the Grey Bruce community through a variety of public health programs, including the vaccine preventable diseases program, school health and harm reduction.