Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development): Angela LoPonte

Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development): Angela LoPonte

This leadership award recognizes 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.

Angela LoPonte has been a nurse for more than 30 years. She graduated in 1987 from George Brown College and has since worked in cardiovascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, and case management with a focus on rehabilitation for catastrophic injuries. In 2014, she decided to return to school on a part-time basis to get her nursing degree. She graduated from Ryerson University in 2018. She believes her decision to pursue her nursing degree led to the nomination for this award. As a care co-ordinator for West Park Healthcare Centre, LoPonte devised a Dementia Caregiver Burden Quality Improvement initiative for her Ryerson placement. This led to in-depth research on the incidence of caregiver burden in the population she serves. She conducted training and educational sessions with front-line staff at West Park to provide tools and resources to enhance knowledge, scope of practice and clinical skills that foster a patient-centred approach. For LoPonte, helping people was something she always wanted to do. She says just being nominated for this award is a career highlight. "I was so humbled. I didn't realize that all this work I was doing for my placement had had an impact," she says.