Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Leadership Award in Nursing Research: Robyn Stremler

Leadership Award in Nursing Research: Robyn Stremler

The RNAO Leadership Award in Nursing Research goes to the RN or NP who actively explores innovative ideas in nursing research. This individual enhances the image of nursing by engaging in efforts to disseminate research knowledge, and is in dialogue with RNs, NPs and nursing students to identify nursing research needs. This member has a proven ability to attract research funding and actively participates in the activities of professional organizations.  

Robyn Stremler is a dedicated researcher with a focus on sleep, as well as child and family health research. She says being able to work collaboratively with families with different life experiences is what drew her to nursing. She completed her bachelor's degree in biology and psychology at Queen's University in 1992, then went on to complete a master's degree in nursing at McGill University in 1996. She completed her PhD in nursing science at the University of Toronto in 2003, and a post doctorate in 2006 at the University of California, San Francisco. Stremler participated in RNAO's Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship (ACPF) program as a mentor that same year. She says winning this research award is humbling and reflects on the nurse researchers who have inspired her. "As a nursing student, when I first learned that nurse scientists were contributing to knowledge to improve patient care, I knew I wanted to have that as part of my nursing experience." Stremler has shared her research findings in a variety of both mainstream and academic publications. She has received a number of accolades, including induction as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2018, and multiple research awards from Sigma Theta Tau International.