Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Leadership Award in Student Mentorship: Claudette Holloway

Leadership Award in Student Mentorship: Claudette Holloway

The RNAO leadership award in student mentorship goes 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, 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.

As an RN with more than 25 years of experience in several practice areas, and as the former Region 7 representative on RNAO's board of directors, Claudette Holloway believes mentoring students of all ages strengthens her nursing career. "I receive a lot of benefit from encouraging others to pursue and reach their goals," she says. Whether it is providing a listening ear, nursing specialty workshops, or supporting RNAO student membership drives at Ryerson University and Trent University, Claudette is always there to provide support. She also takes time to teach students about the importance of getting politically involved to make change happen. "(Leadership is) encouraging students of all ages to realize if we really want to change things in health care, we have got to get actively involved politically." Claudette has mentored students who have gone on to do great things in nursing, including one student (Janson Chan) who created a free program for autistic teens, inspired by his younger brother. She says she will never stop mentoring. "I will continue to mentor anyone that I can," she says.