Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

President’s Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice: Mahoganie Hines

President’s Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice: Mahoganie Hines

The RNAO 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 winner(s) of this award 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. There are two recipients this year.

Mahoganie Hines is dedicated to advocacy, something she first learned about from a Loyalist College/Brock University nursing professor and mentor Elizabeth Edwards. Hines has shown this dedication by taking on the policy and political action officer position for both the Niagara Chapter and the Palliative Care Nurses Interest Group, and by attending Queen's Park on the Road and Queen's Park Day events for many years. Hines graduated from the collaborative nursing program at Loyalist College/Brock University in 2016, and currently works as a palliative pain and symptom management consultant at Hospice Niagara. She went into nursing knowing she wanted to get into palliative care, and says she has found her experience to date incredibly rewarding. "People welcome you into their lives at their most vulnerable time and they welcome you with open arms," she says. Hines has seen some amazing things in hospice care, including baptisms, weddings and anniversary parties. She says she can't imagine working in any other field because her work is so fulfilling. Getting this award is humbling, Hines says, because she looks up to so many other RNAO members for their leadership and influence.