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Canadian Nurses Association to honour outstanding leadership in the nursing profession at biennial convention

Ottawa, June 18, 2018 — At its biennial convention, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) will honour six outstanding registered nurse (RN) leaders and two health-care organizations for making significant contributions to the nursing profession and health care.

“The profession can count on so many great nursing leaders across Canada,” said CNA president Barb Shellian. “It is such a great honour for me to highlight nurses’ hard work and dedication to the wellness of Canadians and to acknowledge employers’ commitment to fostering nursing excellence.”

Jeanne Mance Award

Since 1971, the Jeanne Mance Award has represented the highest recognition of nursing achievement that CNA offers. Nurses nominated for this prestigious award have made significant and innovative contributions to the health of Canadians. They have worked to increase the public recognition and awareness of the nursing profession and have positively influenced nursing practice in Canada and abroad.

Jeanne Mance Award:

Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS
Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Sally is a senior academic nursing leader and a longstanding fierce champion of the profession provincially, nationally and internationally. She has been a major contributor to a substantive body of research on patient experiences, nursing practice, the philosophy of science and qualitative methodology. She has authored four books, written for peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and other publications, and has taken on editorial roles at several nursing and research journals. She has presented her work internationally as an invited scholar, keynote lecturer and distinguished professor. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.

Order of Merit Awards

CNA awards five CNA Orders of Merit to honour excellence in clinical nursing practice, administration, education, research, and policy. The five 2018 recipients:

Order of merit for clinical nursing practice:

Stacey Dalgleish, BScN, RN, MN, NP
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Health Services

In the high-tech environment of the neonatal intensive care unit, Stacey’s knowledge, skill and compassion are immensely valued by colleagues and families alike. Under her gentle care and guidance, her tiny patients grow and thrive while their parents gain the confidence they need. Her greatest source of pride comes from seeing pre-term infants become strong enough to go home with their families. Stacey has always been at the cutting edge of clinical practice and she takes great pride in sharing her knowledge and expertise with others. She comes to neonatal nursing with extensive academic training and a talent for establishing and implementing best practices. Her research has helped reduce neonatal morbidities and her exceptional speaking and leadership skills have ensured that her knowledge is shared nationally and internationally.

Order of merit for nursing administration:

Brenda Huband, RN, BScN, MSA
Vice President and Chief Health Operations Officer, Central and Southern Alberta, Alberta Health Services

Brenda Huband is a proven leader with extensive experience in Alberta’s health system She has worked in remote, rural, regional and urban health settings, focusing on acute care, continuing care, Aboriginal health, seniors’ health, public health and administration. She began as a nurse and moved into progressively more senior leadership roles including chief nursing officer, chief operating officer and chief executive officer. She holds a bachelor of science (nursing) and masters of science (administration) and she is a certified health executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Brenda’s work touches lives every day and helps ensure resources are deployed effectively. She helped oversee Alberta’s responses to the 2013 floods and 2016 wildfires, ensuring evacuation and recovery efforts proceeded smoothly and safely.

Order of merit for nursing education:

Sandra Goldsworthy, BScN, RN, MSc, PhD, CNCC(C), CMSN(C)
Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning and Technology, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary

Sandra is a whirlwind of ideas and energy who embraces technology to help students learn. Her key interest is in the use of simulation education to improve patient safety and boost the competence and confidence of new nursing graduates. While she encourages innovation, she is also committed to rigorous research and the ongoing evaluation of new teaching and learning strategies in simulation. Sandra is a skillful collaborator who works effectively within and across disciplines. Her research is having a positive impact on simulation education across Canada and internationally in the UK, Sweden and Australia. The substance and reputation of Canadian nursing education is advanced by her skillful merging of clinical acumen, expertise in teaching and research inquiry.

Order of merit for nursing policy:

Tracy Wasylak, RN, BN, MSc, CHE
Chief Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks, Alberta Health Services

Tracy’s greatest policy contribution is in her work to design and implement Alberta’s Strategic Clinical Networks, which are evidence-driven engines of innovation and health policy. In her role as a vice president at Alberta Health Services, Tracy was key to implementing the networks to ensure they are designed to be inclusive and work to improve health outcomes for Albertans. Among her most significant accomplishments was her role in the development of Calgary’s largest greenfield hospital, the South Health Campus, which opened in 2013. Tracy oversaw operational, financial and clinical services design and implementation. Her collaborative human factors design work helped save over $1 million in costs.

Order of merit for nursing research:

Veronique Boscart, RN, MScN, M.Ed., PhD
CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care; Director, Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care, Conestoga College

Veronique’s research interests are focused on establishing best practices in gerontology, building gerontological educational programs for health-care professionals, and creating care delivery models for seniors residences. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and was the lead author on the first Canadian edition of Gerontological Nursing and Healthy Aging. Veronique is actively involved in several research projects. For example, she is the director of the Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care at Conestoga College. She is also the principal investigator in the Neighbourhood Team Development study, where she trains team members in long-term care and examines innovative ways to put seniors at the centre of their care. She is the epitome of putting research into action.

Certification Employer Recognition Award 2018 and 2017

Yearly since 1999, the CNA Certification Program has honoured an employer who has demonstrated exemplary support for the certification process of nurses in 21 nursing specialties. At every convention, the current and previous year’s recipients are recognized.

2018 recipient: Toronto Public Health

Toronto Public Health, which is responsible for the health and well-being of Toronto’s 2.8 million residents, has been a supporter of the CNA Certification Program’s community health credential since it was introduced in 2006. The organization promotes community health certification through e-mails and an internal website. Nursing managers encourage staff members to apply for the credential. Toronto Public Health then pairs applicants with CNA-certified mentors, facilitates and provides time to attend study groups, collaborates with VHA Home HealthCare, and provides access to office technology. The employer also provides exam prep time, resources and study space. Nurses who achieve certification are recognized with a personalized congratulatory letter, special mention in a newsletter, and a plaque presented during National Nursing Week celebrations. Certified nurses also receive invitations to participate in special projects, some of which include creating best practice guidelines.

2017 recipient: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

The Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is a public teaching hospital providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services to those living with complex and serious mental illness. The facility supports RNs in attaining certification because it believes that one of the hallmarks of a professional practice environment is access to continuous learning and professional development opportunities. It begins with a targeted communications campaign to promote certification and encourage staff to apply. Ontario Shores goes on to deliver workshops and drop-in programs, provide full reimbursement of the certification exam cost, and offer two full days of exam preparation, including writing practice sessions. The organization, which employs approximately 1,200 staff members, shares its expertise, knowledge and experience through research, education and advocacy. Ontario Shores embraces the opportunity to raise awareness of mental illness, educate health-care practitioners and train the next generation of mental health-care specialists.

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For more information, please contact:

David Granovsky
Lead, Government Relations
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel: 613-697-7497
E-mail: dgranovsky@cna-aiic.ca