OTTAWA, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is
honouring five registered nurses (RN) for outstanding leadership and
contribution to the nursing profession as well as two employers for
supporting nurses in their professional development. The highest of
these honours — the Jeanne Mance Award — is being awarded to Lucille
Auffrey of New Brunswick. Four other nurses are receiving Orders of
Merit for their work in specific domains of nursing practice.
"It is a privilege and a pleasure to present these nurses and employers
with these meaningful and well-deserved honours," said CNA president
Barb Mildon. "Recognizing these leaders in nursing care and health sets
an example for others to follow and, in turn, strengthens the care
Canadians receive. Indeed these exemplary nurses are truly helping
improve the health of our entire nation."
The prestigious Jeanne Mance Award goes to an individual who has made a
significant and unique contribution to the profession and the health of
Canadians. For more than four decades, Lucille Auffrey has been a
consummate nursing leader. As the association's chief executive officer
from 2001 to 2008, Auffrey helped reposition CNA as a strong and
widely-respected organization. She was instrumental in shaping health
and education policy and championed countless strategic initiatives
such as CNA's online knowledge gateway, NurseONE.ca, and the
medical-surgical specialty nursing certification program. Auffrey, also
a past recipient of the Canadian Healthcare Association's Award for
Distinguished Service, holds a bachelor of nursing from the University
of New Brunswick and a master's of science in nursing and health
studies from the University of Edinburgh.
Four RNs are receiving CNA Orders of Merit in the areas of clinical
practice, education, administration and research. The activities of
these RNs have increased the stature and public recognition for the
nursing profession, nationally and internationally.
Nursing Administration — Lori Lamont
Lori Lamont is vice-president of interprofessional practice and chief
nursing officer for the Winnipeg Health Region as well as adjunct
professor (external) for the University of Manitoba. Lamont is a
creative leader who has made a significant contribution to health care
and nursing in Manitoba, especially in elder and collaborative care.
Today, she oversees emergency, critical care, medicine, long-term care,
and clinical education across two full-service hospitals, six health
centres and 39 long-term care facilities. Lamont has a bachelor of
nursing from the University of Manitoba and a master's of public
administration from the University of Winnipeg.
Nursing Education — Debbie Fraser
Debbie Fraser is an associate professor and director of the nurse
practitioner (NP) program at Athabasca University, where she oversees
Canada's first online NP program. She also teaches at the University of
Manitoba and the University of Toronto and maintains a practice in the
neonatal intensive care unit of Winnipeg's St. Boniface General
Hospital. For more than 15 years, Fraser has played a central role in
NP education programs, helping to shape nursing education and practice
in Canada and abroad. Fraser received her undergraduate and master's
degrees in nursing from the University of Manitoba.
Nursing Research — Bonnie Stevens
Bonnie Stevens directs the University of Toronto's Centre for the Study
of Pain and co-directs the Centre for Pain Management Research and
Education at the Hospital for Sick Children, where she is also the
associate chief of nursing research. For 13 years, she has held the
Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research — the first
endowed chair of its kind in Canada. Stevens is recognized as a world
expert for research on the assessment and management of pain in infants
and children. In the last decade, her work has focused on knowledge
transition into practice and on helping developing countries. Stevens
earned her bachelor of nursing from McMaster University, her master of
science in nursing from the University of Toronto and her doctorate
from McGill University.
Clinical Nursing Practice — Preetha Krishnan
Preetha Krishnan was Manitoba's first full-time, long-term care NP. The
results she achieved in this groundbreaking role — in improved quality
of care and life — have since led to the expansion of the long-term
care program in the province. This recipient of three nursing
excellence awards is both a model and a mentor, contributing
significantly to the advancement of the profession. Through
evidence-based practice, Krishnan continues to set a new standard of
care for nursing home residents, especially in dementia and end-of-life
care. In addition, she actively promotes the NP role as an integral
part of the health-care team. Krishnan obtained her undergraduate and
master's degrees in nursing from the University of Manitoba. She has
also earned certification in the Joanna Briggs Institute's
Comprehensive Systematic Review course.
Two organizations are to receive CNA's Employer Recognition Award, which
honours employers who have shown exceptional commitment to supporting
RNs pursuing or maintaining national certification in a range of
nursing specialties. CNA offers voluntary certification in 20
specialties/areas of nursing practice, including community health,
emergency, oncology, gerontology, medical-surgical, perinatal, and
psychiatric and mental health nursing. Today, more than 17,700 RNs have
earned this nationally recognized credential.
2013 — The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto
The Princess Margaret Cancer Care Centre is one of the largest
comprehensive cancer treatment facilities in the world and the largest
radiation treatment centre in Canada. It has set the impressive goal of
having 100 per cent of its RN staff obtain CNA specialty certification
in oncology. To bolster its efforts, the Princess Margaret provides
financial support to RNs who obtain certification and recertification.
It offers study assistance and other education initiatives to RNs
pursuing certification as well as additional recognition to hospital
units when all members of an RN team become certified. This past April,
more than 80 of its 400 RNs wrote CNA certification exams, and today
more than 200 RN staff members are CNA certified.
2014 ― Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation
Since 1972, Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation has been a leader in
seniors care and is now Ontario's second-largest provider of long-term
care. Its 7,500 employees deliver quality care and service to residents
of long-term care homes and retirement communities in Ontario and
British Columbia and to seniors in their own homes. The company offers
RNs significant financial help, preparatory support and recognition for
certification. To date, 21 per cent of its 380 RNs are CNA certified.
It has fostered considerable growth in the number of CNA-certified
nurses in gerontology since 2010.
The awards are part of CNA's biennial convention in Winnipeg, June
16-18, 2014. The Order of Merit awards were established in 2007. The
Jeanne Mance Award, named after one of Canada's most inspirational
nurses, has been awarded since 1971. RNs are nominated and the
recipients are selected by a CNA awards committee. CNA's certification
program created its Employer Recognition Award in 1999, and it reviews
all nominations and selects the recipients in collaboration with an
external health-care organization.
CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A
federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and
colleges representing 151,404 registered nurses, CNA advances the
practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and
strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
SOURCE: Canadian Nurses Association
For further information:
Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561