Best of Alberta's Registered Nurses Celebrated for Excellence

    EDMONTON, April 16 /CNW/ - Registered nurses will honour this year's
recipients of the Awards of Nursing Excellence at the Marriott Hotel at River
Cree during tonight's Awards Gala hosted by the College and Association of
Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) and sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche
Monnex. One recipient was selected in each of seven categories from the more
than 50 nominations submitted by registered nurses.
    "We are rightfully proud of our diverse and motivated community of
registered nurses who pursue excellence and advance knowledge with passion,
perseverance, curiosity and courage," said CARNA President, Margaret Hadley.
    The CARNA Awards of Nursing Excellence recognize outstanding achievements
and professional excellence in four areas of professional nursing practice;
clinical, education, research and administration. CARNA will also present the
Partner in Health award to a member of the public selected for their support
of the nursing profession in the community. Scholarships for exceptional
educational achievements will also be distributed including the prestigious
CARNA/TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Scholarships.
    "It's a privilege to recognize the outstanding nursing professionals who
demonstrate compassion and caring day in and day out," says Lone St. Croix,
Vice President, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. "Nurses play such a critical role
in the healthcare community and we're very proud to help reward Alberta's
finest for their dedication and hard work."
    "The breadth and the depth of the work that is being done by Alberta's
registered nurses each and every day as demonstrated by the quality of the
nomination submissions, is inspiring," says CARNA Executive Director,
Mary-Anne Robinson.
    TD Insurance Meloche Monnex and CARNA have been partners for over two
years. More than 3400 CARNA members trust TD Insurance Meloche Monnex with
their insurance needs.
    The recipients include:

    Award for Excellence in Nursing Clinical Practice

    Allison MacGregor, RN BN (Calgary, Foothills Primary Care Network) - for
advocating for improvements to health delivery to patients with chronic
diseases and streamlining the referral process within multiple clinics.

    Award for Excellence in Nursing Education

    Joyce Woods-Surrendi, RN PhD (Instructor, Undergraduate Nursing, Mount
Royal College, Calgary) - for responding to changes and innovations in health
care, particularly related to seniors' health, and incorporating
inter-professional education and practice into the nursing curriculum.

    Award for Excellence in Nursing Research

    Wendy Austin, RN PhD (Professor and Scientist, University of Alberta,
Faculty of Nursing) - for her passionate advocacy of the role and situation of
registered nurses, her research on moral distress, and for providing practical
suggestions based on research evidence for improvements in nursing practice.

    Award of Nursing Excellence in Administration

    Reynold Sookhoo, RN BN (Director of Residential Services, CASA Child,
Adolescent and Family Mental Health, Edmonton) - for improving access to
mental health services and championing efforts to secure funds which make it
possible to provide distant communities with highly specialized adolescent
mental health consultation services.

    Lifetime Achievement

    Sandra Hirst, RN, PhD (Associate Professor, University of Calgary,
Faculty of Nursing) - for her leading role in the recognition of
gerontological nursing as a specialty and for demonstrating a passion for the
care of older adults during a career spanning more than 40 years.

    Rising Star

    Shirley Daniel, RN BN (Chronic Disease Management, Peter Lougheed
Hospital, Calgary, ) - for having earned, since graduating as an RN in 2008,
the trust and respect of colleagues by seeking and integrating new knowledge
in chronic disease management and for establishing herself as an RN destined
to have a significant impact on the nursing profession in years to come.

    Committee's Choice Award

    Jacqueline Simms, RN MN (Program Manager, Surgical Services, Calgary) -
for consistently challenging conventional approaches to teaching and learning,
for promoting interdisciplinary collaboration among all team members and for
approaching all these opportunities with her motto: always learn, always share
and always grow.

    Partner in Health

    Margaret Linklater (Volunteer, Lacombe Palliative Care Society) - for her
to work in partnership with registered nurses at the Lacombe Hospital and Care
Centre to provide more comfort and support to patients in palliative care.

    About CARNA

    CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's more than
30,000 RNs, the largest health-care profession in the province. Its members
include RNs working in direct care, nursing management, education and
research. CARNA sets nursing practice standards and ensures Albertans receive
effective, safe and ethical nursing services. For more information on the
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta visit

    About TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

    TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, the group insurance brand of TD Insurance,
works with over 700 professional, alumni and employer groups across the
country to provide home and auto insurance programs. In business for 60 years,
more than 600,000 clients trust TD Insurance Meloche Monnex with their
insurance needs. TD Insurance, through its TD Insurance Meloche Monnex and TD
Insurance Home and Auto sub-brands, is the largest direct-response insurance
group in Canada. For more information on professional and alumni group
programs visit; for information on employer group
programs visit Sponsored by

                               Sponsored by
                               TD Insurance
                               Meloche Monnex

For further information:

For further information: Margaret Ward-Jack, C: (780) 932-1376, T: (780)
453-0515, E:; Information on the CARNA Awards of
Excellence, including the nomination criteria and forms are available on the
CARNA website at For information about TD Insurance Meloche
Monnex, Tara Sirinyan, Corporate Communications, (514) 385-2244,

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