Judith Oulton Recipient of Highest Canadian Nursing Honour, the Jeanne Mance Award

    OTTAWA, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Judith Oulton will receive Canada's most
prestigious nursing award, the Jeanne Mance Award, for her positive impact on
the practice of nursing in Canada and internationally.
    "Judith is a great Canadian nursing ambassador," said Marlene Smadu,
president of the Canadian Nurses Association, which presents the award every
two years. "Judith has led world-renowned initiatives aimed at improving
population health and empowering the nursing profession, especially in
developing regions. Canadians are fortunate to have such a dynamic nursing
advocate on the international stage."
    Originally from New Brunswick, Judith has maintained strong links to her
home province and Canada both professionally and personally. Judith obtained
her bachelor of nursing in 1975 and her master of education in 1979 from the
University of New Brunswick. Following a few years of clinical practice in
various hospitals in eastern Canada and teaching at the University of New
Brunswick, Judith made her mark in the New Brunswick Health Department as
director of strategic planning, and as the executive director of the Canadian
Nurses Protective Society and the Canadian Nurses Association.
    "There is no professional acknowledgment greater than peer recognition,
and I am deeply honoured to receive this Nobel Prize of Canadian nursing,"
said Judith Oulton. "It is particularly meaningful to receive the Jeanne Mance
Award while working at the International Council of Nurses. ICN membership was
a major catalyst for CNA's creation and they have continued to be excellent
role models and partners for nurses and nursing everywhere."

    Win-win relationships

    Judith is recognized for her ability to create win-win relationships and
bring people together to forge partnerships. Of note, Judith led the creation
of HEAL, a health action lobby group of more than 26 health organizations that
is committed to preserving and enhancing the Canadian health-care system. Her
vision and values enabled the group to move past differences and mobilize on
common issues, for the benefit of all Canadians. Twenty years after its
creation, HEAL continues to be one of Canada's most prominent and respected
health groups.

    International impact

    Judith is chief executive officer of the International Council of Nurses,
a position she has held since 1996. As CEO, Judith provides leadership and
strategic direction to a federation of 131 national nurses' associations,
representing millions of nurses worldwide. She has guided the expansion of ICN
membership and the development of new models of governance. Judith is the
first Canadian to hold this position.
    Over the last twelve years she has overseen the implementation of
innovative programs aimed at supporting the nursing profession in developing
regions. One such example is the ICN Mobile Library, which is a transportable
storage trunk that is filled with a collection of more than 80 up-to-date
health reference materials. This initiative delivers knowledge and resources
to where they're needed most - to nurses in the field who might otherwise not
have access to this information.
    She was also part of the development of the Wellness Centre concept,
which provides care to health-care workers and their families in sub-Saharan
Africa. This has been hailed by WHO and the Stephen Lewis Foundation as the
most innovative approach to date that addresses the WHO "Treat, Train and
Retain" initiative, which is aimed at retaining health-care workers and
keeping them healthy in countries affected by HIV/AIDS.

    The Jeanne Mance Award

    Since 1971, CNA has honoured a nurse at its biennial convention and
annual meeting with the Jeanne Mance Award. The award is named after one of
Canada's most inspirational nurses. Jeanne Mance was the first lay nurse in
North America, and was founder of the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital and co-founder of
the surrounding settlement of Ville-Marie, which later became Montreal.
    The nurses nominated for this prestigious award are individuals who 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. Past recipients include Verna Huffman Splane, Dorothy Kergin and
Ginette Lemire Rodger.
    Judith will be recognized at a gala banquet dinner on June 17, 2008,
during CNA's biennial convention in Ottawa, with almost 1,000 nurses in
attendance. CNA will also be presenting five new awards representing the five
domains of nursing. The recipients of these awards are:

    - Marion Clark, Prince Edward Island - Order of Merit for Policy
    - Diana Davidson Dick, Saskatchewan - Order of Merit for Education
    - Margaret Farley, Saskatchewan - Order of Merit for Clinical Practice
    - Linda McGillis Hall, Ontario - Order of Merit for Research
    - Carolyn Tayler, British Columbia - Order of Merit for Administration

    CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. It
is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and
colleges. CNA believes that the sustainability of a publicly funded, publicly
administered, not-for-profit health system rests upon a vibrant nursing

For further information:

For further information: Tina Grznar, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Nurses Association, (613) 237-2159 ext. 283, Cell: (613) 266-0306,

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