Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario honours health-care journalists with annual award

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
(RNAO) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Award for
Excellence in Health-Care Reporting.
    The 2009 winners have been chosen from 50 entries. The winning
submissions represent large and small media outlets including The Globe and
Mail, CBC Radio, Global Television, Stoney Creek News and Burlington Post. The
awards will be presented during the President's Banquet at RNAO's Annual
General Meeting, Friday, April 24.

    The winners of the 2009 Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting
    -  Abigail Cukier, Stoney Creek News, in the community newspaper, best
       in-depth feature category, for her story about teenagers caring for
       their ill parents.
    -  CBC Radio One's Pauline Dakin wins the best in-depth feature, radio
       award for her story exploring the issues behind whole-body donations
       to science.
    -  Denise Davy, a reporter at The Hamilton Spectator, receives the daily
       newspaper, best in-depth feature award for her examination of mental
       health services for children.
    -  The Globe and Mail's year-long look at mental health care in Canada is
       the winner of this year's daily newspaper, best series award.
    -  Marcia Kaye, MORE Magazine, for best magazine story for her article
       about the impact estrogen and progesterone can have on perimenopausal
    -  André Picard, The Globe and Mail, is the best column winner for his
       look at the social and economic factors behind a group of nurses'
       fight for equal pay.
    -  Pauline Tam, for her look at how Queensway Carleton Hospital has
       reduced the waits for hip and knee surgery. The Ottawa Citizen
       reporter won for daily newspaper, best news story.
    -  Allison Vuchnich, Global News Toronto, receives two awards this year.
       Her three-part series on health concerns related to compact
       fluorescent light bulbs won for best in-depth feature in television,
       while her story looking at the way a team at the Hospital for Sick
       Children cares for critically ill patients across the province won for
       television, best news story.
    -  Tim Whitnell's coverage in the Burlington Post of the fallout from an
       outbreak of C. difficile won in the best news story, community
       newspaper category.

    "These reporters have excelled at sharing the impact health care has on
millions of patients and health professionals in Ontario," says RNAO President
Wendy Fucile. "These journalists show a commitment to telling stories that are
both important and of interest to people in Ontario."
    "It's inspiring to see that such important issues have been dominating
headlines over the last year," adds Doris Grinspun, Executive Director of
RNAO. "Mental health, C. difficile and nurses' roles on critical care teams
are all stories that give the public an insider's look at the health-care
system and the key role nurses play."

    RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses
wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy
public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses'
contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that
affect nurses and the public they serve.

For further information:

For further information: Jill Scarrow, Communications Officer, RNAO,
Tel: (416) 599-1925/1-800-268-7199, ext. 210,

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