Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario announces 2009 Fellowship Winners

    Improving Nursing through Continuing Education

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - The Registered Practical Nurses Association of
Ontario (RPNAO) supports continuing education for registered practical nurses
(RPNS) through its Leadership/Clinical Practice Fellowship Initiative.

    RPNAO is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Fellowships:

        Virginia Albrecht, RPN
        Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, ON
        Implementation of Registered Practical Nurses in the Durham Regional
        Cancer Centre

        Angela Bailey, RPN
        St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, St. Thomas, ON
        Improving Client Outcomes Through Proper Patient Assignment

        Claudette Drapeau, RPN
        Bluewater Health, Sarnia, ON
        Building the Bridge from Full-Scope RPN Practice to Collaborative RN
        and RPN Practice

        Stacy Srokosz, RPN
        Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham, ON
        Improving Patient Safety through Staff Engagement in Rehab/Complex
        Continuing Care

    "To select just four winners out of all the qualified submissions we
received was a real challenge and a testament to the dedication and talent of
Ontario's registered practical nurses," says Sheri Oliver, Program Director
for RPNAO. "We are extremely proud of this year's winners for the vision and
leadership they are showing in advancing the nursing profession."
    Scientific and clinical advancements result in a constantly changing
workplace for nurses. While nursing education provides the basic building
blocks, continuing education is required to ensure patients receive the best
possible care. These fellowships provide nurses with an opportunity to pursue
extensive professional development, which they can then bring back to their
day-to-day roles.
    The annual Fellowship program is made possible through funding from the
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Proposals are submitted to
RPNAO, where they undergo extensive peer review.
    "The Fellowship program is a win-win for the nurses, their employers and
most importantly, the patients," says Oliver. "These nurses are pursuing the
latest in clinical care developments and are putting that knowledge into
practice at the bedside."
    Eligibility criteria and review process details can be found at The call for proposals for 2010 Fellowships will be issued this

    About the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO)

    Founded in 1958, RPNAO is the voice of registered practical nursing in
Ontario. There are more than 33,000 registered practical nurses in Ontario,
playing a vital role in the province's health care system. For more
information, visit

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For further information: Warren Weeks, Eleven Strategic Communications,
Inc., (416) 238-6361

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