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Canadian Nurses Association Honours Outstanding Leadership in the Nursing Profession

Saint John, N.B., Tuesday, June 21, 2016 — At the biennial convention today, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is honouring five outstanding registered nurse (RN) leaders and contributors to the nursing profession. “It is a privilege and an honour to recognize such outstanding leadership in the nursing profession,” said incoming CNA president Barb Shellian. “These exemplary nurses have made tremendous contributions to the wellness of all Canadians, and we can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication.”

The Jeanne Mance Award for significant and unique contributions to the nursing profession and the health of Canadians, first given in 1971, goes to Shahirose Premji of Calgary, Alberta. Through her work to reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity, she has literally transformed the clinical and research capacities of the neonatal nursing career path, creating new opportunities for nurses across the country.

Four RNs are also receiving CNA Orders of Merit in clinical practice for their significant impact on the stature and public recognition of nursing in Canada and abroad:

  • Nursing Education — Kimberly LeBlanc, Kingston, Ontario
    Kimberly’s research has led to progress in the prevention and treatment of skin tears. She developed an assessment and treatment toolkit, now used by nurses in Canada, and played a key role validating the international skin tear classification system.
  • Clinical Nursing Practice — Rose Carr, Oromocto, New Brunswick
    Rose garnered multiple awards and nominations during her richly diverse nursing career. With her experience in pediatrics burn and neuro intensive care units, critical and medical-surgical care, and 23 years in emergency rooms she is the hallmark of excellence in clinical nursing.
  • Nursing Policy — Marlene Smadu, Regina, Saskatchewan
    Marlene’s mission has been to develop and implement policy to strengthen health care. She continues to play a constructive role with her policy expertise to promote a sustainable and effective health system.
  • Nursing Research — Kathryn King-Shier, Calgary, Alberta
    Kathryn led numerous research projects on the influence of gender and ethnicity in heart disease, recovery from cardiac surgery and health-care-seeking behavior. Her research has changed the practice of nursing to make a real difference in the lives of Canadians.

One organization is also being recognized for its exceptional support of RNs who are pursuing or maintaining national certification in one of 20 nursing specialties. At this year’s convention, CNA is pleased to honour Pierre-Le Gardeur Hospital of Terrebonne, Quebec, with its 2015 Employer Recognition Award.

CNA is the national professional voice representing nearly 139,000 registered nurses in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

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For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca