Please look around you. There are outstanding and deserving nurses all around who have furthered the field of perioperative nursing. Take a moment now to nominate a colleague whom you believe deserves to be recognized by his/her peers for a prestigious ORNAC Award.
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Gloria Stephens Award for Excellence as an Educator of Perioperative Nursing
Gloria Stephens has always been passionate about perioperative education. To this end, she developed the nursing OR Program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver to the level of receiving university credits toward a nursing degree for the graduates and she was consultant and advisor in the development of a perioperative nursing course at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). She has also written and published many articles. Awards highlighting her career include the 1987 Registered Nurses Association of BC (RNABC) Excellence Award in Nursing Practice, the first Isabelle Adams Award ever awarded by ORNAC in 1988, the 1990 RNABC Excellence award in Nursing Education, and the 1994 YWCA Woman of Distinction award for Education.
A new award will be presented at the 2009 ORNAC National Conference. The "Gloria Stephens Award for Excellence as an Educator of Perioperative Nursing" was established at the suggestion of and in collaboration with Ms. Gloria Stephens. The recognition award, which will be presented during National Conference years, will celebrate a nurse recognized by his/her students, peers, and managers as an outstanding educator and role model in the field of perioperative nursing. The winner of this award will receive $1000 donated by Ms. Stephens, a plaque, and a pin.
RMAC Patient Safety Award
ORNAC and RMAC recognize the importance of health care safety, especially for the perioperative patient. To this end, a new award is to be presented for the first time at the 2009 ORNAC National Conference: the RMAC Patient Safety Award. This award was conceived by Ron MacLeod, RN, President of RMAC Surgical Inc., and creator of PharmaTags, a sterile medication labeling system for nurses in the operating room, and other areas where surgical procedures are carried out.
This new award - to be presented during ORNAC National Conference years - will recognize an outstanding presentation dedicated to safety concerns, in one of the following formats: a CORNJ article published in the two years preceding the ORNAC National Conference or poster presentation or oral presentation made at the ORNAC National conference.
The purpose of this award is to recognize leaders in the innovative field of patient safety, who have developed and/or described relevant and practical patient safety strategies. The award consists of $1000, a certificate, and a pin.
ORNAC - Muriel Shewchuk Leadership Award
Muriel Shewchuk RN, BScN, CPN(C) is a Perioperative Nurse Consultant, who retired in 2005 following over 42 years of Perioperative Education and Administrative positions in Alberta. Muriel is a cofounder, and currently co-chair, of the Canadian Operating Room Leaders Network (CORL) which has Affiliate status with ORNAC. She represents CORL on the ORNAC Board of Directors, and is also a regular contributor to the Canadian Operating Room Journal. Her goal is provide resources to assist perioperative leaders across the country. Muriel assisted in the creation of the ORNAC Standards, and continues to sit on the Standards Committee. Muriel sets the standard for all perioperative nursing leaders. ORNAC is pleased to be able to honour that spirit now and in the future, through this award.
The award is presented by ORNAC to a perioperative registered nurse whose leadership has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of perioperative nursing at the local, provincial/territorial, national or international level.
The recipient of the Award will receive $2500, a certificate, and a pin. An additional $2500 will be donated to promote perioperative registered nursing education to the provincial/territorial local/regional/work site education fund selected by the recipient, in consultation with the ORNAC Awards Committee, or the recipient may choose to attend the CORL Conference.
Isabelle Adams Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing
This award was established on the initiative of Operating Room Nurses of Quebec in 1987. The first Award was presented in 1988 in Vancouver and is presented on the year of the National Conference, if there is an appropriate candidate. The Award is presented to an outstanding nurse, who through major commitment has made a significant contribution to operating room nursing in Canada. The Award winner will reflect the practice and ideals of Mrs. Isabelle Adams of Montreal. The Award is one of high profile recognition with no monetary award.
ORNAC / Johnson & Johnson Drake Thompson Writing Award
The award was first presented in 1984 as the "Surgikos Award" and had a cash value of $2,500. The award was renamed the "Drake / Thompson Award" in 1992 in memory of two Johnson & Johnson Sales Representatives who died tragically. The value of the award was increased to $3,000. The award is presented annually to the author(s) of an article published in the Canadian Operating Room Nursing Journal. The articles undergo an independent review according to criteria established and approved by the ORNAC Board.
The editorial advisory committee forwards all articles that meet the entry criteria to the awards committee chair for review.
Lorne Flower Memorial Award
Lorne Flower was a medical industry representative who had a very special relationship with Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC). Lorne had been very active in amateur sports associations, and used that experience to assist when ORNAC was being formed. Lorne worked closely with Valerie Shirreff, who became the first President of ORNAC, and many others from the new Association. Lorne was also the first Chairman of the National Exhibitor's Advisory Fund, and through his lengthy leadership in this role, contributed to the establishment of a financial foundation for ORNAC.
Lorne continued to support ORNAC throughout his career, and many knew him for his kindly manner and warm smile. In September of 1984, Lorne proposed and wrote a column entitled "Instrument World" for the newly launched Canadian Operating Room Nursing Journal, discussing instruments, including their use, function, history and where they could be obtained.
In recognition of Lorne Flower's contribution to the founding of and the subsequent support of ORNAC, his son, John Flower has generously created the Lorne Flower Memorial Award. The criteria has been developed by the ORNAC Awards Committee in conjunction with the Flower family and will be administered by the Committee. The Lorne Flower Memorial Fund is managed by the Foundation of the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, ON. The amount of the Award is $400, and shall be awarded on National Conference years The purpose of the Award is to recognize the talents, knowledge and outstanding contributions to the ORNAC Board by an individual. Lorne Flower's contributions shall be recognized in perpetuity via bi-annual recognition of another dedicated individual associated with ORNAC.
3M Canadian Infection Prevention Champion Award
At the suggestion of and in collaboration with 3M, ORNAC has established the 3M Canadian Infection Prevention Champion Award to acknowledge perioperative nurses who are dedicated to improving the lives of surgical patients through infection prevention and control. This award will recognize significant accomplishments and/or contributions of perioperative registered nurses who strive to reduce infection and raise awareness of infection control issues.
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