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  • 1. Awards in order of presentation throughout theprogramAstraZeneca Award Presentation at 1000 on Friday Nov 11, 2011NPAO Luise WoodAstraZeneca: Helen Seibel Manger Corporate ResponsibilityThe AstraZeneca Award for Innovation in Chronic Disease Managementprovides a member of NPAO with a $5000 grant to develop strategies tooptimize the management of chronic disease and improve quality of life forthose living with chronic disease. NPAO is grateful for this award fromAstraZeneca. -----------Clap-----------------This year‟s award recipient is Susan Shea for the Better Health Project,with the Rideau Community Health Services in Smiths Falls, Ontario. TheBetter Health Project is an interprofessional clinic utilizing Group MedicalVisits as a unique approach to medically care for and promote self-caremanagement skills for participants without a primary care provider. Oncethe participants complete the program they are transferred to a permanenthealth care provider. Susan Shea is the Nurse Practitioner lead for thisproject. Goals of the project include: To provided health care to people who do not have a primary care provider To connect participants to a permanent health care provider To provide health education and management of chronic diseases To support participants to learn self-management skills and develop goals related to their health and wellness To build a medical chart To refer to medical specialists and community programs as appropriate To work collaboratively with Perth& Smiths Falls Hospital, CCAC and other community partners. To diminish impact of unnecessary visits to the Hospital ER.
  • 2. I would now like to turn it over to Helen Seibel, Manager, CorporateResponsibility, from Astra Zeneca to say a few words about this uniqueaward.
  • 3. PACE (Pfizer Award for Clinical Excellence) Presentations at 1200 onFriday Nov 11Ann StubbinsLuise Wood:The Pfizer Award for Clinical Excellence provides recognition and financialsupport for two NPAO members (one NP-PHC and one Adult orPaediatrics) displaying excellence and best practices in one of three clinicalareas: Cardiovascular Care and Wellness (including hypertension,cholesterol, diabetes management or smoking cessation), Pain andSymptom Management or Dementia related care. Each recipient willreceive a grant for $2500. Sponsored by Pfizer, the award recognizes bestpractices and leadership and helps promote the NP role. NPAO is gratefulfor Pfizer`s support for these two awards.This year competition for this award was fierce. We received manywonderful applications a testament to the great work NPAO NP membersare engaged in throughout the province. Thank you to all of you whoapplied. Please join me in congratulating this year‟s NP-Adult recipient fromLondon Ontario, providing geriatric consultation and working on her PhD,Jacqueline Crandall. Jacqueline has a varied advanced practice nursingbackground and her impact to date has spanned hospitals, communitiesand long term care. She has been instrumental in integrating RNAO BestPractice guidelines in all of these settings; she has been a champion formedication safety. End of life care and building capacity for end of life carehave been near and dear to her heart as a palliative care specialist andvolunteer. Now engaged in PhD studies in Nursing at the University ofAlberta, Jacqueline will link clinical practice issues with research in the areaof geriatric palliative care which include pain and symptom management aswell as dementia. Please join me in congratulating Jacqueline Crandall,one of this year‟s recipients of this year‟s PACE (Pfizer Award for ClinicalExcellence) Award.This year‟s second PACE (Pfizer Award for Clinical Excellence) awardrecipient is a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Health Care. Please join me in
  • 4. congratulating Joy Parsons-Nicota. She has been a Primary Health CareNurse Practitioner for the past eleven years and has spent much of hercareer devoted to working with interdisciplinary teams, participating inresearch, creating evaluation tools and as an educator on the care of thegeriatric patient. She has a long history of demonstrating excellence andleadership in the provision of geriatric care and dementia education andtreatment. She has clinical expertise in Primary Health Care withspecialities in Gerontology and Mental Health Nursing and is a certified aGerontological Nurse and a member of the Gerontological NurseAssociation. She is also a long time active member of Nurse Practitioners‟Association of Ontario.Ms. Parsons will use the award for scholarly development to assist her withcontinuing doctoral studies on ways to use technology to enhancecontinuing education and research in the areas of Dementia and Geriatriccare for Nurse Practitioners and other health care professionals. Pleasejoin me in congratulating Joy Parsons-Nicota , the second of this year‟srecipients of this year‟s PACE (Pfizer Award for Clinical Excellence)Award.NPAO Awards Bursaries to be presented at the Wine and CheeseFriday night at 1630 after the AGMLuise Wood and Michelle AcornThe NPAO bursary awards were developed to support members who arepursuing NP education or post graduate studies. To date, NPAO hasprovided bursaries to 41 members.Thank you to all who applied and indeed selection was challenging thisyear with so many wonderful applications.This year‟s NPAO Bursary award recipients are: Christina Hurlock-Chorostecki : support for completing PhD studies Deann Sheppard: support for completing Masters education Chantelle Hart: support for completing Masters education Jessica Ritchie : support for completing Masters education
  • 5. Please join me in congratulating this years‟ NPAO Bursary recipients.Presidents’ Award:Michelle AcornLuise: This year a new award was created by the generous donation ofMichelle Acorn, NPAO‟s current president. The award was created tosupport NP innovation. Like other awards, many deserving candidatesapplied. Thank you to all who applied.Michelle: This year`s award recipient has collaborated with colleagues andleaders within her employment setting and the University of Toronto todesign, develop and implement a rotating internship in women‟s health forMN/NP students. Now MN/NP students are engaged with NPs through thisinternship program to learn from practicing NPs in several womens‟ healthspecialties at Women‟s College Hospital, including after cancer treatmenttransition, headache, osteoporosis, endocrinology and diabetes to mentiona few. Please join me in congratulating Deidre Bainbridge NP-PHC, theinaugural recipient of NPAO‟s Presidents „AwardJerry Gerrow AwardMichelle AcornJerry Gerrow was one of the founding members of the NPAO and thisaward was created to honour exceptional leadership to the Association andcontributions to the development of nurse practitioner practice.This years`Jerry Gerow award recipient has been working for years toadvance the practice of NPs and comes highly recommended and admiredby her peers at London Health Sciences Centre. She is described as “aprofessional, quiet leader who embodies the full scope of the NP-Adult role,demonstrates leadership toward all APN roles and contributes in leadershiproles within NAPO.”For more than ten years, she has worked in the NP role providingconsultation to enhance the care of older adults. Currently she completescomprehensive geriatric assessments and assists with collaborative patientcare planning in a team setting, liaising with community professionals andresources to ensure continuity of care.
  • 6. She has been very active within several groups to enhance patientaccessibility to care. Within London Health Sciences Centre, she was veryinvolved in the creation and implementation of the Acute Care of the Elderly(ACE) Unit. She is also a key member of the London City Wide 3Ds groupparticipating in and writing a module of the RNAO 3D e-learning package- alearning package that is now available world wideShe has also worked with the College of Nurses to enhance qualityassurance within the NP profession.She is described as an excellent role model for nurse practitioners. Hercalm and professional approach combined with the thoroughness of herassessments and interventions makes her an outstanding professional.She can often be seen with students, nurse clinicians and other NPcandidates as they move through their education. She is always availablefor her colleagues to review complex patient situations or assessmentchallenges. In addition, she regularly provides education to post-graduatestudents on the topics of professionalism, political practice and theadvanced practice nurse role at the University of Western Ontario.She is described as an excellent communicator.She is now engaged in new education and is embarking on the journey ofpioneering the NP – anesthesia role at London Health Sciences Centre.Please join me in congratulating Heather Whittle, this year‟s recipient ofthe Jerry Gerrow Award to recognize her outstanding NP leadership.
  • 7. Pfizer Consumer Health Care Awards – Saturday Nov 12 with openingremarks 0900Luise WoodRob PriorFormerly Whitehall Robins, was the very first organization to make acommitment to support NP education in Ontario. This is the 8th year of theaward which is now called the Pfizer Health Care Consumer Award. Thisbursary provides support for NPAO members intending to or currentlypracticing in the NP role in various community programs throughout theprovince.This years recipients are Jaqueline Crandall and Deidre BainbridgeDeidre Bainbridge is a NP- Primary Health Care who provides acute andfollow-up care to victims and survivors of sexual assault/domestic violenceat Womens‟ College Hospital. Deidre worked with the Chief NursingExecutive at the hospital and her Advanced Practice Nursing NPcolleagues and the University of Toronto to design, develop and implementa rotating internship in women‟s health for MN/NP students. Now MN/NPstudents are engaged with NPs through this internship program to learnfrom practicing NPs in several womens‟ specialties such as after cancertreatment transition, headache, osteoporosis, endocrinology and diabetesto mention a few. Please join me in congratulating Deidre Bainbridge NP-PHC as one of this year‟s recipients of the Pfizer Consumer Health CareAwardsJacqueline Crandall has a varied advanced practice nursing backgroundand her impact to date has spanned hospitals, communities and long termcare. She has been instrumental in integrating RNAO Best Practice
  • 8. guidelines in all of these settings; she is a champion for medication safety.End of life care and building capacity for end of life care have been nearand dear to her heart as a palliative care specialist and volunteer. Nowengaged in PhD studies in Nursing at the University of Alberta, Jaquelinewill link clinical practice issues with research in the area of geriatricpalliative care. Please join me in congratulating Jacqueline Cradall, one ofthis years recipients of the Pfizer Consumer Health Care AwardHuronia Award being presented on Saturday at 1030Luise Wood and ? Anna MollerAs a result of the success of HNPN‟ s (Huronia Nurse Practitioner Network)Annual Inter-Professional Conference, and in support of their nursepractitioner colleagues, HNPN is offering a $1500 bursary to a NPAOmember to support their continuing education. Established in 2000, HNPNis a group of over 30 local NPs who work in a variety of primary and acutecare settings and support inter-professional practice, education andevidenced-based practice. This year‟s recipient has worked as a NursePractitioner since 2004. For the first 6 years she worked in the area ofacute stroke care and secondary stroke prevention and then changed focusin September 2010 and now works in Long Term Care (LTC) Outreach inthe Simcoe Muskoka LHIN. The LHIN is looking to expand the role toprovide extended coverage and to trial our services in retirement homesettings. She is registered to start the on-line course onPharmacotherapeutics through the Council of Ontario University Program.The program will take me approximately 8 months to complete all 13modules. With our increase in prescriptive authority it is vital that this areaof continuing education be part of my learning plan to ensure competencyand optimize client care. She plans to use the funding toward course withinthis program. Please join me in congratulating this year‟s Huronia Awardrecipient, Irene Heinz, NP- Adult.NPAO Honorary Life Member Award Saturday at 1038Luise Wood and Michelle Acorn
  • 9. Paul Carere has worked tirelessly on behalf of Nurse Practitioners for manyyears. Most recently she has served on the NPAO board of directors astreasurer, president elect, president and past president. She works withwhat seems unending energy to advance the role of the nurse practitionerin Ontario so more Ontarians can benefit from the care NPs are capable ofproviding. As president of NPAO in 2010, Paula led with passion andcommitment and now continues with energy and collaboration in her role aspast president in 2011. She assists the board and its association membersto clearly articulate a patient centered approach in all they do - from theirwork with government, regulatory bodies, other health care professionals,industry and many others. Paula continues to work tirelessly and withfinesse to transcend real and perceived barriers, push boundaries and tobuild partnerships all in an effort to achieve a shared vision for excellentpatient centered heath care. She never misses an opportunity to helpothers understand the unique contributions Nurse Practitioners make to thehealth of Ontarians across the continuum of care in a variety of community,hospital and long term care settings for children, adults and seniors.Paulas clinical care was highlighted in the Feb 2011 issue of CanadianLiving. It is a pertinent example of how Paula approaches nursing care. “It‟sabout combining what you as the patient see as your health needs with myknowledge and expertise, to reach the best outcome for you” Pauladescribes.Paula has assumed a leadership role to organize NPs starting up NursePractitioner Led Clinics this past year. She links these highly motivatedinnovators and provides support for their collective journey to create a newprimary care option for Ontarians through regular teleconferences.Additionally, she also co-chairs with Debra Bournes (Ontario‟s ChiefNursing Officer) the Nursing Secretariat‟s Nurse Practitioner Led ClinicSteering Group.We thank Paula for her dedication and commitment in providing bothexemplary patient centred care and in leading Ontario nurse practitioners tonew relationships and partnerships, to new legislation and regulation, andopportunities for continuing education. Her efforts have helped to ensurethat all Ontarians will have access to a new type of health care that trulyputs the patient in the centre of the health care team.
  • 10. Please join me in congratulating Paula Carere, a very deserving recipient ofan NPAO Honorary Life MembershipWebsite posting for awardsNPAO AwardsNPAO and our partner organizations are pleased to offer a wide range of awards and bursaries tomembers. These bursaries and awards are presented at the Annual NP Conference and NPAO’sAnnual Conference and General Meeting.Call for ApplicationsWatch this space! Several months before the annual conference, a call for applications will beposted here along with application forms, details on eligibility and criteria for each award.Awards and BursariesNPAO and our partner organizations are pleased to offer a wide range of awards and bursariesto members. The call for award applications is posted on our website along with the applicationdeadlines Friday September 23, 2011. The awards and bursaries are all presented at the AnnualNPAO Conference in November.Jerry Gerow Nurse Practitioner Leadership Award – ApplicationEstablished in 2005, NPAO’s most prestigious award recognizes the significant contributions ofJerry Gerow to the profession as a pioneer in NP practice in Ontario and to the Association asone of the founding members. NPAO provides a $1500 award to a member who hasdemonstrated exceptional leadership to the Association and in NP practice. Funding is intendedto support post-graduate education or attendance at a national or international nursingconference. This is a peer nomination.2010 Recipient Mary van SoerenPrevious Recipients – Theresa Agnew, Colleen Kennelly, Tina Hurlock-Chorostecki, JoanneOpsteen and Michelle Acorn, Mary van Soeren.NPAO Member Bursary – Application
  • 11. As a result of the success of our Annual Conference, NPAO offers four bursaries of $1000 tomembers of NPAO who are pursuing further education at the graduate or post-graduate level.Over forty members have benefited from this funding to pursue their NP certificate or post-graduate education.2010 Recipients – Kimberly Colapinto, Joy MacPherson, Sahira Saeed, Christopher SavardNPAO Presidents Award (New this year) - ApplicationA new award of $1000 was established this year by the NPAO President to honour NPinnovations. NPAO members are invited to apply for this award to support NP innovations.The AstraZeneca Award for Innovation in Chronic Disease Management – ApplicationProvides a member of NPAO with a $5000 grant to develop strategies to optimize themanagement of chronic disease and improve quality of life. Members of NPAO are encouragedto submit proposals that will support implementation of an innovative project that will influencehow CDM is integrated into their practice setting or community/region. Initiatives that supportthe development, implementation or integration of tools, resources or strategies to enhancepatient self-management or interprofessional care are encouraged. The project must becompleted by November 1, 2011 and the award recipient is expected to participate in at least onedissemination strategy.2010 Recipient – Catherine Daniels and Krista Kielty2009 Recipient – Willi Kirenko2008 Recipient – Anne DouglasHuronia Nurse Practitioner Network Bursary – ApplicationAs a result of the success of HNPNs Annual Inter-Professional Conference, and in support oftheir nurse practitioner colleagues, HNPN is offering a $1500 bursary to a NPAO member tosupport their continuing education. Preference will be given to a member of the HNPN but allmembers are encouraged to apply. Established in 2000, HNPN is a group of over 30 local NPswho work in a variety of primary and acute care settings and support inter-professional practice,education and evidenced-based practice.2010 Recipient Tina Hurlock-ChorosteckiPfizer Consumer Healthcare Award (previously Whitehall Robins Bursary) – ApplicationSince 2003, Whitehall Robins has supported Nurse Practitioners in Ontario through a bursaryprogram of two $1500 awards to NPAO members. The purpose of these bursaries is to providesupport for Nurse Practitioners intending to practice in community programs throughout theprovince.2010 Recipients – Aaron Medd, Nicola Bryant
  • 12. Pfizer Award for Clinical Excellence (PACE) – ApplicationInitiated in 2005, the Pfizer Award for Clinical Excellence provides recognition and financialsupport for two NPAO members who display excellence and best practices in one of threeclinical areas: Cardiovascular Care and Wellness (including hypertension, cholesterol, diabetesmanagement or smoking cessation), Pain and Symptom Management or Dementia related care.Each recipient will receive a grant for $2500. Sponsored by Pfizer, the award recognizes bestpractices and leadership and helps promote the NP role.2010 Recipients – Michelle Clifford Middell, De-Ann Sheppard