Bloomberg Faculty generates four COUPN Awards

28 March 2011

COUPN award winners 2011

In the photo (left to right): Bloomberg dean Sioban Nelson, Sandra MacDonald-Rencz of Health Canada, Jane Mosley of Women’s College Hospital, Sunita Coelho, Margaret Saari, Beth Clarke and Michelle Lalonde

The Bloomberg Faculty is proud to announce a faculty member and student are the recipients of 2011 Council of Ontario Universities Programs in Nursing (COUPN) awards.

Sunita Coelho will receive the Preceptor Recognition Award and Margaret Saari, Class of 2011, will receive the Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice at the Undergraduate Student Level Award.

The Preceptor Recognition Award is bestowed upon a preceptor who has demonstrated outstanding performance in her/his role as a preceptor and/or mentor for a nursing student. It acknowledges Sunita’s essential contributions to providing direction, support and constructive criticism to a nursing student, as well as her advocacy for the profession of nursing.

The Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice at the Undergraduate Student Level Award is granted annually to a student in a baccalaureate nursing program. Margaret was selected across Ontario nursing programs for demonstrating excellence in professional nursing practice, leadership and scholarship.

Ten provincial awards of excellence will be presented to nursing faculty, students, staff and health program partners by COUPN during an April ceremony. The awards, which were created in 2008, focus on four key areas: excellence in teaching, innovation in research, student excellence and partnership support.

In addition, U of T successfully mounted two additional nominations: Sandra MacDonald-Rencz of Health Canada will receive the Award for Strategic Contribution to Nursing Education for significantly contributing to the vision and mission of COUPN; and Women’s College Hospital will receive the Agency Recognition Award for supporting the education of university nursing students by providing an environment that supports excellence in practice.

COUPN, an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), works in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to deliver the highest quality nursing education to prepare students for practice and to support the province in meeting its human health resource needs.