Bloomberg Nursing is proud to announce two members of our community are recipients of 2012 Council of Ontario Universities Programs in Nursing (COUPN) awards. Vivian Recollet received the Preceptor Recognition Award and Kim Widger the Doctoral Dissertation Award.
The Preceptor Recognition Award is bestowed upon a preceptor who has demonstrated outstanding performance in her role as a preceptor and/or mentor for a nursing student. It acknowledges Recollet’s essential contributions to providing direction, support and constructive criticism to nursing students, as well as her advocacy for the profession of nursing. She is an Aboriginal nurse from Wikwemikong First Nation (Manitoulin Island) who works and preceptors our students at Native Men’s Residence in Toronto.
The Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in nursing research through the completion of her dissertation, defended at an Ontario university. In addition, the doctoral work must make a significant contribution to nursing science and knowledge, and evidence of dissemination must be demonstrated. In her doctoral research, Widger developed a complex protocol to develop, test and refine an instrument to evaluate the quality of paediatric end-of-life care from the parents’ perspectives. She implemented her three-phase research protocol with much knowledge, skill, preparation and insight. She received ethical approval at 10 healthcare organization sites, and developed a most insightful discussion of the implications and utility of her findings, and areas for future research.
Ten provincial awards of excellence were presented to nursing faculty, students, staff and health program partners by COUPN during the annual ceremony. The awards, which were created in 2008, focus on four key areas: excellence in teaching, innovation in research, student excellence and partnership support.
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.