2022 annual Award of Excellence in Nursing: call for nominations
Celebrating the dedication, initiative and distinction of nurses who are helping to improve the health of First Nations and Inuit in Canada.
The 2022 Award of Excellence in Nursing call for nominations is now closed.
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About the award
This award will be presented to 3 exceptional nurses who provide care to First Nations or Inuit communities. Nominees will have demonstrated that they are committed to excellence in nursing practices serving First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada:
- by consistently delivering excellent nursing services to First Nations and Inuit individuals, organizations and communities
- by providing or creating culturally appropriate environments to support health and healing
- through advocacy work that:
- ensures access to care
- ensures mobilization of resources
- addresses health inequities
- influences policy and system change
- by embracing the invitation to participate in community events and engaging with community members
The award will be presented to 3 recipients during National Nursing Week. A virtual Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022. Each recipient will receive a framed certificate, as well as a gift to commemorate this special occasion.
Who is eligible
The award is open to all registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered or licensed practical nurses who:
- have worked a minimum of 2 years in a First Nations or Inuit community
- are currently employed by one of the following organizations:
- an Inuit Nunangat organization, including all Inuit Land Claim Organizations
- a First Nations employer , including First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories and Yukon
- work as frontline nurses
- have not previously won the award
- are in good standing with their professional organization
The 2021 Award of Excellence in Nursing call for nominations is now closed.
Completed nomination packages had to be submitted electronically no later than Friday, March 4, 2022 at 4 pm Eastern time or by mail, postmarked no later than Friday, March 4, 2022.
All nominators and nominees will be notified in April 2022 of the results.
We wish to thank everyone involved in the process for taking the time to nominate an outstanding nurse providing direct front-line care in a First Nations or Inuit community.
How to submit a nomination
Nominees will be assessed in 2 areas:
- excellence in people skills
- dedication to leadership, learning, professional development and cultural competency
The members of the Nursing Award Selection Committee will base their evaluation on specific criteria within anonymized nomination packages. Please review the criteria below and within your nomination assessment form, describe specific examples of how the nominee fulfills them.
The nominator must complete the nomination form summarizing why the nominee should receive this award.
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Clearly legible, hand-written documentation will also be accepted.
The selection committee will evaluate the nominees based on the following mandatory criteria. Please complete the form accordingly.
Excellence in people skills (all 4 criteria) :
- delivers nursing care with integrity and compassion
- builds effective relationships with clients, families and community members
- active involvement in the community (for example, partnership with community members, allied health professionals or health leads)
- demonstrates an ability to unite team members to achieve team and community goals
Dedication to leadership, learning, professional development and cultural competency (all 6 criteria):
- demonstrates leadership and embraces changing environments
- proactively coaches or mentors nursing students and other nurses or staff
- acts as a role model to inspire others to achieve results and obtain goals
- demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning by continuing to study beyond levels required for their position
- demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to the changing needs of the community, such as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- contributes to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action to effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Indigenous traditional healing practices and facilitates their integration in the treatment of Indigenous clients
Mandatory documents for a complete nomination package submission
- Nominee's current resume
- Completed and signed nomination form by the nominator as well as signed by the nominee (handwritten or digital signature are accepted.)
- Letters of reference or support. These letters should include the following information:
- who you are (your name, title and organization if any)
- your connection with the person you are recommending and the dates in which you knew the nominee
- the specific skills they have (referencing the merit criteria listed above)
- a signature and the date the letter was written
The letters of reference or support would be strengthened by referencing the merit criteria as outlined above. They can be provided by, as an example, a supervisor, manager, colleague, community member or leadership, client.
Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. Please include the nominee's full name, title and organization on all documentation.
Nominees will be evaluated by a selection committee only on the information provided within the nomination package.
Nominations packages can be submitted by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2022 Annual Award of Excellence in Nursing
Indigenous Services Canada
c/o Denise Laferrière
1455-10 rue Wellington
Address locator 1916B, Room 1619B
Gatineau QC K1A 0K4
- 2022 Annual Award of Excellence in Nursing