2021 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 deadline to submit nomination packages has been extended to March 8, 2021.
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About the award
The award will be presented to 3 exceptional nurses who provide care to First Nations or Inuit clients. Nominees will have demonstrated that they are committed to excellence in nursing practice by:
- consistently using sound judgment at all times when delivering nursing services to individuals, organizations and communities;
- maintaining professionalism in their treatment of clients and their approach to leadership
- embracing diversity and inclusion in supporting culturally appropriate environment
The Award of Excellence in Nursing will be presented to the 3 recipients during National Nursing Week. A virtual Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021. Each recipient of the award 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 the equivalent of 2 years fulltime in a First Nations or Inuit community
- are currently employed by ISC, a First Nations employer or are working in an Inuit community
- work as frontline nurses
Completed nomination packages with supporting materials must be received either by mail, fax or email by: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. EST and sent to:
NOTE: if mailed, ensure the package is date stamped by March 8, 2021.
2021 Annual Award of Excellence in Nursing
Indigenous Services Canada
Address locator 1916B, room 1619B
Jeanne Mance Building at Tunney's Pasture
200 Eglantine Driveway
Ottawa ON K1A 0K9
All nominators and nominees will be notified in April 2021 of the results. We wish to thank everyone involved in the nomination process for taking the time to nominate an outstanding nurse providing direct front-line care in a First Nations or Inuit community.
How to make a nomination
Nominated candidates will be assessed in 2 areas:
- excellence in people skills
- dedication to leadership, learning, professional development and cultural competency
Members of a Nursing Award Selection Committee will evaluate the nomination packages anonymously based on specific criteria. 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 form (if an issue occurs with the link, open with Adobe) summarizing why the nominee should receive this award. Clearly legible, hand-written documentation will also be accepted.
The selection committee will evaluate the candidates based on the following essential 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/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 use them in the treatment of Indigenous clients.
Mandatory documents for a complete nomination package submission
- candidate or nominee's current resume
- completed and signed nomination form (if an issue occurs with the link, open with Adobe) by the nominator as well as signed by the candidate/nominee (handwritten or digital signature option available)
- 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 candidate or nominees full name, title and organization on all documentation.
Nominees will be evaluated by a selection committee only on the information provided within this package.