Excellence in Nursing Practice

This award is presented to a nurse who demonstrate excellence in psychiatric nursing practice. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in all four major categories of practice: Nursing knowledge, Clinical decision-making, Professional accountability and responsibility; and Application of research.

Nominees must also demonstrate excellence in at least four of the following areas:
  • Demonstrates outstanding abilities in the delivery of holistic care
  • Fosters a healthy culture of respect, integrity and collegiality within the health-care team
  • Actively advocates for patients and families and for the care provided to them
  • Demonstrates initiative in influencing positive changes in care delivery using evidence based practice
  • Demonstrates leadership in the development and implementation of programs for patients, families and/or community
  • Incorporates and shares learning gained through professional development into their practice setting

Nominees must also meet all the following general criteria:
  • Demonstrates excellence as a professional nurse consistently
  • Demonstrates responsibility for own professional development on a consistent basis
  • Participates in the activities of professional, health-related organizations outside of own agency (not required as part of employment)
  • Demonstrates innovative and progressive ideas in nursing
  • Acts as a role model and mentor
  • Demonstrates excellence in interpersonal relationships and communication skills