WeRPN is pleased to celebrate nurses through several categories of Awards:
Employer Award of Excellence
This award recognizes an employer that has demonstrated outstanding achievement with improving the utilization of registered practical nurses (RPNs) in innovative and creative ways, creating a multi-disciplinary team environment for all health care workers and maintaining a safe, respectful and empowering work environment where RPNs can work to the fullest of their knowledge, skill and judgment.
Award of Excellence and Innovation
The Award of Excellence and Innovation is presented to an RPN who has contributed in a significant way, on an ongoing basis, to the profession; and/or practical nursing in Ontario; and whose efforts have demonstrated exemplary nursing practices.
Preceptor Award of Excellence
The role of the preceptor is to provide guidance to a student entering the practice setting by creating a positive learning environment in which the student can expand his/her knowledge and skills to successfully integrate nursing theory into practice. The Preceptor Award of Excellence is bestowed upon a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in recognition of outstanding contributions as a role model for a practical nursing student.
Excellence in the Care of Older Ontarians
In dedication to Martha Thumlert, an older adult and an exceptional woman who died unnecessarily from a hospital acquired infection. This award celebrates the dedication of an RPN who provides exceptional care to our beloved older adults in a manner that is respectful, compassionate, professional and exemplifies nursing excellence. In particular, this award acknowledges a nurse who is focused on the improvement of safety and well-being of older Ontarians by demonstrating knowledge, innovation and leadership.
The Michael & Werner Geidlinger Award for Palliative Care
In honour of the memory of Michael Geidlinger and Werner Geidlinger, whose lives were lost too soon, this award recognizes the unique character and tremendous care delivered by RPNs to patients at the end of life. Specifically, this award celebrates an RPN who demonstrates specialized knowledge and understanding of the philosophy of palliative care, and delivers exceptional compassionate and therapeutic care to their patients.
Award for Student Excellence
The award is presented to one practical nursing student graduating from each Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology who best demonstrates the following criteria as determined by the college practical nursing faculty.
- Strong leadership ability
- Self directed learning
- Excellence in theory and clinical nursing practice
- Professional and personal growth
- An understanding of supporting their professional association
Note: Recipients are selected by each College