The annual WDMH Nursing Awards provide an opportunity to highlight just some of the incredible work being done by Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) nurses every day. The awards were presented as part of the Nursing Week celebrations in May.
Michelle Renaud is the recipient of the Nursing Lifelong Learner award (left), recognizing a nurse’s commitment to ongoing learning and professional development. Michelle is WDMH’s Cancer Coach, providing support to cancer patients throughout their journey. Her nominators noted: “Michelle has always pursued new knowledge, skills and roles through courses, workshops, and actively reading nursing journals. She has always shared her learning with her peers. My favourite thing about Michelle is her friendly, easy-going nature. I don’t feel the least bit intimidated to ask her for help or for her to explain something to me. To me that is the sign of a good teacher.”
The Nursing Leadership Award recognizes a nurse who is an excellent role model; someone who others follow, either by example or by action. Jackie Imrie is this year’s recipient. “Jackie is an advocate for patients, peers and students. She encourages others to strive to be better and practice 200% accountability. She treats her patients like they are family, providing excellent, evidence-based care,” say her nominators.
Nurses work together to care for patients and this year’s Team Collaboration Award honours WDMH’s Medical/Surgical Team. Nominators describe the unit as one that “exemplifies compassionate care and navigates a busy, busy system in a friendly and professional manner. Their modest disposition makes them easy to interact with individually and as a group. And many new initiatives are trialed and introduced on Med/Surg. It’s hard not to value their contribution to the WDMH team!”
“The theme of this year’s Nursing Week is #YESThisIsNursing and we want to congratulate Michelle, Jackie and the Med/Surg team, as well as the other nominees. Together, they demonstrate professionalism and a commitment to continuous learning,” notes Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “The result is better, more compassionate care for our patients.”