And the Oscar for Nursing Excellence goes to…

May 16, 2013

The dedication, contribution and achievements of over 3,600 nurses who provide care for patients at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) were celebrated May 8 at “A Night at the Oscars” nursing gala, an event held in observation of International Nursing Week.

This year, three new awards were established to recognize excellence in a nursing team, everyday nursing leadership and point of care nursing. Congratulations to University Hospital’s 8th Floor Surgical Care Unit who won the Nursing Team Award; RN Angela Andrews of Nephrology for winning the Point-of-Care Nursing Award, and Krystal Barton, an RN at Victoria Hospital’s Short Stay/Respirology Department, for winning the Everyday Leadership Award.

“Nurses deserve recognition for their dedication, and commitment to providing and improving the quality of care delivery,” Vanessa Burkoski, Vice President / Chief Nursing Executive, Quality, Patient Safety and Professional Practice told the crowd that gathered at the London Convention Centre for the event. “The LHSC Nursing Excellence Awards is an opportunity to highlight the extraordinary individual and team practice of nursing in our organization.”

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses designated May 12 – Florence Nightingale’s birthday – as International Nurses Day.   In 1985, in recognition of the dedication and accomplishments of the nursing profession, the Canadian minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nursing Week in Canada.

Judging team for Nursing awards
Thanks to the organizing committee for the A Night at the Oscars” nursing gala.

See more photos from the evening’s festivities on LHSC’s Facebook page.