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Nomination Instructions & Criteria

Purpose of the Awards

The Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves awards recognize SickKids nurses for demonstrated excellence in nursing practice, education, leadership, research or innovation. 

The Maria Györössy-Csepreghy Kluge award recognizes SickKids nurses for excellence in Infant and Neonatal nursing. This award is open to any nurse who has worked at SickKids for five or more years and is enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or continuing education program.

*NEW* The Iris Weiss Memorial Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Mental Health recognizes a SickKids nurse who provides exemplary care for children, youth and their families receiving care within the Division of Child and Adolescent Medicine and Psychiatry and who are interested in pursuing a professional development opportunity.

An individual nurse or a team (including interprofessional members) may be nominated for several of the awards. Nominations can be submitted by any member of the SickKids staff, a patient/family, or a student who has worked closely with the candidate. Nurses are not eligible for an award if they have received an award in the same category within the last three years.

The award recipients will be acknowledged at the 2020 Nursing Excellence Awards ceremony to be held on May 12th at 2:00pm – 3:00 pm in the Hollywood Theatre.

Instructions to Nominators

  • Your nomination must describe how the candidate meets all of the criteria listed for the specific award. You have a maximum of 750 words.
  • Provide specific examples of how the candidate has demonstrated his/her ability to meet the criteria for the award.
  • Each nomination is scored based on the description of how the criteria for the award have been met. Equal weight is given to each criterion listed for the award.
  • Only the information provided in your nomination will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. Any additional materials, such as letters of support, will not be reviewed.
  • Fill out the online nomination form.
  • You may enter information about the candidate and nominator (name, department, contact information, etc.) directly into the online nomination form.
  • Since changes cannot be saved on the online form, we suggest that you prepare your nomination in a Word document until you have a final draft ready for submission.

Helpful Hints

  • Provide examples of how EACH criterian has been met to strengthen a nomination.
  • Consider asking their manager for their CV/Resume and supporting comments, as well as other colleagues
  • Nominators are encouraged to use the full word count (750 words)
  • Other members of the interprofessional team (e.g. Advanced Practice Nurses, Interprofessonal Education Specialists, Clinical Managers, Physicians, parents, etc.) can assist you with a nomination by providing additional examples, editing, etc.
  • Once you have prepared your nomination as a word document, you may copy and paste the content into the online form for submission.
  • Consider using the criteria for the award nomination you are submitting as subheadings for your submission. This may serve as a guide and a reminder to ensure that you address all criteria listed for the award.

You will be sent an email confirming receipt of the nomination you have submitted. If you have any further questions regarding the Nursing Excellence Awards, please contact: Kamalina Gupta at ext. 208300 or via e-mail: kamalina.gupta@sickkids.ca or nursing.excellence@sickkids.ca

Nursing Excellence Awards Nomination Criteria

GRACE EVELYN SIMPSON REEVES Awards 

Nursing Practice Award ($1500)
This award is open to all individual SickKids nurses who demonstrate outstanding achievement in nursing practice.  This award will be presented to the nurse who:

  • Demonstrates commitment to child and family-centred care
  • Makes a significant contribution to a specific area of clinical practice
  • Embraces change as an opportunity for professional growth and learning
  • Provides leadership to others with respect to issues and trends in nursing practice
  •  Is an exemplary role model in the provision of evidence-informed patient care
  • Advances the organization's goals and objectives

Nursing Research and/or Evaluation Award ($1500)
This award is open to all SickKids nurses who are currently engaged in research and/or large-scale program evaluation. The award will be presented to the nurse who demonstrates the value of nursing in the research context by:

  • Advancing practice through involvement in research and/or large-scale program evaluation
  • Acting as a role model and being recognized as a resource regarding the research or evaluation process
  • Contributing to knowledge translation activities to share findings and support evidence-informed practices
  • Pursuing opportunities to enhance knowledge of self and others related to research/evaluation in alignment with the organization's goals and objectives

Nursing Leadership Award ($1500)
This award is open to all SickKids nurses who exemplify leadership in nursing (e.g., in management, clinical care, projects and/or special initiatives, etc.). The award will be presented to the nurse who:

  • Assumes a leadership role in changing the culture of health care delivery
  • Facilitates excellence in child and family-centred care
  • Demonstrates a commitment to staff development and interprofessional collaboration
  • Acts as a change agent to develop strategies to advance the organization's goals and objectives

Advanced Practice Nursing Award ($1500)
This award is open to all SickKids nurses who demonstrate excellence in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner. The award will be presented to the advanced practice nurse who:

  •  Advances professional nursing practice
  • Demonstrates leadership in creatively managing complex patient and family situations
  • Develops creative and innovative strategies to incorporate and promote evidence-informed practice and interprofessional collaboration
  • Is highly regarded as a role model and mentor to peers, internal and external to SickKids
  •  Demonstrates proactive leadership as a change agent to advance the organization’s goals and objectives

Nursing Team Award ($1500)
This award is open to a team of nurses (and may include specific interprofessional members) who demonstrate an exceptional group effort in the advancement of clinical care. All members of the team must demonstrate excellence in their roles and contribute to the outcomes of the team.  This award will be presented to the nursing team that:

  • Demonstrates commitment to child and family-centred care
  • Demonstrates excellence in functioning as a team
  • Contributes to the development of others within and outside of the team
  • Contributes to strengthening clinical practice and imdproving patient care
  • Develops creative and innovative strategies to advance the organization’s goals and objectives

Nursing Education Award ($1500)
This award is open to all SickKids nurses who demonstrate excellence in education of staff, patients and/or families (e.g., Interprofessional Education Specialist, Preceptor, Clinical Support Nurse, Clinical Orientation Support Nurse, Staff Nurse, Informatics Nurse, etc). The award will be presented to the nurse who:

  • Creatively develops educational programs and/or opportunities that meet the learning needs of others
  • Uses creative and innovative teaching methods and evaluation strategies
  • Contributes to development of clinical and professional expertise and/or building care provision capacity in patients and families
  • Promotes a culture of education and continuous learning aligned with the organization’s goals and objectives

Nursing Innovation Award (Individual /Team) ($1500)
This award is open to all SickKids nurses who demonstrate excellence in innovation (e.g., informatics, technology, quality, project management, coordination, occupational health, etc). The award will be presented to the nurse/team who:

  • Makes a significant contribution working on strategic initiatives, that support the advancement of nursing practice and/or patient care practices and processes, either directly or indirectly
  • Contributes to professional learning and expertise in a particular aspect of nursing
  • Demonstrates leadership in managing departmental/organizational change related to a specific area of practice/workflow
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and problem-solving skills to guide evidence-informed decisions related to a specific area of practice/workflow
  • Advances the organizations goals and objectives

    Career Achievement Award ($1500)
    This award is open to all SickKids nurses, in any role, who have been part of the organization for 15 years or more. The award will be presented to the nurse who exemplifies excellence in the following:
  •  Makes a significant contribution in supporting the advancement of nursing practice at SickKids
  • Demonstrates commitment to child and family-centred care, within an interprofessional framework
  • Influences the development, growth, and learning of current and future nurses
  • Regarded by nursing peers as an exemplary role model and leader
  • Career achievements are aligned with organization's goals and objectives

    MARIA GYÖRÖSSY-CSEPREGHY KLUGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INFANT & NEONATAL CARE ($ 3000)
    This award is open to all SickKids nurses who work with infants and neonates, have worked at SickKids for 5 years or more and are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or continuing education program. Please indicate which program the candidate is currently enrolled in and when the candidate expects to complete it.The nurse may discuss eligibility for this award with their manager and then request that their manager provide a letter of support for the application. The award will be presented to the nurse who:
  • Demonstrates excellence in leadership in the area of infant and neonatal care
  • Acts as a mentor to others
  • Exhibits outstanding nursing practice

IRIS WEISS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH ($500)

All nurses, full-time or part-time, within the Child and Adolescent Medicine and Psychiatry programs are eligible to apply for this award. Applicants must write and submit a letter describing how their practice is reflective of the bursary criteria (maximum 750 words). Applicants must also discuss their eligibility for this award with their manager and request a letter of support for their application.  Additional letters of support may be provided. The award will be presented to a nurse who:

  • Demonstrates exemplary nursing care provision for children, youth and their families and inspires excellence in others
  • Excels as a patient and family advocate  
  •  Embraces change as an opportunity for professional growth and learning, demonstrating a life-long learning philosophy
  • Provides leadership locally or within the organization to advance the quality and family-centredness of care\
  • Advances the organization’s strategic outcomes

If you have any further questions regarding the Nursing Excellence Awards, please contact:

Kamalina Gupta
Tel: 416-813-8300 
email: nursing.excellence@sickkids.ca