Not a profession for the faint of heart, but one where compassion and resilience shine, a career in Nursing is both rewarding and challenging. Over the past year, we have seen the vital role that nurses play in our community, and throughout National Nursing Week, we have celebrated our nurses.
In honour of outstanding nursing students and faculty, the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, recently hosted their annual awards ceremony virtually.
Bringing practical examples into collective discussions
Among this year’s award recipients is Professor Victoria Reid-de Jong, winner of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Upon receiving this honour, Prof. Reid-de Jong reflected upon her career, working as a preceptor and faculty member, supporting young nurses.
“Transitioning into education allowed me to be practical examples into the classroom for [Nursing] students to hear, to think about, and to collectively discuss the complexities that are often present,” she noted. “Nothing in my professional life has excites me more than helping [students] work through difficult situations […] and to engage with their nursing knowledge.”
Advancing careers in elder care
Among the three recipients of the Janet Bews Scholarship in Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias was Shawna Peddar. “I have had an interest in working with people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease since I was a teenager,” reflects Ms. Peddar, who also holds a degree in Gerontology from the University of Guelph. “I am pursuing the Nursing degree at Trent in order to move my career forward in geriatric healthcare.”
The full list of recipients of the 2020/21 TFSON awards are as follows:
- Laura Garrett, Preceptor Recognition Award
This award recognizes a preceptor who has demonstrated leadership in nursing education, student centred learning and support and advocacy for supportive organizational policies.
- Taisha Stewart, Cathy Graham Clinical Instructor Award
This award was established recognizing a TFSON clinical instructor, Cathy Graham. This award recognizes a part-time or full-time faculty clinical instructor who has demonstrated exceptional mentorship, modelling professional and relational approaches with students, clients, families and/or community groups and staff. The recipient is nominated by Nursing students.
- Victoria Reid- de Jong, Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence
This award recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution in teaching/learning through ongoing development of students and faculty.
- Brandon Ractoo, Parkinson’s Society Dr. Ted Cragg Award
Established by the family of Dr. T Cragg with the Parkinson’s Society in recognition of his contribution to the community. The recipient is strong academically and has strong experience with working with people living with Parkinson’s Disease.
- Amanda Botts, Shawna Peddar and Marina Swiatek, Janet Bews Scholarship in Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias
This award was established by the Alzheimer Society of Peterborough and Area in memory of Professor Janet P. Bews, a member of the Trent Classics department from 1966 - 1999 and a strong advocate for the Alzheimer Society. The winners are strong academically with outstanding experience working with people with dementia.
- Cathy Pham, June Woodend Scholarship in Community Palliative Care Nursing
This award was established in the memory of June Winifred Woodend by her family. The Public Health nurse and lifelong volunteer who established a volunteer palliative care program at her community hospital. Recipients show strong interest and career goals in community-based palliative care.