Workplace Integration of New Nurses (WINN)

Workplace Integration of New Nurses (WINN)

December 03, 2010 16:00 ET

Alberta and Nova Scotia Nurses Recognized for Their Contribution to the Profession

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Two nurses, one from Alberta and one from Nova Scotia, were recognized last night (December 2nd) for their tireless efforts to improve Canada's healthcare system. The pair received national recognition at the 6th Annual Workplace Integration of New Nurses (WINN) – Nursing The Future (NTF) Conference that was held at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre December 1st-3rd. The awards are intended to recognize nurses for their efforts to encourage and advance new nursing practice in Canada. The New Graduate Leadership Award was presented to Shannon Andre of Edmonton, Alberta for her volunteer work with new graduates in Alberta and also for her passion and understanding about the transition to professional practice. According to one of new nominees, "Shannon is an amazing coach and Chapter Coordinator of the NTF Edmonton Leadership team who is genuinely invested in the development of her team while also making that difficult transition into her first year of practice". The Torch Award for Canadian Leadership on New Graduate Issues was presented to Leann MacKeen from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her nominee commented that "as a Professional Practice Liaison in the hospital's Chief of Nursing Office, Leanne was part of the first ever New Graduate Support Session to take place in the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The discussions and positive feedback from the new grads following the inaugural session strengthened Leanne's resolve that indeed, this was an important issue!"

Approximately 200 senior practicing nurses, nursing managers, educators, human resource managers, professional associations, government and union representatives from across Canada attended this year's conference to review and discuss current research and workplace initiatives that support the professional role transition of these young professionals. The WINN (Workplace Integration of New Nurses) initiative started in 2004 by a group of Manitoba nursing leaders and has seen a tremendous momentum over the past 6 years. Recently, WINN joined forces with one of the fastest growing non-profit healthcare organizations in Canada - Nursing the Future. Also initiated in 2004, this organization is the only support network outside of the workplace that provides knowledge about, and support for, graduates making their transition to professional nursing practice. You can get more information about Nursing The Future at www.nursingthefuture.ca. The 2011 WINN-NTF Conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Contact Information

  • Dr. Judy Boychuk Duchscher
    Executive Director, Nursing the Future
    and Co-Chair of WINN-NTF 2010
    (403) 919-2984