Celebrate and connect

National Nursing Week (May 9-15, 2010) is a time to celebrate the contribution of nurses to our healthcare system and our society. Last month, the stories of the individual achievements of Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses were made as the 2010 Awards of Excellence recipients were honoured, and now, we’d like our member’s to share their stories of nursing excellence.

LPNs of excellence

The career path of individual LPNs shows the variety and depth of the profession. The recipient of the 2010 Pat Fredrickson Excellence in Leadership Award, Sharon Rinas LPN, is “the first LPN to be a client coordinator in (an) integrated supportive living program which is comprised of interdisciplinary professionals”. Laura Milligan, LPN, teaches LPNs as the primary educator for the Advanced Orthopedic course at NorQuest College. She received this year’s Rita McGregor Excellence in Nursing Education Award. A dream of working in acute psychiatry kept Jean Collins, LPN, focused. Her thirst for knowledge allowed her to be ready for this interesting role, and awarded her the Laura Crawford Excellence in Nursing Practice Award.

Partners expanding boundaries

Those who promote the growth and development of LPNs in health care teams are also vital to the profession. The first Interprofessional Development Award given to a person external to the LPN profession was presented to Betty Fradgley, RN. She is described as “expanding horizons, winning attitude, inspirational, unity despite the odds, resourceful, motivator, highlights others accomplishments, determined, helps others to overcome challenges, breaks down barriers for others” and “recognizing the professional experience, potential and possibility that LPN’s bring to the field.”

Share your story

Let’s inspire others. Share your short story of nursing excellence by posting it to our comments section below.

With privacy considerations in mind, please don’t mention any personally identifiable information regarding patients, locations, or facilities.

And thank you, Nurses, for all you do.

Pat Fredrickson Excellence in Leadership Award
WINNER: SHARON RINAS, LPN
Read about the Winner here…

Rita McGregor Excellence in Nursing Education Award
WINNER: LAURA MILLIGAN, LPN
Read about the Winner here…

Laura Crawford Excellence in Nursing Practice Award
WINNER: JEAN COLLINS, LPN
Read about the Winner here…

Interprofessional Development Award
WINNER: BETTY FRADGLEY, RN
Read about the Winner here…