Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators (CAPNE)

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Left to right: Karyn Nickerson, Elaine Monteith, Kari Ubels, Eryn Winfield, and Annette Bauwens.

Five members of NorQuest College's Faculty of Health and Community Studies team – Eryn Winfield, Annette Bauwens, Karyn Nickerson, Elaine Monteith, and Kari Ubels – have been recognized by the Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators (CAPNE), the national voice of practical nursing education in Canada, earning three awards for NorQuest.

Winfield, Bauwens, and Nickerson are the 2018 recipients of the CAPNE Innovation in Practical Nurse Team Award. This award recognizes the outstanding work of a team in the creation and implementation of a project or an innovation that enhances Practical Nurse education while demonstrating leadership in innovative and creative teaching methods for the diverse student body. These resourceful instructors are responsible for the collaborative work done to integrate complex case scenarios into three first-year courses: Nursing Communication, Health Assessment and Nursing Foundations 1001. To the team’s knowledge, this has never been done before at any Practical Nurse institution or nursing school.

Monteith is the 2018 recipient of the CAPNE Leadership in Practical Nurse Education Award. This award recognizes a strong commitment to education, leadership in scholarship, teaching and learning, and contributions to the Practical Nurse Program’s visibility and position among other programs and educational facilities. Monteith keeps herself up to date with changes in LPN competencies and takes the time to educate herself so that she may support staff and students in learning newly acquired skills.

Finally, Ubels has earned the CAPNE Mentorship in Practical Nurse Education Award, which recognizes the investment and expertise to mentor others, dedication to the professional growth of other educators and demonstration of exceptional mentoring abilities. Over the past two years, Ubels has supported her staff through innovative teaching tools that allow instructors to better engage students and stay on top of current trends in teaching.

Congratulations to everyone on their outstanding work and well-deserved awards. The awards will be presented at the CAPNE National Conference in Charlottetown, PEI in October 2018.