Provincial nurses’ association recognizes WDMH with 2017 Employer Award of Excellence

Celebrating at the event are (from left) Catherine O'Neill, Lindsay Snell, Naomi Thick, Adria MacMartin, Deanna VandenBosch, Samantha Claxton, Lynn Hall, Tammy Ridge and Alison Sainsbury.

WINCHESTER — Winchester District Memorial Hospital has received the 2017 Employer Award of Excellence from the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) –and both staff and leaders at WDMH couldn’t be prouder.

“It is such an honour to work with our 42 Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) every day. They are an amazing group of professionals who are truly committed to caring for our patients,” notes Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services. “At WDMH, instead of hearing ‘Can an RPN do that?’ you are more likely to hear ‘Why can’t an RPN do that?’. They are an integral part of our health care team.”

In its award presentation video, RPNAO noted that “WDMH fosters a culture of inclusivity for multidisciplinary staff as part of quality teams. Their patient-centred approach is central to the hospital’s success. RPNs are represented on quality teams and are actively involved in supporting research.”

An RPN at WDMH noted: “The organization values and embraces the RPN and allows us to utilize our knowledge. skills and judgement to the fullest in multiple practice settings.”

Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) are community college graduates who complete a national certification examination. They are registered to practice as a nurse by the College of Nurses of Ontario and must renew their registration annually to maintain up-to-date skills and knowledge of current practices.

“On behalf of WDMH and our local communities, thank you to our Registered Practical Nurses for everything you do,” Hall summed up.

See the organization’s video bestowing the honour on WDMH, below.



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