Conestoga news

December 20, 2001 1:32 PM

Nursing Program Recognizes Outstanding Students

Conestoga College’s School of Health Sciences and Community Services recently announced awards bestowed on outstanding students who completed their studies in the diploma-level Nursing program in December 2001. A total of 52 students recently completed the three-year program, and seven members of the class received achievement awards. In addition, one award went to a second-year student.

The winners are as follows.

Lisa Boyd of Stratford
Lisa Boyd has won the $200 Jean O’Leavey Award for Excellence in Nursing, which recognizes high academic achievement (an A average), outstanding application of theoretical knowledge in a clinical setting, and consistent personal and professional growth during the course of her
Vicky Loiselle of Kitchener
Vicky Loiselle is winner of the $150 St. Mary’s General Hospital (Kitchener) Educational Award for Continuing Education. The honour goes to a graduating student who has a demonstrated interest in postgraduate studies, and who has attained a high level of academic achievement and clinical proficiency.
Karrie Hansler of Kitchener
Karrie Hansler is recipient of the $250 Sister Beatrice Schnarr Scholarship, which reflects her achievement in
attaining the highest academic grade-point average among her graduating class in the Nursing program.
Marisa Costa of Cambridge
Marisa Costa has won a pendant and recognition plaque, which constitute the Nursing Faculty Award. The honour recognizes a combination of attributes: initiative, positive attitude, problem-solving skill, professional motivation, and a caring and compassionate attitude in performance of clinical experiences.
Denise Russell of Cambridge
Denise Russell is winner of the $500 Homewood Foundation Scholarship in Psychiatric Nursing, for demonstrated interest in psychiatric nursing as displayed through theoretical and clinical achievement while in the Nursing program, combined with outstanding clinical performance in a psychiatric facility.
Libby Leung of Cambridge
Libby Leung has earned the RNAO Waterloo Chapter Award for Professionalism, consisting of a $150 credit to be applied towards membership in the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. It recognizes academic achievement and clinical proficiency, combined with participation in student activities associated with the RNAO.
Julie Prince of Kitchener
Julie Prince has won the $100 Dr. Stanley F. Leavine Memorial Award, for high academic achievement (an A average), clinical excellence, and consistent personal and professional growth during her participation in the Nursing program.
Philana Pendleton of Cambridge
The award won by Philana Pendleton -- the $200 Judith Cooper Memorial Award -- goes to a second-year student. It recognizes achievement to date in theoretical studies and clinical experiences, as well as demonstrated support of student colleagues and a caring attitude towards patients. Philana Pendleton will complete her studies in December 2002.

Nursing and Practical Nursing programs at Conestoga have recently undergone significant growth, both because of their quality and because of society’s increasing need for skilled, dedicated health care professionals. This group of programs now constitutes a significant share of Conestoga’s full-time undergraduate enrolment. As of September 2001, nearly 100 students were in Practical Nursing and more than 500 in Nursing (including the first 36 to enrol in the Conestoga College-Mohawk College-McMaster University Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program).

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