CANO/ACIO Achievement Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
Rising Star Award
Differentiating the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rising Star Award, and the Distinction Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
The CANO/ACIO Board of Directors introduced the lifetime achievement award as a way of acknowledging the outstanding achievements of Canadian oncology nurses. The purpose of the award is to recognize the contributions of a CANO/ACIO nurse to the development of oncology nursing in Canada; a lasting contribution, a lasting legacy of impact. The award is provided to a CANO/ACIO nurse who has made significant outstanding contributions to CANO/ACIO, to oncology nursing and/or to cancer care in Canada during his/her professional career.
"Oncology nursing in Canada today would not be what it is without the contributions of the individuals who are nominees and recipients of the lifetime achievement award."
Greta Cummings, 2007
The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be an oncology nurse who has made and had national and/or international contributions and influence, and who has been previously recognized nationally and/or internationally.
The recipient will be a registered nurse who is or has been a member of CANO/ACIO. Members and/or chairs of CANO/ACIO committees or working groups are eligible to be nominated for this award.
Current CANO/ACIO Board members are not eligible to be nominated for the CANO/ACIO Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Has made a sustained national and/or international contribution to oncology nursing during his/her professional career.
- Serves as an inspiration in the oncology community at a national level, through leadership, practice, teaching, research, publication, and/or public speaking.
- Actively communicates the purpose, principles, values, and the impact of the oncology nursing profession to the global community.
- Has garnered national and/or international recognition for his/her contributions.
- Has been a leader and whose achievements will be a source of historic pride for future generations of oncology nurses and CANO/ACIO.
Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is presented to a novice oncology nurse who has less than three years of oncology nursing experience and in this short time frame has made local, regional, or national contributions to the profession of oncology nursing.
The recipient of this award will be a registered nurse who is or has been a member of the CANO/ACIO. Members and/or chairs of CANO/ACIO committees or working groups are eligible to be nominated for this award.
Current CANO/ACIO Board members are not eligible to be nominated for this award.
The novice oncology nurse has demonstrated some or all of the following attributes/skills:
- Possesses a strong evidence-based oncology nursing knowledge base and practical skill set
- Demonstrates special attributes that indicate he/she will be a future leader
- Demonstrates knowledge of current issues affecting oncology nursing
- Works collaboratively with interdisciplinary patient care teams
- Participates in professional nursing organizations outside of the workplace
- Proactively seeks and/or creates opportunities to make a difference in patient care or to affect change
The Distinction Award is presented to an oncology nurse who has contributed provincially or nationally to the oncology nursing profession during his/her career.
The recipient of this award will be a registered nurse who is or has been a member of CANO/ACIO. Members and/or chairs of committees or working groups are eligible to be nominated for this award.
Current CANO/ACIO Board members are not eligible to be nominated for the CANO/ACIO Distinction Award.
Over his/her career, the successful candidate has made a significant, innovative, and sustained contribution provincially or nationally in two or more of the following areas:
- Supports the generation, implementation, and/or evaluation of innovative nursing practice that leads to improved patient and/or positive nurse outcomes
- Develops, implements, and evaluates programs of care delivery that have impacted patients and families at a population level
- Develops educational programs for nurses and/or members of the inter-professional cancer care team that promote evidence-informed practice to improve health outcomes for people at risk for/living with cancer
- Develops educational programs for patients/families that promote enhanced well-being and health outcomes
- Distinguished researcher who has contributed to the scientific foundation of oncology nursing practice and/or patient care with dissemination of findings provincially or nationally
- Formal or informal mentor to oncology nurses across practice, education, leadership, or research settings and roles
- Provides leadership to shape policy that affects nursing practice and patient outcomes
Last Updated: July 19, 2017