CANO/ACIO Achievement Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
Rising Star Award
Differentiating the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rising Star Award, and the Distinction Award
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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 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
This award will recognize an outstanding oncology nurse whose contributions to cancer nursing practice, education, leadership and/or research has furthered the vision, mission and values of CANO/ACIO.
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
Award for Excellence in Reviewing Peer Reviewed Manuscripts for CONJ
This is a new award (2018) to acknowledge and recognize the efforts of a reviewer for the CONJ for contributions to the production of a high quality journal through excellent manuscript review over time. The work of reviewing manuscripts for the CONJ is an extremely important activity. The very quality of the Journal content is a direct output of this activity. The feedback from reviewers helps not only the authors improve their articles but also the Editor-in-Chief in making decisions about which manuscripts to accept. Without reviewers we would not have a high quality journal. This role is often an ‘unsung service role for a Journal in which reviewer rarely receive open recognition.
Award Criteria/Selection Process
Open to any reviewer for the CONJ who is a CANO/ACIO member and consistently provides excellent and thoughtful feedback for review of manuscripts; individual engages in more than one review per year and responds to all requests in a timely manner.
The award ought to go to an individual who consistently performs at a stellar (high quality) level with his/her reviews (i.e., comprehensive, balanced, constructive, timely, knowledgeable, supportive, encouraging to authors) and participates regularly.
The Editor-in-Chief will make a recommendation to the Recognition of Excellence Committee. The award will be presented in the fall at the annual CANO/ACIO Conference.
Award for Best Manuscript in CONJ
This CONJ Award was created in 2014 and developed in the spirit of Heather Porter who has devoted 25 years to CANO and most recently was the Editor of the CONJ. It is an annual award supported by the Board of Directors of the CANO/ACIO to recognize oncology nurses who publish their work in the CONJ journal.
Award Criteria/Selection Process
- At least one author must be a CANO/ACIO member
- To be eligible for consideration the article must support or enhance the use of evidence to inform oncology nursing practice. Articles do not have to be original research to be considered but must be in the peer-review section
- For articles with more than one Author, the authors must identify a representative from the group to accept the Editor’s Award of Excellence on behalf of the group/team; the award is for an excellent article regardless of whether one author or a team produced it; if it was a team, the whole team is awarded the honour
The award is open to all eligible authors (including a team of authors) who publish in the CONJ during the publishing period including Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Volumes.
The Editorial Committee will make a recommendation of the top choice manuscript which the Editor will pass to the Recognition of Excellence Committee. The award will be presented in the fall at the annual CANO/ACIO Conference.
Last Updated: July 2019