It is with great pleasure that I introduce guest blogger, Barb Fagan, CACCN Director, Awards and Corporate Sponsorship to share information on how you can Pay It For-Award!
Teddie Tanguay, CACCN President
Every day in our lives as critical care nurses we have the opportunity to pay it forward. Simple acts of kindness have the ability to change the perspective of the world.
In your practice, you perform both simple and dramatic acts. With increased frequency, it is often the simple things you do for patients, families and colleagues that spread positivity and have a profound effect on the perceived quality of care – both for those giving and receiving of the care. Patients remember when you have held their hand ‘just because’ and they remember how you took the time to lovingly tuck them in for a rest with a warm blanket. Families are touched by staff that go above and beyond the call of duty and those that go the extra mile to make the hospitalization more bearable. It may be as simple as bringing in used magazines and books to pass the time in the waiting room, or including the family members in the unit’s afternoon coffee run to Tim Horton’s.
Similarly our colleagues are touched when team members express some kind words, send an encouraging email or give them pat on the back/job well done at the end of a brutal shift.
As members of CACCN, we have the ability to Pay it For-Award. As the CACCN Director for Awards and Corporate sponsorship, I am truly amazed each year by the stories of CACCN award recipients. Their dedication and professionalism inspire us all. Through the generous support of sponsors, we have several wonderful avenues to Pay it For-Award to our members.
In this blog I’d like to highlight a few of the CACCN Awards available to you – our membership.
Many of you are lifelong learners pursuing academic excellence. It is a challenge to balance the commitments of family, work and school. Perusing academic excellence is rewarding but also costly. Smith’s Medical Canada and CACCN established the Smith’s Educational Awardto provide funds ($1000.00 twice yearly) to assist critical care nurses to attend continuing education programs at the baccalaureate, masters and doctorate of nursing levels. I would encourage all members to consider applying to deflect a portion of the cost of your studies. Know a colleague who is pursuing an educational degree? Encourage them to apply for the award. Applied but not the lucky recipient? Continue to apply twice yearly – you’ve already completed the application. Submission deadlines are September 1st and January 31st annually.
CACCN has a strong belief in nursing research and established the CACCN Research Grant to provide funds to support the research activities of a CACCN member that is relevant to the practice of critical care nursing. Awarded yearly, deadline for submission is February 15th. Marie Edwards, the CACCN Publications and Research Board representative will be featured in an upcoming blog.
In January, we reflect on the past year and look forward to the future. Consider Paying it For-Award – by encouraging your local chapter to submit their application for the Draeger Medical Canada Chapter of the Year Award to celebrate the accomplishments of your chapter members over the past year. Application deadline is May 31st annually. The award, in the amount of $500 and a plaque recognizes the effort, contributions and dedication of a CACCN Chapter in carrying out the purposes and goals of the association.
Simple acts. How will you Pay it For-Award in 2014? Perhaps you will consider Paying it For-Award by checking out some of the other awards on the website and nominating a deserving colleague.
I look forward to your comments and seeing your applications for upcoming CACCN awards. Happy New Year everyone!
CACCN Director, Awards and Corporate Sponsorship
- 2013 Award Recipients
- Previous Award Recipients
- Our Sponsors
- CACCN Awards:
- The Smiths Educational Award
- CACCN Research Grant
- Chapter of the Year Award
- The Spacelabs Innovative Project Award
- Cardinal Health “Chasing Excellence” Award
- The Brenda Morgan Leadership Excellence Award
- BBraun Sharing Expertise Award
- Canadian Intensive Care Week “Spotlight” Challenge
- The Editorial Awards
- Recruitment and Retention Awards
- CNCC(C) and CNCCP(C) Draws