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Local RN awarded for Excellence in Nursing


Louise Price, a Public Health Nurse in Harbour Breton, was recently rewarded for her many years of dedicated work in public health in the Connaigre Peninsula area.

Public Health Nurse Louise Price (left) was presented with an Award for Excellence in Nursing (Practice) by the Association of Registered Nurses Newfoundland and Labrador at a luncheon held in Gander on June 5. Price said she was very honoured to be recognized by the ARNNL and has enjoyed her role in nursing in the past 30 years. She said it has been the support of the residents of the area that has made her career successful. ARNNL President Regina Cody presented Price with her prestigious award.

Price was one of five nurses presented with the 2014 Awards for Excellence in Nursing by the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL).

Price received her award in the category of Practice.

Beverley White, the Director of Maternal Child and Population Health with Central Health, nominated her for the award.

White said, “I strongly feel that Price displays excellence in her nursing activities.

“She’s passionate about her work, and she has done a great deal of health promotion on the south coast. She uses creative and innovative ways to get health promotion messages across to the general public.”

Price said Harbour Breton residents warmly welcomed her into their community and couldn’t possibly have been any more supportive of her in her role as their Public Health Nurse (PHN). “Whether it was setting up parenting classes, looking for volunteers to help establish a youth center or seeking donations of baby clothes for a mom in need, it is the support of the community that enabled the public health initiatives to be the success they have been,” she said.

Price said that, for her, nursing has always been about relationships.

“I have had the strongest and sweetest of relationships ranging from celebrating with a proud mom who successfully breastfed her newborn to supporting a mom who just lost her child to a terrible disease, she said.

“I have offered words of encouragement to those experiencing difficult times only to find they have inspired me with their courage and strength.”

Price said she was very honoured to receive the Award of Excellence from the ARNNL.

“Receiving an award by the nursing profession that afforded me the opportunity to have my life so enriched, made me feel honored and extremely appreciative.

“It was an emotional day. It made me truly take time to reflect on the support I have received from my family, co-workers and the people of the communities I serve.

“I am viewed as a source of health information for people in the district I serve but those very same people have been the ones to provide me with an education. It might be about coping with a chronic or terminal illness to the benefits of humor.”

Price said she also had many memorable interactions with compassionate and caring coworkers that mentored her along the way.

Price was one of five nurses recognized for their outstanding professionalism on June 4 at an ARNNL luncheon held in Gander.

 Regina Coady, ARNNL President, told the Advertiser, “Through their interactions with clients, colleagues and nursing students, these accountable, knowledgeable, visible and ethical RNs advocate for the health and well-being of the people of the province, and highlight the strength and diversity of the nursing profession.”

ARNNL is the regulatory body and professional organization representing all registered nurses and nurse practitioners in the province.

In pursuit of its mission, ‘Nursing Excellence for the Health of the Population,’ ARNNL exists so there will be accountability for self-regulation, professionalism, quality professional practice environments, and healthy public policy.

Established in 1992, ARNNL’s Awards for Excellence in Nursing recognizes registered nurses and nurse practitioners whose leadership and knowledge set high standards for nursing in the province.

 

 

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