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The Krembil Nursing Awards (KNA), as a subset of the
Krembil Foundation, has generously supported Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) nurses since 2004. These Awards provide opportunities for point-of-care full-time nurses to devote designated time to conduct quality improvement (QI) projects for up to a year or research projects for up to 18 months to improve patient care in their clinical areas.
Projects funded by the Krembil Nursing Awards allow nurses at TWH to directly impact nursing practices and patient care. Learn more about the projects, challenges, successes, and why other nurses should apply in the short video below.
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A maximum of two recipients will receive a total of $10,000 over two years ($5,000/year) to aid in the pursuit of a Master in Nursing or in a health-related field.
Eligibility criteria: Applicants must be a nurse (including nursing leadership) at the Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) and have been employed within TWH for a minimum of one year.
Applicants are required to submit the following:
Please send required documents to
Stacey Krembil and
Deadline: December 1
Nicole Chan is a Canadian Nurses Association certified nurse in neuroscience and has been working on the Neurovascular Unit at Toronto Western Hospital for over 5 years. She graduated from Ryerson University with Distinction in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the Double Degree program at the University of Victoria, for a Master's in Nursing and a Master's in Science in Health Informatics. Nicole is excited to explore the field of health informatics and how health technology can be utilized to improve patient outcomes, especially with the advancements made possible through the pandemic. Nicole continues to look for opportunities to improve professional practice through Krembil Nursing Awards and is excited to share her knowledge with others.
Fiona O'Neill is a Patient Care Coordinator in Toronto Western Hospital Operating Room. Fiona was a perioperative nurse in the OR at TWH for 4 years after graduating from Queen's University with her Bachelor of Nursing Science. Before becoming a PCC, she had the opportunity to receive 2 Krembil Nursing Awards. Fiona has had the opportunity to present the findings of her projects locally and looks forward to more opportunities to share learning. Fiona is part of the Krembil Mentors Committee and enthusiastically supports the many quality improvement and research projects the committee oversees. Fiona is completing her Master of Nursing from Athabasca University and is scheduled to complete the program in December 2022.
Emma Robertson graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Francis Xavier University. She has worked as a Perioperative nurse at Toronto Western Hospital for the past eight years, she was able to complete a Krembil Nursing Award quality improvement initiative creating a standard operating procedure for organ donation in the operating room. She has recently started her masters in Global Surgical Care through University of British Columbia where she hopes to build on her knowledge and experience with humanitarian aid and surgery in resource poor settings.
Katrina Lazo is a graduate student of Athabasca University's Master of Nursing program. As a registered nurse at Toronto Western Hospital (TWH), her commitment for patient advocacy and nursing empowerment have carried through her clinical experiences on General Internal Medicine and the Medical-Surgical/ Neuro Intensive Care Unit (MSNICU). Her passion for teaching led to her roles as nurse preceptor, mentor, and clinical instructor. During the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Katrina responded to the emergent educational needs as the interim Advanced Practice Nurse Educator for TWH's MSNICU. As a dedicated life-long learner and clinician, Katrina aspires to continue leading with authenticity and integrity.
Tahmina Noori is currently a graduate student with the University of Toronto in the Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner program). She started her journey at York University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Soon after, Tahmina found her passion for Neurosciences at University Health Network (UHN), where she practices as a Registered ICU Nurse at Toronto Western Hospital. Tahmina's personal experience of evading civil war and being a refugee shaped certain inherent qualities and desires. Her passion to help the underprivileged, the sick and the dying, and to provide them with comfort has led her to pursue a Master of Nursing degree. As a Nurse Practitioner, she wants to promote concepts of social justice, equality, and health for all.
Anita Sarpong is a graduate student currently enrolled in the Master of Nursing program at Athabasca University. Anita completed her undergraduate degree from Ryerson University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN). As a Registered Nurse, she has been practicing through University Health Network (UHN) at Toronto Western Hospital, specifically on the Spine/Neurology unit. Her desire to empower others through education has allowed her to become an agent of change, and to strive for her Master of Nursing degree. She is excited to embark on this endeavour, enrich her knowledge, diversify her worldview and develop professionally along the way.
Kendra Willis graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Brock University. For the first three years of her career, she worked in an inpatient nephrology unit caring for acutely ill renal patients at St. Catharines General Hospital. In 2015, Kendra moved to Toronto and pursued her passion for surgical nursing and began working in the Operating Room at TWH. During this time, she completed several Krembil Nursing Awards that sparked an interest in Quality and Process Improvement. In 2018, while simultaneously applying to graduate school, Kendra took a job as a Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) for Perioperative Services at TWH. In 2019, she began a Master of Health Management through McMaster University and is scheduled to complete her degree in 2022. The skills and knowledge Kendra has gained through graduate school have been extremely beneficial and applicable to her role as PCC.
Heather Wyers is the current Advanced Practice Nurse Educator in Toronto Western Hospital Operating Room. Before taking on this role, Heather was a perioperative nurse in the OR at TWH for 6.5 years and had the opportunity to receive and complete two Krembil Nursing Awards. Heather has presented at local, provincial, national, and international levels on her Krembil Nursing award:
Improving Accuracy in Calculating Estimated Blood Loss Through the Use of a Standardized Approach. Heather has just completed her Master of Nursing from Athabasca University and is an active Krembil Mentor for nurses completing their Krembil Nursing award.
A key goal for the Krembil Nursing Awards is professional growth and development for all nurses participating in either a QI or research project. By building capacity for nurse leaders as mentees and mentors, the profession will continue to evolve as we challenge ourselves to broaden our experiences and ideas. Together, nurses can change the future of health care by focusing on the needs of the individual patient and by ensuring that safe and best care is always delivered.
1 Development of Effective Model of Care to Enhance Team Nursing
2 Developing 'Grab and Go Educational Modules' to Enhance Nursing Knowledge & Improve Patient Outcomes
3 Transitioning from New to Experienced OR Nurses: Updating Online Resources
1 Development of a Normothermic Protocol for Neurological Injury Patients in the TWH MS/NICU
2 Physical Restraint Use Prevalence and Patterns in Intensive Care Unit: Nursing Staff Survey
3 Development of an Evaluation Tool to Complement the Teaching & Learning Styles Between the Preceptor & New Staff Member or Student
4 Improving Communication of Pain in the Presence of a Language Barrier
5 Detecting Factors Associated with Deteriorating Ward Patients Among Neuroscience Units
6 Evaluation of Minimizing Pressure Ulcers on the Orthopedic Unit by Nursing Led Initiative
7 Speaking Up to Incivility: Improving Nurses' Confidence Communicating with Family Members
1 Assessing the Use of the Telephone to Facilitate Communication Between Patients & Family in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit: A QI Project
2 Improving Intraoperative Communication with Waiting of Families Through the Use of Text Messaging Technology
3 Improving OR Scheduling in General Surgery
4 Improving Accuracy in Calculating Estimated Blood Loss Through the Use of a Standardized Approach
5 Personalized Education for Arthroscopic Shoulder Day Surgery Patients
6 Exploring Critical Nurses' Perspective on Access to Professional Development & Leadership Opportunities
7 Development of an Integrated Spinal Cord Clinical Pathway: A Quality Improvement Initiative
8 Promotion of Patient Safety Through Education: Having a Joint Replacement – Translation of the DVD into Italian, Portuguese & French
9 Development of a Resource Manual for Newly Hired Nurses in Orthopedics
10 Promoting Patient Safety in Elective Hip & Knee Patients: Discharge Tool
11 Evaluating the Effectiveness of Applying Continuous Monitoring & Remote Notification Systems on Post-op Patients: A QI Project
12 Improving Patient Diabetes Management Through Nurse Educational Initiatives
1 Pain Management for Bariatric Patients
2 The Effects of Bladder Distension and Urinary Retention in the Elective Patient
3 UTI Incidence in Spinal Unit: Impact of Change
1 Hepatitis A and B Vaccination Rates in Patients with Hepatitis C Virus Infection: A Quality Assurance Project
Congratulations to our winners!