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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 up to a year or research projects 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.
Krembil Nursing Awards Projects
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CAPCR® (Coordinated Approval Process for Clinical Research)Any new study (retrospective data access studies, retrospective biospecimen access studies, prospective studies) that requires REB approval needs first be submitted to CAPCR®, an online application system, to obtain all the approvals required to conduct human research at UHN. This application can be obtained under Research on the UHN Intranet. Submitting a study through CAPCR® ensures review by all the departments and committees whose approval is required before study initiation. Once all required approvals are received for a study, Institutional Authorization will be issued by the CAPCR® system. Following this, the study may begin.
When submitting a study, the REB determines one of the following review paths, depending on the nature and risk profile of the submission. This application is only completed once per study.
This process can be found under
Research on the UHN Intranet.
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.
2021 Krembil Nursing Awards (10)
Improving Documentation Compliance of Pt Education Record (PER) Among Staff on Neurovascular Unit
Rebecca AguiarJosephine Li
Level 2 Quick Reference Nursing Guide
Rachel OffehRamindia Bastiampillai
Examining Nursing Knowledge and Practices Related To Deep Breathing Exercises in Spinal Surgery Setting
Anita SaprongSabrina Phan
Teaching Initiative in Prioritizing of Nursing Skill
Christopher ChowJoyce Ascano
Suture Identification & RecognitionImproving Staff Knowledge re Sutures & their Use in Surgical Procedures
Kristen DavisonJustin Sanchez
General Surgery Video Education
Simone PhangKatherine Gregory
Circulating Nurse Learning Tool
Camilla FerreiraSteven Garalde
Modernizing the Virtual Resource in Periop Setting
Venus DavidMeaghan Tickner
Strengthening Competence & Confidence in Novice Nurses with Retrieving Hips & Knee Arthroplasty Implants
Daniella Di GiuseppeRochelle Rock
Implementing a Video Tutorial for Novice Nurses during Orthopedic Operating Room OrientationGenesis II Total Knee Replacement
Alex ParisOlivia Hellier
2020 Krembil Nursing Awards (3)
Enhancing the Nursing Observership Experience in TWH OR
Christine KeysErika Kraus
Standardization of Operative Pick Lists for Orthopedics & Hands Program at TWH
Anna KalleitnerAngela Hoang
Establishing a Data Collection Tool & Process to Track External Ventricular Drains (EVDs) within MSNICU
Marcie SettSimone McCarthy
2019 Krembil Nursing Awards (10)
Addressing Barriers to Enacting Bowel Care Regimens in Patients at Risk of Constipation due to Neurogenic Bowel
Reduction of Skin Breakdown in Hip Fracture Patients Across the Continuum of Care
Tatiana VelasquezDanielle Souche
Perceptions of Patients in Isolation Rooms
Kenneth ProsperKhemraj Sukhdeo
Ramya SatyanarayanaCrisman Hingada
Improving Sleep Quality through Nursing Interventions within the MS-NICU
Oksana ChevelevaMendy Ting
Establishing a Safe and Comfortable Transition for Patients and Families from Neuro Surgical Intensive Care Unit to the Medical Wards at TWH, through Patient Education and Implementation of a Pre-transfer Information Pamphlet
Jan CamilleValtiendas Arvin Alcalde
Revisiting Assessment, Management and Prevention of Pressure Injuries in the Med-Surgical/Neuro Intensive Care Unit
Karen McFarlanePrincess Guthrie McGraw
Revision of TWH Day Surgery Documentation Flow Sheet
Megan BruceMorgan Ford
Trillium Gift of Life Emergency Case CartA QI Project
Aubrie GrahamEmma Robertson
Mentorship Program for New Hires who have Completed their Orientation
Amy RustLina Phan
2018 Krembil Nursing Awards (14)
Assessment of Intro of Automatized Pupillometer to ICU RNS Standard Bedside Clinical ExamsA Cohort Study
Kitty CheungSai Thavendran
Implementation of a Care Pathway for Patients with Responsive Behaviors
Nicole MagwoodJoy Allanic
Optimizing Patient Care and New Employee Readiness through Enhancement of Nursing Orientation on the Krembil Neuroscience Centre's Spine/Neurosurgery Unit
Emma BinghamEsther Olukayode
The Effectiveness of a Spinal Surgery Education BookletEnhancing Patient Satisfaction
Carly TurnerJennifer Turner
Improving Patient Experience by Promoting a Culture of Safety in Epilepsy Nursing
Trudy WhitingAgnes Leung
Evaluation of Discharge Tool & Translation
Roda BondocAna Marie Hegedus
Evaluation of Resource Manual for Newly Hired Nurses on the Orthopedic Unit
Tanisha BrownJoycelene Gyebi
The Effectiveness of Intentional Hourly Rounds on Patient Care
Morena VelasqueKaren Punchard
Initiation of PIP Dressing to Minimize Skin Breakdown in Fractured Patients
Tatiana VelasquezKadiatu Kamara
Development & Implementation of Communication Tools to Improve Patient Safety
Jerson LumibaoJanny Lee
Addressing Barriers in Turning Hemodynamically Unstable Patients in the MS/NICU
Ian Jefferson AlagadaShevaun Lai
Managing Post-Operative Patient Thirst in PACU
Shandelle WilsonFaith Sostino
Safe Handling of Sharps in the Operating Room
Diana ZelmanFiona O'Neill
Reducing Intraoperative DistractionsImplementing the "Critical Moments Campaign"
Kendra WillisMelissa Lem
2017 Krembil Nursing Awards (6)
Cardiac Arrests in the Operating RoomImproving Code Blue Response through Education and Simulation Phase 2
Jempe CulannyKeisha Alexander
Perceptions, Circumstances and Responses to Nursing Errors in the Operating Room
McKenzee BalcomFiona O’Neill
Traffic in the Operating RoomImproving the flow of personnel into the Operating Room to reduce Surgical Site Infections
Indira GobinHeather Wyers
Regional Block Room and Ketamine Educational Tool
Julia CioffiAngela Palisoc
Evaluation of Falls Prevention Strategies
Kremraj SukhdeoCarlo Santiago
Improving Crisis Management Amongst OR NursesImplementation of Emergency Checklist Cards
Danielle SoucheKendra Willis
2016 Krembil Nursing Awards (3)
Development of Effective Model of Care to Enhance Team Nursing
Developing 'Grab and Go Educational Modules' to Enhance Nursing Knowledge & Improve Patient Outcomes
Transitioning from New to Experienced OR Nurses: Updating Online Resources
2015 Krembil Nursing Awards (7)
Development of a Normothermic Protocol for Neurological Injury Patients in the TWH MS/NICU
Physical Restraint Use Prevalence and Patterns in Intensive Care UnitNursing Staff Survey
Development of an Evaluation Tool to Complement the Teaching & Learning Styles Between the Preceptor & New Staff Member or Student
Improving Communication of Pain in the Presence of a Language Barrier
Detecting Factors Associated with Deteriorating Ward Patients Among Neuroscience Units
Evaluation of Minimizing Pressure Ulcers on the Orthopedic Unit by Nursing Led Initiative
Speaking Up to IncivilityImproving Nurses' Confidence Communicating with Family Members
2014 Krembil Nursing Awards (12)
Assessing the Use of the Telephone to Facilitate Communication Between Patients & Family in the Post Anesthetic Care UnitA QI Project
Improving Intraoperative Communication with Waiting of Families Through the Use of Text Messaging Technology
Improving OR Scheduling in General Surgery
Improving Accuracy in Calculating Estimated Blood Loss Through the Use of a Standardized Approach
Personalized Education for Arthroscopic Shoulder Day Surgery Patients
Exploring Critical Nurses' Perspective on Access to Professional Development & Leadership Opportunities
Development of an Integrated Spinal Cord Clinical PathwayA Quality Improvement Initiative
Promotion of Patient Safety Through EducationHaving a Joint Replacement – Translation of the DVD into Italian, Portuguese & French
Development of a Resource Manual for Newly Hired Nurses in Orthopedics
Promoting Patient Safety in Elective Hip & Knee Patients: Discharge Tool
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Applying Continuous Monitoring & Remote Notification Systems on Post-op PatientsA QI Project
Improving Patient Diabetes Management Through Nurse Educational Initiatives
2012 Krembil Nursing Awards (3)
Pain Management for Bariatric Patients
The Effects of Bladder Distension and Urinary Retention in the Elective Patient
UTI Incidence in Spinal UnitImpact of Change
2011 Krembil Nursing Awards (1)
Hepatitis A and B Vaccination Rates in Patients with Hepatitis C Virus InfectionA Quality Assurance Project
Congratulations to our winners!
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