Krembil Nursing Awards

Krembil Nursing Awards
The 2018 Krembil Nursing Awards Tea took place on Thursday May 22, 2018 at the BMO Education and Conference Centre, Krembil Discovery Tower

​​​​​The Krembil Nursing Awards (KNA), as a subset of the Krembil Foundation​, has ​gen​​erously supported 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 Toronto Western Hospital 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.


  • The Krembil Nursing Awards offer an exciting opportunity for nurses to develop skills in quality improvement projects or in research with guided support from other experienced nurses and advanced practitioners.
  • This is an opportunity to: 
    • Be innovative
    • Co-create best practice
    • Lead innovative change
    • Develop more efficiency in the system
    • Improve patient education
    • Enhance the work environment for both nursing staff and the inter-professional team
    • ​Develop leadership skills
  • As an organization, UHN depends on point-of-care staff to deliver and optimize patient care at the bedside, ensuring safety and efficacy.
  1. Two Principle Nursing Investigators are required to conduct a project consisting of Staff Registered Nurse (RN) and/or Registered Practice Nurses (RPN).
  2. Other team members may include part-time or casual nurses and Allied Health. Each project will have an identified Krembil Mentor to report back to the Committee. The Primary Mentor is an Advanced Practice Nurse who may or not be the identified Krembil Mentor.
  3. Proposal submissions are a maximum of 2 pages (excluding the title page, budget and any appendices) and must include:
    • On the title page labelled “Krembil Nursing Award Proposal”, names of the Principle Investigators (PIs), at least one team member, Krembil/Advanced Practice Mentor and Unit Manager. Include email contact of all mentioned individuals.
    • Headings for QI project: Background, Current Knowledge, Description of Problem/Gap, Purpose Statement, Significance, Protection of Human Rights, Project Timeline, Evaluation Plan and Sustainability Plan.
    • Headings for Research project: Abstract, Introduction, Background/Review of Literature, Purpose Statement, Research Question(s)/Hypothesis, Methodology, Protection of Human Rights and Project Timeline.
    • Budget (excluding dissemination funds).
    • Appendices must include a Letter of Support from both the Primary Mentor and one from the Unit Manager.
  4. Deadline for Proposal Submission is December 1 (annually).
  5. Proposals must be emailed to Stacey Krembil​, Rose Puopolo and Sandra Li-James.
  6. The Selection Committee meets to review and discuss all proposals and select the successful recipi​ents. Letters of Acceptance will be given to all successful participants and all will be notified at the end of April annually.
  7. Once accepted, Nurse Managers are expected to help staff schedule days off to work on the project. You have 12 months to complete the QI project from the date of acceptance and 18 months to complete from date of REB approval for a research project.
  8. All proposal projects must be assessed using the ARECCI Ethics Screening Tool to identify need for REB (Research Ethics Board) approval need.
    Email completed ARECCI tool to and Anita Sengar. The ARECCI Ethics Screening Tool is to be submitted at the same time you submit your proposal to Stacey Krembil, Sandra Li-James and Rose Puopolo.
    ​​Indicate in subject line of email: Quality Improvement Project and attach tool along with a brief description of the nature and aims of the project. Note: You must explicitly request an exemption letter from REB if you wish to receive formal communication from REB.
    An exemption letter from REB is to be sent to the Krembil Award Committee if applicable.
    Any study that requires REB approval needs first be submitted to CAPCR® (Coordinated Approval Process for Clinical Research) an online application system to obtain all the approvals required to conduct human research at UHN.
  9. Biannual progress report stating how the project is progressing, is required for each successful project with both Investigators’ signatures using the template provided.
  10. A more detailed report outlining the effectiveness of the project as it relates to the expected goals and outcomes is required a year after the project receives funding.
  11. Any request for an exten​​sion of the time period or need for additional finances must be provided in writing for approval by Stacey Krembil.
  12. ​The budget required for dissemination must be submitted separately.​
RoleArea of Expertise
​​Charmaine ArulvarathanAdvanced Practice Nurse EducatorNeurovascular
​​​Natasha Briggs Nurse Practitioner Orthopedics, 9A
Carla DominguesPatient Care CoordinatorOR
​​Indira GobinAdvanced Practice Nurse EducatorPerioperative Services
Shemeka JonesAdvanced Practice Nurse EducatorSurgery (9A/9B)
Sandra Li-JamesProfessional Practice DirectorTWH
Shondra LorenowiczPatient Care CoordinatorOR
Molly MageeNurse PractitionerNeurosciences
​​Naudea MairClinical Nurse SpecialistGeneral Internal Medicine
​​Gladys MokayaSenior Professional Practice LeaderSurgical
Darcia PaulNurse PractitionerNeurosciences
Rose PuopoloManagerOR
Joyce Reardon Clinical Nurse SpecialistGeneral Internal Medicine
Petal Samuel Clinical Nurse SpecialistGerontology
Sandra Tully Nurse PractitionerGerontology​
​​Kaila WingroveAdvanced Practice Nurse EducatorCritical Care
​​Heather WyersAdvanced Practice Nurse EducatorOR