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Manitoba nurses earn national recognition

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Three Manitoba nurses have earned national honours for their contributions to the nursing profession.

Lori Lamont, Debbie Fraser and Preetha Krishnan are among five registered nurses to be officially recognized for their outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to nursing. They'll be presented with Orders of Merit awards tonight at the Canadian Nurses Association 2014 biennial convention’s awards gala in Winnipeg.

The highest of these honours — the Jeanne Mance Award — will be given to Lucille Auffrey of New Brunswick.

"It is a privilege and a pleasure to present these nurses and employers with these meaningful and well-deserved honours," CNA president Barb Mildon said in a statement. "Recognizing these leaders in nursing care and health sets an example for others to follow and, in turn, strengthens the care Canadians receive. Indeed these exemplary nurses are truly helping improve the health of our entire nation."

Lamont, to be honoured in the area of nursing administration, is the vice-president of interprofessional practice and chief nursing officer for the Winnipeg Health Region as well as adjunct professor (external) for the University of Manitoba. She oversees emergency, critical care, medicine, long-term care, and clinical education across two full-service hospitals, six health centres and 39 long-term care facilities.

Fraser, an associate professor and director of the nurse practitioner (NP) program at Athabasca University where she oversees Canada’s first online NP program, will be honoured for her work in nursing education. She also teaches at the University of Manitoba and the University of Toronto and maintains a practice in the neonatal intensive care unit of Winnipeg’s St. Boniface General Hospital.

Krishnan, to be honoured in the area of clincal nursing practice, was Manitoba’s first full-time, long-term care nurse practicioner. The results she achieved in this groundbreaking role — in improved quality of care and life — have since led to the expansion of the long-term care program in the province.

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