BCNPA NP Awards of Excellence
Congratulations to Wendy Bowles and Sue Peck the recipients of the 2017 BCNPA Award of Excellence.
Leadership and Administration
She initially graduated from VGH school of nursing in 1991, and went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UBC in 1996 and subsequently to complete her Master of Nursing- Nurse Practitioner program at UVic in 2009.
Wendy has an extensive background in nursing and NP engagement and leadership as demonstrated by her many years of involvement with numerous committees including as past president of the Canadian Society of Vascular Nursing, past Editor of the BC lymphedema society newsletter, past executive board member ARNBC, and involvement over the years with BCNPA. She is a Member of the HEABC patient safety and quality committee, and co-chair for the multi-professional QI working group within HEABC.
Since 2013 she has served as the NP Lead for Fraser Health and is now currently the Regional Department Head, Department of Nurse Practitioners, Fraser Health. It is in these latter roles where Wendy’s high caliber as a leader is most evidenced. She has worked tirelessly to forge the way for NPs in FHA to become a privileged and credentialed and is an integral part of creating the First Department of Nurse Practitioners in the province.
She is an unyielding advocate for NP practice and for NPs to be included at key stakeholder tables throughout FHA and the province. She is respected as a mentor for new Nurse Practitioners within FHA and advocates heartily for organizational change to better support both novice and experienced NPs in their practice.
Some of the sentiments in the letters of support for this nomination, include: ” a phenomenal teacher and mentor”, “honoured to know her” “accessible and supportive” an agent for “tremendous positive change”, “positive energy” “fierce advocate”, “dedicated”, “passionate”,”Excellence in inter-professional communications” and overall, “a great leader”!
Those of you who know Wendy, will recognize the truth in those sentiments and know that along side all of her leadership work, Wendy has continued to engage in clinical practice including the creation of a new NP role in vascular care -in of itself an amazing feat! And as if all of this wasn’t enough she is very active in her community, with her family and with her hobby – which I believe she is also highly passionate about – Her love of horses.
Leadership, clinical practice, health and professional advocacy and teaching
From there Sue has gone on to become an outstanding Nurse Practitioner with a focus on geriatrics and primary care. Over the years not only has she excelled clinically but she has made time to provide NP instruction both formally at universities and as a preceptor to a multitude of students over the years. She has also diligently engaged in leadership activities and advocacy work on behalf of Nurse Practitioners including leading and engaging in numerous stakeholder committees including within the CRNBC, Fraser Health Authority, other provincial NP committees, and of course, with BCNPA, as you know she has recently stepped up to become our new president elect, so her work in this regard continues.
I’m going to share with you, some of the words and phrases used to describe Sue in the many letters of support for her nomination: “Pioneering,” “relentless advocacy,” “exceeding standards of practice”, “exceptional clinical acumen”, “unwavering dedication”, “exceptional mentoring skills”, “privilege to work with”, overall an “outstanding NP!”
Many of you who know Sue personally, will recognize that she is an articulate and staunch advocate for her patients, who will sorely miss her as she has recently retired from her clinical practice at the White Rock Primary Care Access clinic to spend her days Sailing with the love of her life, Brian, but we all know, she’s not completely ready to retire so we will look forward to seeing her continued engagement and involvement as a Nurse Practitioner, and BCNPA member and leader most deserving of this award of excellence.
BCNPA Awards of Excellence
Do you know a Nurse Practitioner who provides exemplary teaching, research, clinical practice or administration to the Nurse Practitioner collaborative community in BC?
For the first time in the history of the association, BCNPA will be recognizing two exceptional nurse practitioner members in the province with the inaugural BCNPA Award of Excellence.
We are seeking NPs who have demonstrated excellence, commitment and dedication in any of the domains of NP practice:
- Clinical practice.
- Health or professional advocacy.
This is an annual award presented at the BCNPA Conference in Nanaimo, with the first-ever awards presentation taking place at this year’s gala dinner evening in June.
In general, all nominees must:
- Be active members in good standing with BCNPA.
- Actively practicing as a nurse practitioner (NP) in BC.
- Have exceptional character, integrity and ethical conduct.
- Be an exemplary practitioner in area of practice
- Have made an exceptional contribution to improving the health of patients in the domains of teaching, research, clinical practice, administration or health advocacy.
Note: the nominee does not need to meet each domain specific criteria.
Please click on the domains of practice below for specific criteria and related descriptors:
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Please complete the nomination form and follow the directions indicated to submit form and required documents: Nomination Form
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