May 8, 2018



Health Care Foundation and Eastern Health Celebrate Nurses

St. John’s, NL – The Health Care Foundation and Eastern Health joined together last night to celebrate National Nursing Week (May 7-13). In partnership with TD Bank, the Health Care Foundation held the ninth annual Nursing Dinner and Gala Awards Ceremony to celebrate and recognize excellence in nursing.

“The Health Care Foundation is honoured to partner with TD Bank to celebrate our nurses for the incredible work they do each day,” said Paul Snow, President and CEO, Health Care Foundation. “As a Foundation, we are pleased to invest in nurses’ education and skills so they are fully equipped to provide the best care possible to all of our loved ones.”

During the evening, nurses were recognized for their practice excellence and contributions that benefit various areas in health care and leadership, including patients, clients and residents, their colleagues, and Eastern Health as a whole. For a complete list of award recipients, please see the below backgrounder.

“Celebrating National Nursing Week provides an added opportunity to honour and reflect on the outstanding and compassionate care nurses provide to patients, clients and families every day,” said Collette Smith, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Eastern Health. “On behalf of Eastern Health and our Board of Trustees, I sincerely thank our regional nursing team of 4,300 strong for their meaningful work and efforts toward advancing the professional practice of nursing. It’s because of their steadfast commitment to evidence-based practices and excellence in care delivery that Eastern Health can achieve its vision of Healthy People. Healthy Communities.”

The Nursing Education and Research Council’s 13th Annual Nurses Research Symposium will also be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 as part of the National Nursing Week celebrations. This event provides nurses with an opportunity to learn about innovation in their field and also features a keynote speaker, Sister Elizabeth Davis, RSM. The topic for the keynote address is Research: A Resource for Better Nursing, Better Health Care, Better Health. The key note speaker was proudly sponsored through the Health Care Foundation in partnership with TD Bank Group, who is committed to supporting excellence in nursing education.

For more information about the Health Care Foundation or how it supports frontline employees at Eastern Health, please visit

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education within adult hospitals and facilities serving the St. John’s region. Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists Eastern Health in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province.

About Eastern Health  

Eastern Health is the largest, integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador employing approximately 13,000 dedicated employees, over 700 medical staff, and is supported by more than 2,000 volunteers, including members of numerous auxiliaries and fundraising foundations. With an annual budget of approximately $1.45 billion, the authority offers the full continuum of health and community services including public health, long-term care, community services, hospital care and unique provincial programs and services. Serving a population of over 300,000, Eastern Health’s geographic boundaries extend from St. John’s west to Port Blandford including all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.

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Media Contacts:

Jackie O’Brien
Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation 
(709) 777-5906

Tracey Boland
Media Relations Manager
Eastern Health
T: (709) 777-1412 





2018 Nursing Awards of Excellence Recipients


Beginning Practitioner of the Year
Megan Thompson, RN, 4NB, Health Sciences Centre


Nursing Practice of the Year
  • Amanda Arns, RN, Long-term Care, Agnes Pratt Home
  • Rod Abbott, Patient Care Coordinator, Hyperbaric Medicine, Health Sciences Centre
  • Debbie Belbin, RN, Cardiac/Critical Care, 5SA, Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s
  • Shianne Combden, RN, Public Health, Mount Pearl Square
  • Bernadette Greening, Patient Care Facilitator, Mental Health and Addictions, Waterford Hospital
  • Bonnie Delaney, RN, Emergency, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital
Advanced Nursing Practice of the Year

April King, NP, Surgery, Health Sciences Centre

Nursing Educator of the Year

Mary Beresford-Osborne, Nursing Instructor, Long-term Care

Nurse Preceptor of the Year

Melanie Tucker, RN, Children and Women’s Health, Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre

Nursing Manager of the Year

Amanda Halfyard, Division Manager, Surgery, Health Sciences Centre

Nursing Leadership of the Year

Denise Pynn, Regional Palliative End of Life Coordinator, Community Support Program, Mount Pearl Square