Criteria

1. Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Practice – Education

The RPN is being recognized for having demonstrated excellence in Psychiatric Nursing education.
Examples:

  • Inspires learners through innovative and dynamic teaching methods.
  • Makes a contribution to their area of teaching.
  • Initiates the sharing of knowledge and/or shares knowledge with peers or students.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuing education by example.
  • Demonstrates commitment to professionalism and community leadership.

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2. Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Practice – Clinical

The RPN is being recognized for making a significant contribution in their area of clinical practice and has exhibited a high degree of professionalism throughout their career.
Examples:

  • Provides leadership in the development/implementation/intervention strategies for clients, families and/or the community.
  • Promotes and influences positive changes in service delivery.
  • Furthers client empowerment through practice.
  • Demonstrates an exemplary commitment to ethical practice.
  • Contributes to the ongoing development of the profession and shares expertise with others.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional development and to professional and community leadership.

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3. Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Practice – Leadership

The RPN is being recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership in psychiatric nursing administration/leadership.
Examples:

  • Develops, implements and evaluates innovative programs.
  • Demonstrates innovative thinking, flexibility and creative problem solving.
  • Acts as a mentor and role model for peers, employees and the public at large.
  • Motivates and creates positive change in others and their environment.
  • Participates in community action that promotes mental health.
  • Motivates others to high standards.
  • Stimulates pride in the profession by being a positive example.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to professional and community leadership.

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4. Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Practice – Research

The RPN is being recognized for having demonstrated excellence and innovation in psychiatric nursing research.
Examples:

  • Contributes to the body of knowledge for Psychiatric Nursing.
  • Contributes to the advancement of evidence-based psychiatric nursing practice.
  • Provides leadership and mentoring in research activities.
  • Contributes to innovative education and/or clinical practice processes.
  • Publishes articles that promote an understanding of mental health issues and/or the profession.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to professional and community leadership.

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