Submitted by Northern Health

Six Northern Health nurses have been recognized in the 2014 Awards of Excellence from the College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia, including a nurse in Valemount.

Lisa Cox, Registered Nurse at the Valemount Health Centre, received the Rising Star award from the college this year.

In total 36 awards were presented to nurses in B.C. in seven categories. The college’s website says the awards program is an opportunity to “honour colleagues for their outstanding contributions to the profession and demonstrating excellence in relation to the CRNBC Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.”

“Northern Health staff, including our nurses, work hard every day to provide high quality care to northerners,” said Suzanne Johnston, Northern Health Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Having our staff recognized by the CRNBC is a big honour, and further shows the fantastic team of registered nurses working in northern B.C.”

Val Waymark, Regional Manager Community Care Facilities Licensing Public Health Protection for Prince George, received the Excellence in Nursing Administration award. Four others received the Excellence in Nursing Practice award: Kinda Keefe, Coordinator HIV/AIDS Prevention Program and Leslie Murphy, UHNBC Maternity Child Manager, both in Prince George; Barb Schuerkamp, Head Nurse at Tumbler Ridge Health Centre; and Celia Evanson, Nurse Practitioner at Nak’azdli Health Centre.

The award winners will be honoured at an event in Vancouver this September. Details about the CRNBC Awards of Excellence are available on their website.