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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2012

Winnie Doyle
Winnie Doyle

Nursing professor receives teaching award

Winnie Doyle, an assistant clinical professor of nursing is this year' s recipient of the John C. Sibley Award. The award is presented annually to part-time faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the education of health professionals. It is named for a former associate dean of the Faculty who was known for his interdisciplinary approach to community health.

Doyle also holds three executive roles at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, including vice-president, patient services; chief nursing executive and senior vice-president for acute care and chronic disease management.

"Through the creation and sustaining of partnerships with academia, Winnie has fostered a culture of excellence in clinical education within an academic teaching hospital," said Catherine Tompkins, associate dean, health sciences, and director of the School of Nursing, in her nomination letter.

Doyle is known for her commitment to collaborative inter-professional health care teams that support education of health professionals, she added.

She noted Doyle increased student placements by more than 60 per cent in five years, and supported 19 St. Joseph's Healthcare staff to achieve clinical faculty appointments. Doyle also pioneered a patient advisory committee which enacts the tenets of patient centred care.

"This provides a rich learning environment for students from multiple clinical disciplines," Tompkins said.

Among other achievements, Doyle pioneered and co-led the development, implementation and evaluation of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice Certificate Program in conjunction with the School of Nursing.