Ruth Schofield has been selected for the 2016 Community Health Nurses of Canada Honorary Lifetime Membership. Schofield is an Assistant Professor and the Professional Practice Placement Coordinator in the BScN program at McMaster University. This prestigious award was received at the 11th National CHNC Conference, Awards Ceremony on June 2, 2016 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In a letter congratulating Schofield for her award, Jo-Ann MacDonald, the Chair CHNC Membership Standing Committee, explained that Schofield was chosen “for her support and leadership within both public health associations and professional nursing associations.” She noted that Schofield “has made lasting contributions promoting community health nursing in Ontario and has also supported the ongoing work of the Community Health Nurses of Canada” through her past leadership as President and continued work on CHNC committees.
Throughout her career, Schofield has mentored numerous community health nurses and has been devoted to teaching students, particularly in the field of community nursing. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, and written many technical reports that advance the work of community health nurses.
“I was thrilled and humbled to receive this prestigious and honorable award,” said Schofield. “I had many opportunities to build excellence in community health nursing practice and education as a CHNC member from writing position papers, contributing to the establishment of this CHNC national Conference, and conducting research on the vision of community health nursing for 2020 and on national learning needs related to CCHN standards of practice. In addition, I was able to contribute to the development of various national competencies for practice and education, participate in a range of knowledge translation strategies to support the uptake and integration of many CHNC resources in CHN practice, and be a voice for CHNs in the revision of the Canadian accreditation standards for public health. One memorable highlight was travelling to China in 2008 and 2009 to share about the excellence of community health nursing in Canada. My last and amazing experience with CHNC was the opportunity to lead CHNs in Canada as CHNC president from 2010-2012. I had many mentors who helped me to achieve these accomplishments including Dr. Ruta Valaitis, Dr. Barb Mildon, Dr. Cheryl Forchuk, and Jane Underwood, to name a few."
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