Carolyn Ingram has been presented the 2010 Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Education. This award is given each year to a nurse who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the development of excellence in oncology nursing education. The following is the citation that was read when Carolyn received the award at the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) National Conference in Edmonton, Alberta:
"This years’ recipient is a long standing CANO member and has been dedicated to nursing education for more than 20 years. In addition to the letters of her nominators, we received more than ten letters of support from distinguished colleagues, professors, friends, and past students from Canada and across the world.
Described by her peers as a leader and a trailblazer, she has literally inspired hundreds of nurses throughout her career. She truly is a pioneer in oncology nursing, serving as one of the first professors to teach oncology nursing as part of a bachelor of sciences program. She has taught at the undergraduate level and to nurses in a dedicated oncology nursing program. She is highly experienced with a vast knowledge base, a caring attitude and the ability to understand the needs of students from all walks of life.
She has taken this knowledge and passion for oncology nursing education and implemented a baccalaureate oncology nursing program in Trinidad and Tobago, marking a first in the international expansion of oncology nursing education. Thus proving her contributions to oncology nursing education reach beyond provincial, and national borders to areas of the world where nursing education resources are scarce.
She is an accomplished clinician and researcher with an impressive record of publications. She is keenly aware of the importance of integrating research into her teachings and promotes evidenced based practice to her students. To quote one of her past students "her approach to education made research come alive for me and her support, encouragement and mentorship throughout my independent study sparked my desire to continue in academia to pursue my masters and my Phd.' As you can see, her impact on oncology nursing will be felt for years to come.'
Congratulations Carolyn on receiving this prestigious award from your nursing peers.