The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) recently announced the recipients of its 2023 Excellence Awards. Ms. José Côté, scientific co-director of RRISIQ, and Ms. Anita Gagnon, a regular member of RRISIQ, were honored with awards. Presented annually, these awards aim to acknowledge and recognize nurses' hard work and dedication nationally.

Ms. José Côté was awarded the Nursing Research Excellence Award, given to a nurse who stands out for significant work in essential nursing areas and actively promotes the dissemination of research results. The award also acknowledges her deep commitment to mentorship, support for the next generation, and outstanding leadership in promoting and valuing nursing research. In addition to being the scientific co-director of RRISIQ since 2020, Ms. José Côté is also a full professor at the Faculty of Nursing of the Université de Montréal, a regular researcher at the CHUM Research Center, and holds the Chaire de recherche sur les nouvelles pratiques de soins infirmiers. With nearly 150 publications and over 250 communications to her name, Ms. Côté has also received numerous awards throughout her career and has contributed to securing more than $47 million in research grants. Dedicated to training the next generation and democratizing science, she contributed to launching the open-access bilingual journal Science of Nursing and Health Practices / Science infirmière et pratiques en santé.

Ms. Anita Gagnon received the Academic Administrative Excellence Award, intended for nurses with academic management responsibilities. This award recognizes their ability to address significant challenges by implementing innovative strategies and enhancing the quality of nursing science programs. Ms. Gagnon is currently the Associate Dean at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of McGill University. She is also a professor and director of the Ingram School of Nursing and holds the Flora Madeline Shaw Chair. CASN highlighted several of her major achievements. Since taking up her role, the operating budget of the Ingram School of Nursing has doubled. She spearheaded the school's move to more modern facilities, established a network of nurse-run community clinics, and introduced three new concentrations for advanced nurse practitioners.

RRISIQ congratulates Ms. José Côté and Ms. Anita Gagnon for all their achievements and for receiving these prestigious awards.

For more information about the 2023 CASN award winners, click here.

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