Congratulations Judy Simpson

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January 2009 - Congratulations Judy SimpsonJudy Simpson, Coordinator, Palliative and Supportive Care, CCNS, was recently nominated by her peers and honoured as one of 100 nurses receving a one-time only Centennial Award from the Canadian Nurse’s Association. The award was to mark the organization’s 100th anniversary.

The awards were created to honour exceptional registered nurses whose work has had a positive impact on nursing and on the lives and health of Canadians.

Judy is a recognized leader in palliative and supportive care. She has provided provincial direction to CCNS and has worked with Department of Health to develop an integrated, accessible palliative and supportive care program in Nova Scotia. A certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse, Judy is a strong proponent of the value of education to ensure health professionals have the necessary skill set to meet patient needs.

She led the development and implementation of CCNS’s Palliative Care Front- Line Education Program. Since its introduction in 2003, more than 4,500 health professionals and students from across the province have completed the program, which addresses the physicial, emotional, social and spiritual impacts of dealing with a life-threatening illness.

The program has become the provincial standard of palliative care education for all continuing care assistants and licensed practical nurses. As such, the CCNS program is offered through the Nova Scotia Community College and continuing care academic centres.

In addition to her work provincially, Judy has provided national leadership and advice to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer on matters related to palliative and supportive care and has been invited to speak about the value of an integrated palliative care service to both national and international audiences.

“Judy has been instrumental in raising the bar for the level and quality of palliative and supportive care services in this province and beyond,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, Chief Operating Officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “This latest award is very much deserved. Congratulations Judy. W

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