WOUND, OSTOMY & CONTINENCE INSTITUTE AWARDS

Wound Ostomy and Continence Institute Awards

Each year graduates of the WOC-EP may apply for awards and bursaries. Please also check your provincial nursing association for funding opportunities.

Please review the available Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute awards below and send in your inquiries and applications to the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Chair: Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc at chair@wocinstitute.ca

Presentations will be made at the annual NSWOCC Conference. You do not have to be present to receive your award/bursary. For more information contact Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc.

Available Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Awards include:

1) Ostomy Canada WOC-EP Award

The Ostomy Canada society wound ostomy and continence education program (WOC-EP) Award of $1500.00 shall be awarded annually (pending funding availability) to encourage registered nurses to pursue a career as a NSWOC with a focus on ostomy care.

Objectives

  • Promote the mission and vision of Ostomy Canada Society.
  • Provide an opportunity to support an understanding of the value that Ostomy Canada Society brings to people living with an ostomy and their families.

2) The Gail Hawke “Trail Blazer” Award sponsored by Nightingale Medical for a WOC-Education Program (EP) Graduate in the Province of British Columbia

This $2,500.00, financial award will be given annually to one British Columbian graduate of the Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) WOC-EP who has demonstrated that they are a “Leader” in the tri-specialty of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing and who meets the criteria written for this award. It is administered by the NSWOCC in cooperation with an awards advisory committee.

Objectives:

  • Provide financial support to a British Columbia based NSWOCC WOC-EP Graduate who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in wound, ostomy and continence care as an integral part of the healthcare team
  • Acknowledge the career contributions made by Gail Hawke as a “Trail Blazer” making a positive impact on NSWOC and the specialized care of wound, ostomy and continence patients
  • Motivate a British Columbian NSWOCC WOC-EP graduate to think outside of the box in creating new opportunities to build the profile of NSWOCs and NSWOC practice in order to support wound, ostomy and continence patients

3) Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS), Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC) Institute Summit Ostomy Award

Climbing Mount Everest is a dream shared by many yet achieved by few. Rob Hill is one of the 233,000 Canadians (1 in 150 people) who manage Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal system. In 2010, he set out to climb Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain as a way to raise awareness for Crohn’s and defy stereotypes about living with the disease. He accomplished this goal despite the challenges of living with an ostomy. Everest was the ultimate in terms of Rob’s quest to inspire others by climbing the highest summit on each of the seven continents. Since completing his goal, he has continued to lead mountain climbing and trekking expeditions for intestinal disease sufferers of all ages. Rob Hill started a not-for-profit organization called the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS) to support others with IBD and those living with an ostomy. IDEAS plans these treks to raise funds for their educational programs, thus providing opportunities for people who live with an ostomy or IBD to challenge themselves on the pathway to recovery. In honor of the enormous summits Rob has achieved and to make a difference in the lives of people living with an ostomy, IDEAS is offering a financial award for Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)

  • The Summit awards included three $1500 scholarships: two English and one French. NSWOCC WOC-EP graduates will have a four-year timeframe from the time of the starting date of their cohort in order to apply.
  • This award will be administered by the Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada in cooperation with an awards advisory committee. Ideas will pay $1,500.00 in three different amounts to the NSWOCC and the NSWOCC will disperse this same amount to the award recipient.

Objectives:

  • Acknowledge the contributions made to making a difference in the quality of life for people living with an ostomy by the not-for-profit IDEAS and by Rob Hill who has inspired people with ostomies to reach their own personal summit
  • Motivate NSWOCC WOC-EP students to be better prepared and informed regarding the gaps in services and support for individuals living with an ostomy.
  • Provide financial support to a NSWOCC WOC-EP Student who has taken the initiative to develop a plan for their NSWOC career by:
    • completing an environmental scan to identify gaps in the system for ostomy support

4) The Vancouver United Ostomy Association Award

Description of Award:  The Vancouver United Ostomy Association Chapter Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP) award of $1500.00 shall be awarded annually (pending funding availability) to recognize a BC NSWOC who has demonstrated a high degree of volunteerism with, and support of, people in the Vancouver, lower mainland or province of BC area living with an ostomy.

Objectives

  • To recognize volunteerism by an NSWOC that “gives back” to the ostomy community in the Vancouver, lower mainland or province of BC area.

5) The Smith and Nephew Clinical Achievement Award in Wound Care

The Smith and Nephew Award for Excellence in Wound Care Clinical Practice will be presented to a graduate of the Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy Continence Education Program (WOC-EP) who has achieved the highest-grade point average in the Wound Management course of the WOC-EP. Two awards (1 French student and 1 English student) of $1000.00 shall be awarded at the NSWOCC annual conference. There is no application for this award.

6) The Bill Carcary Valedictorian Award of Academic Excellence, Sponsored by Convatec

The award is presented annually to the Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy Continence Education Program (WOC-EP) graduate with the highest overall grade point average in the WOC-EP (Ostomy, Continence and Wound courses including preceptorship marks).  The $3200.00 award is sponsored annually by ConvaTec Canada in recognition for the lifetime contribution of their professional sales representative Mr. Bill Carcary. There is no application for this award.

For information on how to apply for any of the above awards please click HERE.