Dr. Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham and Dr. Richard Sawatzky were inducted into an elite fellowship with the Canadian Academy of Nursing. (TWU/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Dr. Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham and Dr. Richard Sawatzky were inducted into an elite fellowship with the Canadian Academy of Nursing. (TWU/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Nursing profs inducted into national academy

Canadian Nurses Association honours the country’s most accomplished nursing leaders, two from TWU

Two university nursing professors received national accolades recently.

Trinity Western University’s Dr. Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham and Dr. Richard Sawatzky were honoured by the Canadian Academy of Nursing for their outstanding contribution to advancing health care research – locally and globally.

2020 is no doubt a big year for the nursing profession, said TWU’s Winnie Lui. Yet, for many heroes in the nursing field, their hard work, dedication and professionalism long precedes this pandemic year.

These two nursing educators from Langley were lauded on Nov. 20, when the Canadian academy recognized a special group of nursing leaders during a virtual ceremony.

A year ago, the Canadian Nurses Association established of the Canadian Academy of Nursing to honour the nation’s most accomplished nursing leaders.

It is the first “pan-Canadian” organization dedicated to identifying, educating, supporting, and celebrating nursing leaders across Canada. Since its establishment in November 2019, more than 600 nurses have joined the academy.

RELATED: Two TWU educators celebrated for ‘distinguished’ and ‘innovative’ teaching

Named “fellows” of the Canadian Academy of Nursing, the Langley educators are among an inaugural class of 46 distinguished fellows and 12 charter fellows who represent some of the most accomplished nurses in the country, said Lui.

Each one was nominated and inducted for “outstanding and sustained contributions” to the improvement of health care at the local, national, and international level, Lui explained.

Reimer-Kirkham was inducted into the fellowship, recognized for her contributions to the improvement of health and health care through nursing, from her local context as professor and dean at TWU’s school of nursing.

Her work has shaped the landscape of critical theorizing in nursing related to social justice, health equity, and human rights, Lui explained.

She is currently leading an international program of research on human rights and albinism that includes a study on mothering and albinism in Tanzania, South Africa, and Ghana.

Sawatzky is also among the inaugural class of fellows.

He is a health researcher and professor at TWU, where he holds a Canada research chair (tier 2) in person-centred outcomes. His work promotes patients to have a greater voice in identifying priorities for their own health care.

His research uses quality of life assessments to serve people who have life-limiting illnesses and their family caregivers.

RELATED

____________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Investigators placed dozens of yellow evidence markers on the ground near the site of a fatal shooting in Langley City early Wednesday morning. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
UPDATE: 22-year-old man killed in targeted shooting in Langley

South Surrey vehicle fire may be linked to homicide: police

Jack Nicholson (left) presented a cheque in 2020 for the Co-op Community Spaces Grants for local community projects across Western Canada/ (Sean Weatherly/Special to The Star)
Co-op Community Spaces is investing $1 million to fund community projects

Non-profits and registered charities can apply between Feb. 1 and March 1 for funding opportunities

Langley City Coun. Gayle Martin was ‘appalled’ by Cloverdale-Langley City MP Tamara Jansen’s Commons comment calling the city a ‘ghost town’ (file)
VIDEO: Langley council presses MP to explain ‘ghost town’ comment

Response by Cloverdale-Langley City Conservative MP Tamara Jansen failed to answer question: Martin

Langley Township civic facility. (Black Press Media files)
Two cannabis shops close to approval in Langley Township

There were more than 20 initial applications spread across multiple locations

Former Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane is seen here in Game 7 of the second round of the 2009 WHL playoffs against the Spokane Chiefs (Sam Chan under Wikipedia Commons licence)
Gambling debts revealed in details of bankruptcy filing by hockey star Evander Kane

Sharks left winger and former Vancouver Giants player owes close to $30 million

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
B.C. couple who travelled to Yukon for COVID vaccine ineligible for 2nd dose until summer

The province is ensuring those eligible to receive the vaccine get the second shot within 42 days

(File)
Mask dispute in court leaves Vancouver cop with broken leg

Man allegedly refused to put on a mask and resisted arrest

(Kraft Dinner/Twitter)
Kraft Dinner launches candy-flavoured mac and cheese just in time for Valentine’s Day

Sweet and cheesy treat will be here just in time for the cheesiest holiday of the year

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)
Complicated, dangerous rescue saves man in avalanche near Cypress Mountain

North Shore SAR team braves considerable conditions to reach injured snowboarder

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
UPDATE: No sign of small plane that went down in waters south of Vancouver Island

Searchers out on both sides of border between Victoria and Port Angeles

In this undated image made from a video taken by the Duke of Sussex and posted on @SaveChildrenUK by the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, shows the Duchess of Sussex reading the book “Duck! Rabbit!” to their son Archie who celebrates his first birthday on Wednesday May 6, 2020. The Canadian Paediatric Society is reminding families that the process of raising a reader starts from birth. (Duke of Sussex/@SaveChildrenUK)
Canadian Paediatric Society says raising a reader starts from birth

CPS says literacy is one of the strongest predictors of lifelong health outcomes

Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough responds to a question during a news conference Thursday August 20, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Easing rules for parental benefits created inequities among parents, documents say

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office says the government will make any necessary changes

Most Read