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Faculty members honoured with Awards of Distinction

Sep 27, 2021

One current and two retired faculty members of the McMaster School of Nursing will be receiving Western University Legacy 2020 Centenary Awards of Distinction this year. They are: Drs. Andrea Baumann, Donna Ciliska and Jenny Ploeg. The following bios are from the awards website.


Andrea Baumann RN, PhD, FAAN, C.M. is the associate vice-president of Global Health, director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Primary Care and Nursing Health Human Resources. She has made substantial contributions as a health services researcher, writer and award-winning academic. She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and has written and contributed to several books. Topics have included the employment integration of international nurses, the largest predominantly female group of highly skilled newcomers to Canada and quality issues in long term care. She has received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada in July 2018.


Donna Ciliska

Donna Ciliska is a professor emeritus in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. After a BScN and MScN at Western, and a PhD (Medical Sciences, Toronto) she was involved in numerous education, research, synthesis and knowledge translation activities in public health, at all levels of education and practice. Donna initiated or collaborated on multiple funded research projects and centres and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She co-edited two textbooks on Evidence-Based Nursing and was Editor of Evidence-Based Nursing journal. She received many fellowships and awards including a Career Scientist Award (Ontario MOH), and the Community Health Nurses of Canada Lifetime Membership Award.

Jenny Ploeg

Jenny Ploeg, RN, PhD, is professor emeritus in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. She is co-scientific director of the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit. She obtained her BScN and MScN from Western University. Her research interests focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of health care services for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers. She received $10 Million in research funding as a principal or co-principal investigator and has over 220 peer reviewed publications. She received the 2018 Canadian Association on Gerontology Recognition Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring.

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