COUPN Awards

The Council of Ontario Universities' Programs in Nursing Award Categories and Past Winners

Each year, the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) celebrates achievements and advancements made in university nursing education and scholarship through its annual COUPN Awards program. The awards are presented to Ontario nursing faculty, students and health programs partners.

COUPN Award Categories

  • Agency Recognition Award
    This award recognizes an agency/unit/service that has supported the education of university nursing students by providing an environment that supports excellence in practice.
  • Award for Excellence in Collaborative Education
    This award recognizes excellence in college-university collaborative education by a faculty member from a college who teaches in a collaborative program.
  • Clinical Instructor Award
    This award recognizes a clinical instructor who has demonstrated outstanding performance in her/his role as a clinical instructor with nursing students. This award publicly acknowledges the essential contributions that a nurse in a clinical instructor role makes to professional nursing education.
  • COUPN 10th Anniversary Award for Strategic Contribution to Nursing Education
    This award recognizes an individual or group who contributes or has contributed significantly to the vision and mission of COUPN.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award
    This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in nursing research through the completion of her/his dissertation, defended at an Ontario university.
  • Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice at the Undergraduate Student Level Award
    This award is granted annually to the candidate who has demonstrated excellence in professional nursing practice, leadership, or scholarship as a student in a COUPN baccalaureate nursing program.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
    This award recognizes excellence in teaching by a faculty member in a COUPN university program.
  • Excellence in University-College Collaboration
    This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in university-college collaboration by a faculty member or administrator in a collaborative nursing program.
  • Master’s Student Award of Excellence
    This award recognizes academic excellence at the Master’s level (thesis or non-thesis) in a Master’s graduate whose academic work demonstrates the potential to contribute significantly to the nursing community and enhance nursing knowledge.
  • New Tenure Stream Faculty Contribution Award
    This award recognizes the contribution to excellence in teaching by a new tenure stream faculty member in a COUPN School/Faculty.
  • Preceptor Recognition Award
    This award recognizes a preceptor who has demonstrated outstanding performance in her/his role as a preceptor for a nursing student. This award publicly acknowledges the essential contributions that a nurse in a preceptor and/or mentor role makes to professional nursing education.
  • Scholarship into Practice Award
    This award recognizes the impact of scholarship on nursing practice by a faculty member in a COUPN university program.
  • Teaching Innovation Award
    This award recognizes teaching innovation in a baccalaureate or graduate nursing education program, and acknowledges an individual(s) who has made an outstanding contribution to nursing education through teaching innovation.

2017 COUPN Award Winners

2017 COUPN Awards


2016 COUPN Award Winners

2016 COUPN Awards


Past COUPN Award Winners

2015 COUPN Awards


2014 COUPN Awards