Jan Baker, recipient of the International nursing travel grant.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Registered nurses (Achievements and awards)
Author: Baker, Jan
Pub Date: 01/01/2012
Publication: Name: CANNT Journal Publisher: Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists ISSN: 1498-5136
Issue: Date: Jan-March, 2012 Source Volume: 22 Source Issue: 1
Product: Product Code: 8043110 Nurses, Registered NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Persons: Named Person: Baker, Jan
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Canada Geographic Code: 1CANA Canada
Accession Number: 283970460
Full Text: and privilege to receive the Amgen Canada International Nursing Travel Grant. My thanks to Amgen for providing this award and to the CANNT Board of Directors for allowing me this opportunity.

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Nephrology nursing has become my passion over the past 14 years. Prior to joining the nephrology team at Halton Healthcare I was a neonatal nurse. I fell into nephrology almost by accident and now you couldn't pull me out if you tried. One of the main reasons I am still in nephrology is because of Alison Thomas. She was our staff educator when our renal unit opened, and she made me remember how much there is to learn in life, that it can be hard, but also great at the same time. Since she took me under her wing, I have gone from nurse in dialysis to Nurse Clinician in CKD and now to the Patient Care Manager position.

I have had the opportunity to publish, speak at conferences related to nephrology and be a member of the CANNT BOD. Our world is ever changing and I think it's a huge responsibility to stay updated on best practice in order to provide the very best care possible to our renal patients. My plan is to take the funding from this grant and attend as many educational events as possible. I am shortening my stays, using some Air Miles and getting myself out there to hear about the latest and greatest in nephrology. Part of the responsibility of receiving education is sharing the new knowledge.

Winning this award will give me the opportunity to learn, experience and share all that I have seen and learned.

By Jan Baker, RN, BN, CNeph(C), Patient Care Manager, Renal, Halton Healthcare, Oakville, ON
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