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Winnie Doyle earns John C. Sibley Award for teaching

Catherine Tompkins, Winnie Doyle and Alan Neville
From left to right: Catherine Tompkins, associate dean of Health Sciences and director of the School of Nursing; Winnie Doyle, assistant clinical professor in nursing and recipient of the 2012 John C. Sibley Award; and Dr. Alan Neville, associate dean of education for the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Ann Mohide, Kristine Rogers, Marilyn Hunt, Janet Landeen, Winnie Doyle, Sheryl Boblin, Gina Browne, Colleen McKey and Jenny Ploeg
McMaster nursing faculty, from left to right: Ann Mohide, Kristine Rogers, Marilyn Hunt, Janet Landeen, Winnie Doyle, Sheryl Boblin, Gina Browne, Colleen McKey and Jenny Ploeg.

Winnie Doyle, an assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing (SON), received the 2012 John C. Sibley Award for teaching excellence at a reception on November 19.

The award is presented annually by McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences to a part-time faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education of health professionals. It is named in honour of a former associate dean of the Faculty, who was known for his interdisciplinary approach to community health both locally and internationally.

Doyle holds three executive positions at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton: vice-president, patient services; chief nursing executive and senior vice-president for acute care and chronic disease management.

Upon receiving her award, Doyle said: "The experiences we provide students are incremental and when they come together they influence the kind of care they will provide to patients and the community."

She also noted that nurses spend more time with patients than other health care providers, and told the nursing faculty in attendance that "It truly is together that we make the biggest difference."

Doyle joined the SON in 2001. She teaches in the undergraduate nursing program and was also a tutor for medicals students in the Department of Psychiatry.

Among her many achievements, Doyle increased student nursing placements by more than 60 per cent over five years, and supported 19 St. Joseph’s Healthcare staff members at to achieve clinical faculty appointments in the past four years. She also pioneered a patient advisory committee which enacts the tenets of patient centred care, providing a rich learning environment for students from multiple clinical disciplines.

In addition, Doyle established and co-led the development, implementation and evaluation of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice Certificate Program with the nursing school. As well, she helped develop, implement and evaluate innovative integrated care models for major medical specialties such as thoracic surgery, total joint replacements, congestive heart failure and COPD, creating collaborative education strategies and learning environments for staff and students.

"Winnie has contributed marvellously and tremendously to undergraduate nursing education at McMaster," said Dr. Alan Neville, associate dean of education for the Faculty of Health Sciences. He also noted Doyle’s commitment to collaborative interprofessional health care teams that support the education of health professionals.

"We were delighted to nominate Winnie for this award," said Catherine Tompkins, associate dean of Health Sciences and director of the SON. "Winnie’s had a huge impact on our student learning opportunities at St. Joe’s."
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