Reg­is­tered Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion hon­ours two Cit­i­zen re­porters

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY -

The work of two Cit­i­zen re­porters has been rec­og­nized with Reg­is­tered Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario me­dia awards.

El­iz­a­beth Payne won in the “daily news­pa­per, best se­ries” cat­e­gory for her sto­ries on the de­vel­op­ment of Canada’s Ebola vac­cine. Joanne Lau­cius won in the “ex­cep­tional re­port­ing on an RN/nurs­ing is­sue” cat­e­gory for her sto­ries on an On­tario bill that rec­og­nized PTSD as an oc­cu­pa­tional ill­ness for firstre­spon­ders but not for nurses.

Payne spent months trac­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the Ebola vac­cine, called VSV-EBOV, from Win­nipeg, where it was de­vel­oped at the Na­tional Mi­cro­bial Lab­o­ra­to­ries, to Guinea, West Africa. The vac­cine wasn’t avail­able to pre­vent the deadly West African Ebola out­break that killed more than 11,000 peo­ple. But it got to Guinea in time to save lives and is con­sid­ered one of Canada’s great­est pub­lic health achieve­ments.

Lau­cius started her re­port­ing with a sim­ple ques­tion: If a nurse isn’t a first-re­spon­der who faces trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences, then who is? Her work did an ex­em­plary job of un­pack­ing that ques­tion and ex­plain­ing why the prov­ince’s nurs­ing com­mu­nity felt de­val­ued by Bill 163, Sup­port­ing On­tario’s First Re­spon­ders Act.

The awards will be pre­sented in Toronto on April 28.

El­iz­a­beth Payne

Joanne Lau­cius

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