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Debra Bournes, RN, PhD, Provincial Chief Nursing Officer

Provincial Chief Nursing Officer

Debra Bournes, RN, PhD

Dr. Debra Bournes was appointed Provincial Chief Nursing Officer in the ministry's Health Human Resources Strategy Division, effective June 13, 2011.

She has had a leadership role in healthcare research and administration for more than 16 years. Her work in nursing theory-guided practice and research, health services research and leadership has been widely presented and published. It has also sparked international interest and led to collaborations among provincial healthcare organizations and nursing unions interested in the recruitment and retention of nurses. Her work has been cited as a promising practice by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, and named a national best practice by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation.

Dr. Bournes is also known nationally and internationally for leading and providing consultation in areas such as patient-centered care, academic practice and professional development for health professionals, health human resource analysis, strategic planning in nursing, and quality workplace/quality patient care indicator dashboards for healthcare leaders.

In 2008, Dr. Bournes received the University of Toronto, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction and the Ontario Hospital Association Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership. In 2009, she received the Registerd Nurses' Association of Ontario's Leadership Award for Nursing Research for her work on developing a research culture among health professionals.
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