Sarah Ibrahim wins Gail J. Donner Award for excellence in nursing education
Sarah Ibrahim, an assistant professor, teaching stream at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and adjunct scientist at the SickKids Research Institute, has won the Gail J. Donner Award for excellence in nursing education.
Named after a former dean of the faculty, the award is bestowed by Sigma Theta Tau – Lambda Pi at-large Chapter, one of the largest international nursing societies that promotes global nursing excellence. It recognizes innovative approaches to nursing education, including the ability to foster excellence among future nursing students.
“I’ve had the privilege to be mentored by nursing scientists and educators, which has really diversified my knowledge and enabled me to teach a variety of courses in our nursing program – from simulation to research and program planning,” Ibrahim said.
“To be able to provide that kind of mentorship and leadership to current nursing students is humbling and a rewarding experience.”
For her work to further enhance nursing education that benefits both students and the health-care system, Ibrahim – who is an adjunct scientist at the SickKids Research Institute – is also the recipient of a research seed grant from the society.
The grant will support Ibrahim’s latest research project, which explores the experiences of frontline critical-care nurses and interprofessional pediatric health-care providers at SickKids, resulting from the rapid expansion of capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic when adults were transferred to the children’s ICU, and more recently during the fall 2022 increase in pediatric hospitalizations.