Guidelines for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Award for Excellence In Neuroscience Nursing

This annual award is presented to a member(s) of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) who demonstrates excellence in neuroscience nursing related to brain tumours. Established in honour of Pamela Del Maestro, RN, BSc, CANN member and a co-founder of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, the award includes the publication of the winner’s paper in the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

**2018 Intent to seek award deadline is January 1st**


1. At least one of the author(s) is a general/honorary member of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) and was a general/honorary member in the preceding year.

2. The author stipulates in writing the intention to seek the award by the call for abstracts deadline; the deadline is November 1st each year.

3. The author(s) is prepared to present the paper at the CANN Annual Meeting in the year the award is being presented.

4. The paper contains original work by the author(s).

5. The paper may be an adaptation from a previous work by the authors(s); this must be stated.

6. The award may not be presented to the same author(s) in two consecutive years.

7. The author may not be the recipient of any other CANN award in the same given year.

8. The successful recipient(s) will write a letter of appreciation to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and outline how the award has been utilized to improve their practice.


1. The paper is approached from a nursing perspective.

2. The paper is relevant to care of patients with brain tumour.

3. The author(s) presents a logical development of ideas based on scientific evidence.

4. The author(s) demonstrates creativity and originality.

5. The paper has implications for neuroscience nursing practice, education, administration or research.

6. The paper is relevant to current trends in neuroscience nursing with brain tumour patients.

7. The paper demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of the topic.


1. The paper is written according to established guidelines for the writing of a manuscript as per Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (CJNN) guidelines.

2. The paper shall not exceed 20 double-spaced typed pages.


1. The Scientific Program Committee selects the paper in collaboration with the editor of CJNN and the Scientific Liaison.

2. The Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to withhold the award if no paper meets the specifications.

3. Papers for consideration must be received by the Scientific Program Committee by February 15 of each year.


1. A representative of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada will present the award at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions. Complimentary Conference registration is provided to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada representative if the award is being presented in that particular year.


1. The completed paper must be submitted to the editor of CJNN, or designate (e.g., peer reviewer) at the Annual Meeting for publication.

2. The monetary portion of the award will be withheld until publication in CJNN.

For more information or to submit your intention to apply contact the Scientific Chairperson

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