The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) recently announced the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Laura Teague. Dr. Teague is a former ISTAP Regional Director - North America.
On behalf of ISTAP, we want to congratulate Dr. Teague for this well-deserved award! We would also like to thank her for her hard work and dedication to our association.
Dr. Laura Teague is a highly respected expert in wound care, setting new benchmarks for wound care education and elevating practice standards with groundbreaking educational materials and research. Currently academic and clinical lead for wound care in Toronto's Sinai Health System, Laura has held clinical and leadership roles as an RN, clinical nurse specialist, and NP. While at St. Michael's Hospital, she co-founded a national interdisciplinary team. Laura, who has contributed to several RNAO best practice guidelines – including as panel chair – is the founding president of the Ontario Woundcare Interest Group. In this role, she spearheaded multiple health technology assessment applications and helped establish a clinical institute dedicated to wound prevention and treatment.
Laura has been a leader in several professional organizations, including the Canadian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel, the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel, and with our International Skin Tear Advisory Panel where she was past Regional Director for North America.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on long-standing members of RNAO who exemplify outstanding contributions to the profession in the areas of practice, education, administration or research, at the provincial, national and/or international level. This includes activities that promote RNAO among nursing colleagues, the government and other health-care partners.