2016 Nursing Awards of Excellence

LPNABC Board Award of Distinction

Congratulations to Leah Thomson on receiving the 2016 LPNABC Board Award of Distinction!

We would like to congratulate all of the 2016 award winners for their outstanding contributions to the nursing profession.

Leah Thomson, LPN

Leah graduated from Camosun College in 1980. She has worked both on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland in hospital and psychiatric settings, and quite extensively at the George Derby Centre. As someone who has been in the profession for many years, in 2001 she recognized the need to earn upgrades which would allow her to practice to her full scope. It was roughly at this time that she began to work primarily in hospice care.

Leah’s nursing hospice career has been focused on not only providing care for patients at the end of life, but advocating for them as well. Her advocacy for people in hospice means voicing opinions to management and other members of the health care team, championing the needs and wants of the patient and their families and ensuring that the role of the LPN is clear. As a natural leader, Leah has approached her continuing education with enthusiasm ensuring she has taken leadership, palliative care and mentorship courses, that she preceptors LPN students and orients both LPNs and RNs to hospice care. She has earned the respect of her colleagues and management and consistently demonstrates leadership in the profession while always being a professional, knowledgeable and reliable colleague with exceptional critical thinking skills.

Leah is a proud LPN and believes strongly in the critical role all health care providers play in delivering quality patient care. Each and every day she showcases what it means to be a highly skilled health care provider and brings her skill, passion, energy, humour and enthusiasm to grateful colleagues who see her as a mentor and friend.

Leah also serves as a workplace representative for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC) and is an active member of her current Burnaby community through volunteerism.