2015 Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership: Margret Forbes


The Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership  is presented to a nurse who has made a significant contribution to oncology nursing through leadership locally, provincially or nationally. Margaret has developed a new and transformative program in cancer survivorship at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and is leading a widespread implementation plan, helping clinical teams in 10 disease sites to adapt the tools and templates she developed for breast and colorectal cancer patients to meet the needs of all patient populations. She was a member of the Cancer Care Ontario Models of Follow-up Care Steering Group for breast and colorectal cancer and currently participates in the CCO Survivorship Advisory Committee. Her commitment to survivors of breast cancer is longstanding. She has led and mentored committee members in the development and execution of the “Life After Breast Cancer Conference,” a conference held semi-annually which draws an attendance of 350- 400 women. This should be considered no small achievement in today’s busy environment. She has been a key initiator and chair for the annual BRIGHT RUN (Breast Cancer Research in Greater Hamilton Today) which raises funds for breast cancer research. Her commitment to her work with both patients and colleagues, physicians, registered nurses, administrative and support staff, and nursing students is exemplary! Margaret has also initiated a unique lymphedema program for any cancer patient experiencing lymphedema. The NP-led lymphedema clinic provides interdisciplinary assessment and management including referring patients to appropriate resources in the community for assistance with their chronic condition. The program components also include a lymphedema class and self-management resources. She has also served as a mentor for staff at other centers providing her knowledge and expertise to support the development of lymphedema clinics there. Margaret is described by her colleagues as a change agent, a go-to person, an approachable leader, and a tireless supporter for practicing nurses and students alike.