That is the term Lia Boxall, a Tisdale-based Nurse Practitioner (NP), uses to describe the often unconventional and innovative work of Nurse Practitioners. The recipient of the 2019 Saskatchewan Association of Nurse Practitioners (SANP) NP Leadership Award, Boxall adapted the phrase first coined by Harvard Business School professor Dr. Clayton M. Christensen during her acceptance speech at the SANP Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon on May 4.
Tisdale-based RN(NP) Lia Boxall is pictured with the print she received as the recipient of the Saskatchewan Association of Nurse Practitioners 2019 Nurse Pracitioner Leadership Award.
Boxall had over 15 years of experience as an RN when she became a Nurse Practitioner in 2007.
A self-proclaimed “very clinical nurse” prior to becoming an NP, Boxall has found the evolution of her role has expanded her practise to include a focus on community-based population health initiatives. The opportunity to partner with teams of health care providers and community members in the development of initiatives that have made a positive impact on individual and community health is where Boxall has experienced the most growth in her career.
“This is where Nurse Practitioners shine,” she says. “We can see the need, pull the people in that need to be pulled in to form a solution, put something in place and carry it out.”
As only the eighth recipient of the SANP Leadership Award, Boxall is proud to be among the select few to have received the honour.
“I know those other NPs who have been awarded in the past. Those NPs have been mentors for me and beacons of what a Nurse Practitioner can do in this province in healthcare.”