The CAREB-ACCER Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to research ethics whether through teaching, research, or service. This award, established in 2013, recognizes accomplishments in research ethics beyond CAREB-ACCER’s activities.
On May 27, 2016, Nancy Walton, RN, PhD, became the second person to receive this award at the CAREB-ACCER 2016 National Conference and annual general meeting.
Currently on secondment to the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) as a special advisor to the Deputy Minister, Dr. Walton is also an Associate Professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and Director of e-learning at Ryerson University.
Dr. Walton has published on research ethics issues including: ethical considerations of internet-based research; research ethics board composition; ethical and legal considerations in research on children and adolescents and most recently, ethical issues arising in the Ebola virus disease outbreak and the ethical concerns and opportunities of new mobile technologies. She is the Canadian author of the textbook “Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing” (2nd ed., 2013) and co-author of the textbook, “Critical Thinking for Nurses” (Oxford University Press, 2015). Online she is known as co-author of the Research Ethics Blog, the Nursing Ethics Blog as well as co-editor of an e-journal, The Research Ethics Journal Review.
Dr. Walton’s service in the field of research ethics is extensive. She has served on the REB at the Hospital for Sick Children, was a founding member of the Ontario College of Art and Design University REB and was Chair of the Ryerson University REB for almost a decade. She is the current Chair of the REB at Women’s College Hospital. She served as a Council Member on the National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR) and is a longstanding member of CAREB and PRIM&R.
Dr. Walton’s accomplishments embody all of the characteristics of this award as it was originally envisioned. Her efforts to broaden and advance the field of research ethics make her the ideal recipient of this award.