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Special Messages to InspireNet Members
February 21, 2017
Dear InspireNet Member,
Urgent: we need to hear from you about your wishes by March 15! Please see the highlighted paragraph below.
Currently, InspireNet is becoming the virtual networking platform for the BC SUPPORT Unit (BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit), a multi-partner organization preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.
The BC SUPPORT Unit (“the Unit”) is part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The Unit is part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN). You can read more about this transition here.
Here’s where we need your input: we’re reaching out to you as a former InspireNet member to determine whether you are interested in participating in patient-oriented research (POR) activities and becoming a member of the BC SUPPORT Unit database.
The Unit is seeking patient engagement; patient data will be maintained in a separate database.
By continuing your membership, you will benefit and further contribute to POR by:
- learning more about POR through webinars and other events and activities across the province;
- networking with other researchers, healthcare providers, decision-makers and patients interested in POR;
- leveraging InspireNet’s virtual platform (webconferencing and password-protected website space) for your POR projects’ collaborations*;
- participating on research teams or sharing research findings**;
- assisting with patient recruitment for their engagement in Unit activities**.
*of interest to researchers
**of interest to healthcare providers
If you wish to be a member of the BC SUPPORT Unit’s database, please contact us now with a quick note to let us know.
We will remove from the database any former InspireNet members who have not responded with an interest in becoming a BC SUPPORT Unit member by March 15, 2017.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
InspireNet’s Management Team:
- Noreen Frisch, RN PhD, Professor, University of Victoria | Former InspireNet Academic Co-Lead
- Pat Atherton, BCom, MPA, Former InspireNet Manager
January 17, 2017
To our InspireNet membership,
At this juncture we are pleased to report that the InspireNet network is transitioning to become the communications platform for the emerging BC SUPPORT Unit (BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit), a multi-partner organization to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. The BC SUPPORT Unit is part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is also now part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s interim board providing governance and oversight.
The BC SUPPORT Unit has contracted with InspireNet for its transition to the Unit’s virtual platform in the areas of networking, professional development, knowledge translation, communications and evaluation. Planning for this transition – and the services that will be offered, and to whom – is still in early stages; however, in implementing this transition the network continues to be managed at the University of Victoria.
At this transition time the collection of InspireNet curated professional development publicly available resources is still available and plans are being made to move these links to the BC SUPPORT Unit's website.
Read more about this transition on MSFHR's website: http://www.msfhr.org/news/msfhr-news/inspirenet-transitions-new-role-bc-support-unit.
InspireNet’s Management Team:
- Noreen Frisch, RN PhD, Professor, University of Victoria | Former InspireNet Academic Co-Lead and Training and Virtual Networking Platform Advisor, BC SUPPORT Unit
- Pat Atherton, BCom, MPA, Former InspireNet Manager; Director, Training and Virtual Networking Platform, BC SUPPORT Unit
May 25, 2016
To our membership,
This note is to tell you about InspireNet’s transition to support an exciting new initiative in BC whose aims are aligned with InspireNet’s vision to improve healthcare through research. Details of the transition, what it means or may mean for members, and what you’ll hear next, are below. In the meantime, please feel free to be in touch with any questions.
As you are likely aware, InspireNet has been funded since 2009 through an award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)’s BC Nursing Research Initiative. The network has worked to create and share health services knowledge; strengthen research and knowledge translation capacity; and, facilitate innovation in the delivery of health services. Initially our membership focused on nursing. As the network grew, our mandate expanded to become interprofessional, morphing InspireNet to InspireNet 2.0. Currently our membership is over 4,200 individuals interested in health services research; about 60% of them work in BC’s health authorities, 25% work or study in BC’s post-secondary institutions, and the remainder work in smaller organizations or are outside of BC.
As has been previously communicated, due to the demonstrated successes of the network and the generosity of MSFHR, funding for the network through its initial award was extended to a current end date of May 31, 2016.
At this juncture we are pleased to announce that the network will transition to become the communications platform for the emerging BC SUPPORT Unit (BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit), a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. The BC SUPPORT Unit is part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is also now part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s interim board providing governance and oversight.
The BC SUPPORT Unit is in process of contracting with InspireNet to transition into the Unit’s virtual platform in the areas of networking, professional development, knowledge translation, communications and evaluation. Planning for this transition – and the services that will be offered, and to whom – is still in the early stages; however, the network will continue to follow the existing management model: the University of Victoria will serve as the ‘host’ in partnership with the Provincial Health Services Authority, and management of the network will continue in a collaborative leadership model with co-leaders from academia and practice, supported by a network manager who will work closely with the SUPPORT Unit team.
What does this mean for existing members? Again, it is early days, but we expect there will be services, initiatives and opportunities that will be of interest to you, as they will build on the strong foundation that InspireNet and its members have created. Additionally, BC AHSN, whose purposes will be broader than the BC SUPPORT Unit and will include the translation of evidence-based solutions into system wide implementation, will be exploring how it can build on this new platform working with us and the SUPPORT Unit. As we collaborate with the BC SUPPORT Unit and BC AHSN on this transition, we will be exploring how our members could benefit from, contribute to and participate in this exciting work that is underway in BC. We’ll provide you with additional details as developments unfold.
In the meantime, the website, and its collection of curated resources, including recordings of past webinars, will be available until October 31, 2016.
InspireNet’s Management Team:
- Noreen Frisch, RN PhD, Professor, University of Victoria | InspireNet Academic Co-Lead
- Heather Straight, RN, BScN, MN, Director Academic Education, Provincial Health Services Authority | InspireNet Practice Co-Lead
- Pat Atherton, BCom, MPA, InspireNet Manager
Become a member to gain full access to this site (free). To login to the site, click the blue Login button in the top right hand corner of this page; then you can Join the Discussion and Action Teams, and explore our Members' Database.
To learn more about current InspireNet Action Teams, follow this link.
Various Action Teams organize webinars which are available only to their team members. Therefore, in order to access them you need to join the appropriate team.
To Join an Action Team and to Access your Electronic Community of Practice (eCoP) and its webinars archive: Login to the website (blue button, top right hand side) and click My Teams. The list of eCoPs you're subscribed to as well as teams you can join will appear. Select the team you want to visit or be added to.
Resource to help nurses map their research careers
Health Services Researcher Pathway
A resource commissioned by MSFHR will help define how nurses progress throughout their careers in developing knowledge, skills, and competencies related to research and research use.The Health Services Researcher Pathway, developed through the BC Nursing Research Initiative, describes five distinct levels of nurses’ research competency. The document is intended to support greater use of research at the point of care, where most nurses work. This framework was informed by published literature, as well as consultation with stakeholders from across BC, including nurses in practice. The pathway was developed by a project team co-led by Noreen Frisch (director, University of Victoria School of Nursing) and Sherry Hamilton (chief nursing and liaison officer, Provincial Health Services Authority).
From the Knowledge to Action Team
Webinar recordings are open to the general public: details are here
1. Lunch & Learn Webinars: Open to All
Do you want to learn more about knowledge translation?
An initiative from the Knowlege to Action (KTA) Team for all members is the launching of a webinar series focused on knowledge translation. All are welcome; no need to RSVP. Webinars are recorded for future viewing.
2. Researchers & Evaluators: Invitation to our Virtual Podium
Virtual Podium Webinars: Open to All
Attention novice/ experienced researchers & evaluators!
- Do you want to get your research out?
- Would you like to share your knowledge in a particular subject area?
Step up to our virtual podium! InspireNet is now offering BC's health services research community free use of our electronic platform to produce webinars and recordings for research dissemination to InspireNet members and on the open internet.
Knowledge Dissemination in Action at the Point of Care
Did you know? Many InspireNet teams organize webinars to provide free educational opportunities. The Knowledge to Action Team also organizes webinars related to knowledge translation. Participation options are synchronous (i.e. in real time) or asynchronous (i.e. viewing a recording).
InspireNet webinar stats since 2011:
160+: Number of webinars held
2,116: Average number of participants (asynchronous and synchronous)
>20,000: Number of contact hours: 2,800 synchronous; 18,000 asynchronous.
Read our new report: http://www.inspirenet.ca/document/webinar-stats-oct-2015
BC KT Community of Practice
The BC KT Community of Practice featured InspireNet as a knowledge translation vehicle through the webinar: Mobilizing Knowledge to Improve Health Services: Tech-enabled KT Close to Care.
►View the recording here: http://goo.gl/2k3iO5
Research teams: Use InspireNet’s e-platform in new ways!
Consider 2 ways that your team can leverage InspireNet’s established and proven e-platform:
1. Research Team eCoP
If you are a prospective or newly emerging health research team with BC representation, you can apply for an InspireNet eCoP, which is closed for use by your team members only, to support the work of your team:
- during proposal development, and if successful
- during project work
An eCoP gives your team a ‘virtual home’ via a password protected web presence where you can share documents and collaborate online. Webconferencing supports communication through your computer.
2. Knowledge Translation (KT) eCoP
If you are an established research or knowledge translation team, you can apply for an InspireNet eCoP to support KT activities when your team is at the point of readiness to do that. An example of this is the MSFHR-funded iPANEL Team which is using an InspireNet eCoP and webinars to meet their KT goals. An eCoP supports KT by giving you an easy way to present your project via webinar/recordings of webinars, and to hold online discussions.
Navigating the Website
Did you know? To find content on the content-rich InspireNet website you can use the powerful search engine, which appears in the big green box near the top left of all webpages on our website ("Search this Site"). When logged in, your search includes InspireNet's database and content in your Action Teams' eCoPs.
Any item on this website in blue is a hyperlink. Click on it to go to the linked page.
Most people don't know about the Ctrl+F trick: if you enter a large webpage anywhere on the internet, you can find specific content by holding down the Ctrl button then pressing the F key (Command+F on a Mac). This will pop open a finder in your web browser where you can enter the word or term you're looking for. More about this is available in this article.
You can also check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for tips.
Bookmark your content
At the bottom of the webpage you'll see an option to "Add to My Library"; click this to bookmark the content for later review. Then, when you have time, click View My Content, then the My Library link in the left hand navigation to review your previously bookmarked content which will appear in a table display. You can remove items from your library on either the webpage or from your library.
Many InspireNet members are leveraging professional social media using Linkedin, which provides a way to create your own professional network. If you have a Linkedin profile, you can now add the link to your InspireNet Members' database profile, making it even more powerful in making connections.
InspireNet teams convene webinars which are recorded for future viewing. Webinars are open to different audiences. Some are open to:
- the general public
- InspireNet members
- InspireNet's Action Team members
Full details on all webinar recordings are available here.
By bringing people and knowledge together in new ways, InspireNet creates collaborative advantage and builds capacity for nursing health services research in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.
InspireNet welcomes a diverse range of researchers, clinicians and policy makers from various professions and disciplines who seek linkages and partnerships with nursing health services researchers.
Learn more: http://www.inspirenet.ca/about
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