Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
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We are a network of over 3,500 researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, educators and students working together to improve health services in British Columbia, Canada. To explore this website, use the navigation links on the left hand side and the Search tool. Join InspireNet to keep up to date on fresh web content and to join the discussion and Action Teams.

Connecting People, Ideas and Solutions.


July 2014: Funding extension!
MSFHR has announced an extension to InspireNet's grant which will now end April 20, 2015. Our sincere thanks to the BC Nursing Research Initiative's Nursing Research Advisory Council for this important funding to help bridge the network into new partnerships opportunities.

April 2014: Announcing our New Name!
As we expand to engage greater interprofessionalism in our mandate, your health services research network is now:

InspireNet 2.0
INnovative health Services & Practice
Informed by Research & Evaluation Network

Our Final Conference

Connect 2014:
Using Research to Improve Health Care - Change, Challenge and Opportunity in Knowledge Translation

InspireNet's final annual conference was held Sep 22. Check out the conference webpage with these great new resources related to knowledge translation:

  • Complete the Evaluation form online
  • Read the day's Twitter feed
  • Review the Speakers' slide decks
  • Discover KT Resources mentioned by speakers
  • Blog post by Anastasia Mallidou, University of Victoria
  • Read a summary of the Panel Discussion by MSFHR's Bev Holmes

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/Connect-2014

Become a member to gain full access to this site. 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.

New resource to help nurses map their research careers

Health Services Researcher Pathway

A new 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).

Details: http://www.msfhr.org/health-services-researcher-pathway-0

JMIR Article

Growing a Professional Network to Over 3,000 Members in Less Than 4 Years: Evaluation of InspireNet, British Columbia’s Virtual Nursing Health Services Research Network

This article was published in the open access Journal of Medical Internet Research, February 2014.

J Med Internet Res 2014;16(2):e49

Invitation to Participate as Study Participant

Perinatal Nurses (past and present) are invited to participate in doctoral research entitled: “Exploring Nurses’ Experience of Infant Feeding Support.” The study is occurring in partial fulfillment of PhD studies (Nursing) at the University of Victoria, and aims to enhance understanding of the issues facing perinatal nurses who support women with infant feeding. Nurses of diverse ethnicity, age, experience and gender are welcomed as participants. If interested please contact: Joan Humphries RN MN PhD (c).

Invitation to Participate as Study Participant

Collegial Relationships Research Project
Are You A Nurse Educator Interested In Connecting With Other Nurse Educators? Please Consider Participating In Our Research. This project is developed from conversations between nurse educators in health care settings (e.g. Clinical Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists) and Nurse Educators in post secondary settings (e.g. faculty in nursing programs). It provides the potential to facilitate new and different collegial relationships among Nurse Educators and uncover the impact of these relationships on learning environments in acute care, complex care, community settings and educational institutions.

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/document/collegial-relationships-research-project

From the Knowledge to Action Team

Webinar recordings are open to the general public: details are here

1. Lunch & Learn Webinars: Open to All

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/Lunch-Learn-KT-Webinars

Do you want to learn more about knowledge translation?

A new 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

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/KT-Invitation-Virtual-Podium

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.

Forthcoming Webinar:

Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada: Spotlight on Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses

Willams Maynart, student, University of Northern British Columbia
Friday, October 17
1:00-2:00 pm

►To join this webinar, use this link: http://goo.gl/4BqF0B

If you are connecting by phone only, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 804 419 033
Password: Network10

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/KT-Invitation-Virtual-Podium

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.

Leveraging Linkedin

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.

To add your Linkedin profile to your InspireNet Members' Database profile

What's new on the Blog?

Anastasia Mallidou (UVic) provides three key lessons, related to knowledge translation, from Connect 2014.

Read the InspireNet Blog

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.

 Visit the detailed webpage for research teams

Forthcoming Action Team Webinars

HEARR Action Team: Open to all InspireNet members

C. Difficile: Update for Clinicians
Winnie Ma PharmD ACPR Dispensary Supervisor, Pharmacy, PHC
Daljit Ghag PharmD Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Pharmacy, PHC
October 23


  • Cullen Family Lecture Hall (formerly New Lecture Theatre) Providence Bldg., St. Paul’s  Hospital
  • and via webinar

Note that participation in NEARR events (either in person or through accessing an archived session) can be counted towards the CRNBC continuing competencies for nurses. (Participants are responsible for maintaining their own record of attendance.)

►To join this webinar, use this link: http://bit.ly/YNTHTl

If you are connecting by phone only, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 809 566 170 
Password: Network10

[NOTE:  if you use the WebEx “Add to My Calendar” feature, the webinar is entered into your calendar at 1:00 PM, which is incorrect. The webinar start time is 2:00 PM.]

Note that participation in HEARR events can be counted towards the CRNBC continuing competencies for nurses. (Participants are responsible for maintaining their own record of attendance).

iPANEL Action Team

A team approach to a palliative approach: Educating nurses in rural areas
Barb Pesut
October 28, 2014

Nurse Educators' Scholarship Action Team

Teaching Civility to Undergraduate Nurses Using a Virtue Ethics-based Curriculum
Martha Russell RN MN North Island College
October 27, 2014
3:30 - 4:30 PM

►Sessions are recorded and archived on their team's eCoP.

No need to RSVP - InspireNet members just join the appropriate Action Team and connect to the webinar at the appropriate time. Note archived recordings list below.

Interested in attending via webinar or reviewing the recording? Three easy steps:

1. Join InspireNet if you're not already a member (link at top right hand corner of home page)
2. Join the Action Team (use the link under My Teams)
3. Visit the team's eCoP for WebEx login information at the session time, or visit the archives in the Team's eCoP after the session.

Tips for connecting to WebEx webinars are available here:

Webinar Recordings

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.

Action Teams' Webinars

Action Team webinars are available as archived WebEx recordings. To access a recording, join the appropriate Action Team: login to this website and select it from the My Teams list. Once you've joined the Action Team, you can select a recording (audio & video) from the archive for review - just like being there.

eHealth, eTechnologies and Informatics Action Team

Usability of Health Information Systems - How Can We Make Systems More Usable?
Dr. Andre Kushniruk
►Use of iPads to Assess Health-related Quality of Life: A Feasibility Study in Home Dialysis
Kara Schick Makaroff
Informatics and knowledge translation activities in the healthcare sector
Speaker: Anastasia Mallidou

More are listed here

First Nations Health Action Team

Community-based and culturally appropriate HIV and AIDS diagnosis and treatment

Healthy Workplace Climate Action Team

Speak So Others Will Engage
Barb Langlois

►A Rapid evidence assessment of preoperative use of 2% chlorhexidnine gluconate cloths in orthopedic surgical patients
Heather Hunter
Canadian Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care (C-HOBIC)
Peggy White and Kathryn Hannah
More are listed here

HEARR Action Team

New! HEARR Opens Access
InspireNet's Healthcare Education and Research Rounds (HEARR) Action Team has opened access to all InspireNet members
to its
(a) future archived webinar recordings,
(b) forthcoming live webinars, and
(c) select popular past webinar recordings.

Prevalence and Impact of Malnutrition in Hospitalized Adults: The Nutrition Care Process
Leah Gramlich View here
Nurse Sensitive Outcome Measures: Creating Practical Educational Tools
Open to All! View here
Shelley Fraser, Barb Bedell & Brittany Watson
Preventing Falls: Keeping Your Patients on Their Feet
Open to All! View here
Linda Owen, Julie Cheng

More are listed here

iPANEL Action Team

A knowledge synthesis on a palliative approach
Rick Sawatzky, Pat Porterfield & Joyce Lee
What does a palliative approach lens bring to care of patients with COPD? 
Della Roberts
Quality of Life Study for Inner City COPD Population
Barb Eddy

More are listed here

New Grad Transition to Professional Practice Action Team

►Workplace Integration of New Nurses (WINN)
Discussion following conference in Banff
Dr. Boychuk Duchscher’s Theory of Transition
Judy Boychuk Duchscher

Nurse Educators' Scholarship Action Team

Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR):  A Collaborative Initiative to Break the Silence in The Lower Mainland of BC
Balbir Gurm
►Forensic Nurse Examiners' Ways of Knowing: Addressing the Silence of Intentional Violence
Rose Doyle
Walk the Talk: Using the 2013 INACSL Simulation Standards to support student success
Lisa Kirk, Kymberley Bontinen, Shannon Redmond
More are listed here

Optimal Utilization of Advanced Practice Nursing Roles Action Team

Current APN Updates Discussion
Maureen Shaw & Linda Sawchenko
How Nurse Leaders Identify the Need for and Support APN Roles
David Byres
A Discussion about Research Priorities and Advanced Practice Nursing
Karen MacKinnon, Esther Sangster-Gormley
More are listed here

Students Action Team

Discussion and Social Media in Healthcare
Tom Ying
Discussion about future team directions

About InspireNet

InspireNet is a component of the BC Nursing Research Initiative funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2009 – 2015).

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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