Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
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We are a network of over 3,600 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.

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

Rural and Remote Nursing Survey

The Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II survey is being sent to over 9,000 registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) in every province and territory of Canada.  This study, led by Dr. Martha MacLeod at the University of Northern BC, will provide important information about nurses, their practice and what contributes to their recruitment and retention in those communities. If you work in a rural and remote location you may have been selected to participate, please look for the survey in your mailbox. 

For more information: http://ruralnursing.unbc.ca

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

Survey: Arts & Health in BC

Provincial not for profit, Arts Health BC is leading a province-wide survey of arts & health activity within health care, research, education and community settings in BC. The results will be used to create a report and directory of BC-based programs to increase networking and resource sharing. If you or someone you know leads an arts & health initiative, please visit www.artshealthbc.ca/on-the-map to learn more. Survey closes Dec. 19/14.

Linking Rural BC: Capacity Development in Health Services Research

RHSRNbc and BC Health Authorities are planning a networked (distributed) BC Health Authorities conference on May 8, 2015.  The objective of this event is to develop research capacity for rural health services research while respecting the rural reality of conference presenters and participants.  We will be linking 22 sites across the province for this one-day conference - check out our survey if you are interested in learning more, presenting, or attending.

Details: Survey link

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:

Can people who misuse drugs and alcohol consent for health care?
Darlene Taylor, RN BSN MSC PhD, Research Program Manager, BC Centre for Disease Control
January 29, 2015

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/Virtual_Podium_Sleep

Recent webinar recordings:

Putting the Pieces Back Together; Un-fracturing Sleep for the Critically Ill
Vininder Bains, ICU Nurse, Vancouver General Hospital
Webinar recording: http://www.inspirenet.ca/KTA-VP-Sleep_in_ICU

Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada: Spotlight on Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses
Willams Maynart, student, University of Northern British Columbia
Webinar recording: http://www.inspirenet.ca/KTA-Virtual-Podium-Recordings

Virtual Podium Initiative 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

eHealth, eTechnologies and Informatics Action Team | Open to team members only


HEARR Action Team | Open to all InspireNet members

When Your Patient Refuses Their Pills: Covert Administration of Medication – An Ethics Perspective
Jenny Young MSW MA(Bioethics), Clinical Ethicist, Ethics Services, PHC
January 22


  • Cullen Family Lecture Theatre, Providence Building, St. Paul’s Hospital (speaker present)
  • 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/1Aoffqm

If you are connecting by phone only, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 805 006 219
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 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.)

Nurse Educators' Scholarship Action Team | Open to all InspireNet members

Educators' Experiences of Applying the Educator Pathway Curriculum
Shelley Fraser, Education Lead in Professional Practice at Providence Health Care
Marion Clauson, University of BC, Adjunct Professor
January 26

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

If you are connecting by phone only, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 806 055 987
Password: Network10

►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.

Recent Action Teams' Webinar Recordings

Other webinar recordings:

eHealth, eTechnologies and Informatics Action Team

Mobile Personal Health Records (mPHRS): What are they? What do they look like? What are their advantages and disadvantages? What studies are needed on them?
Helen Monkman
Promoting Patient Safety through Decision Support Tools
Janessa Griffith
Usability of Health Information Systems - How Can We Make Systems More Usable?
Dr. Andre Kushniruk
More are listed here

HEARR Action Team

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.

Update:  Wound Care and Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Open to All! View here

Nancy Cho, Jeannette Boily, Leah Shapera
C. Difficile: Update for Clinicians
Open to All!
View here

Winnie Ma, Daljit Ghag
Prevalence and Impact of Malnutrition in Hospitalized Adults: The Nutrition Care Process
Open to All! View here
Leah Gramlich
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

Nurse Educators' Scholarship Action Team

NES Opens Access
InspireNet's Nurse Educators' Scholarship Action Team has opened access to all InspireNet members
to its:
(a) future archived webinar recordings and
(b) forthcoming live webinars

Heart failure and a palliative approach: Getting the timing right
Open to All! View here
Tammy McLean
Teaching Civility to Undergraduate Nurses Using a Virtue Ethics-based Curriculum
Open to All! View here
Martha Russell
Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR):  A Collaborative Initiative to Break the Silence in The Lower Mainland of BC
Balbir Gurm
More are listed here

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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