Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
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We are a network of over 3,800 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.


December 2014

InspireNet is pleased to announce that our funder, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, has kindly approved an extension of our grant term, using remaining funds, until November 30, 2015. We look forward to continuing support of BC's health services research community and extend sincere thanks to MSFHR for approval of this extension.

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.

Invitation to Participate

BC RNs are invited to participate in a study entitled Research-Competencies Assessment Instrument for Nurses (R-CAIN). The study is being conducted by a team of faculty members in the University of Victoria School of Nursing: Anastasia Mallidou (RN, PhD), Elizabeth Borycki (RN, PhD), Noreen Frisch (RN, PhD, FAAN), and Lynne Young (RN, PhD) with support from a research assistant, Gurprit Randhawa, UVic doctoral student in Health Information Science.
This study is part of the larger Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)-funded project (i.e., Health Services Researcher Pathway – HSRP), in which we have developed a draft set of competencies based on an integrative literature review and consultation with stakeholders. The purpose of this study is the development of an instrument to assess nurses’ research competencies and evaluation of its psychometric properties (i.e., reliability and validity). 
Participation will be outside of your regular work hours. If you consent, your participation will include the online completion of two survey questionnaires (about 40-60 minutes in total). Interested in participating? Click this link to complete and submit the surveys: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/inspirenet/r-cain. Thank you for your involvement in this important research project.
If you have further questions regarding this study you may contact:

  • Anastasia Mallidou (principal investigator of the study and assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria) by email to: mallidou@uvic.ca or phone: 250-472-5663.
  • Human Research Ethics Office at the University of Victoria (250-472-4545 or ethics@uvic.ca), to verify the ethical approval of this study or raise any concerns you might have.

Invitation to Participate

Share YOUR thoughts about a new app to help you be more active

Did you know that walking 10 blocks a day can help improve cognitive health and may even be good for joint health in the long term? Canadian health consumers like you are developing a new app, called Walk 10 Blocks, that will help you and your friends become more physically active in your neighbourhood, and even make it fun! Walk 10 Blocks is part of a research and health consumer partnership called ICON, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research. We want to know what you need in an app like Walk 10 Blocks where you live.  Your input will help create a map-based app that will customize walking and exercise for all Canadian users.  We also want to know your thoughts on the best ways to raise public awareness about the Walk 10 Blocks initiative. Please take 10-15 minutes to fill out this survey. All responses will remain anonymous and confidential and there will be no information collected that will identify you. Thank you for taking part in this important effort to improve your health and the health of millions like you across Canada! If you would like more information please contact Jasmina Memetovic, Research Coordinator, by phone at 604-207-4007, toll free 1-877-871-4575 or by email.

Survey Link: http://open.arthritisresearch.ca/survey/index.php?r=survey/index/sid/297297/lang/en

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).

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

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?

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.

Forthcoming Lunch & Learn Webinar

Electronic performance walls for all! Simplifying integrated real-time planning, progress tracking, evaluation and reporting for project and program management
Stephanie Glegg, Knowledge Broker Facilitator, Child Development & Rehabilitation Evidence Centre, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
April 15, 2015

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


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:


Recent webinar recordings:

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
Webinar Recording: http://www.inspirenet.ca/KTA-Drug-Users-Consent

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

November 2014

InspireNet Webinars:
Knowledge Dissemination in Action at the Point of Care

Did you know? Many InspireNet teams organize webinars to provide free educational opportunities. Participation options are synchronous (i.e. in real time) or asynchronous (i.e. viewing a recording).

InspireNet webinar stats since 2011:

130+:   Number of webinars held

100:   Average number of participants (asynchronous and synchronous)

14,000:   Number of contact hours: 2,000 synchronous; 12,000 asynchronous.

Read our new report: http://www.inspirenet.ca/document/webinars-knowledge-dissemination

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

What's new on the Blog?

New Interdisciplinary Health Student Journal

The Health Student Professional Journal is a new interdisciplinary health student journal, a collaboration spearheaded by students in various UBC health disciplines with support from the UBC College of Health Disciplines. Authors in this inaugural issue include those in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Counseling Psychology, Population and Public Health, Engineering, and Medicine. The editorial team is seeking abstracts for future issues and welcomes hearing from interested students.

Knowledge Dissemination in a Virtual World: Open Access
How do we bring new and innovative information to people searching for ideas, knowledge and guidance in a Web 2.0 environment?
The open access movement and InspireNet aim to change the way we disseminate information in a virtual world. Noreen Frisch and Pat Atherton write on the subject of Open Access.

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

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

Forthcoming Action Team Webinars

No need to RSVP. Webinars will be recorded (listings here).

HEARR Action Team | Open to all InspireNet members
Psychological Health in the Workplace
Mervyn Gilbert, PhD RPsych, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU; Partner, Psych Health + Safety Consulting
Dan Bilsker, PhD RPsych, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU; Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC; Partner, Psych Health + Safety Consulting
April 23
2:00-3:00 pm


  • 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://goo.gl/eNyFmp

If you are connecting by phone only, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 801 356 144
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 | Open to team members only

Changing the way we work: Self first
Elizabeth Causton
April 28

InspireNet members just join this Action Team and connect to the webinar at the appropriate time.

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

April 27

If you need help, follow this link for step-by-step instructions about how to join the WebEx session:


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)

Where a webinar is open to Team members only:

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

Health Information Systems Design for Collaborative Healthcare Delivery - “Collaboration Spaces”
Craig Kuziemsky
Telehealth Nursing: Application of Usability Methods to Maximize Quality Patient Outcomes
Danica Tuden
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
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.

Not Charted, Not Done - Urban Myth or Law? Clinical Documentation Update
Camille Ciarniello
Open to All! View here
Trauma Informed Practice: Building Trust with Vulnerable Clients
Stephen Epp
Open to All! View here
When Your Patient Refuses Their Pills: Covert Administration of Medication – An Ethics Perspective
Jenny Young
Open to All! View here
More are listed here

iPANEL Action Team

Experiences of integrating a PA into the assessment of patients being considered for a trans-catheter valve replacement (TAVI)
Leslie Achtem, Ella Garland
A team approach to a palliative approach: Educating nurses in rural areas
Barb Pesut
A knowledge synthesis on a palliative approach
Rick Sawatzky, Pat Porterfield & Joyce Lee
More are listed here

New Grad Transition to Professional Practice Action Team

New Graduate RN Transition to Practice: Research Findings from a Local, Provincial, Canadian and International Perspective
Craig Phillips, Linda Nelson, Theresa Trinh, Kathy Rush, Monica Adamack, Angela Wolff
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

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

►Language and Intimate Partner Violence
Pertice Moffitt and Penny Cash
Open to All! View here
Understanding Transformational Learning: A Journey within an Indigenous Research Paradigm
Joanna Fraser; Dan Woodrow; Evelyn Voyageur; Betty Tate, North Island College
Open to All! View here
Educators' Experiences of Applying the Educator Pathway Curriculum
Shelley Fraser, Marion Clauson
Open to All! View here
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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