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Welcome to InspireNet.ca!
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We are a network of over 4,000 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.


Announcement: Extension

August 2015

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 May 31, 2016. We look forward to continuing support of BC's health services research community and extend sincere thanks to MSFHR for approval of this extension.

Announcement: InspireNet Change of Leadership

July 2015

After six years leading InspireNet from its initial inception to its current position of 4,000 members, InspireNet’s practice co-leader Grace Mickelson is retiring. Her last day will be July 31. We are pleased to announce that taking on the role of practice co-leader is Sherry Hamilton, RN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer, Government Liaison & Patient-Focused Funding, Provincial Health Services Authority. Sherry has been active in roles related to InspireNet in the past including as Chair of the Nursing Research Advisory Council of the BC Nursing Research Initiative through the Michael Smith Foundation (MSFHR), and co-leader of the MSFHR-commissioned Health Services Researcher Pathway project. Please join us in thanking Grace for her exemplary service to the growth and success of our network, and in welcoming Sherry.

Noreen Frisch, academic co-leader & Pat Atherton, 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.

What's new on the Blog?

Sharing our Lessons at eHITS 2015
Read about InspireNet's presentations at the 2nd BC eHealth and Innovative Technology Showcase (eHITS), held May 9 at UBC, where we presented findings from InspireNet's latest evaluation work and metrics related to our webinars.

Read the InspireNet Blog

New Article

In case you missed it in April's Canadian Nurse, read the latest article on InspireNet: Harnessing the web to build research capacity.

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

Call for Papers

Canadian Journal of Nursing Research (CJNR)

Quality Improvement Studies

With the growing interest in generating and disseminating knowledge to improve health-care quality, CJNR is pleased to announce a new section titled Quality Improvement Studies. This section will focus on advancing practice-based nursing scholarship, and articles may cover any aspect of clinical or therapeutic care or service improvements in any practice setting.

Deadline: October 30, 2015

Details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/CJNR-Call-for-Papers

Invitation to Participate

If you are a Registered Nurse (RN) working in any Canadian healthcare organization, you are invited to participate in a study entitled Research-Competencies Assessment Instrument for Nurses (R-CAIN). The research 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 (http://www.msfhr.org/health-services-researcher-pathway-0). 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.

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


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:


This webinar will be recorded.

Recent webinar recordings:

Clinical nursing instructors' experiences teaching students deemed at risk of failure
Stefanie MacLeod, RN BN CCN(C), MSN Student, UBC; Clinical Nurse Leader, Heart Centre, St. Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care
Webinar Recording:

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

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?

Learn about Fraser Health's Research Week, to be held June 10-15, where they will be celebrating their 10th year anniversary of research conducted in the health authority by their own employees, physicians and academic affiliated researchers. The theme is Patients at the Centre of Research

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

End-of-Life: Having Difficult Conversations with Patients
Dave Unger, BA, MSc (Bioethics), MD, CCFP(C), FCFP; Director and Ethicist, Ethics Services, PHC; Clinical Associate, HIV Service, SPH; Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Medicine, UBC
September 24
2:00-3:00 pm


  • Cullen Family Lecture Theatre, Providence Building, St. Paul’s Hospital (speaker present)
  • and via webinar

►To join this webinar, use this link: http://bit.ly/1IiTMEn

If you are connecting by phone only, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 803 403 777
Password: Network10

[NOTE:  if you use the WebEx “Add to My Calendar” feature, the webinar is entered into your calendar at 1:30 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

Adding quality to life through the safe use of opioid medications: A palliative approach
Ruth Topolnicky, Sue North
September 22

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

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

►Teaching Health Information Science for Health Care Instructors
Pasquale Fiore
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
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.

Supporting Nursing Education and Professional Practice: Lessons from a Decade of Work in India
Brittany Watson & V. Susan Dahinton
Open to All! View here
Falls Prevention Strategies
Tanya Dunne
Open to All! View here
►Psychological Health in the Workplace
Mervyn Gilbert & Dan Bilsker
Open to All! View here

More are listed here

iPANEL Action Team

Palliative approach and quality of life for culturally diverse older people with life-limiting illness and their families
Joyce Lee and Eric Chan
Rural nurses self-perceived competence in addressing spiritual needs using a palliative approach
Ibolya Agoston
Health promotion and palliative care: Collaboration for caring communities
Cara Pearson
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

Mobile Devices for Teaching and Learning: What More Do We Need to Know?
Pam Burton, Glynda Doyle, Jocelyne Van Neste-Kenny
Open to All! View here
►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
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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