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We are a network of over 3,300 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

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

Monday, September 22, 2014
Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
1763 Comox Street at Denman, Vancouver: Venue details

Don't miss this excellent networking and educational knowledge translation event. This conference has been designed to provide educational and networking opportunities to create relationships across the research and practice communities in the areas of health services research. It is intended that relationships built through this event will foster new synergies over time.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Sharon E. Straus, MD, MSC, HBSc; Director, Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
  • Dr. Diane Finegood, PhD; President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research


  • Dr. Anne Sales, PhD; Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing
  • Dr. Bev Holmes, PhD; Vice-president, Research & Impact, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

New Grad Transition to Professional Practice Action Team: Lunch Discussion
Our team is growing – we now have over 80 people interested in the topic of Transition to Professional Practice. In addition to connecting with each other virtually through webinars, plan to attend Connect 2014. Come for the day and join in the New Grad Transition Action Team lunch table discussion. Let's meet in person and grow the connections we have made online!

Conference details and registration: http://www.inspirenet.ca/Connect-2014

Nurse Educators' Scholarship Action Team

September 2014 Colloquium IX
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 261
Sep 21/14
0930-1530 hours

The overall purpose of the colloquium is to further scholarly activities among members of the Nurse Educators’ Scholarship Action Team (NESAT). This year we want to share some of the work of the NESAT and discuss how we might continue to foster scholarship through knowledge sharing and collegial relationships. We are also interested in discussing possible scholarship questions related to simulation as some have expressed an interest in further development of this topic. If you have other scholarship passions and want to explore your ideas, we can also make space on the day for these discussions. Please join us and contribute to our work or learn more about what we are doing! Please RSVP at: http://www.inspirenet.ca/RSVP-Sep2114-NESAT-Colloquium by September 12, 2014 to assist with planning, but if you find you can come at the last minute please join us.

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

New! From the Knowledge to Action Team

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 Webinars


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

Webinar recordings: open to all

Island Health's Knowledge Translation activities and Point-of-Care Projects: Bringing Research into practice
Island Health's Research & Capacity Building Department

Mapping Knowledge Synthesis - Part II
Anastasia Mallidou, RN, PhD

►Impact Factor in Nursing: Above and Beyond
Anastasia Mallidou & Aggie Black

Introduction to Quantitative Research
Davina Banner-Lukaris

Introduction to Qualitative Research
Davina Banner-Lukaris

Mapping the Methods of Knowledge Synthesis
Anastasia Mallidou

How to Present Your Findings…with Confidence!
Jacqui Brinkman

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

New! Researchers & Evaluators: Invitation to our Virtual Podium

Virtual Podium Webinars: Open to All

Forthcoming Webinar


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.

Webinar recordings: open to all

►Implementation of national guidelines for dementia care in a Swedish nursing home. Presentation of an action research project
Anne-Marie Boström, PhD, MScN, RN

Some like it Hot. Revelations in Managing Fever in the ICU
Vininder Bains

Some Don’t Like it Hot. Temperature Management in Brain Injury
Vininder Bains

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

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.

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?

Joanne Maclaren, Wendy Young and Lenora Marcellus write about igniting a spirit of inquiry in nursing students while bringing evidence into practice as the goal of a new collaboration between the University of Victoria and Island Health.

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

No need to RSVP - open to all InspireNet members

HEARR Action Team: Open to all


  • 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: TBA

If you are connecting by phone only, call-in toll number: 1-650-479-3208
Access code:TBA
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
What does a palliative approach lens bring to care of patients with COPD? 
August 26, 2014
Della Roberts

►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

Webinars open to all

Organized through the Knowledge to Action Team

Virtual Podium Program (details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/KT-Invitation-Virtual-Podium)

Implementation of national guidelines for dementia care in a Swedish nursing home. Presentation of an action research project
Anne-Marie Boström

Some like it Hot. Revelations in Managing Fever in the ICU
Vininder Bains

Some Don’t Like it Hot. Temperature Management in Brain Injury
Vininder Bains

Lunch & Learn Program (details: http://www.inspirenet.ca/Lunch-Learn-KT-Webinars)

Impact Factor in Nursing: Above and Beyond
Anastasia Mallidou & Aggie Black

Introduction to Quantitative Research
Davina Banner-Lukaris

Introduction to Qualitative Research
Davina Banner-Lukaris

Mapping the Methods of Knowledge Synthesis
Anastasia Mallidou

How to Present Your Findings…with Confidence!
Jacqui Brinkman

Organized through InspireNet's annual conferences

Connect 2012:

Systematic Reviews: The Joanna Briggs Institute Model
Anastasia Mallidou

Connect 2011:

Causal relationships between nurse specialty subcultures within hospitals and adverse patient events
Anastasia Mallidou

Development and Implementation of Aboriginal Health Literacy Resources to Improve Hepatitis C Care and Support
Gail Butt

Nursing Professional Practice – An Evolutionary Concept Analysis
Julie Fraser

The Role of the Practice Consultant in Addressing Professional Practice Issues in Nursing:
An Integrative Literature Review

Joanne McLaren

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

Privacy Issues
Paulette LaCroix
Public Health Informatics
Larry Frisch
Safety and Electronic-induced Errors
Elizabeth Borycki
Decision supports and issues of usability in information systems
Leanne Currie
CASN (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing) Guidelines on Informatics Competencies to be included in BSN curricula
Noreen Frisch
The Impact of Social media in Healthcare: Rhetoric versus Reality
Peter Murray
An Educational Strategy For Teaching Nursing Standardized Languages
Arlene Farren
Promoting Health Equity Through Informatics
Suzanne Bakken
Evaluating the Benefits of a Health Mentoring Programme Supported with a Web and Mobile Phone Based Self-Monitoring Application
Elizabeth Cummings
Use of a fully electronic system for nursing documentation (a European experience)
Matthias Odenbreit
Informatics and Nurses: From Few to All
Lynn Nagel
Journal Club: Agreement between common goals discussed and documented in the ICU
Leanne Currie
►Nursing Outcomes – C-HOBIC and beyond
Kathryn Hannah
Nursing Informatics in BC: introduction to the issues and the role of CNIA
Susan Sepa, Jacqui Phillips & Eithnie Richert

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
Ostracism in the Workplace: Does it impact the Retention of Employees?
Angela Wolff
Using behaviour-based language in policies to promote safety
Pamela Piddocke
Do Differences in Work Values Result In Conflict And Burnout in the Nursing Workforce?
Angela Wolff
Employee engagement
Trish Manning
Integration of Staff and Patient Safety Through Care Planning
Lesley Moss
Violence Prevention Education in the BC Health Care System
Alison Hutchison
Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention in Residential Care: An Evidence based approach
Helen Tam
The Looming nursing retirement tsunami: How to plan and
implement a human resource strategy for your program

John Tully
Grievances; lessons learned going through the process
John Tully
Running a staff meeting: what is the draw to bring people in
John Tully
Dealing with Bullies
John Tully
Connecting, trust & relationships: building a team
John Tully
Getting to Know Your Workplace Culture
John Tully


New! HEARR Opens Access
As of January 2014, InspireNet's Healthcare Education and Research Rounds (HEARR) Action Team will be opening access to all InspireNet members
to its
(a) future archived webinar recordings,
(b) forthcoming live webinars, and
(c) select popular past webinar recordings. Check out the HEARR archives listed on the home page noted as Open To All; if you see a title of a recorded webinar of interest, be sure you are logged in as an InspireNet member, then click the appropriate link to find the recording. If there are other titles of interest but are not noted as Open To All, join the HEARR Action Team to access the recording.

(Note that this change is for HEARR webinars only, not for all InspireNet Action Teams' webinars.)

Preventing Falls: Keeping Your Patients on Their Feet
Open to All! View here
Linda Owen, Julie Cheng PT
Informatics Update: Current Issues in Clinical and Nursing Informatics
Open to All! View here
Leanne M. Currie, Elizabeth Borycki
Practical Tools for Screening and Treating Psychological Distress
Open to All! View here
Quincy Young, Sarah Cockell, Colleen Cannon
Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Informing Interprofessional Practice and Continuity of Care
Open to All! View here

Heather Owens
Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries – Is There a Problem in BC?
Open to All! View here
Shelina Babul
Health, Health Care and Sex Work: Reducing Barriers to Care
Open to All! View here
Vicky Bungay
►PHC Pressure Ulcer Prevention Initiative
Leah Shapera
DVT: Are TEDS enough?
Open to All! View here
Alison Hoens, Christine Jerrett, and Jo Moorhen
The BC Healthy Connections Project: An Exemplar of How Research Evidence Can Inform Nursing Practice
Debbie Sheehan
The PHC Practice-based Research Challenge: Supporting Nurse Involvement in Research
Lynda Balneaves & Aggie Black
Catheter-Associated UTIs: Prevention and Strategies
Open to All! View here
Marie McCoy
Patient and Family Centred Care: Providence Health Care’s Journey So Far
Sara Charlton
Health Literacy: Key to Better Care
Carol A. Wilson & Jane McCall
Cardiac Update: Developing Opportunities for Research & Knowledge Translation
Davina Banner‐Lukaris & Sandra Lauck
Advance Care Planning Practice & Research: Changing the Culture of Care
Wallace Robinson & Diane Milne
Communities of Practice at Interior Health
Donna Mendel, Linda Sawchenko, Karen Brown
What Can We Learn about Disaster Preparedness and Response: Experiences from Concepcion, Chile
Norma Sorensen
Nursing Student Placements: A Health Authority Perspective on Barriers and Facilitators
 Angela Wolff
Perspective of a Palliative Approach in BC Nursing Care Setting: A Provincial Survey
Richard Sawatzky, Della Roberts, Carolyn M. Tayler
Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada
Martha MacLeod
Fostering Cultural Safety In Nursing Practice With People Who Use Drugs
Jane McCall & Bernie Pauly
Building Bridges: Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Nursing Care
Scott Harrison
Pain Management in Selected Patient Populations and Settings: Emergency Department, Older Patient and Community
Janice Muir & Anne Dewar
Telehealth: Using an Interactive Website to Support Heart Failure and Self-management
Anne Marie Kaan
Developing Nursing Leadership
Maura MacPhee
Wound Care Update: Treating Infections
Leah Shapera
A Public Health Approach to Falls Prevention in Canada
Vicky Scott
Substance abuse: tips for nurses navigating clients' recovery
Marlee Groening
Delirium Management: Nursing Strategies to Improve Prediction, Identification and Prevention
Peggy Simpson & Priscilla Taipale
Implementing a Palliative Approach in Residential Care: Utilizing RAI data and care planning triggers
Mark Turris & Jo-Ann Tait
Engaging Learners in Changing Current Practice: An evidence-informed approach
Chris Salgado & Anne Beetstra
Unstable Angina to MI: Better Understanding for the Non-cardiac Nurse
Martha Mackay
Nursing Informatics: Supporting Nurse Decision-making
Leanne Currie
Embracing the Chaos: Chart Review as a Tool in Responding to the AIDS Epidemic
Irene Goldstone

iPANEL Action Team
Quality of Life Study for Inner City COPD Population
Barb Eddy
Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment in Clinical Nephrology Nursing Practice
Kara Schick-Makaroff
Clinicians' experiences using the Goals of Care Companion Card a communication tool: An Interpreter Description study
Kate McNamee-Clark
Integrating a Palliative Approach in Residential Care: The Holy Family Extended Care Experiment
Joan Pham
Heart Failure and a Palliative Approach
Ella Garland and Cindy Nordquist
►The Knowledge Translation of a Palliative Approach
 Dr. Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham
Implementing a Palliative approach to Chronic Renal Disease
Dawn Dompierre
Honoring Thy Self: Disenfranchised Grief and the Professional Caregiver
Michelle Funk
Palliative approach in ethno cultural communities
Sherin Jamal
iPALL: identifying patients who might benefit from a palliative approach to care
Kate McNamee-Clark & Ella Garland
The Integration of a Palliative Approach in Hospital, Residential, and Homecare Nursing: Results of a Province-Wide Survey
Rick Sawatzky & Della Roberts
Mindfulness: The State of the Evidence for End of Life Care
Anne Bruce
Addressing spiritual needs for people with life limiting conditions
Ibolya Agoston
Integrating a Palliative Approach into Dementia Care
Gina Gaspard & Della Roberts
End-of-life Communication Barriers in Patients with Heart Failure
Ella Garland
Difficult Conversations: Psychosocial Aspects of a Palliative Approach
Elizabeth Causton
The Nurses’ Role in Advance Care Planning:  Connecting iPANEL and ACP
Pat Porterfield & Deanna Hutchings
A PORT in the Storm: Bringing a Palliative Approach to the Street
Grey Showler
Exploring who, what, why and how of a palliative approach: An iPANEL presentation
Carolyn Tayler & Della Roberts

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
Writing reflexively to illuminate the meanings in cultural safety: A conversation about the process
Pertice Moffitt, Joanna Fraser and Penny Cash
Journey to Develop a Research Project
Members of Collegial Relationships Research Team

►The impact of a difficult birth on mothering over time
Lynn Rollison
Group Prenatal Care Model and Evaluation
RaeAnn Hartman, Dan Woodrow, Lynne Oberik, Rachel Goodliffe
Simulation as Relational Inquiry
Karen Silvester
Discussion of 9-Point Action Plan from CNA National Expert Commission
Anne Sutherland Boal
Post Colloquium & Connect follow-up
Continuing the Conversation: Nursing Education Connections and Collaboration
That's NICE: We are all Geriatric Nurses
Rose Doyle and Amandah Hoogbruin
Nursing Education Connections and Collaboration
Penny Cash, Betty Tate, Marion Clauson
Creating a Culture of Inquiry: An Example of an Inquiry-Based Learning Course
Gloria Bott
Internationalizing nursing curriculum – what does this look like?
Robin Scobie
Youth to Youth Violence: Working Together to Care for Youth and Families
Judy Lee and Dianne Symonds
Through the Curricula Wormholes
Linda Gomez
Concept-Mapping: An Effective Evaluation Tool for Clinical Practice
Jodi Brennan

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
Collaboration between NPs and CNSs at St. Paul’s Heart Centre
Martha Mackay, CNS, AnneMarie Kaan, CNS, Hazel Porteous, NP

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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