InspireNet's Fall 2012 Conference

InspireNet's Fall 2012 Conference

Connect 2012:

Making Research Partnerships Work: What does it take?

Monday, November 5, 2012
Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
1763 Comox Street at Denman, Vancouver: Venue details

Speakers' PowerPoints are available: scroll to each presentation below for the download link.

Conference Key Messages are available by clicking here.

Live Tweet Archive available here

Some ePosters were later presented by webinar with recordings available; details are here.

Congratulations to winners of the draw for free registration to Connect 2013, to be held September 16, 2013, in Vancouver:

  • Colleen Backlin, UVic Student
  • Jane McCall, Providence Health Care
  • Eileen Smith, Interior Health

A warm thank you to Lesley Moss, VIHA, who has moderated the last two annual conferences with skill and has participated actively in their planning.

Join your colleagues from across the province at this important nursing health services research educational and networking event. All InspireNet members are welcome to participate. Some limited travel assistance and bursaries are available.


Connect 2012 is the third annual InspireNet conference. New and returning members can continue the journey to learn about nursing health services research and application in the practice setting.

This conference provides a venue where participants can:

  • Be inspired! Affirm the transformative power of mobilizing nursing health services research activities
  • Celebrate research in action! Learn about and be motivated by current research activities in BC
  • Build capacity! Bring together diverse research knowledge, experience and resources to transform ideas into action
  • Gather wisdom! Strengthen collective capacity and partnerships to create new and sustainable opportunities for research
  • Foster creative partnerships! Learn ways that foster and promote sustainable networks for nursing health services research


This workshop has been designed to provide educational and networking opportunities to create relationships across the research and practice communities in the areas of nursing health services research. It is intended that relationships built through this event will foster new synergies over time.

Who Should Attend

We invite all researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, students/trainees and individuals with an interest in nursing health services research. This includes people working or involved in universities, government, health agencies, health authorities, etc. Only members of InspireNet are able to register (not a member? Join Us -- it's free!)


Conference registration fee $75.

Unable to cover your fee? We have bursaries available for students and those who need assistance.

If you register and then find you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place. We are not able to provide refunds.

Click the green button below to proceed with registering; note that you need to be logged in to the website to register.

Register here


~Student volunteer roles are now filled~

Calling student volunteers!
There are a number of opportunities for students to help out at the conference. If you'd like to assist us as a volunteer, please send an email to our office. Free registration is provided to student volunteers.

One on One Members' Database Tutorials

InspireNet's Members' Database, accessible by InspireNet members logged on to the website, is growing all the time, connecting members and their research/evaluation projects and grey literature. Our Database Coordinator, Tom Ying, will be on hand to provide One on One Members' Database Tutorials to members interested in learning more about leveraging this powerful resource to grow connections across the province. This is scheduled for the lunch break and during the ePosters session.

Vancouver Coastal Health Library Services Demonstrations

Librarians from Vancouver Coastal health will be showcasing electronic research resources that are available to all registered nurses throughout BC, focusing on the databases and online journals that are part of the electronic health library of BC (e-HLbc) consortium. They will demonstrate how to access and search the resources via the VCH library services portal. Recognizing that many of the nurses attending the conference are employed by health authorities throughout the province, they will distribute handouts and resource guides from libraries outside of the lower mainland and from the CRNBC library. This is scheduled to occur during the ePosters session.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Sponsorship opportunities for Connect 2012 are available here.

We welcome exhibitors related to nursing health services research to our conference. Exhibit tables are available at a cost of $100 + 12% HST for one 72" x 30" skirted table with two chairs. Each table includes two complimentary registrations for exhibitors.

Exhibit space will be located in the conference foyer. See the conference floor plan for details:

For more details, contact us.

Confirmed Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsor: Thompson Rivers University

Exhibitors confirmed:

  • Association of Registered Nurses of BC
  • HealthLink BC
  • National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)
  • Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc)
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Library Services
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Clinical Research Unit (CRU)



Networking Breakfast (provided)


Moderator's Remarks
Moderator: Lesley Moss


Welcoming Remarks
Speaker: Monica Redekopp



Keynote presentation:
Making Research Partnerships Work: Why does it matter?
Speaker: Jeanne Besner

Download PowerPoint (.pdf)




Break: Nutrition & Networking


Keynote presentation:
Making Research Partnerships Work: How do you do it?
Speaker: Kelli Stajduhar

Download PowerPoint (.pdf)




Networking lunch (provided)

Other presentations during lunch:

  • One on One Members' Database Tutorials (see above)



Panel Presentation:
The Lived Experience of Research Partnerships

Davina Banner-Lukaris
& Jane Boutette




Panel, continued:
Nelly Oelke
& Darlene Arsenault

Download PowerPoint (.pdf)




Break: Nutrition & Networking


ePoster Presentation Session

Learn about members' posters of research and evaluation projects! Details about the ePoster session are located below.

Other presentations during the ePoster session:

  • One on One Members' Database Tutorials (see above)
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Library Services Demonstrations (see above)



Wrap up panel discussion
Moderator: Lesley Moss
Speakers: Jeanne Besner and Kelli Stadjuhar

Discussion: Speakers will reflect on the day’s activities and lessons learned


Networking wine & cheese reception

Plenary Session Speakers

Jeanne Besner, RN, BScN, MHSA, PhD

Jeanne Besner retired from her position as Provincial Lead for the Health Systems and Workforce Research Unit, Alberta Health Services in April, 2011. In this role she led a research team that examines effective utilization of the health workforce, as well as new approaches to service delivery that improve access, quality and sustainability. Jeanne is a former President of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (2003 to 2005) and past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nurses Association (2000 to 2005). She was appointed to the Health Council of Canada in December 2003 and served as its Chair from June 2006 to November 2010. In 2005 Jeanne was awarded an Alberta Centennial Medal for her contribution to health care. In 2008 she received a CNA Centennial Award and in 2010, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives Nursing Leadership Award. She was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011. She was also presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in May 2012.

Kelli Stajduhar, RN, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria
Kelli Stajduhar has worked in oncology, palliative care, and gerontology for 25 years as a staff nurse, nurse clinician, clinical nurse specialist, educator, and researcher. She received her doctoral degree at the University of British Columbia in 2001. Currently she is Associate Professor, School of Nursing and the Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria. Her clinical work and research has focused on health service needs for those at the end-of-life and their families with a particular focus on the impact to families when palliative care is provided at home, on access to quality end of life care in home, acute and residential care settings, and on the particular needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations. She currently leads an international research collaborative on family caregiving involving researchers from the United Kingdom, Australia, and Sweden and co-leads a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Foundation BC Nursing Research Initiative Team Grant – iPANEL (also an InspireNet Action Team) - to examine the integration of a palliative approach into the care of people with chronic life-limiting conditions. She is the Chair of CARENET (Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network), a Canadian research network aimed at understanding and improving palliative and end-of-life care through research. She is the recipient of the Anselm Strauss Award, U.S. National Council on Family Relations in recognition of her outstanding contribution to family research. Kelli was awarded both a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Panel Presenters

Darlene Arsenault, BSc
Director of Primary Healthcare and Chronic Disease Management, Interior Health
Darlene Arsenault is currently the Program Director for Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease Management in Interior Health. She also oversees overall strategies for Allied Health Professions in Interior Health’s community portfolios. Darlene currently holds an appointment with the University of British Columbia School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Work on the national front has included being a Member to the Advisory Committee for the “Caseload Management Tool” released in March 2012 by Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists. In the province of British Columbia, primary healthcare is undergoing transformational change with new partnerships with General Practitioners, Patients, Health Authority and community partners. Darlene’s work with Collaborative Services Committees in Interior Health has her fully immersed in this large change and the effect on clients with chronic disease.

Davina Banner-Lukaris, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Northern British Columbia
Davina is an assistant professor in the UNBC School of Nursing and a researcher in the Rural and Northern Practice and Its Development Research Program. Davina moved to UNBC from the UK in 2007 and has a background as a nurse in the cardiothoracic intensive care field and as a cardiac surgery research specialist. Davina's research interests include cardiac health, rural and northern health service delivery and marginalized populations. Davina has an active program of research in primary health care and cardiac disease and has worked with health care providers and decision makers across Northern Health and Canada on projects in atrial fibrillation, primary health care delivery and telehealth. She is also the provincial research chair for the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses of BC and Yukon and works on a number of provincial and national research committees.

Jane Boutette

Primary Health Care Developer, Prince Rupert Regional Hospital, Northern Health
Jane has been providing direct care in the area of community health in Northern Health and has recently relocated to a very exciting role in Primary Health Care transformation. She is tasked, along with her teams and NH Leadership, with moving the team in her area to a fully integrated system of care wrapped around the patient and situated in the primary care home. Jane is committed to exploring how NH can use research and evidence to inform practice.

Nelly Oelke, PhD, MN, BScN, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of BC Okanagan
Prior to her current role, Nelly Oelke worked as Senior Research and Evaluation Consultant with the Health Systems and Workforce Research Unit of Alberta Health Services. Nelly also has experience in nursing education, community health nursing, and other community initiatives. The focus of her research is in primary care/primary healthcare redesign, interprofessional collaborative practice, integration, evaluation, and outcomes measurement. She has participated as a co-investigator in a number of large provincial research projects, coordinated large research projects, and is currently working on developing a cross jurisdictional research team focusing on community-based, integrated chronic disease models of care for small urban, rural, and northern communities. Partnership with organizations and other providers is key to her research.

Other Presenters

Lesley Moss
, Conference Moderator
Executive Director, Wellness and Safety, Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)
InspireNet involvement: Member, InspireNet Leadership Council; Co-Leader Healthy Workplace Climate Action Team; Member, Conference Planning Team

Lesley has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has experience in a variety of clinical settings and leadership roles. Lesley has Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, a diploma from the Grace General Hospital School of Nursing in Winnipeg, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria.  Lesley has a special interest in having the voice of patients heard in healthcare decision-making arenas.  She has led several patient consultation projects and is currently the co-chair of the VIHA Patient Advisory Council.

Monica Redekopp, Conference Working Group Chair
Director, Professional Practice, Nursing & Allied Health, Richmond HSDA, Vancouver Coastal Health
InspireNet involvement: Chair, InspireNet Leadership Council; Chair, Conference Planning Team; Member, Sustainability Planning Team

ePoster Presentations

Learn about your colleagues' projects! In May a Call for Abstracts for ePoster presenters was circulated to InspireNet members. Presenters will use a laptop and large screen monitor to discuss their poster at the conference. Presenters will have small paper copies of their poster, and may bring business cards, newsletters, brochures, or other project related materials, to share with conference participants.

Presenter(s)' InspireNet database profiles are linked in bold. See Abstract Booklet for ePoster abstracts.

Poster Title & Link to ePoster


1. Understanding Older Adults’ Decision-Making Related to Undergoing an Innovative, Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Procedure
  • Leslie Achtem, BSN, RN, CCN(C)
  • Sandra Lauck , MSN, RN, CCN(C)
  • Jacqueline Forman, BSN, RN
  • Jennifer Baumbusch, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor & Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, UBC School of Nursing
  • Kristin Kernaghan, BA
  • Annes Song, BSc
2. Optimal bariatric obstetrical care: investigating existing practices and women's and health care providers' perspectives
  • Helen Brown, Assistant Professor University of British Columbia School of Nursing
  • Amy Cronmiller, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Maternity, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
  • Stephanie Gee, RN, Maternity, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
  • Jenna Baumgartner, RN, Maternity, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
3. Exploration of staffs’ perceptions of the use of bed alarms on the Aspen unit at St. Vincent’s Langara Residential Care
  • Karima Kurji, Clinical Nurse Leader for Aspen unit at St. Vincent’s Langara
  • Bina Randhawa, Registered Nurse for Aspen unit at St. Vincent’s Langara
  • Jane Wong, Registered Nurse for Aspen unit at St. Vincent’s Langara
  • Jo-Ann Tait, Operations Leader for Youville Residence and mentor
Promoting Positive Body Image in Adolescents: A Literature Review
  • Leah Wilson, Masters’ Student, School of Nursing, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Anastasia A. Mallidou, Assistant Professor (Limited Term), School of Nursing, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
4. Optimizing Nursing Roles in Primary Care Settings
  • Nelly D. Oelke, PhD RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
  • Amanda Wilhelm MA, Research and Evaluation Consultant;
  • Karen Jackson MEd RN, Senior Research and Evaluation Consultant;
  • Esther Suter, Director, Workforce Research and Evaluation Workforce Research and Evaluation, Alberta Health Services
5. Women’s Lived Experiences with Heart Disease in Northwestern Ontario (NWO)
  • Paulette Lacroix, RN, HBScN, MPH, PC Lacroix Consulting Inc., President, Xi Eta Chapter of STTI
6. Simulated Education Approaches to Enhance Collaborative Healthcare: A Best Practices Review
  • Natalie L. Murdoch, BSc, RN, MSN , Instructor, School of Nursing ,University British Columbia Okanagan
7. Qualitative exploration of St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Langara Residential Interdisciplinary Team Admission (“moving in”) Process
  • Paramjit Kalkat, Occupational Therapist St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Langara Residence
  • Kit Chan, Clinical Dietitian, St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Langara Residence
  • Vashti Timmermans, Clinical Dietitian, St. Paul’s Hospital, Diabetes Centre
  • Karima Kurji, Registered Nurse, St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Langara Residence
  • Maura MacPhee (mentor), Assistant Professor, UBC/Applied Science/Nursing
8. Social Media in Healthcare: Creation of a Social Media Policy to Guide Appropriate Usage
  • Tom Ying, BSc, BSN, RN, Masters in Nursing and Masters in Health Informatics Candidate-2014. Co-op student, Professional Practice Office, Providence Health Care.
  • Val Cartmel. MA, RN. Practice Consultant, Clinical Informatics Professional Practice Office, Providence Health Care.
  • Justin Karasick. BBA. Communications & Public Affairs Director, Providence Health Care
9. Systematic Reviews: The Joanna Briggs Institute Model
  • Anastasia A. Mallidou, Assistant Professor (Limited Term), School of Nursing, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Lynne Young, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Kathryn Paul, Librarian, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
10. Rates of Depression on an Inpatient HIV Unit
  • Jane McCall, MSN, RN, Nurse educator, HIV Program, St. Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care
11. The Evidence Informed Practice Innovations (EVIP-In) Study: Bring practice and research communities together through action research
  • Katrina Plamondon, Interior Health
  • Linda Gomez, Selkirk College
  • Natalie Murdoch, University of BC
  • Shannon Shah, Selkirk College
  • Eileen Smith, Interior Health
  • Ann Ungaro, Interior Health
12. Bed-sharing in Infancy
  • Cammie Lewis, RN, BSN, Masters’ Student (Nurse Practitioner), School of Nursing, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Anastasia A. Mallidou, Assistant Professor (Limited Term), School of Nursing, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
In addition to the above ePosters, some InspireNet Action Teams will also be presenting ePosters to inform you of their team's work.
13. iPANEL: Initiative for a Palliative Approach in Nursing: Evidence & Leadership Leaders: Darcee Bidgood, Ami Bitschy
14. NEARR: Nursing Education and Research Rounds Leader: Aggie Black
15. Nurse Educators’ Scholarship Leaders: Penny Cash, Betty Tate
16. Practice-Based Research Leaders: Aggie Black, Charlene Ronquillo
17. Students Leaders: Maura MacPhee, Jae-Young Kwon
18. First Nations Health Leaders: Denise Thomas, Janine Stevenson
Other teams presenting an ePoster:
19. Knowledge to Action Team Leaders: Grace Mickelson, Anastasia Mallidou

Other presentations during the ePoster session:

  • One on One Members' Database Tutorials (see above)
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Library Services Demonstrations (see above)
Conference Program and ePoster Abstract Booklet (.pdf)

Venue, Accommodations and Getting There

The conference venue:

Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
1763 Comox Street (at Denman), Vancouver
Reservations: 1-800-716-6199

A block of bedrooms is available at the conference rate of $109 + taxes @ 14.25% single/double until October 11, 2012. Quote 'InspireNet Fall Conference' to obtain this rate.


Wireless internet connectivity: Wifi is available throughout the hotel spaces.

Note: Like many large indoor spaces, the hotel ballroom is difficult to keep at a temperature comfortable to all. We suggest you dress in layers to optimize your personal comfort.


Parking at the hotel? Please give yourself extra time as the parking garage entrance can experience delays due to volume. Conference attendees will receive a special flat fee of $14.00 for the day from 6am to 6pm; let the parking attendant know that you are parking for the conference.


TransLink provides an online transit planning site, available here:

The new Canada Line travels quickly and directly from the Vancouver Airport (YVR) to downtown's Waterfront Station. There are taxis waiting at Waterfront Station, with the hotel being about 10 minutes' ride from there.

A taxi from YVR to the hotel will cost about $45 one way.

Financial Support


Unable to cover your fee? We have bursaries available for students and those who need assistance. If you would like to attend but can't pay the fee, please send us an email outlining your role (student, staff nurse, etc.) and your attempts to locate funding through your employer or school.

Travel Assistance

InspireNet has limited, capped funds to support members’ travel to attend this event from the north, interior and islands. Funds will be offered case-by-case and will be used to encourage province-wide and cross-disciplinary representation. If you are interested in being considered for a partial reimbursement of travel and accommodations costs, send an email to our office, outlining your role in nursing health services research (student, researcher, clinician, manager, etc.), your estimated costs, and your attempts to locate funding through other sources.

InspireNet Fall Conference Working Group

We extend our thanks to the following InspireNet members who kindly contributed their time to develop this program.


Monica Redekopp, Director, Professional Practice, Nursing & Allied Health, Richmond HSDA, Vancouver Coastal Health

Working Group members:

  • Pat Atherton, Project Manager, InspireNet
  • Aggie Black, Nursing Research Facilitator, Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Health Care
  • Lynn Cummings, Nursing Research Facilitator, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Lesley Moss, Executive Director, Wellness and Safety, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Nelly Oelke, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of BC Okanagan
  • Charlene Ronquillo, Nursing Research Facilitator, Fraser Health

Social Media

Tweeps: Attending Connect 2012? Use hashtag #bcrn12 for tweets.

Live Tweet Archive available here

Thank you!

Our thanks to the BC Nurse Practitioner Association for helping to get the word out about Connect 2012 to its members:

Nurse Educators' Scholarship Action Team (NESAT)

Colloquium VII
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Room 261
November 4, 2012
0930-1530 hours

Please join us at the Colloquium before Connect 2012!


The overall purpose of the colloquium is to further scholarly development amongst members of the Nurse Educators’ Scholarship Action Team (NESAT). This year we want to work on the mentoring research project that is emerging from our team. We are at the beginning, looking to get colleagues engaged in the project planning, implementation and evaluation. Information about this project is available on the NES Action Team site. Please join us and contribute to our work or learn more about what we are doing!

If you have other research passions and want to explore your ideas with others, we can also make space on the day for these discussions.

We are always welcoming new members to the NES Action Team –to get involved, join InspireNet and then join our NESAT team and come to the Colloquium! We are looking for members from both educational institutions and practice settings or clinical environments.

We look forward to seeing you in November in Vancouver!

Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon at Connect 2011, November 2011
(Photo credit: Pat Atherton)


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