InspireNet's Fall 2013 Conference

Connect 2013:
Health Services Research at Work: Using Evidence to Transform Care

Held Monday, September 16, 2013
Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
1763 Comox Street at Denman, Vancouver: Venue details

►Archived Conference Twitter Feed:



World Cafe: New Grad Transition to Professional Practice Action Team members
Leaders: Tracy Lust, Heather Straight
(Breakfast provided)



Networking Breakfast (provided): all members



Moderator's Remarks
Moderator: Lesley Moss



Welcoming Remarks
Monica Redekopp



Keynote presentation

Getting Evidence Into Action: Lessons learned at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
or … Dress for Success: The power of linkages

Patricia Martens







Break: Nutrition & Networking



ePoster Presentation Session

Learn about members' posters of research and evaluation projects! Details about the ePoster session will be announced in the summertime.

Social Media Coaching


Networking lunch (provided)

Exhibits & Google Hangout Demo


Networking Lessons Learned this Far
InspireNet's evaluation activities & survey

Noreen Frisch



BC Nursing Research Initiative: the NRF Program
Highlights from the BC Nursing Research Facilitators

Nursing Research Facilitators



Keynote presentation

Knowledge in Action: Designing breakthrough inventions for better health

Joan Bottorff







Break: Nutrition & Networking



ePoster Presentation Session 2

Learn about members' posters of research and evaluation projects! Details about the ePoster session will be announced in the summertime.

Social Media Coaching


Wrap up panel discussion
Moderator: Lesley Moss

Panelists: Anne Sales & Joan Bottorff

Panelists will address: “As you reflect on your experience, what are your words of wisdom for overcoming key challenges in using evidence to transform care?"



Networking wine & cheese reception



Keynote speaker

Dr. Patricia Martens is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is also the Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, an internationally acclaimed university-based research centre focusing on population-based health services, public health and population health research. Dr. Martens is involved in various national committees, including Governing Board of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, and Scientific Chair for the CPHA Centenary Conference in June 2010. Dr. Martens has held various research career awards, including a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award (2003-2008) and presently a CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Chair (2008-2013). She has recently been named the 2010 YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction for Health & Wellness. Patricia has been invited to speak at over 200 presentations nationally and internationally, and has published over 100 articles, books and abstracts. Dr. Martens’ interests in health services and population health research include projects on the health status and healthcare use of Manitoba’s rural & northern residents, mental health and the use of healthcare services by those with mental illness, the health of Aboriginal people, and child health (including evaluating community intervention strategies to increase breastfeeding rates). Dr. Martens directs The Need To Know Team, a collaborative research group of university academics working with planners from Manitoba’s 11 Regional Health Authorities and the Manitoba Department of Health. This Team’s research impact on health policy and planning was recognized through receipt of the prestigious CIHR’s national KT Award for Regional Impact in 2005.

►Dr. Martens' webpage

Keynote speaker & Panelist

Dr. Joan L. Bottorff is a Professor of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Social Development; and Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. Dr. Bottorff is co-principal investigator on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Investigating Tobacco and Gender (iTAG) team grant, and she also leads the FACET program of research to support smokefree families. Recently her research has focused on knowledge translation and transitioning findings into new approaches to health promotion.

►Dr. Bottorff's webpage


Dr. Anne Sales is a Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in the division of Nursing Business and Health Systems. Dr. Sales's research focuses on improving quality of care, implementing evidence based practice, studying gerontology nursing and primary care. Her current research focuses on developing robust, efficient, and reliable methods of implementing best evidence into practice, as well as understanding how theories about mechanisms of action can inform intervention design. She has collaborated internationally and across disciplines to improve our understanding of how people interact to produce health outcomes, and how planned change can affect both the interactions and outcomes.

►Dr. Sales' webpage

Other Presenters

Dr. Noreen Frisch, InspireNet Co-leader, InspireNet Evaluation Coordinating Team Leader;
Director, School of Nursing, University of Victoria

Lesley Moss, Conference Moderator
Executive Director, Wellness and Safety, Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)

Dr. 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

Nursing Research Facilitators

  • Fraser Health: Karmjit Kaur Sandhu
  • Interior Health: Katrina Plamondon
  • Northern Health: Linda Axen
  • Provincial Health Services Authority: Bubli Chakraborty
  • Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Health Care: Aggie Black
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority: TBA

Details about the NRF program:

ePoster Presentations

Learn about your colleagues' projects! In March 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.


Poster Title

(Click title to open poster)

Presenters (see Program for Authors & Affiliations)


Can a Nurse Initiated Pain Protocol (Nipp) Improve Pain Management in the EDd?

Janice Muir



Overweight and Obesity in a Canadian HIV Outpatient Population

Jenn Messina


Fostering Cultural Safety in Nursing Practice with People who Use Drugs

Jane McCall


Metaphors of Aging with HIV:  Shadows and Sunshine


Rosanne Beuthin



Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote British Columbia: An Analysis of CIHI’s Nursing Database

Martha MacLeod


How can Action Research Support Evidence Informed Practice? Selected Findings from the Evidence-Informed Practice Study Innovations at Interior Health


Katrina Plamondon



Using dialogue-based research to advance nurse practitioner integration: Findings from foundational literature review and interviews


Christine Gregory



Integration of Prevention into Chronic Disease Management Models of Care


Nelly D. Oelke



Supporting Practice for Child Health Clinics in the Central Okanagan: An Evidence-Informed Practice Innovation at Interior Health


Tanya Derksen



Using eHealth Tools for Chronic Disease Self-management

Robyn Fedechko


Person- and Family-Centred Care: What it Means in Gerontological Nursing within Acute Care

Lillian Hung



Understanding Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer Survivors

Leah K. Lambert


Supporting Continuity through Interprofessional Care Planning in Acute Child and Adolescent Mental Health: An Evidence-Informed Practice Innovation at Interior Health

Amanda Pogany




Knowledge-to-Action Case Report: Improving ICU Delirium Management at the Point of Care

Allana LeBlanc



Health Literacy and HIV

Jane McCall


New Graduate Nurse Transition Experience


Marie McCoy


~CANCELLED~ Post-operative delirium and sternal dehiscence in cardiac surgery: A retrospective study

Karen Remo


Reduction of Perineal Pain after Vaginal Birth with Black Tea: Pilot Randomized Study

Karmjit Kaur Sandhu, Catherine Burns & Mildred Janzen


~CANCELLED~ Optimizing Mealtime Experiences in a Residential Care Setting: An Evidence-Informed Practice Innovation at Interior Health





In the Know Café: How a virtual journal club supports Knowledge Translation

Linda Axen


Exploring Collegial Relationships between Nurse Educators


Penny Cash, Betty Tate & Marion Clauson


Evaluating the Kamloops P.I.E.C.E.S ™ Demonstration Project

Shelley Mitchell



Providing quality care: Orientation and mentorship for new graduate nurses

Mary Crea-Arsenio


Prenatal Registry Program Knowledge Translation


Vanessa Salmons, Pam Mulroy, Sarah Tod & Callie Waters



~CANCELLED~ BC First Nations Community –based HIV and Hepatitis C Project Evaluation

Denise Thomas


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 2013 is the fourth 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 conference 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 $78 + GST.

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

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Sponsorship opportunities for Connect 2013 are available here.

We welcome exhibitors related to nursing health services research to our conference. Exhibit tables are available at a cost of $100 + GST 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: Conference floor plan

InspireNet's policy on external sponsorships/exhibits:

For more details, contact us.

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC)
  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Community and Health Studies Department
  • Providence Health Care
  • Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Eta Chapter

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsor

  • University of Northern BC, School of Nursing

Want to get social?

Social media will be explored at this conference as an emerging way to connect with others for purposes of knowledge translation, the overarching theme of Connect 2013.

Google Hangouts will be demonstrated over the lunch hour, connecting participants across the meeting space using this free webconferencing application. Learn more about Hangouts:
Conference handout:

Social Media Coaching sessions will be held during the ePoster sessions. If you want to learn more about using Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels to get your research out, or if you have expertise in this area that you can share with others, drop by the social media coaching corner.
Conference handout:

New Grad Transition to Professional Practice Action Team

Welcome to all new  members! Our team is growing – we now have 70 people interested in the topic of Transition to Professional Practice. In addition to connecting with each other virtually through the upcoming Winter webinars , plan to attend Connect 2013. Come for the day and join in the New Grad World Cafe Breakfast. Let's meet in person and grow the connections we have made online!

Venue, Accommodations and Getting There

The conference venue:

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

►Or direct link to book online:

A block of bedrooms is available at the conference rate of $169 + taxes @ 16.5% taxes single/double until August 30, 2013. 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.


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.

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

  • Pat Atherton, Project Manager, InspireNet
  • Davina Banner-Lukaris, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Northern BC
  • Aggie Black, Nursing Research Facilitator, Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Health Care
  • Louann Janicki, Family Nurse Practitioner, Interior Health
  • Nelly Oelke, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of BC Okanagan

Social Media

Tweeps: Attending Connect 2013? Use hashtag #bcrn13 for tweets.

We look forward to seeing you in September in Vancouver!

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