InspireNet's Fall 2010 Workshop

InspireNet's Fall 2010 Workshop

InspireNet's Inaugural Fall Workshop

Connect 2010:

Moving Nursing Health Services Research to Action

was held November 22, 2010 in Vancouver.

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

►Workshop Key Messages are available by clicking here.

►A report containing summary participant information is available by clicking here.



Networking Breakfast (provided)


Plenary session, Moderator: Karen Mahoney


Welcoming Remarks
Speaker: Monica Redekopp


Contextual Opening Remarks
InspireNet history; issues identified and considered by MSFHR and proposal team
Speakers: Noreen Frisch, Grace Mickelson, Nancy Mathias, Cherry Graf

►Download MSFHR's Background PowerPoint
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Nursing Health Services Research – defined

The intersection between nursing and health services research: Finding common ground
Speaker: Anne Sales

►Download Anne Sales' PowerPoint




Break: Nutrition; Networking; One on one Members' Database tutorials


Nursing Health Services Research – applied

Building a Research Culture in the Nursing Practice Environment
Speaker: Mary Ferguson-Paré

►Download Mary Ferguson-Paré's PowerPoint


Nursing Health Services Research – applied

The power of partnerships: Creating and translating research knowledge in practice and education
Speaker: Martha MacLeod

►Download Martha MacLeod's PowerPoint




Networking Lunch (provided); Networking; One on one Members' Database tutorials

  Afternoon sessions are designed for creating connections across the network membership and mobilizing Action Teams.


Breakout sessions - choose one of three:

a) Nursing Research Facilitator session
Presenters: Aggie Black, Bubli Chakraborty, Deborah Collette, Lynn Cummings, Mary Kjorven, Karen Mahoney
This session will introduce the six Nursing Research Facilitators who will describe the work they’re doing in their health authorities. They will then lead a discussion about ways they can further nursing health services research in your setting.

►Download the NRF session PowerPoint

b) InspireNet Action Team:
Optimal Utilization of Advanced Practice Nursing Roles

Leader: Linda Sawchenko
This session will be of interest to members in advanced practice nursing roles, Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists, as well as decisions makers and researchers interested in demonstrating the value of these APN roles in the BC health workforce.

►Download the APN session PowerPoint

c) InspireNet Action Team:
Nurse Educators' Scholarship
Leaders: Penny Cash, Linda von Tettenborn, Mary Anne Moloney, Betty Tate
This session will discuss the development of a community of nurse scholars whose primary interest is in the education of the health care workforce.

►Download the NES session PowerPoint


Break: Nutrition; Networking; One on one Members' Database tutorials


Breakout sessions - choose one of three:

a) InspireNet Action Team:
Healthy Workplace Climate

Leader: Lesley Moss
This session will be of interest to members interested in investigating evidence based practice that supports healthy workplace climate and eliminates bullying from the nursing profession.

(No PowerPoint presentation)

b) InspireNet Action Team:
e-health, e-technologies and Informatics
Leaders: Noreen Frisch, Leanne Currie
This session will be of interest to those curious about the action team devoted to development, use, outcomes and challenges in bringing technologies into nursing and health care practice.

Download the e-health session PowerPoint

c) Care Delivery Model Redesign (knowledge sharing presentation)
Presenters: Stephanie Joyce, Joanne Maclaren, John Tully
Care Delivery Model Redesign (CDMR) is about achieving a care delivery model that is responsive to the care needs of patients, reflects inter-professional practice, and is based on data and evidence. The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has now collected a significant database that describes current care delivery. This presentation will focus on how VIHA is moving from data to implementation of practice changes via the CDMR Structured Learning Collaborative.

►Download the CDMR session PowerPoint


Wrap up panel discussion
Moderator: Lesley Moss
Speakers: Anne Sales, Mary Ferguson-Paré, Martha McLeod

“What are the enablers and barriers to nursing health services research?" "How do we get good research into practice?”

(No PowerPoint presentation)

Plenary Session Speakers

Mary Ferguson-Paré
Vice-President, Professional Affairs and Chief Nurse Executive, University Health Network; Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Dr. Ferguson-Paré's previous experience includes progressive senior management positions in both the acute care and longterm care sectors; nursing education; and institutional and community nursing experience in Psychiatry, Addictions Therapy, Community Nursing, Family Practice and Student Health. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, completed the CHA/University of Ottawa Health Services Management Program, became a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Public Health, Health Service Administration, received an MA in Organizational Development, and a PhD in Human and Organization Systems from The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, California, completed the Strategic Human Resource Management Program at Harvard and is a Fellow of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She is Interested in organization and management development within healthcare and the development of leaders who create high-performing organizations and a client-centred approach to service.

Martha MacLeod
Professor, Nursing & Community Health; Chair, School of Nursing, University of Northern BC
Dr. Martha MacLeod comes from a professional and practice background in nursing management and continuing education. She has been at the University of Northern British Columbia since 1994, in the Nursing and Community Health programs, where she coordinates nursing graduate education and research, and helps students to learn about leadership, research, knowledge development, and advanced community practice. Her research is on the nature of everyday experience and practice and how professional practice may be developed or hindered within health care organizations, particularly those in rural, remote and northern settings. She has published and presented widely on rural and northern nursing issues, nursing education and nursing practice. Dr. MacLeod is active in creating partnered research programs with BC’s Northern Health, as well as developing national and regional multidisciplinary rural and remote health research networks.

Anne Sales
Deputy Chief, VA Inpatient Evaluation Center, Veterans Health Administration, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dr. Sales has conducted 19 funded research projects, focusing on improving quality of care, knowledge translation and implementation of evidence based best practice, and has over 65 peer-reviewed publications.  Her training is in sociology, health economics, econometrics, and general health services research. She is currently conducting two studies of audit with feedback interventions, one in long term care settings, the other in acute hospital and primary care settings.

Breakout Sessions' Leaders & Presenters

Penny Cash
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Leanne Currie
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Dr. Currie conducts research related to healthcare informatics including clinical decision support for fall-injury prevention, wound management, antimicrobial prescribing, screening for obesity,  depression and smoking cessation, workflow, and use of technology to train students in evidence-based practice and patient safety. She has expertise in using a sociotechnical approach to system development and user interface design. She holds both a masters and doctorate in nursing informatics from University of California, San Francisco (MSN) and Columbia University (DNSc).

Stephanie Joyce
Project Director, Care Delivery Model Redesign, Vancouver Island Health Authority

Joanne Maclaren
Manager, Professional Practice, Vancouver Island Health Authority

Mary Anne Moloney
Faculty member, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Vancouver Island University


Lesley Moss
Executive Director, Wellness and Safety, Vancouver Island Health Authority
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.

Noreen Frisch
See below: Opening Remarks' Speakers

Linda Sawchenko
Regional Professional Practice Leader, EXTRA Fellow, Interior Health Authority
Linda is responsible for leading a range of initiatives relating to advanced practice and interprofessional practice/education across the health region. She is the Interior Health lead for the Interprofessional Rural Program of BC. Linda completed her RN diploma at the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Victoria and a Masters of Science in Health Administration at the University of Colorado in Denver. She recently completed the CHSRF - Executive Training in Research Application (EXTRA) two-year fellowship. Her research interests include collaborative interprofessional practice, the integration of nurse practitioners into primary healthcare teams, and the challenges of providing quality rural healthcare.

John Tully
Clinical Practice Consultant, Fraser Health

Betty Tate
Co- Chair and Academic Advising, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, North Island College

Linda von Tettenborn
Faculty member, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Douglas College

Nursing Research Facilitators

Aggie Black (VCH/PHC), Bubli Chakraborty (PHSA), Deborah Collette (NH), Lynn Cummings (VIHA), Mary Kjorven (IH), Karen Mahoney (FH)
Each BC Health Authority employs a Nursing Research Facilitator, funded by MSFHR, reporting to the Chief Nursing Executive or designate, with responsibility to:

  • Develop an inventory of and serve as a conduit for information about nursing health services research within each Health Authority.
  • Act as a contact for researchers seeking information and contacts within the Health Authority to undertake nursing health services research.
  • Facilitate the Health Authority's nursing practice community to find, evaluate and apply evidence and build towards supporting practitioners to work with academics to identify gaps in evidence and engage in research.

Details about the NRFs are available here:

Opening Remarks' Speakers

One on one Members' Database Tutorials

InspireNet recently launched its new and ever-growing Members' Database, accessible by InspireNet members logged on to the website. Our Database Coordinator, Lorilee Scott, will be on hand at the breaks to provide one on one tutorials to members interested in learning more about leveraging this powerful resource to grow connections across the province.


Archived information:

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


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.


This event is free of charge to InspireNet members, in thanks to InspireNet's funder, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. To confirm your participation, send an email to: Not a member? To join InspireNet (free!), visit:


The InspireNet Fall Workshop goals are to:

1. Create a venue where participants can collaborate, share ideas, and establish connections to support ongoing nursing health services research leading to improved patient outcomes through enhancing the professional practice of nurses.

2. Provide participants with current definitions and knowledge of methods used in nursing health services research (NHSR).

3. Engage participants in discussions about strategies for increasing capacity for NHSR and using research results in practice.

4. Provide familiarity with the InspireNet network and website as a support for nurses.

5. Offer suggestions of practical next steps for action among members of the BC nursing community.

Venue & Accommodations

The workshop venue:

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Century Plaza Hotel
1015 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC

Other hotels nearby:

Sheraton Wall Centre

Sutton Place Hotel

Sunset Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown

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 Workshop Working Group

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


  • Nikita Gitau, Graduate Student, School of Nursing, University of Victoria
  • Monica Redekopp, Director, Professional Practice, Nursing & Allied Health, Richmond HSDA, Vancouver Coastal Health

Working Group members:

  • Aggie Black, Nursing Research Facilitator, Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Health Care
  • Karen Mahoney, Nursing Research Facilitator, Fraser Health
  • Lesley Moss, Executive Director, Wellness and Safety, Vancouver Island Health Authority


We look forward to seeing you in November in Vancouver!

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