InspireNet's Fall 2011 Conference

InspireNet's Fall 2011 Conference

Archived information:

InspireNet's Second Annual Fall Conference

Connect 2011:

Research Partnerships in Action:
Shaping Nursing Health Services in BC

was held Monday, November 7, 2011 in Vancouver

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

►Conference Key Messages are available by clicking here.

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

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



Networking Breakfast (provided)


Plenary session, Moderator: Lesley Moss


Welcoming Remarks
Speaker: Monica Redekopp



Keynote presentation:
Navigating through the Fog

Speakers: Lynn Stevenson & Gail Tomblin Murphy

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Keynote presentation:
Knowledge Translation and Organizational Context: An Applied Program of Health Services Research in Residential Long Term Care

Speaker: Carole Estabrooks

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



Panel Presentation:
Shaping Nursing Health Services in BC: Successes & Challenges
The application of nursing health services research projects





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) InspireNet ActionTeam:
Nursing Education and Research Rounds (NEARR)

Leaders: Aggie Black, Shelley Fraser
Join us to discuss Nursing Education and Research Rounds (NEARR), a monthly series of web-based nursing education sessions featuring nurses presenting their research or synthesis projects to other nurses. We will review the first year of NEARR, including our evaluation of the sessions, use of WebEx technology, and the future of the NEARR Action Team. We will also host a live WebEx session to demonstrate this technology to others who are considering use of webinars to provide continuing education opportunities to nurses.

b) InspireNet Action Team:
Optimal Utilization of Advanced Practice Nursing Roles
Leaders: Linda Sawchenko, Maureen Shaw
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.

c) InspireNet Action Team:
Nurse Educators' Scholarship
Leaders: Penny Cash, 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.


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


Breakout sessions - choose one of three:

a) InspireNet Action Team:
Healthy Workplace Climate
Leaders: Lesley Moss, Maura MacPhee
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.

b) InspireNet Action Team:
e-health, e-technologies and Informatics
Leaders: Noreen Frisch, Elizabeth Borycki
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.

c) InspireNet Action Team:
Practice-based Research
Leaders: Aggie Black, Charlene Ronquillo
This action team is designed to promote the engagement of point-of-care nurses and allied health professionals in small-scale mentored research projects. Our goal is to enhance evidence-informed practice, promote strong employee engagement among participants, and improve patient outcomes. Join this session if you're interested in hearing more about these projects, reviewing resources related to the projects, or want to consider starting a Research Challenge at your place of employment.

Call to Action!


Wrap up panel discussion
Moderator: Lesley Moss
Speakers: Carole Estabrooks, Lynn Stevenson, Gail Tomblin Murphy

“How do we overcome challenges & increase successes in research engagement and implementation?"


Networking wine & cheese reception; ePoster presentations (details)

Plenary Session Speakers

Carole Estabrooks
Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta and Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation
Carole has been a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences since 2007 and is recently elected to the American Academy of Nursing. She leads the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program (KUSP) at the University of Alberta. Her applied health services research program focuses on knowledge translation in the health sciences. She studies the influence of organizations on the research implementation behaviour of health care providers and the effects of that research implementation (knowledge translation) on quality of care, quality of life/quality of end of life and quality of work life outcomes. Her work is primarily situated in the residential long term care sector. She is a past member and vice-chair of CIHR’s Institute of Aging Advisory Board. She is appointed in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, is affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Nursing Health Services Research Unit, and is a co-investigator and member of two CIHR funded national teams – the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network and KT Canada. She teaches in the doctoral program and supervises graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She holds a number of active research grants in the western provinces, Ontario and Europe. She has developed and continues to evaluate the Alberta Context Tool (ACT) currently in use in eight countries and five languages.

More information about Carole Estabrooks:

Lynn Stevenson
Executive Vice President, People, Organizational Development, Practice and Chief Nurse, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Lynn provides strategic leadership for Human Resources, Organizational Development, Professional Practice, Research, Ethics, and Quality and Patient Safety. Prior to this role, Lynn held executive positions at Fraser Health, the BC Cancer Agency and the former Capital Health Region. Lynn has a PhD with a research focus on organizational change, practice and leadership. She is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (previously known as the Canadian College of Service Executives), a CHSRF EXTRA Fellow and holds Adjunct Professor positions in the Schools of Nursing at the Universities of British Columbia and Victoria. Lynn is involved in many research initiatives, most recently as a core team member on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute research related to safety in community care which builds on her fellowship research. Lynn has served on the Board of the Health Care Leadership Association of British Columbia and in 2008 she received the National Nursing Leadership Award from Canadian College of Health Service Executives.


Gail Tomblin Murphy
Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Professions and Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University; Co-investigator, Nursing Research Unit, University of Toronto
Dr. Tomblin Murphy is the Director of the newly designated WHO Collaborating Centre Health Workforce Planning and Research, located at Dalhousie University. This centre is ideally suited to support the proposed activities as its mandate is to build capacity in needs-based health human resources planning, within Canada and internationally. Dr. Tomblin Murphy’s contributions have been primarily in the area of health services with an emphasis on HHR planning through leadership in research, teaching, and work with governments, employers, unions, and professional associations. She is recognized as a leader in advancing scientific evidence on HHR and has demonstrated an ability to work with the academic community of teachers, educators and researchers as well as with decision-makers in the health policy community. She has made important academic contributions in developing a conceptual model for HHR planning and in establishing and implementing methods to conduct “needs-based planning”.

More about Gail Tomblin Murphy:


Panel Presenters

David Byres
Vice President, Clinical Programs & Chief Professional Practice and Nursing, Providence Health Care
David Byres was appointed Chief of Professional Practice and Nursing in May 2007 and the Vice President, Clinical Programs in August 2008. David began his career at Providence Health Care as a staff nurse in 1997. He became a Patient Care Leader for Mental Health in 2001 and was then appointed as the Director of the Mental Health Program and then as the Director of Nursing Practice. David brings with him over 17 years of professional experience in the health-care field, including in the areas of mental health and nursing. His portfolio includes responsibility as the Chief Nursing Officer spanning professional practice and education for nursing as well as the senior leader responsible for professional practice in all allied health disciplines. He is also responsible for the Mental Health, Addictions and clinical HIV/AIDS programs as well at PHC's urban health and aboriginal strategies. He is responsible for the implementation of strategic directions for the mental health, addictions and HIV/AIDS programs along with nursing and allied health. He leads the continuing advancement of nursing and allied health practice and ensures the establishment, implementation and evaluation of standards of practice, quality management and academic and research advancement for professionals across Providence Health Care.

Carolyn Tayler
Director, End of Life Care, Fraser Health
Carolyn Tayler, RN, BN, MSA, CON(C) is the Director, End of Life Care in Fraser Health. She is Past President of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) and the Past President of the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA). In 2005, she received an award from the RNABC for Distinction in Nursing and in 2006 the Tommy Douglas Celebration of Medicare Award and CANO Award of Excellence for Leadership in Oncology Nursing. In 2007 she and her Fraser Health team received the 2007 Award of Merit for Collaborative Solutions from the Health Employers Association of BC and in 2010 the BC Patient Safety Quality Award for End of Life Care. In 2008, Carolyn received the Order of Merit for Nursing Administration from CNA and in 2010 the BCHPCA Award of Excellence and the Life Time Achievement Award from CANO.

Sabrina Wong
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of BC
Dr. Sabrina Wong has joint appointments in the UBC School of Nursing and the School of Public and Population Health. She works in the BC Centre for Disease Control Sexually Transmitted Infection/HIV Prevention and Control Division as a clinic nurse, teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and is a health services researcher that examines the delivery (e.g. innovations in practice, models of care), organization (e.g. interprofessional teamwork) and processes (e.g. interpersonal communication) of care that could enhance the provision of primary healthcare services. Current projects, all of which use mixed-methods, include: examining what patient, provider, delivery model, and health human resource characteristics are associated with primary healthcare outcomes, development of reliable and valid multi-dimensional measures that can be used across diverse ethno-cultural and language (Chinese, Punjabi, English, French) groups, and the link between health policy and implementation of pandemic prevention activities such as H1N1 vaccine. Her current projects focus on inequities in health and disparities in access to health services.

Breakout Sessions' Leaders

Aggie Black
Nursing Research Facilitator, Providence Health Care/Vancouver Coastal Health
Agnes Black, MPH, RN has worked as a nurse and health care researcher for the past 12 years. She completed her BSN at the University of Washington in Seattle, and her Master of Public Health at Simon Fraser University. Her nursing background includes work in family medicine and oncology. Her research interests include cancer screening and prevention, aboriginal health, mental health and marginalized populations.

Elizabeth Borycki
Assistant Professor, Health Information Science, University of Victoria

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

Shelley Fraser
Practice Consultant, Education Strategist, Providence Health Care

Noreen Frisch
InspireNet Co-leader; Director and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria
Dr. Noreen Frisch joined the faculty in August 2007. Dr. Frisch's research and scholarly interests include holistic nursing practice, nursing language and classification, and student development. She has published three books and over 50 articles in the nursing literature on topics such as nursing theory, holistic assessment and care, population health, and nursing education. She has contributed significantly to the development and publication of standards of holistic nursing practice and is certified in holistic nursing. Currently, she is working with a colleague on a study evaluating the differentiation of self and role in a population of practicing nurses. She has a clinical background in psychiatric, maternal-child and community nursing. Prior to arrival at the University of Victoria, she has been the administrative head of two schools of nursing in the US and has served on numerous community boards and councils for professional nursing organizations. She was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1995.

Maura MacPhee
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of BC
Maura MacPhee is an Assistant Professor at UBC School of Nursing. She teaches undergraduate and graduate leadership and management. She is the Principal Investigator for a 4-year leadership development study being funded by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. She is the Academic Lead for the BC Nursing Leadership Institute. Her practice background is pediatrics. Maura’s prior experience includes a joint academic research appointment between Denver Children’s Hospital and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre and Director of Professional Development and Nursing Education for Boston Children’s Hospital. Her other academic/research interests include healthy work environments, including quality and safety.

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.

Charlene Ronquillo
Nursing Research Facilitator, Fraser Health
Charlene Ronquillo, MSN, RN joins Fraser Health after recently completing her Master of Science in Nursing at UBC with a focus in research. Her thesis examined the Oral History of Immigrant Filipino Nurses in Canada from 1950 to 2000, and utilized historical and qualitative methods. Charlene has presented at various local and national conferences and published on her thesis, and other work, in peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include health inequities, global health, health policy, knowledge translation, health informatics and nursing history. Charlene’s clinical background area is in neurosciences at Vancouver Coastal Health and more recently at the UBC Student Health Services.

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.

Maureen Shaw
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology Acute Care for Elders and Geriatric Emergency Nurse Program, Vancouver Coastal Health

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

ePoster Presenters

Judy Burgess
Director, Health Services, University of Victoria

Gail Butt
Associate Clinical Director, Clinical Prevention Services (Hepatitis), BC Centre for Disease Control

Patricia Choy
Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Services, Vancouver Coastal Health

Leah Christoff
Nurse Practitioner, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health

Janelle Currie
Student, School of Nursing, Langara College

Julie Fraser
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Fraser Health and University of Victoria, School of Nursing, Graduate Student

Belinda-Ann Furlan
Nurse Practitioner, St. Paul’s Hospital Heart Centre, Providence Health Care

Rashel Lim
Student, School of Nursing, Langara College

Joanne Maclaren
Regional Manager, Professional Practice, Vancouver Island Health Authority and
University of Victoria, School of Nursing, Graduate Student

Anastasia A. Mallidou
Assistant Professor (Limited Term), School of Nursing, University of Victoria. At the time this study was conducted, Dr. Mallidou was a doctoral student with the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Linda Sawchenko (see above)

Jennifer Timer
Faculty member, School of Nursing, Langara College and doctoral student, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Lisa Venables
Project Manager, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia

Erika Yamada
Student, BC Institute of Technology

ePoster Presentations

Posters will be electronically displayed, two simultaneously, during the networking wine & cheese reception from 5:00-6:00pm in an adjacent break-out room. Presenter(s) are linked in bold; see Abstract Booklet for affiliations of other authors.

Some presenters elected to hold webinars after the conference that have been recorded and are available here:


Poster Title & Link to ePoster



Community of Practice: A Nurse Practitioner Collaborative Model

Judy Burgess, Linda Sawchenko


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

Gail Butt, Liza McGuinness, Marina Kazulin, Sarah Lawson,  Lilija Berngards


Evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner in Cardiac Sciences
Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital

Leah Christoff, Patricia Choy, Belinda- Ann Furlan


The Legality of Pronouncing an Expected Death

Janelle Currie, Rashel Lim, Jennifer Timer


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 Maclaren


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

Anastasia A. Mallidou, Greta G. Cummings, Carole A. Estabrooks, Phyllis B. Giovannetti


Chatter around the HPV vaccine: Where do older women get their information?

Lisa Venables, Erika Yamada, Leslie Anderson, Elizabeth Draht, Lori Brotto, Gina Ogilvie, Simon Dobson, Deborah Money

Abstract Booklet (.pdf)

One on one Members' Database Tutorials

In September 2010 InspireNet launched its 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.

Venue & Accommodations

The conference venue:

Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
1763 Comox Street, 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 7, 2011. 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 $12.00 for the day from 6am to 8pm; 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.

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, Chair, InspireNet Leadership Council; and, 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
  • Karen Mahoney, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Renal Program, Fraser Health
  • Lesley Moss, Executive Director, Wellness and Safety, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Charlene Ronquillo, Nursing Research Facilitator, Fraser Health


Nurse Educators’ Scholarship (NES) Action Team's
Building Scholarly Capacity Colloquium VI:

Save the date: Sunday November 6, 2011
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
UBC Campus, Vancouver

In conjunction with
InspireNet's Connect 2011, November 7, 2011

This colloquium is an opportunity for members of the Nurse Educators’ Scholarship (NES) Action Team of Inspirenet to network and discuss common topics of interest/scholarship/ research. Share your ideas and make connections. There is no charge for this day and we will not be catering it. We will use the UBC cafeteria or feel free to bring a bag lunch. Details are available on the team's eCoP.

Interested in more information about the NES Action Team? Visit

Social Media

Tweeps: Attending Connect 2011? Use hashtag #bcrnconf for tweets. See the widget at the bottom of this page for tweets.


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 is available.


Connect 2011 is the second 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, learn new things! Speakers invited from BC and across Canada
Discover research in action! Learn about nursing health services research in BC
Network and establish connections! Opportunities to begin or grow partnerships with colleagues from across the province

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.


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!), click the Join InspireNet link in the top right corner of the website.

We look forward to seeing you in November in Vancouver!

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