Nurse Educators’ Scholarship (NES) Backgrounder


To support the development of a community of nurse scholars whose primary interest is in the education of the health care workforce. This can include nursing faculty from post-secondary institutions (PSI), clinical nurse educators in health authorities and nurse researchers across a variety of settings. The intent is to

  • build scholarship capacity across institutional sites, and
  • develop projects that contribute to knowledge for relevant nursingpractice education.

Team Leaders

  • Penny Cash, Associate Professor, Nursing, University of BC Okanagan
  • Betty Tate, Retired; former Instructor, Nursing, North Island College


All InspireNet members are welcome to join this team.

Who We Are and What We Do

The Nurse Educator’s Scholarship Project (NESP) began in the fall of 2004. The intent of the project was to foster scholarly work amongst nursing faculty and to build capacity for research and scholarship within nursing faculties across British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. The project ended in 2008 but we have remained a network and in the fall of 2010 we became an Inspirenet Action team.

While the network was primarily for nursing faculty, we are interested in broadening the action team to include nurse educators and research facilitators from the BC health authorities and faculty from other schools, programs, departments of nursing not previously involved in the NESN. Furthermore, we are interested in inter-professional collaboration and would welcome members from other professions on project teams as appropriate.

Existing Scholarly Projects/Teams

As this action team is built upon an existing network it already has a number of practice education projects being conducted, all that are continuing under the auspices of the Action Team. These project include

• Quality Workplace Environment
The Quality Workplace Environment group is looking into factors that enhance or challenge workplace environments of nurse educators.

• Institutional Ethnography: Evaluating Student Nurses
This project is utilizing institutional ethnography to investigate nursing teachers’ evaluation of student nurses in practice.

• Cultural Safety
This group is exploring the concept of cultural safety in the classroom

• Employed Student Nurses
This group is evaluating the influence of the ESN role on nursing education

• The Simulated Learning Group
The Simulated Learning Group is looking at the integration of simulation technology into nursing education.

• International Nursing Practice Education
This group is interested in the ways in which partner sites are introducing global education and international nursing practice experience.

• Concept Mapping
This group would like to explore concept mapping as a teaching strategy.

We anticipate that as more colleagues become involved, new interests will emerge and other project teams will evolve to support nursing practice relevant research.

Nurse Educators’ Scholarship Coordinating Committee Members

Betty Tate & Cathy Clarke, North Island College
Mary Anne Moloney, Vancouver Island University
Rose Doyle, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Janine Lennox, Langara College
Linda von Tettenborn, Douglas College
Donna Daines, Thompson Rivers University
Linda Gomez, Selkirk College
Vee Faria & Brianne Timpson, Aurora College NWT
Penny Cash, University of BC Okanagan
Marion Clauson, University of BC
Chantelle Ricsky, Vancouver Coastal Health

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