Learn About Nursing Research Facilitators
The BC Nursing Research Initiative launched its first funding program in February 2009. The Nursing Research Facilitator program is designed to address key priorities in building nursing health services research capacity.
Through this program, each BC Health Authority has applied for and been granted funding to support a Nursing Health Services Research Facilitator (NRF).
NRFs have an Action Team for members interested in joining a discussion with them. Details can be found through the link to team Backgrounders on the Existing Action Teams page.
|Health Authority||NRF (links to email address)|
|Fraser (FH)||Charlene Ronquillo & Karmjit Kaur Sandhu|
|Interior (IH)||Katrina Plamondon|
|Northern (NH)||Linda Axen|
|Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)||Bubli Chakraborty|
|Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Health Care (VCH/PHC)||Agnes Black|
|Vancouver Island (VIHA)||Lynn Cummings|
►Read about the facilitators: Nursing Research Facilitator biographies.
►BC Health Authorities each have a formal research department or unit.
Nursing Health Services Research Facilitators report 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.
To maximize use of resources and ensure there is no duplication of services, facilitators work closely with health research support groups/individuals already established within the Health Authority through the MSFHR-funded HSPRSN Health Authority Capacity Building program or other means. They also interact with InspireNet to facilitate interaction between the Network and Health Authorities and to develop an inventory of nursing health services research across the province (available through InspireNet's members database).
InspireNet has built relationships and works closely with the Nursing Research Facilitators (NRF). Each of the 6 BC health authorities has hired an NRF for a 3 year period supported by BCNRI funding. The NRF role descriptions include the expectation of active liaison with InspireNet. These individuals are effectively regional leads / contacts for the network, and the network is a resource and support to the NRFs individually and collectively.
►A printable bookmark of NRF contact information is available for download below.
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