InspireNet Blog

May 2016

As has been previously communicated, due to the demonstrated successes of the network and the generosity of MSFHR, funding for the network through its initial award was extended to a current end date of May 31, 2016. At this juncture we are pleased to announce that the network will transition to become the communications platform for the emerging BC SUPPORT Unit (BC Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit),  a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.

Read more about our transition here:

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Collaboration Ignites Nursing Students’ Spirit of Inquiry

Blog post by Joanne Maclaren, Director, Professional Practice and Learning, Island Health; Wendy Young, Research Facilitator, Research and Capacity Building, Island Health; and, Lenora Marcellus, School of Nursing, University of Victoria

Igniting a spirit of inquiry in nursing students while bringing evidence into practice is the goal of a new collaboration between the University of Victoria and Island Health, and the fuel that will ignite that spirit has come from Professional Practice and Learning (PPL).

The Practice-based Research Challenge at Providence Health Care

Blog post by Aggie Black, Research Leader, Providence Health Care

Building Research and KT Capacity at Island Health

Research Support and Events @ Island Health:

To learn about the research support available to Island Health employees, affiliates, and academic and community partners, see this factsheet listing Research Department services and contact details.

Stay tuned for a webinar on June 20/14 with the Island Health Research team to learn more about our Knowledge Translation activities and our Point-of-Care Projects on bringing research into practice!

Congratulations to BC's NRF Program: Many Accomplishments

Through the BC Nursing Research Initiative, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) has funded one nursing research facilitator (NRF) in each BC health authority to provide resources, support, and mentorship to allow nurses to evaluate research questions within the scope of their clinical practice.

Facilitators have worked closely with individual nurses and health research support groups within their respective health authorities. Their primary responsibilities have included:

BC’s 1st Annual eHITS (eHealth and Innovative Technology Showcase)
Friday May 9, 2014
The Vancouver Convention Centre

Accredited for Main Pro M1 and Section 1 credits

Website: Click here to visit the website
Register online: Click here to register online
Submit an Abstract:; Deadline March 25, 2014

InspireNet has recently been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. JMIR is the leading peer-reviewed eHealth/mHealth journal (Impact Factor: 4.7), ranked #1 in Medical Informatics, and #2 in Health Sciences/Health Services Research.

The abstract of this paper, Growing a Professional Network to Over 3000 Members in Less Than 4 Years: Evaluation of InspireNet, British Columbia’s Virtual Nursing Health Services Research Network is located below. Thanks to InspireNet members who have participated in our various evaluation activities, helping to inform InspireNet's development and directions.

Implementation of national guidelines for dementia care in a Swedish nursing home

Implementation of national guidelines for dementia care in a Swedish nursing home: Presentation of an action research project

Blog post by Anne-Marie Boström

Webinar recording can be viewed here:

Time Saving Computer Tricks

Blog post by InspireNet's project manager, Pat Atherton

Busy work and personal lives mean we often have trouble finding the time to fully explore the powerful technology that’s available to us. A few tips and tricks outlined below can help you maximize your time when using your computer. Taking a few minutes to learn about these tips could save you time in the long run.

Most InspireNet members use Microsoft Windows on PCs so these tips are focussed on using this platform and not on Macs or smart phone devices.

Public Health Nurses-What are they up to?

Blog post by InspireNet Leadership Council member, Sabrina Wong

Official Proclamation of LPN Day

Blog post by InspireNet member Teresa McFadyen

Recently the LPNABC (Licensed Practical Nurse Association of BC) received an official proclamation from the government of BC stating that May 13 is recognized as LPN Day. Licensed Practical Nurses play a vital role in healthcare. With an expanding scope of practice, greater education and more stakeholders using the healthcare system, LPN’s play a crucial role in providing care.

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