Research in action
It has been a busy and exciting several years in the School of Nursing as we continue to develop research and scholarship related initiatives, activities and events. We've accomplished a great deal as a result of the continued support, contributions and ideas of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners.
The School of Nursing provides opportunity to pursue scholarly links with the university's
- Centre for Addictions Research of BC
- Centre on Aging
- The Equity Lens in Public Health
- Centre for Youth and Society
- Centre for the Study of Religion and Society
Off campus, we are linked with research including:
- Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
- British Columbia Healthy Connections Project
- Human Early Learning Partnership, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
- Canadian Homelessness Research Network
- The Evaluation of the Integration of Nurse Practitioners into the BC Healthcare System
We also have strong research and practice linkages with:
- Vancouver Island Health Authority
- Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
- Fraser Health Authority
- Interior Health Authority
- Northern Health Authority
- Provincial Health Authority
- Ministry of Health
The Communiqué research publication
The Communiqué is a research and scholarship publication of the University of Victoria School of Nursing. Communiqué is the source for information regarding research and scholarly activities in Nursing at UVic.
Download the Communiqué:
Fall 2016 (40th Anniversary edition)
Spring 2016 (knowledge synthesis)
Fall 2015 (public health focus)
Spring 2015 (collaborative Island Health issue)
Spring 2014 (student focus)
Fall 2013 (history issue)
Spring 2013 (palliative care issue)
Fall 2012 (ethics issue)
Spring 2012 (informatics issue)
Communiqué wants to hear from you! School of Nursing faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners are welcome to submit to Communiqué! Tell us about your publication, award, funding success or most recent research or scholarly activity. Contributions to Communiqué (including articles, publication citations and announcements) must be submitted in completed form. Please contact Emma Stuart regarding submission details.
Communiqué is published in the Fall and Spring of each year. If you would like to recieve the Communiqué electronically, please contact Emma Stuart.
Join us for our final Health Talk of 2016 Medical Aid in Dying ... 6 months later. December 13th, 11 - 12:30 pm, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Patient Care Centre, Room S150. More Infromation here.
February 2015: Partnering for Best Practice: Building a Culture of Research Competency - Noreen Frisch (NURS) and Joanne Maclaren (Island Health)
April 2015: Working to their full scope: Exploring changing work relationships between RNs and LPNs using Institutional Ethnography - Karen MacKinnon, Anne Bruce, Diane Butcher (NURS) and Dawn Nedzelski (Island Health). This talk can now be viewed at https://vimeo.com/127193121
September 2015: Caring for People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in our Health Care System: Challenges and Opportunities for Care Providers -Lenora Marcellus (NURS) and David Gerry (Founder of the International FASD Summit, Co-Chair of the Herway Home Community Advisory Council, and father of two young adults with FASD)
November 2015: UVIC Nursing Students Learn about Key Role Nurses Play in the Complex/Interdisciplinary Management of Pain - Lynne Young (NURS), Dawn Nedzelski (Island Health), Chelsey Nelson and Tina Choi (Undergraduate students)
June 2016: The Unfolding Drama: Medical Assitance in Dying, Jan Storch
September 2016: Taking it to the Streets: Improving healthcare for people experiencing homelessness, Bernie Pauly (NURS and Island Health, Scholar in Residence)
Every two years, the School of Nursing plays host to a conference highlighting the research and scholarship of nursing. The general aims of these conferences include:
- fostering an atmosphere of scholarly debate, knowledge exchange, community collaboration and networking among health care professionals;
- profiling the strengths and diversity of nursing research and practice;
- celebrating nursing excellence in health research.
Students, alumni, faculty, community partners and members of the general public are invited to attend.
See the information below for information about the 2016 conference.
Infusing Evidence into Nursing Practice: Knowledge Synthesis Enhances Quality Care, March 19, 2016
Conference theme: Through a combination of plenaries, symposia, workshops, and concurrent sessions, nurses from academia and practice will explore and learn about the benefits of knowledge synthesis (KS) for quality care. This nursing conference will focus on various genres of, and approaches to, evidence reviews. Concurrent sessions will showcase the KS work of participants.Keynote speakers: Dr. Jennifer Medves is the Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing at Queen’s University. A very active educator, Dr. Medves teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs and supervises graduate students. She has received a number of awards in recognition of her contributions to education. In her role as nurse leader, Dr. Medves has been instrumental in establishing the robust Queen’s Joanna Briggs Centre, the first such centre of its kind in Canada.
Dr. Sally Elizabeth Thorne is a Canadian academic nursing leader, teacher, researcher, theorist, and author well known for research in the human experience of chronic illness and cancer, and for her advancement of qualitative research methodologies including metasynthesis and interpretive description. Dr. Thorne’s long-standing and impressive productivity is catalyzed by a passion for those nurses serve.
Opening keynote, Dr. Jennifer Medves "Working Together in Canada: All you ever wanted to know about knowledge synthesis - JBI, QJBC, ISSNA, PICO and every other acronym adopted by the group"
Closing keynote, Dr. Sally Thorne "Unleashing Evidence to Strengthen Nursing's Influence & Impact"
Location: University of Victoria, David Strong Building, Victoria, BC.
Time: Conference registration from 8:30 - 8:50 am; conference programme commences at 9:00 am and runs through 4:30 pm.
How to register: registration is now closed.
Conference fees: Student (any institution): $50 plus tax ($52.50); Regular: $100 plus tax ($105); special Undergraduate student rate $10 plus tax ($10.50).
If you are interested in registering for both of the workshops (information following) and the full day conference, consider taking advantage of our early-bird specials (TBA when registration goes live)
March 18, 2016 Workshops
In addition to the March 19, 2016 Research Conference, the UVic School of Nursing is pleased to announce two workshops.
9:00 - 11:30 am: Dr. Sally Thorne -Interpretive Description: Qualitative Design for the Applied Disciplines
This workshop will orient participants to opportunities for qualitative research design that extends beyond the social theorizing history of conventional methodology to address the action imperative of the applied professions . Participants will experience the emancipatory potential of study designs that extract technique from its theoretical origins such that we can begin to ask and answer some of the truly complex questions facing nursing and health care.
2:00 - 4:30 pm: Dr. Sally Thorne - Qualitative Metasynthesis: Opportunities and Evolving Challenges
This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to understand the complexities inherent in the work of aggregating and synthesizing bodies of qualitative research. As pressure to make use of the available knowledge increases, and systematic reviews of various kinds are popularized, scholars will be increasingly challenged to demonstrate that which distinguishes a hollow technical review exercise from a high quality piece of qualitative metasynthesis scholarship.
Location: University of Victoria, David Turpin Building, Room A140
How to register: Visit http://conferences.uvic.ca/index.php/snrw/snrw2016. Please note that distance students will be sent particpation information after registering.
Registration deadline: registration is now closed.Workshop fees: Student (any institution): $35 plus tax ($36.75); Regular: $75 plus tax ($78.75); special Undergraduate student rate $10 plus tax ($10.50).
Workshop fees will apply to each workshop registered for.