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

Off campus, we are linked with research including:

We also have strong research and practice linkages with:

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.

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Download the Communiqué:

Winter 2018 (teaching and learning)
Spring/Summer 2017 (research edition)
Fall 2016 (40th Anniversary edition)
Spring 2016 (knowledge synthesis)
Fall 2015 (public health focus)
Spring 2015 (Island Health issue)
Spring 2014 (student focus)
Fall 2013 (history issue)
Spring 2013 (palliative care issue)
Fall 2012 (ethics issue)
Spring 2012 (informatics issue)
Winter 2012
Autumn 2011
Summer 2011
Spring 2011
Winter 2011
Autumn 2010

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 distribution:

Communiqué is published in the Fall and Spring of each year. If you would like to recieve the Communiqué electronically, please contact Emma Stuart.


September 27, 2017: Evidence-Based Practice Change: Taking a Knowledge-as-Action Approach - Gweneth Doane (NURS, professor)

April 27, 2017: 
Electronic Cigarettes: Public Health Blessing or Curse? - Marjorie MacDonald (UVic Nursing), Renee O'Leary, ( UVic Centre for Addictions Research )

December 13, 2016:  Medical Aid in Dying ... 6 months later - Jan Storch (NURS, professor emeritus)

September 2016: Taking it to the Streets: Improving healthcare for people experiencing homelessness - Bernie Pauly (UVic Nursing and Island Health, Scholar in Residence)

June 2016: The Unfolding Drama: Medical Assitance in Dying - Jan Storch

November 2015UVIC Nursing Students Learn about Key Role Nurses Play in the Complex/Interdisciplinary Management of Pain - Lynne Young (UVic Nursing), Dawn Nedzelski (Island Health), Chelsey Nelson and Tina Choi (Undergraduate students)

September 2015Caring for People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in our Health Care System: Challenges and Opportunities for Care Providers -Lenora Marcellus (UVic Nursing) 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)

April 2015Working to their full scope: Exploring changing work relationships between RNs and LPNs using Institutional Ethnography - Karen MacKinnon, Anne Bruce, Diane Butcher (UVic Nursing) and Dawn Nedzelski (Island Health).

February 2015: Partnering for Best Practice: Building a Culture of Research Competency - Noreen Frisch (NURS) and Joanne Maclaren (Island Health)





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.

2016 Conference

Infusing Evidence into Nursing Practice: Knowledge Synthesis Enhances Quality Care, March 19, 2016

The 2016 conference is now over. Thank you to all of our attendees and supporters. 

Conference program:
 view the full 2016 program 
Conference abstracts:
 view the 2016 abstracts

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.

Keynote topics:
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 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.