Past Conferences

2019 Conference Presentations

5Th Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference - Doctoral Success Through Leadership

June 10th and 11th, 2019

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Claire Betker, RN, NM, PhD, CCHN(C), President of the Canadian Nurses Association. Claire is proud to be a registered nurse. For more than 40 years, she has had the opportunity to promote the health of individuals, families and communities and to make a difference in their lives. Claire believes all nurses are leaders. It is through their collective voice and action that nurses support the sustainability of our health system and create communities where people have an opportunity to be healthy. She hashad the opportunity to work at a local, regional, provincial and national level. Currently, as the Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, their focus is on knowledge translation. Using collaborative methods, they get evidence about how to address the structural and social determinants of health and advance health equity in the hands of decision and policy makers. This is a critical area where nurses can and do play an important leadership role. Claire believes that professional associations at local, provincial/territorial and national levels provide a valuable opportunity for nurses to advance nursing and the health of people living in Canada. Nurses involvement in nursing specialty groups, provincial/territorial nursing associations and the Canadian Nurses Association provides significant leadership opportunity and contributes to the voice of nurses being heard.

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Keynote Speaker: Keynote Speaker: Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. An award-winning educator, Alec helps his undergraduate and graduate students take up the incredible affordances of our connected world through the integration of educational technology in teaching and learning. Alec is also a well-recognized scholar and researcher who has given hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the globe on diverse topics such as connected/networked learning, digital citizenship, social media in education, and critical media literacy, providing educators, students, and parents with the knowledge necessary to take advantage of and thrive in our new digital reality. Finally, Alec is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses.

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maura MacPhee, RN, MSc, BSc, PhD, Professor School of Nursing UBC. Maura studies nurses' work environments. Some work environment factors that are important to nurses include the types of patients in their care, leadership support and teamwork. She uses a variety of methods in her research, including surveys and interviews. Maura's goal is to use best evidence to support healthy work environments for nurses, their colleagues, patients and families. She's a health systems researcher who studies nurses' work environment factors that influence nurse and patient outcomes. Maura recently conducted a survey study of BC nurses' workloads, examining factors at unit, job and task levels that affect nurses' capacity to provide safe, quality care. Nurses' workloads are influenced by unit staffing levels and skill mix. To make safe staffing decisions, patient care needs must be reliably assessed. She does research with a patient characteristics assessment ool, the synergy tool, which is used to guide nurse-manager staffing decisions and resource allocation. Her expertise includes leadership and healthcare administration. Maura studied leadership development in different global contexts, including Taiwan and Hong Kong. She is the Deputy Director for the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)-UBC International Centre on Nursing Leadership. Maura co-designed the Centre’s curriculum with Ms. Adela Lai, former Chief Nursing Officer of Hong Kong Health Authority. As well, she is an Advisory Board member for Sigma Theta International Global Health Leadership Institute. Maura is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing and the Journal of Nursing Administration also reviewing for several leadership and healthcare administration journals. Maura acts as an advisor for practice sites implementing and evaluating the Synergy Model™ patient characteristics assessment tool, the “synergy” tool. The tool is currently in use in BC (Fraser Health Authority), Hamilton and Niagara health systems in Ontario, and Regina health region, Saskatchewan.

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2018 Conference Presentations

4Th Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference - Doctoral Success Through Leadership

June 11-13, 2018

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Keynote Speaker: Barb Shellian, RN, BN, MN, President Canadian Nurses Association Barbara Shellian is a Registered Nurse committed to nursing practice, health care reform and people. Barb is a graduate of the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing and earned her Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Calgary. She is Director Rural Health Calgary Zone Alberta Health Services and is located in Canmore, Alberta. She has extensive experience as a staff nurse, educator, manager and clinical nurse specialist. As a clinical nurse specialist, her practice focused on the care of children and families.

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Keynote Speaker: Sonja McIlfatrick, Head of School of Nursing, Ulster University Sonja McIlfatrick is a Professor in Nursing and Palliative Care and has recently been appointed as the Head of School of Nursing at Ulster University. She is an experienced clinical academic with experience in nursing and palliative care practice, education and research. She previously worked as the Head of Research for the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (2011-2014) and led the establishment of the All Ireland Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) and is the current Chair of the Strategic Scientific Committee for the PCRN (AIIHPC). Sonja is an Executive Board member for the UK, Palliative Care Research Society and is member of the Research Scientific Advisory Committee for Marie Curie, UK. Read More |  2018 Conference News Story

 

 

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Keynote Speaker: Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD, LLD (h.c.) Formally Vice-President of Quality and Transformation, Regina QuAppelle Health Region Dr. Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD, LLD (h.c.) has been a registered nurse for over 40 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles in health, nursing and education during her career. She created and served in the role of Vice-President of Quality and Transformation, Regina QuAppelle Health Region, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 2012-2016. Prior to that she served as the Associate Dean, Southern Saskatchewan Campus and International Student Affairs for the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Principal Nursing Advisor for the government of Saskatchewan, and Education Consultant and Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.  Read More |  2018 Conference News Story

 

 

3rd Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference - Leveraging Your PhD For Success

June 8-10, 2016

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alexander M. Clark, PhD, RN, FCAHS University of Alberta Alex Clark is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing in Canada. His research draws on complexity and realist theory to understand health outcomes. His special interests are in: chronic disease management, heart disease and self-care. This work has directly influenced practice, policy and guidelines on both sides of the Atlantic and Australasia. It has been published in some of the world’s most impactful journals including: the British Medical Journal, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Social Science & Medicine and Heart. He also works locally, nationally and internationally as a mentor to promote academic excellence in doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, in addition to leadership positions with CIHR and Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canada. For these contributions, the World Economic Forum accorded him the status of: ‘Young Scientist Global Leader’ in 2011. For four years, he has been Co-Chair of ‘Qualitative Health Research’ – the largest conference in this area in the world. Read More | 2016 Conference News Story

 

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Colleen Varcoe, PhD, RN University of British Columbia Colleen Varcoe is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on women’s health with emphasis on violence and inequity, and the culture of health care with an emphasis on ethics. Her completed research includes studies of the interacting risks of violence and HIV infection for rural and Aboriginal women, rural maternity care for Aboriginal women, ethics and health policy and the health effects of violence. Her current research includes studies to promote equity in primary health care and studies of a health intervention for women who have experienced violence. Read More | 2016 Conference News Story

 

 

2nd Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference - The Doctoral Journey - Learning for the Future

June 11 & 12, 2015

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener, RN-NP, PhD - is an Associate Professor and founding Co-Lead of the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Primary Health Care (CoR-PHC) research group at Dalhousie University, and Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research (CCAPNR) at McMaster University. She has taught at the Dalhousie School of Nursing for 25 years and held administrative roles in the Outpost Nursing Program, Nurse Practitioner Program, Nunavut Arctic Nursing Program and Graduate Programs. Her program of health services research uses mixed methods and integrated knowledge translation approaches to examine innovative models of team-based primary health care in community and long-term care settings with a particular focus on nursing roles. Examples of current or recently completed studies include: a mixed methods study on optimizing the role of registered nurses in primary care; a community-based primary health care (CBPHC) team grant, ‘Transforming CBPHC Delivery through Comprehensive Performance Measurement and Reporting’; systematic reviews of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of advanced practice nurses; Read More | 2015 Conference News Story

 

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS Dr. Thorne is a Professor at the UBC School of Nursing in Vancouver where she has maintained a longstanding program of substantive and methodological scholarship in the philosophy of science, the nature of evidence, applied methodology and patient experience. Former Director of the UBC School of Nursing and now Associate Dean for Applied Science at that university, she has been actively involved in professional leadership across Canada and internationally. She was a founding member of the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, and the first Director-at-Large for Research for the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology. She currently serves as Board Chair for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, she serves on several editorial boards and is the Editor-in-Chief for the scholarly journal Nursing Inquiry. Read More | 2015 Conference News Story

 

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Nurse Scholar: Dr. Florence Myrick, RN, PhD - has worked as a nurse and/or nurse educator in Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. For 10 years she taught at Dalhousie University where she launched her program of research. From 1998-2003 Dr. Myrick was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary where she assumed the positions of Associate Dean - Graduate Programs, Acting Dean of the Faculty, and the Chair and Founder of the Nursing Philosophy and History Group. She also held the position of Research Associate with the Professional Educational Research Centre (PERC), an interprofessional group of scholars devoted to research in professional education. Since 2003, Dr. Myrick and has been a member of the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta where she is Founding Member and Chair of the Nursing Education Group. Active in her program of research, Dr. Myrick has completed numerous research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Presently, she is PI on a research project entitled, “The Teaching Support Initiative (TSI): Fostering Quality Teaching and Learning through Ongoing Professional Development” supported by the Teaching, Learning Enhancement Fund, University of Alberta. Author of numerous scholarly and research manuscripts, in 2005 with her colleague Dr. Olive Yonge, Dr. Myrick published the book entitled, “Nursing Preceptorship: Connecting Practice and Education.” This book provides evidence-based perspectives emanating from the authors’ research. It offers content on various dimensions of preceptorship and serves as an informative resource for faculty, preceptors, students, and administrators. In 2011 Dr. Myrick was recipient of the Inaugural Dr. Pat Griffin CASNursing Education Research Scholar Award as well as the U of Alberta Nursing Graduate Student Association (NGSA) Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Currently Dr. Myrick holds the position of Professor and Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning at the Faculty of Nursing, U of Alberta. Read More | 2015 Conference News Story

Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference - How to Survive your PhD!

June 19 & 20, 2014

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Key Note Speaker: Dr. Judith Shamian - President ICN, RN, PhD, LLD (hon), D.Sci (hon), FAAN Dr. Shamian is the President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), also is president emeritus and immediate past president and CEO of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). Dr. Shamian is the immediate past president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). She is also a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She is co-investigator with the Nursing Health Services Research Unit. Dr. Shamian was the previous Executive Director of the Office of Nursing Policy at Health Canada. She also served as Vice-President of Nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for 10 years. Dr. Shamian obtained her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, her Master's in Public Health from New York University, and her Baccalaureate in Community Nursing from Concordia University in Montreal. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) from the Governor General of Canada, the Award of Merit (2004) from CNA as well as the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. Judith is the recipient of three honorary doctorate Read More

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Nurse Scholar: Dr. Florence Myrick, RN, PhD - has worked as a nurse and/or nurse educator in Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. For 10 years she taught at Dalhousie University where she launched her program of research. From 1998-2003 Dr. Myrick was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary where she assumed the positions of Associate Dean - Graduate Programs, Acting Dean of the Faculty, and the Chair and Founder of the Nursing Philosophy and History Group. She also held the position of Research Associate with the Professional Educational Research Centre (PERC), an interprofessional group of scholars devoted to research in professional education. Since 2003, Dr. Myrick and has been a member of the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta where she is Founding Member and Chair of the Nursing Education Group. Active in her program of research, Dr. Myrick has completed numerous research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Presently, she is PI on a research project entitled, “The Teaching Support Initiative (TSI): Fostering Quality Teaching and Learning through Ongoing Professional Development” supported by the Teaching, Learning Enhancement Fund, University of Alberta. Author of numerous scholarly and research manuscripts, in 2005 with her colleague Dr. Olive Yonge, Dr. Myrick published the book entitled, “Nursing Preceptorship: Connecting Practice and Education.” This book provides evidence-based perspectives emanating from the authors’ research. It offers content on various dimensions of preceptorship and serves as an informative resource for faculty, preceptors, students, and administrators. In 2011 Dr. Myrick was recipient of the Inaugural Dr. Pat Griffin CASNursing Education Research Scholar Award as well as the U of Alberta Nursing Graduate Student Association (NGSA) Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Currently Dr. Myrick holds the position of Professor and Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning at the Faculty of Nursing, U of Alberta. Read More

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Nurse Scholar: Dr. Sean Clarke – RN, PhD, FAAN Dr. Clarke is a health services researcher and nurse educator specializing in health policy and hospital safety issues. He was named the inaugural Susan E. French Chair in Nursing Research and Innovative Practice and the Director of the McGill Nursing Collaborative for Education and Innovation in Patient and Family Centred Care (effective July, 2012). The McGill Collaborative is a unique initiative designed to increase synergies among practice, research and teaching. Such synergies between the School of Nursing and McGill-affiliated hospitals serve to build new local, national and international collaborations that capitalize on the rich and unique opportunities for clinicians, researchers and leaders in nursing in Montréal and Québec. After completing his Master’s and PhD education at McGill, and advanced clinical and research training at the University of Pennsylvania, he taught and managed research groups at both the University of Pennsylvania and University of Toronto for more than a decade. From 2008 to mid-2012, he held a research chair in cardiovascular nursing endowed by the RBC Foundation. This Chair included a joint appointment between the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network system of teaching hospitals. He is currently active in scientific journal editing in nursing and health services research. Additionally, he serves as peer reviewer for national research competitions in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Clarke holds affiliate appointments at the Université de Montréal and the University of Hong Kong. Read More