Participatory Indigenous nursing knowledge translation project: Co-creating Indigenous wellness support networks by and for Indigenous healthcare professionals in interior British Columbia

The proposed Participatory Indigenous Nursing Knowledge Translation Project will provide opportunities for stakeholders from British Columbia’s health authorities, nursing educational institutes, professional nursing organizations and associations to participate in the integrated knowledge translation stakeholder’s forum to establish an Indigenous Health Professional’s (IHP) Network. The intent is to cocreate Indigenous wellness supports by and for Indigenous healthcare professionals to decolonize healthcare systems and structures. This work is in response to the Calls for Action on Truth and Reconciliation, and to respond to Interior Health and FNHA mandated strategy to address Indigenous workforce issues. A key outcome of the integrated knowledge translation activities will be the collaboration of community members, with multidisciplinary Indigenous health professionals coming together to address the growing inequities, racism, and discrimination. Through Indigenous health nursing leadership and guidance with Indigenous knowledge holders our team will co-create Indigenous wellness support systems, through policy development, and educational training in culturally informed ways through Intergenerational Indigenous mentorship.

Team members: Judy Sturm (Interior Health); Rose Mylnek (Thompson Rivers University); Christina (University of Victoria); Melba D’Souza (Thompson Rivers University); Colleen Seymour (Tk’emlups Knowledge Holder); Leslie Bryant (Interior Health); Tracy Mooney (Interior Health); Shirlie Delacherois (Interior Health); Shesley Callison-Hanna (Thompson Rivers University)

Closing the gap: The preparation and integration of newly graduate nurses (NGN) into the BC workforce


  • Andrea Starck
    Northern Health 

Team members: 

  • Erin Bryant
  • Julia Lowe
  • Andrea Burrows
    Research user
  • Aneta D'Angelo
    Interior Health 
  • Yujin Lim
  • Sheila Blackstock
  • Kathy Rush
  • Joanne Mclaren
    BC Ministry of Health

The proposed activity will provide opportunities for stakeholders from BC’s health authorities, nursing education institutions, professional nursing organizations and associations to participate in Knowledge Sharing and New Nurse Transition Program Implementation Forums. The intent is to build on the model for undergraduate learning pathway development and newly graduated nurse (NGN) transition support developed through the Co-op and Work Integrated Learning grant entitled Transformative Nursing (BSN) Practice Education and Transition Model. This provincial work is a response to the 2018 Ministry of Health Nursing Secretariat and 2019 Nursing Education Planning Committee of BC call for a provincial strategy to address workforce issues that challenge the enactment of BC’s health system priorities. A key outcome of the forums will be to create a plan to operationalize the Transition Model implementation and evaluation strategies, and establish research plans for a phased roll-out and evaluation of the model. A second outcome of the forums will be the formation of an Advisory Group to continue the work of accountability for implementation and evaluation of the model throughout the BC health regions.

Mapping Social Epidemiology of British Columbia: COVID19 Pandemic and Psycho Social and Occupational Well-being of Frontline Health-care Workers in BC

Insights in to Psycho-social wellbeing of health care workers during the COVID19 outbreak is crucial for health equity policy making. Untreated guilt, anxiety and depression among frontline health-care workers (FHCWs) often lead to resignations, poor work performance and burnout. Locating systems approaches in social epidemiologic research, we investigate the COVID19 phenomena and the wellbeing of FHCWs in the home care and Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs) in BC. By capturing spatial, temporal and social determinants of COVID19 pandemic intersecting race, culture and working conditions of FHCWs, we build an agent-based model and identify complex behavior patterns that influence the quality of care and self-care strategies and to prevent high burdens of illness in key populations in BC.

Culturally safe dementia care: Building nursing capacity to work with First Nations elders with memory loss

This community-based research project will build capacity amongst nurses to care for First Nations Elders with memory loss in a culturally safe way. The objectives are:

  1. To translate First Nations perspectives on dementia  research findings into a knowledge translation intervention for front-line nursing staff based on traditional storytelling with Elders;
  2. To determine the knowledge, skills and values of nursing staff with respect to cultural safety and dementia care before and after the traditional storytelling intervention; and
  3. To assess the effectiveness of the KT intervention in terms of changing nursing practice and improving care for First Nations Elders with memory loss.

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Psychosocial determinants of adolescent health behaviour

There are numerous segments of the Canadian population who experience a disproportionate burden of ill health. A key issue in addressing this disparity is the early identification of those groups of people who are vulnerable to poor health outcomes over the course of their lifespan. Identification of these groups, and the factors leading to this vulnerability, is a priority for researchers. One area of interest is in identifying the early childhood determinants of health behaviours, such as a child’s health, stress in the family, economic conditions or neighbourhood safety. Dr. Stefania Maggi studies the extent to which early influences can predict which children will follow trajectories of health vulnerability throughout the lifespan. Her research uses a combination of administrative databases, national surveys, and longitudinal data collection to follow up on the same individuals over a number of years, spanning developmental phases from early childhood to adolescence and young adulthood. By identifying what factors in childhood increase the likelihood of unhealthy behaviours and/or poor educational outcomes during adolescence her research will inform early prevention efforts aimed at the social determinants of health.