Reports show impact of nursing research projects

30 July 2015

Four reports summarizing studies funded through the BC Nursing Research Initiative (BCNRI) Research Project Program are now available for viewing or download.

Initially funded in 2011, the studies brought together multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to develop and apply research evidence related to nursing practice. Each project was intended to address one or more of the BCNRI priority areas, including nursing health human resources, practice-relevant education, and quality and safety of the work environment.

The four projects are summarized below:

“A mixed methods knowledge synthesis about nursing care delivery and practice supports for a palliative approach”

Co-leaders: Richard Sawatzky, Patricia Porterfield

Synopsis: This project was designed to inform a broad range of stakeholders about the integration of a palliative approach in nursing care delivery for people who have life-limiting illness and their family members. It specifically addressed the need for approaches to nursing care delivery that would facilitate the integration of a palliative approach in acute medical settings, residential care, and home health.

“Enhancing capacity for a palliative approach in rural nursing: Educational innovations for nurses and healthcare assistants”

Co-leaders: Barbara Pesut, Gail Potter

Synopsis: An aging population with complex chronic illnesses requires a nursing workforce that is confident in delivering a palliative approach to care. This project addressed the problem of how to best prepare nurses and health care assistants in rural areas to provide a palliative approach to care for persons living with advanced chronic illness.

“Innovation in clinical nursing education to foster competencies required by emerging changes in health care”

Co-leaders: Barbara Paterson, Susan Rolph

Synopsis: This study evaluated a pilot program that was intended to provide nursing students with learning and practice opportunities so that they can develop an understanding and appreciation of the complexity and rewards of caring for older adults.  The research involved a collaborative partnership between Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing and Interior Health.

“Placements for Learners: Assessing Capacity and Effectiveness of Clinical Sites: The PLACES Study”

Co-leaders: Leanne Currie, Grace Mickelson, Angela Wolff

Synopsis: The purpose of the study was to understand student practice education trends (i.e., placement volume and utilization patterns), and to explore the relationships between hours hosted, setting characteristics and quality of the clinical learning environment. The research team undertook this work in collaboration with deans and directors in eight nursing education institutions and practice leaders from three health authorities in the British Columbia Lower Mainland (BCLM).