MSFHR funds nurse-led research projects to improve nursing practice

Nurses play a vital role in the delivery of health services, and nurse participation in practice-relevant research is essential for decision-making about the nursing workforce and practice.

In order to build and maintain a positive culture of nurses conducting and participating in practice-relevant research, MSFHR’s BC Nursing Research Initiative (BCNRI) is funding practice-based nursing research projects across six health authorities.*

The Practice-Based Research Program was designed specifically for BC’s health authorities, to fund nurse-led research projects that address important clinical questions, promote academic-practice collaboration and focus on using research findings to improve nursing practice or policy.

Funded projects range from enriching care for Gitxsan First Nations Elders with dementia, to educating nurses in concurrent disorder care. These practice-based research projects will complete by the end of 2018.

The BCNRI was launched in 2008 to build nurse-research capacity and promote evidence-based nursing practice in BC. Supported by $8 million from the BC Ministry of Health, the BCNRI has funded and managed eight projects which have strengthened collaborative nursing research in BC.

Created based on BCNRI Summative Evaluation recommendations and guidance from MSFHR’s Nursing Research Advisory Council, the Practice-Based Research Program will be the final BCNRI activity. The initiative has launched and delivered three capacity building programs and five research focused programs over its 10 year history.


BCNRI Practice-Based Research Program: Funded projects

Enriching care for Gitxsan First Nations Elders with dementia through culturally relevant, place-based learning for their families, community and nurses

  • Health authority: First Nations Health Authority
  • Co-leads:
    • Cynthia Reese, Gitxsan Health Society
    • Gina Gaspard, First Nations Health Authority
    • Debbie Sullivan, UNBC

Healthcare expectations and sources of distress: Experiences of the chronically critically ill in residential care and their families

  • Health authority: Fraser Health
  • Co-leads:

There and back again: Experiences of healthcare transitions between rural communities and referral centres in Interior Health

Does a collaborative learning unit impact development of a knowledge informed culture and implementation of evidence based practice for nurses in priority patient settings?

  • Health authority: Island Health
  • Co-leads:
    • Joanne Maclaren and Diane Sawchuk, Island Health
    • Leonora Marcellus and Susan Duncan, University of Victoria

Enhancing concurrent disorder care in British Columbia: An educational intervention for nurses

  • Health authority: Providence Health Care (Vancouver Coastal Health Authority)
  • Co-leads:

Using clinical risk formulation in the development of patient‐centered treatment plans

  • Health authority: Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Co-leads:
    • Sharon McNulty and Lawrence Chibangu, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services
    • Cheryl Segaric, UBC

* A Northern Health practice-based research project is currently in development.