BC Nursing Research Initiative

From emergency rooms to community clinics, nurses play a vital role in the delivery of health services. Optimizing this role for the benefit of patients and providers requires the production and application of high-quality research that addresses issues affecting nursing practice.

Through the BC Nursing Research Initiative (BCNRI), MSFHR funds and manages projects that support research related to BC’s nursing workforce. BCNRI programs enhance BC’s capacity for excellent nursing research and build connections between researchers, health care providers, and policy-makers. The goal is better health outcomes for British Columbians and a high-quality work life for nurses.

BCNRI programs address three research priorities:

  • Nursing health human resources
    Understanding how different models of staffing or care can address challenges affecting nurses
  • Practice-relevant education
    Evaluating the impact of education on the quality of nursing practice and exploring innovations in practice-based research
  • Quality and safety of the practice enviroment
    Researching innovative strategies that enhance the quality and safety of the work environment for nurses

BCNRI launched in 2008, supported by $8 million in funding from the BC Ministry of Health. It is guided by a Nursing Research Advisory Council.

Active programs

  • Practice-Based Research Program
    Funding nurse-led research projects at BC health authorities that address important clinical questions, promote academic-practice collaboration and focus on using research findings to improve nursing practice or policy.

Completed programs

Director, Strategy

Final report of a study 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.

Summary of a two-year evaluation of 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.

Summary of a health and nursing services research project 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 illnesses and their family members.