Nursing Leadership in Turbulent Times

07:00 Registration Opens  
07:30 - 08:15 Scholarly Poster Session and Coffee Mont-Royal Foyer
08:15 - 08:25 Welcome by Co-chairs
Elaine Doucette & Annie Chevrier
Mont-Royal Room
08:30 - 09:30

Key Note Address: Sally Thorne , RN, PhD, FANN, FCAHS, DSc (Hon )

Topic: Why Waste a Perfect Good Crisis?

09:30 - 10:30

Key Note Address: Claire Betker , RN, MN, PhD(c), CCHN(C)

Topic: Upstream with a Paddle

10:30 - 11:00


Mont-Royal Foyer
11:00 - 12:00

Key Note Address: Lianne Jeffs, RN, BScN, MSc, PhD

Topic: Leveraging What We Know about Patient Experience and Engagement to Accelerate Innovations in Quality Care

12:00 - 13:00 Networking Luncheon Luncheon - 3rd Floor Foyer International
Dessert Station - Mont-Royal Foyer
13:00 - 13:30 Scholarly Poster Session  
13:35 - 14:35

Key Note Address: Michel Villeneuve, RN, BScN, MSc

Topic: Building a High-performing Health System: The Imperative for Transformative Action in Nursing Education

Mont-Royal Room
14:35 - 15:00 Coffee Break Mont-Royal Foyer
15:00 - 16:00 Panel Discussion: Interactive Discussion
Moderator: Anita Gagnon, PhD
16:00 Closing Remarks  
17:00 - 19:00 9th annual Career Fair
sponsored by Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA)
3rd Floor
Presentations will be given in English


Thursday, November 12, 2015
Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal, QC H3A 3R8, Canada

Nursing Leadership in Turbulent Times

Hosted by: Ingram School of Nursing,
McGill University

For further information regarding all aspects of the Conference, please contact:

Nursing Explorations 2015
Conference Secretariat -
JPdL International

Phone: 514 287 9898 ext: 235


The Nursing Explorations 2015 Conference Co-Chairs

Elaine Doucette and Annie Chevrier

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9th annual Career Fair

The McGill Nursing Undergraduate Society and the McGill Chapter of the Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA) will be hosting the 9th annual Career Fair on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Centre Mont-Royal.


This event is a fantastic opportunity for students to discover the opportunities available to them in the nursing profession. The event is free for all McGill Nursing Students. Nursing students from other CEGEPs and universities are welcome to attend, at a cost of 5.00$. Students are welcome to bring CVs and are encouraged to wear business casual attire. Wine and cheese will be served. Any and all questions should be emailed to

Poster session

Enjoy an early morning coffee during the Poster Session starting at 7:30 am

in the Mont-Royal Foyer, Level 4.


  1. Perceptions of Nursing Care to Promote Self-Management in Chronic Kidney Disease Rahel, Bahru, Margaret Purden, Margaret Kerr

  2. Enhance Recovery after Surgery: The Role of the Pathway Coordinator
    Debbie Watson

  3. Development of a Tool to Assess and Manage Cancer-Related
    Emilie Hudson, Lina Doan, Kayleigh Fallon-Theroux,Valérie Renaud, Lia Sanzone

  4. The Sacred Hour: When is it Safe to Go Bare in the OR
    Melissa Harding, Madison Hardy-Moffat

  5. The Blogged Lives of Nurses: A Thematic Analysis of Nurses’ Anonymous Online Narratives
    Aimee Castro

  6. Fostering a Nursing Research Culture: An Integrative Review
    Philippe Beauregard, Sharon Brissette, Claudette Bilodeau, Argerie Tsimicalis

  7. Research Methods in Nursing: Graduate Course Redesign
    Frances Bruno, Lisa Merry, Argerie Tsimicalis

  8. Supporting New Graduate Nurses to Transition from Doing to Being: A Training Session for Mentors
    Garçon Schnell, Antonacci Rosetta, Laframboise Devon

  9. Pain experience of children and adolescents with Osteogenesis Imperfecta: An integrative review
    Tracy Nghiem, Julie Louli, Stephanie Treherne, Charlotte Anderson, Argerie Tsimicalis, Chitra Lalloo, Jennifer Stinson, Kelly Thorstad

  10. Efficacy of a cognitive-existential intervention to address fear of cancer recurrence in women with cancer: A randomized controlled clinical trial
    C. Maheu, S. Lebel, C. Courbasson, M. Singh, L. Bernstein, A. Benca, L. Jolicoeur, M. Lefebvre, C. Harris, R. Agnihoream

  11. The McGill Model of Nursing: A Collaborative Approach to Health Leadership
    Julie Fréchette

  12. Dissecting out the variables of an inter-professional near peer anatomy teaching experience
    Jonathan Hudon, Patricia Alfaro, Sandie Larouche, Noel Geoffroy PJC

  13. The psychosocial Experience of children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A mixed method systematic review
    Alisha Michalovic, G. Denis Larocque, K. Williams, CE. Lepage, TR. Yao, N. Dahan-Ollel, F. Rauch, S. Tsimicalis

  14. Intervening with clients experiencing mental illness and substance use: Patient perceptions of helpful care
    Catherine Gros, Lydia Ould, Brahim Cezara-Hanganu

  15. Mental Health: Is it Critical? Evidence-based Practice for patients with mental illness in a critical care setting
    Elaine Doucette, Annie Chevrier, Melanie Gauthier

  16. Engaging patients, families and professionals at the bedside using whiteboards
    Rosetta Antonacci, Annie Chevrier, Elaine Doucette, Lia Sanzone, Antonina Triassi

  17. Pharmacology Guide for Management of Agitated patients
    Magali Dumas, Sirarpi Thorossian, Maude Fraser-Michaud

  18. Implantation of best practice guidelines in a rapid access T/A clinic
    Heather Perkins, Lucy Viera, Robert Côté

  19. Integrative Review of peer mentorship programs for Undergraduate Nursing Students
    Carissa Wong, Celia Lombardo, Natalie Stake-Doucet, Lia Sanzone, Argerie Tsimicalis

  20. Keeping pediatric critical care patients safe during inter-hospital transport
    Valerie Ann Laforest

Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, DSc(Hon)


Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, DSc(Hon)  is a Professor and former Director at the School of Nursing and Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. She has a profound commitment to nursing leadership and to finding approaches by which a nursing angle of vision can be applied to matters of health care and public policy. Having held various voluntary leadership positions in nursing organizations and health related boards, she has been actively involved in numerous provincial, national and international nursing initiatives. She publishes in the fields of nursing philosophy, qualitative research methodology, and the patient experience associated with such conditions as chronic disease and cancer. She further contributes to nursing knowledge development through editorial work, including serving as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nursing Inquiry.


Claire Betker, RN, MN, PhD(c), CCHN(C)


Claire began her career in rural Manitoba in a single-nurse public health office working with several rural communities. Over the next 3 and half decades, she has worked in Public Health, Home Health and Primary Health Care at a local, regional, provincial and national level. Most recently, Claire has worked as an independent consultant. Prior to that, she was the Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health with a focus on public health leadership to address the social determinants of heath and advance health equity.

Claire is a Certified Community Health Nurse. She is a past President of the Community Health Nurses of Canada, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nurses Association. Claire is a PhD candidate in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan with a focus on public health leadership, equity and social justice.


Lianne Jeffs, RN, BScN, MSc, PhD


As the inaugural St. Michael’s Hospital Volunteer Association Chair in Nursing Research (2013-18), Dr. Jeffs is focusing on gaining insight into what are the most effective interventions to improve care transitions and health care system performance. Foundational to her research program is the use of an integrated knowledge translation approach that involves key decision makers and knowledge users, including patients, family members and caregivers. In addition, she is supervising undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and collaborating with other researchers, decision partners and knowledge users to complete additional research in this area. Through these collective partnerships, Dr. Jeffs is leading teams that provide evidence on how to improve care transitions and health care system performance that will be informative and helpful to patients and their caregivers, health care professionals and health care decision makers. She has published extensively, presented globally and has received several awards for leading research, education and administrative initiatives.

Michael J. Villeneuve, RN, BScN, MSc


Michael Villeneuve is well known for his leadership and innovative thinking in nursing and health system policy, strategy and transformation. For more than 35 years he has held a variety of roles in nursing clinical practice, education, research, administration and policy. After serving as executive lead for the National Expert Commission, Mike took on the role of lecturer and associate graduate faculty in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto where he teaches public policy, leadership and administration, and was on the team that designed the new Master of Nursing program in Health Systems Leadership and Administration. Mike also is a health policy consultant based and serves as editor, health policy and innovation, for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. Since 2000, he has led and participated in numerous national and international health system and nursing initiatives in his roles as scholar in residence at the Canadian Nurses Association, a visiting consultant with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development in Paris, and senior nursing policy consultant with the federal Office of Nursing Policy. Mike describes some of his work as the business of disruption and asking some of the hard questions about nursing and health care. He publishes and speaks widely about the importance of nursing leadership and action to health system transformation, and is author of the forthcoming first text on public policy for Canadian graduate nursing students (2016).



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Phone: 514 287 9898 ext: 235


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