Nursing school’s research day focuses on partnerships

York’s School of Nursing welcomed about 60 nursing professors and executives from Toronto-area hospitals and schools for its second annual research day May 18.

Co-chaired by York nursing Professors Janet Jeffrey and Mary Regan, this year’s research day featured a panel discussion, presentations and workshops on the theme Building Partnerships to Promote Clinical Excellence.

“We were very pleased with the turnout, which included faculty, nursing students, representatives from our collaborative partners at Seneca and Georgian colleges and nurses from some of our clinical sites,” said Regan. “The panel discussion was lively and informative, the poster and paper presentations and the workshops were well attended and received. But what was most striking,” she added, “was the opportunity that the event provided to meet colleagues and forge new relationships to promote and enrich our program.”

Left: Rhonda Lenton, dean of the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, welcomes those attending the School of Nursing’s second annual research day

The day began with a panel discussion on partnering for innovation. The panel consisted of Michael Johnny, manager of knowledge mobilization from York’s Office of Research Services; nursing Professors Jacqueline Limoges from Georgian College and Diane Duff from York; Heather Sampson from Toronto East General Hospital’s research office; and Susan Evans, vice-president of practice and chief nursing executive at Scarborough Hospital.

Poster presentations featured reports on current research projects. These included York’s own advanced nursing science practicum for post-RN nursing degree students; a mental health reform demonstration project in a homeless shelter; the differences in how men and women view the nursing profession; and the tele-homecare project in North York.

Other presentations focusesd on building partnerships in research, in care, with families and in teaching and learning. Both Jeffrey and Regan gave workshops on using new qualitative and quantitative analytical tools.