April 3, 2014


Submissions for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing’s Peer-Review Journal

The aim of this Journal is to provide a forum in which to address questions and issues related specifically to quality advancement in nursing education. The mandate of the Journal is to promote excellence in nursing pedagogy through research, theoretical, and policy papers. These papers will address assessment, indicators and standards, of quality nursing education, evaluation, program modality outcomes, and the nature and key elements of educational quality. International as well as Canadian perspectives and research contributions will be sought.

For more information and to submit an article, please click HERE.

University of Alberta Grant Assist Program Newsletter

The Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) supports applicants as they apply to CIHR through the delivery of feedback processes, workshops, resources, bridge funding and general assistance. This initiative is jointly supported by the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice-President Research, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions, and the Women & Children’s Health Research Institute.

In this issue:


Register now for upcoming Children’s Mental Health Learning Series Sessions

No fee to attend!

Webcast: Ameliorating Psycho-Social Risk Among Mothers with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Children
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (Calgary)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by the University of Alberta’s Dr. David McConnell.

Webcast: Baby Steps and Giant Leaps: Infant Preschool Mental Health
Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (Edmonton)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Carole Ann Hapchyn.

Webcast: Promoting Social and Emotional Well Being in Children
Date: June 16, 2014 (Calgary)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by the University of Alberta’s Dr. Christina Rinaldi.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Creation of a New Academic Institute
The ‘Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute’

On behalf of the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is leading creation of a new academic institute, the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute.

Building upon the established Centre for Neuroscience and its membership, the new institute welcomes researchers and educators with interests in neuroscience and mental health from across the university and from our affiliated health centres.

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute will provide the structural organization needed to co-ordinate and enhance ‘neuroscience and mental health’ research and education efforts aimed at creating knowledge and translating it to improve the care for patients.

The new institute will also facilitate access to existing and new research platforms and capabilities and will ultimately enhance research funding competitiveness at the University of Alberta.

In order to map out the interests and capacity of the University of Alberta’s neuroscience and mental health research community, a brief survey has been developed that will take about 10 minutes to complete.

The institute requests that all researchers, clinical investigators, and trainees with interests in neuroscience and mental health research and/or education – and from all disciplines – please respond to the survey HERE.

A Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute Information Session is also being held, and is open to all those interested in learning more about this initiative:

Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-190

uPNR Upcoming Events

A Philosophical Conversation: Discussing the Work of our own Professor Brenda Cameron
April 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
For more information, click HERE.

Thinking as a Subversive Activity: Scholarship and Values in the Corporate University
An open lecture by Professor Gary Rolfe, Swansea University.
Date: May 21, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
For more information, click HERE.

Questions in Philosophy of Nursing: In Conversation with Nurse-Philosophers
Book launch, relaxed conversation and refreshments. We are pleased to be welcoming five contributors to the new book Nursing Philosophy: 5 Questions for an informal discussion about the promises and challenges of nursing philosophy.
Date: May 22, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
For more information, click HERE.

WEDOC 2014: Aiming Higher
Western Emergency Department Operations Conference

The goal of WEDOC 2014 is to aim higher through collaboration to address one of the most important health care issues facing Canadians in the 21st century: system-wide overcrowding.

Date: May 1-2, 2014
Location: Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta.

Target audience: Physicians, Administrators, Decision-Makers, ED Allied Health Providers, and Nurses
Special rate: $132.00 CDN (until Apr 07, 2014)
Accreditation: Up to 11.0 MOC Section 1 & Mainpro-M1 Credits

For more information, click HERE.
To reserve your room, click HERE.

Registration Open for Child Intervention Research Forum

Strengthening and Building Connections within Child and Family Research, Policy and Practice: A Child Intervention Research Forum

The goal of this forum is to facilitate and promote multidirectional communication between Alberta’s child intervention researchers, service providers, partners, and decision-makers. This forum is an opportunity for researchers and their partners in service delivery, program and policy environments to share their successes in and barriers to the conduct of policy-relevant research and the creation of research-based policies and programs.

Presentations will focus on:

  • Impact on child intervention program, policy, practice and client outcomes
  • Understanding the root causes of issues that affect the safety and well-being of children in Alberta
  • Enhancement of education, training and support for child intervention workers to strengthen casework practice

Date: May 1, 2014
Time: 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Hotel Edmonton South and via live webcast

There is no fee for this event, but registration is required.  For more information and to register, click HERE.

To submit an abstract for this event, click HERE.

Advances in the Care of the Bariatric Patient

Presented by the Centre for Professional Development at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Course Description

This two day course on the Advances in the Care of the Bariatric Patient will explore the landscape on current issues related to the care of this complex patient population. Participants will be exposed to current evidence and thinking on contributing factors and causes of obesity, approaches to care and outcomes. The experience of living with obesity will be explored from the patient perspective, as well as the impact of health care professionals’ attitudes and values about obesity on their approach to care and patients. Models for contemporary health care service delivery for the adult bariatric patient in different settings will be explored in depth.

The workshop is aimed at all health care professionals who are working or have an interest in Bariatric Care.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify common issues in patient/family and professional perspectives, attitudes and values about obesity.
  • Participants will describe the different theories and best evidence on the contributing factors, causes and consequences of obesity.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the essential components of a high quality care approach to bariatric care.
  • Participants will be able to contrast the different models of care and interventions for the bariatric patient including criteria for treatment, care approaches and outcomes.

Date: May 27 – 28, 2014
Location: Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto, 155 College St., Toronto

For more information and to register, click HERE.


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