January ushered in the start of a new year, and another achievement for the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) Nursing Grand Research Rounds. The second rounds, in a series of four, had another overwhelming response. Participants eagerly braved the elements on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 to attend the discussion on Enhancing Care Transitions across the Healthcare System: Insights from Research and Innovation at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Lianne Jeffs, director of nursing research, St. Michael’s Hospital, Shari Moura, clinical nurse specialist at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and Women’s College Hospital (WCH) and Sonya Canzian, program director trauma/neurosurgery at St. Michael’s Hospital presented their key research on care transitions across health care settings. Moura presented her findings on The Development of the After Cancer Treatment Transition Initiative (ACTT) and discussed the supportive structure needed for cancer patients who are in their post-treatment phases. Canzian examined the transition families go through when a loved one has an acquired brain injury in Coping and Adjustment During Transition to Home Following Moderate Severe Brain Injury: Perspectives of Patients and Their Primary Caregivers. Dr. Jeffs presented Safety threats and opportunities to improve interfacility care transitions: insights from patients and family members a research study that explores care transitions from acute care hospitals to complex continuing care and rehabilitation health care organizations.
“The Research Rounds are bringing colleagues and peers together to discuss and share discoveries that nurses are leading through groundbreaking research and knowledge translation,” said Dr. Jeffs who is also an assistant professor at Bloomberg Nursing and co-chairs the TAHSN Bloomberg Nursing Research (TBNR) group with Dr. Linda McGillis Hall, professor and associate dean of research and external relations at U of T Nursing. “We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and the support from nursing professionals such as clinicians, researchers, and nursing leaders, managers truly makes this initiative a success.”
An idea aimed at developing nursing research networks between the University of Toronto and hospital affiliates, the Research Rounds became a reality through a successful partnership with TAHSN and Bloomberg Nursing, now known as the TAHSN Bloomberg Nursing Research (TBNR) subcommittee.
“These nursing rounds highlight the science and unique contribution of nursing in the care of patients, families and the education of healthcare professionals,” said Murray Krock corporate nursing education leader, St. Michael’s Hospital. “The discussion “Enhancing Care Transitions across the Healthcare System: Insights from Research and Innovation” was scholarly, relevant and informative and I’m looking forward to the next nursing rounds.”
Over 60 attendees were quick to applaud the usefulness and timeliness of the topic while maintaining an interest in having the Research Rounds continue well past 2013. The majority felt the presentations were good knowledge translation tools and attendees were keen to continue sharing information well after the post-seminar panel discussion ended.