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TAHSN Nursing Researchers Launch Research Rounds

7 January 2013

The inaugural Nursing Grand Research Rounds was held on November 13, 2012.  This successful initiative co-led by nurse scientists within the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) and Bloomberg Nursing represented the first of four grand rounds that will take place this year.  The second of these is set to take place on January 23, 2013.

This innovative idea emerged from the TAHSN Bloomberg Nursing Research (TBNR) group, a sub-committee of the TAHSN Chief Nurse/Health Disciplines Committee aimed at strengthening research uptake and developing nursing research networks between the university and hospital affiliates. Over the upcoming year, this group will be holding a series of Nursing Grand Research Rounds, presenting research findings that are relevant to nursing practice and have the potential to be transferred and applied in other health care settings.  Every seat was filled at the November event, hosted at The Hospital for Sick Children, where nurses, researchers and students joined together to hear moderator Dr. Bonnie Stevens and presenters Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Dr. Louise Rose and Ms. Judy Knighton discuss Pain Assessment Research: Challenges Across the Ages.

“The response to the first of the Nursing Grand Research Rounds was overwhelmingly positive,” said Dr. Lianne Jeffs director of nursing research, St. Michael’s Hospital and assistant professor at Bloomberg Nursing who co-chairs with Dr. Linda McGillis Hall, professor and associate dean of research and external relations at Bloomberg the TBNR group. “By using this platform for knowledge translation, we can see that our colleagues benefit from the timely topics, and rotating the rounds in different health care settings adds additional accessibility.”

The theme, both timely and topical, gave attendees vital information on pain assessment in the paediatric population, pain assessment in the critically ill and pain assessment in the burn population.  These Nursing Grand Research Rounds engaged the group to think about how the findings can apply to their daily work and also opened the possibility of future research collaboration to further advances in pain management.

The 2012-2013 Nursing Grand Research Rounds series continues on January 23, 2013 with a discussion about care transitions across health care settings at St. Michael’s Hospital.  The remaining two seminars will occur throughout 2013 at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and a University Health Network location.  This opportunity for the nursing community to come together, share information and communicate future goals and plans has started strong and will continue to grow during the rest of the year.

Information on the next Nursing Grand Research Rounds series, held at St. Micheal’s Hospital, can be found here.

Information on the March Nursing Grand Research Rounds series, held at Toronto General Hospital, can be found here.