Integrating Advanced Practice Nurses

by Alba DiCenso, Sophie Nadeau, Grace Neustaedter and Linda Sawchenko | Mar 17, 2010

Session Resources

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CHSRF readings of interest

February 2010
Integrating advanced practice nurses - based on the stories that form the basis of this Researcher on Call.

» Other readings of interest

March 17, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
This session is in English only

During this session of Researcher on Call, a panel of four presenters from across the country will distinguish the three types of advanced practice nurses in Canada: primary health care nurse practitioners (NPs), acute care NPs, and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs).

The panel will present concrete examples of the successful integration of these roles in a variety of settings and outline the barriers to their full integration into the Canadian healthcare system.

Featured Speakers

Pass it on imageAlba DiCenso holds the CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing and is a Professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

She is also the Director of the Ontario Training Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (OTC). Dr. DiCenso's mandate during her 10-year Nursing Chair is to increase Canada's capacity of nurse researchers who will conduct applied research related to advanced practice nursing (APNs) that serves the needs of managers and policy makers in the health sector. As the OTC Director, she leads a consortium of six universities working collaboratively with policy makers to offer training for graduate students in health services and policy research. Dr. DiCenso chaired the panel that developed the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario Toolkit for Implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. DiCenso was the lead editor of the Evidence-Based Nursing Journal and she is the lead editor of a textbook: Evidence-Based Nursing: A Guide to Clinical Practice published by Elsevier. In 2008, Dr. DiCenso was one of 100 recipients of a Centennial Award presented by the Canadian Nurses Association. She is also the lead author of a special report, commissioned by CHSRF and soon to be released, on the evolving roles of advanced practice nurses in Canada.

Dr. Sophie Nadeau is assistant professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as associate member of the School of Nursing, at McGill University.

She has been an attending staff neonatologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Montreal Children's Hospital since 2003. Dr. Nadeau has a special interest in medical education and is active in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She is the medical co-ordinator of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Master's program at the School of Nursing and is also the Medical director of the McGill University Health Center NNP program.

Grace Neustaedter is the Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Pelvic Floor Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic located in Calgary, Alberta.

Grace's focus in her education and career has been women with pelvic floor dysfunction, including urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Grace completed her MN degree at the University of Calgary and Nurse Continence Advisor designation through McMaster University.

Linda Sawchenko, RN, MSHA Regional Practice Leader, Interior Health.

Linda is responsible for leading a range of initiatives relating to advanced practice and interprofessional practice/education across the health region. She is the Community Leader for Trail on the Interprofessional Rural Program of B.C., and recently completed the CHSRF - Executive Training in Research Application (EXTRA) two-year fellowship. Her research interests include collaborative interprofessional practice, the integration of nurse practitioners into primary healthcare teams, and the challenges of providing quality rural healthcare.

Other readings of interest

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Canadian Nurses Association (PDF, 376 KB)

The Nurse Practitioner, Canadian Nurses Association (PDF, 318 KB)

For more information, please contact roc-csa@chsrf.ca or 613-728-2238 ext. 221.