Optimizing the Roles of Nurses to Improve Efficiencies

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
12:00pm ET



Canada's healthcare systems are chronically plagued by inefficiencies in health human resources. The good news is there might be a viable option at work right here in our own back yard. The Northwest Territories is expanding the roles of their nurses to improve health system design and delivery with great success.

On June 27th Gina Browne, Professor of Nursing at McMaster University and Scott Robertson, Chief Nursing Officer for the Government of the Northwest Territories, explore how optimizing the role of nurses and using them to their full scope of practice can improve efficiencies - and improve healthcare.

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Guest Speakers:


 Gina Brown imageGina Browne Professor of Nursing at McMaster University


Dr. Gina Browne, Ph.D., Reg. N., Hon.LL.D is founder and director of the Health and Social Service Utilization Research Unit established in 1991 and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She is a Professor of Nursing; Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics; and Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research (OTC) at McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences. In 2009, she became the program lead of a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care-funded Applied Health Research Network program entitled Innovative and Integrated Systems of Prevention and Care. As a Family Therapist in primary care, Gina has a first-hand knowledge of the mix of challenges faced by many of the most vulnerable citizens and their families.


Gina has received the Health Promotion and Innovation Award of Excellence for the study of children’s health from The Canadian Institute of Children’s Health, and the Parks and Recreation Ontario President’s Award of Distinction. She is the 2005 recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Nursing Research from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. In 2009, Gina received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Ryerson University in Toronto for her contributions that address social inequities. In September 2010, Gina was awarded the Champion of Human Services Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) in recognition of her significant impact on human services at a municipal, provincial or federal level.


Scott Robertson imageScott Robertson, Chief Nursing Officer, Government of the Northwest Territories

Born and raised in Yellowknife, Scott currently works as the Chief Nursing Officer for the Government of the Northwest Territories where he focuses on leading improvements in health system design and delivery. Prior to his work in health policy he traveled extensively throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in community and emergency nursing roles.


Scott is the project lead for the Northwest Territories’ Chronic Disease Prevention and Management improvement project. His coordinates the overall project activities and bring the lessons learned together at the strategic level to help build a system-wide improvement action plan. Also representing the NWT as its member of Health Canada’s Principal Nursing Advisors, he is an Action Canada Fellow and is currently pursuing master’s studies in health economics and policy.


Scott lived completely off the grid for 5 years on a floating home he built on Great Slave Lake where he operated the world’s only accredited, floating, wind and solar powered travel agency. He is also an instrument-rated private pilot.




Stephen SamisStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CHSRF 


Stephen has more than 15 years experience in research, policy development, knowledge exchange, partnership development and advocacy in the health sector. Prior to CHSRF he was director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada from 2004 to 2010 and manager of Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information from 2000 to 2004. Before moving to Ottawa in 2000, Stephen was a health research and policy consultant in British Columbia, where he worked for the BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, the BC Workers Compensation Board and others.


Stephen has a strong interest in health research and policy, population health and evidence-informed policy development to improve Canada's health systems and ultimately the health of Canadians. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.