Building and Being Health Leaders: GSNA Symposium 2020

2020 Graduate Student Research Symposium

Graduate Students in Nursing Association (GSNA)

Date: 01 May 2020

Presented by: Graduate Students in Nursing Association (GSNA) in partnership with the UBC School of Nursing


Building and Being Health Leaders


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To celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the 2020 Graduate Student Research Symposium will showcase the research and projects of emerging health leaders. We are interested in the stories of students, clinicians, researchers, and administrators who are leading healthcare change, and how these opportunities have helped them to develop knowledge, skills, and partnerships. In the spirit of Nursing Now’s Nightingale Challenge, we are also interested in hearing how healthcare employers, administrators, and educators are supporting the professional development of emerging health leaders through mentorship, research opportunities, and education.

The Graduate Students in Nursing Association (GSNA)

in partnership with

The UBC School of Nursing and Nursing Now BC

presents the

2020 Graduate Student Research Symposium

Building and Being Health Leaders

Virtual Conference Program

Morning Session (via Zoom)

08:30 – 09:30 Online Setup-Stream Start

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome (GSNA Members)

09:40 – 09:45 Greeting (UBC School of Nursing)

09:45 – 10:45 Panel: Building and Being Health Leaders

  • Featuring Dr. Barb Astle, Dr. Laura Housden, Dr. Cecilia Jevitt, PhD Student Wil Harding, and Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc

10:45 – 1100 Extra Question Time and Break

11:00 – 12:00 Keynote Presentation

  • Featuring Agnes Black and Emma Garrod

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session (via Collaborate Ultra)

12:45 – 14:25 Concurrent Sessions (25 minutes each)

14:25 – 14:30 Refreshment Break

14:30 – 16:10 NP Presentations (25 minutes each)

16:10 – 16:15 Break

16:15 – 16:30 Awards and Closing



Dr. Laura Housden

Dr. Laura Housden is a PhD prepared family practice nurse practitioner with over 18 years of related practice and teaching experience. Prior to starting her NP education at the University of British Columbia in 2006, she worked in a variety of clinical areas including emergency, public health, street nursing and research (including the DTES Safe Injection Site, VIDUS project and ARYS project). She currently works as the NP Director for Fraser Health Authority. She is an active member of the NP leadership community and is passionate about advanced practice nursing, providing access to care for marginalized populations, and supporting the ongoing integration of NPs into the BC health care system.

Dr. Cecilia Jevitt

Dr. Cecilia Jevitt is the Midwifery Director and a tenured associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. From 2013 to 2018, she directed the Yale School of Nursing’s Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner master’s degree programs. She has done capacity-building teaching and curriculum consultations in Switzerland, Laos, China and Ghana. Dr. Jevitt studied midwifery at Emory University. Her 1993 doctorate in applied medical anthropology is from the University of South Florida.  She established an academic division of midwifery with the University of South Florida College of Medicine while jointly appointed to the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health. She is an elected Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and is the At Large Member of the FACNM Board. Dr. Jevitt was a Florida Nurses Association Great 100 Nurse in 2009, the 2010 Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology’s Distinguished Alumni in 2012, and a 2014 Connecticut Nightingale Excellence in Nursing Award winner. Jevitt’s scholarship focuses on perinatal weight gain optimization and integrating obesity prevention and management into women’s health especially the perinatal and lactation periods.

William Harding

William Harding is a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. William’s practice background is in acute medical settings and stroke recovery. William is a member of the UBC Public Scholar Initiative currently working with his supervisor Dr. Bernie Garrett and community partners Agnes Black and Sandra Squire at Providence Health Care to build a virtual reality simulation to reduce medication errors by teaching safe medication administration practices. William is also a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Fuchsia Howard on a realist review of interventions to improve long-term outcome of intensive care survivors. Wil has also worked with the Initiative for a Palliative Approach in Nursing: Evidence & Leadership (iPANEL) team during his undergraduate studies and is the current president of the Graduate Student in Nursing Association at UBC School of Nursing.

Dr. Barbara Astle

Dr. Astle is the MSN Director at the School of Nursing, Trinity Western University. She is also the Co-Director of the TWU Centre of Equity and Global Engagement (CEGE), lead Co-Chair for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Competency Sub-committee, and Co-editor for the CUGH Global Health Education Competencies Toolkit (2019). She is a member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Researchers (CCGHR) and serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Nursing Caucus (GNC). Her research and academic work focus on Nursing and Global health education: competency-based curriculum in global health, principles for global health research, global educational partnerships, human rights and albinism in Africa, knowledge translation, and research literacy. In 2020, she was acknowledged as a researcher working on gender issues for International Women’s Day.

Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc

Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc is a Professor and the Director of the UBC School of Nursing, and Executive Director of the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC). As a public health nurse, she is an internationally recognized leader in adolescent health research, especially with marginalized youth. She regularly consults with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and other international groups. Her program of research focuses on how stigma, violence, and trauma affect adolescent health and behaviours, and the protective factors that foster resilience and health equity for marginalized young people, such as LGBTQ2S+ youth. Her work has influenced public health practice and policy in Canada, and internationally.


Agnes Black

Agnes’s professional interests include public health, women’s health, Indigenous health and patient-oriented research. In her current role, Aggie leads and evaluates the PHC Practice-based Research Challenge, a research training program to facilitate new researchers to conduct small-scale practice-relevant research projects; and the Knowledge Translation Challenge, a program designed to support clinicians with moving research evidence into practice. She also provides support for evaluation of healthcare programs and initiatives, and provides a bridge between academia and practice settings by facilitating research and research uptake.

Emma Garrod

Emma Garrod is a Clinical Nurse Educator with Providence Health Care and the director of the BCCSU Addiction Nursing Fellowship. She recently completed her Masters with the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, working with Dr. Emily Jenkins. Emma has a depth of experience in clinical education and has contributed to several nursing education projects, including the Addiction Care and Online Treatment Course through UBC CPD and the BCCSU. Emma is an investigator on several research grants, including a PHCRI and VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Award.


Virtual Room 1 Moderated by Caroline Frankfurter and Dr. Maura MacPhee

12:45-13:10 | Ismalia de Sousa | Black feminist thought for developing nursing knowledge

13:10-13:35 | Eunice Bawafaa | Marginalization and Colonialism: Implications for Women’s Health Care

13:35-14:00 | Helen Okoye I Gender and Immigration Status Variations in Self-Reported Racism and the Related Health Impacts among African-Canadian Adolescents in British Columbia, Canada

14:00-14:25 | Abosede C. Ojerinde | Cervical Cancer Screening Uptake and Experiences of Black African Immigrant Women in the Context of a Comprehensive Provincial Screening Program in BC Canada.

Virtual Room 2 Moderated by Marta Sadkowski

Adjudicators: Dr. Paddy Rodney & Dr. Geertje Boschma & Dr. Sandra Lauck

12:45-13:10 | Trevor Goodyear | Critical health leadership in the context of substance use: (Re)politicizing harm reduction through poststructuralist and nomadic thinking

13:10-13:35 | Raheesa Jina | Exploring implications of MAiD legislation in Long Term Care

13:35-14:00 | Raheesa Jina | Navigating the Unforeseen Challenges of COVID-19 in Long Term Care

14:00-14:25 | N/A

Virtual Room 3 Moderated by Tracy Leung

Adjudicators: Dr. Suzanne Campbell & Dr. Martha Mackay & Dr. Manon Ranger

12:45-13:10 | Norah Macy | Undisturbed Labour and Birth (ULaB) Index: An Evidence-based Quality and Safety Indicator

13:10-13:35 | Kaitlyn G. Harding | Development of the student-run stroke management and prevention clinic (The S2 MP clinic) using intervention mapping

13:35-14:00 | Amel AlGallaf | Polypharmacy in older adult with cancer: an interpretive description study

14:00-14:25 | Ashley DaCosta | Strategies to improve nurses’ transition from the bedside to nursing leadership positions

NP PRESENTATIONS (14:30 - 16:10)

Virtual Room 1 Led by Pardeep Grewal

14:30-14:55 | Noreen Malhi | Male Perpetration of Adolescent Dating Violence: A Scoping Review

14:55-15:20 | Paul Rajan | Muscle Dysmorphia in Men: A Literature Review for the Primary Care Provider

15:20-15:45 | Manraj Toor | Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada: A Current Review and its Implications for NPs

15:45-16:10 | Pardeep Grewal | Clinical Pathways in Pediatric Hospital Settings

Virtual Room 2 Led by Jayme Burgoyne

14:30-14:55 | Amy Low | Virtual Visits in Primary Care: A Scoping Review to Guide Nurse Practitioners' Practice

14:55-15:20 | Lawrence Talusan | Diet modification and physical activity as a prescription to reduce frailty

15:20-15:45 | Melissa Tilly | Continuing Education Needs of Canadian NPs: A Scoping Review

15:45-16:10 | Jayme Burgoyne | Use of Simulation in Nurse Practitioner Programs to Enhance Clinical Readiness in Practicum Settings: A Scoping Review

Virtual Room 3 Led by Priya Bains

14:30-14:55 | Nav Dhillon | Bridging Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening in Transgender Men: A Scoping Review

14:55-15:20 | Janette Liang | Infant Feeding Practices: Mode of feeding and associations with infant health outcomes

15:20-15:45 | Jen Demedeiros | Fertility Preservation in the Transgender and Non-Binary Population

15:45-16:10 | Priya Bains | Screening Older Adult Men for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: A Scoping Review

Virtual Room 4 Led by Jenna MacLellan

14:30-14:55 | Alex Briede | An Examination of Barriers and Facilitators to the Incorporation of Ultrasound Training into Nurse Practitioner Programs

14:55-15:20 | Whitney Kroll | Managing the Health of Women After Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Special Considerations for Nurse Practitioners

15:20-15:45 | Monika Slazkiewicz | Improving Outcomes for Patients with Delirium after Cardiac Surgery: Review of Current Literature and Recommendations for Nurse Practitioners

15:45-16:10 | Jenna MacLellan | Transitioning Patients Undergoing Total Mastectomies to Primary Care

Virtual Room 5 Led by Patrick Teodosio

14:30-14:55 | Patrick Teodosio | Business Knowledge Education for the B.C. NP

14:55-15:20 | Michael Gosal | Emergency Department Overcrowding

15:20-15:45 | Tamanna Nabizadah | Adult Obesity in Primary Care

15:45-16:10 | Nadia Wint | Motivational Interviewing in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Virtual Room 6 Led by Maira Della Rosa

14:30-14:55 | Farima Karima | Male BRCA1/2 Carriers: A Scoping Review

14:55-15:20 | Cowina Pan | Factors influencing HPV vaccination decision-making in immigrant parents: How NPs can address immigrant parents' vaccine hesitancy using the Health Belief Model

15:20-15:45 | Chantal Peterson | Assessing Health Inequities and Associated Health Outcomes in Refugee Women in the Prenatal Period in Canada: A Scoping Review

15:45-16:10 | Maira Della Rosa | Deprescribing in Older Adults with Polypharmacy in Primary Care: Evaluating the Current Practices and Development of a Decision Support Tool for Nurse Practitioners

Virtual Room 7 Led by Angelica Drzazgowski

14:30-14:55 | Dustin Gopez | E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury EVALI: A Scoping Review

14:55-15:20 | Karina Gurdzhyan | Exercise in the Postpartum Period: Recommendations for Nurse Practitioners

15:20-15:45 | Angelica Drzazgowski | What is a Nurse Practitioner? Role Confusion Within British Columbia

15:45-16:10 | N/A

Virtual Room 8 Led by Shane Inocencio

14:30-14:55 | Eliza Kroeze | Type 2 Diabetes Nutrition Counseling: A Literature Review

14:55-15:20 | Alyssa Laserson | HPV Vaccine and College Age Men: A Scoping Review

15:20-15:45 | Shane Inocencio | Exploring the Possibilities: The Utilization and Integration of Nurse Practitioners Within Hospital Medicine in British Columbia

15:45-16:10 | N/A