Associate Professor, Program Director, MHLP-Seniors Care
Canadian Institute of Health Research Sex & Gender Science Chair
Dynamics of Caregiving in an Aging Society (2020 – 2024)
Dr. Baumbusch directs a research programme on health care delivery and nursing practice with older adults. Her focus is in long-term residential care, family contributions to care delivery, well-being among individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, and knowledge translation. She has expertise in critical ethnography and practice-close research. Jennifer is committed to community-based research principles through active engagement of individuals, clinicians, service providers, and organizations.
- Post-baccalaureate diploma (Gerontology), Simon Fraser University
- BSN (Nursing), University of British Columbia
- MS (Nursing), University of Western Ontario
- PhD (Nursing), University of British Columbia
Affiliations & Links
- Editorial Board Member, The Gerontologist
- Co-lead, Gerontological Education Research & Outreach (gero.nursing.ubc.ca)
- School of Nursing Liaison for Tapestry Seniors Residence at Wesbrook Village
- Reviewer, Selected Journals: Research in Nursing and Health, Geriatric Nursing, Canadian Family Physician, Journal of Family Nursing, Ageing and Society, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, Qualitative Health Research, and Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Jennifer Baumbusch directs a research programme on health care delivery and nursing practice with older adults. Her focus is particularly in long-term residential care, family contributions to care delivery, well-being among individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, and knowledge translation. She has methodological expertise in critical ethnography and practice-close research. Jennifer is committed to community-based research principles through active engagement of individuals, clinicians, service providers, and organizations throughout the research process.
Research Unit Website
Awake During Surgery: Relational Ethics in the Operating Room
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], S. Lauck, P. Rodney, J. Webb, D. Wood & J. Gibson
Funder: CIHR - Catalyst Grant Ethics
Helping Elderly Adults in Rural and Remote Areas Stay @ Home
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], S. Lauck [co-PI], D. Banner-Lukaris, & L. Achtem
Funder: Anonymous Donor
Advice Seeking Networks in Long-term Care
Investigators: C.A. Estabrooks (Nominated-PI); H. Cook, D. McLeod (Principal Knowledge Users); J. Baumbusch, M. Doupe, J. Keefe, & A. Wagg (co-PIs); W. Berta, L. Cranley, G. Cummings, J. Dearing, L. Ginsburg, J. Knopp-Sihota, M. McGregor, P. Norton, J. Profetto-McGrath, C. Reid, J. Squires, G. Teare, & G. Thompson (co-Investigators)
Funder: CIHR: Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI)
Translating Research in Elder Care
Investigators: C. A. Estabrooks [PI], J. Baumbusch, W. Berta, L. Cranley, G. Cummings, J.Dearing, M. Doupe, L. Ginsburg, L. Hayduk, J. Karuza, P. Katz, J. Keefe, C. McCabe, et al.
Boundaries and Borderlands: Family Care Work in Long-Term Residential Care
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], D. O’Connor, A. Phinney, P. Rodney, & C. Ward-Griffin
Funder: CIHR - Operating Grant
Promoting Social Citizenship for People with Dementia through Community-Based Programming
Investigators: A. Phinney [PI], J. Baumbusch, D. O’Connor, & B. Purves
Funder: Alzheimer Society of Canada
Adapting and Innovation: Bridging Older Adult Care and Advances in Cardiovascular Practice
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], S. Lauck [co-PI], D. Banner-Ludakris, & R. Boone
Funder: CIHR - Catalyst Grant
Translating Research in Elder Care
Investigators: C.A. Estabrooks [PI], J. Baumbusch, W. Berta, L. Cranley, G. Cummings, J. Dearing, M. Doupe, L. Ginsburg, L. Hayduk, J. Karuza, et al.
Funder: CIHR Institute of Aging: Operating Grant Bridge Funding
Geriatric Education and Training (GET) Program for Acute Care Nursing
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], M. Shaw, L. Blackburn, M. Kjorven, B. Lawrie, M. Shamatutu, & A. Wolff
Funder: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (BCNRI Program)
This study involves the development, implementation and evaluation of a specialty education program in gerontological nursing for nurses working in acute care settings. As part of the study's knowledge translation activities, the curriculum will be shared with advanced practice gerontological nurses across the province.
Examining the Organization of Healthcare for Aging Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in British Columbia: A Critical Interpretative Policy Analysis
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], F. Bodnar, R. Hole, & T. Stainton
Funder: Vancouver Foundation
Within British Columbia (BC) and beyond, there is growing recognition that the healthcare needs of aging adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) will not be met by the current system. This study brings together researchers, Community Living organizations, healthcare providers and recipients of care to examine the implementation of healthcare policy into practice for this population. The aim of this study is to increase understanding of potential policy-practice gaps in the implementation of relevant policies. Data will be collected through policy analysis, focus groups, and key informant interviews. Findings from this research will generate new knowledge about healthcare for aging adults with ID and will lead to recommendations for policy and service renewal in this area.
Nurse Staffing and Training Requirements in Long-term Care Facilities
Investigators: S. Bryan [PI], M. McGregor, N. Ayas, J. Baumbusch, M Doyle-Waters, L. Kuramoto, E. Balka
Funder: CIHR Expedited Knowledge Synthesis
Aging Together: A Critical Analysis of the Healthcare Needs of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], & A. Phinney
Funder: The Drummond Foundation
Understanding the Influence of Generational Diversity on Nurses' Satisfaction and Engagement
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], R. Ang, & A. Wolff
Funder: Sigma Theta Tau
Responding to the Healthcare Needs of the Aging Population: The Geriatric Triage Nurse in the Emergency Department
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], & M. Shaw
Funder: BC Network for Aging Research
The Influence of Contextual Factors on Health Work in Families with a Young Child with Special Needs
Investigators: J. Baumbusch [PI], J. Lynam, T. Sather, & A. Wolverton
Funder: Disability Health Research Network
Baumbusch, J., Shaw, M., Leblanc, M.E., Kjorven, M., Kwon, J.Y., Blackburn, L., Lawrie, B., Shamatutu, M., & Wolff, A. (2017). Workplace continuing education for nurses caring for hospitalized older people. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 12(4). doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/opn.12161
Thompson, G., Doupe, M., Reid, R.C., Baumbusch, J. & Estabrooks, C.A. (2017). Pain trajectories of nursing home residents nearing death. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 18 (8), 700-706. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2017.03.002
Dahlke, S., Hall, W., & Baumbusch, J. (2017). Constructing definitions of Safety Risks while Nurses care for Hospitalized Older People: Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 12(3), 1-12. doi: 10.1111/opn.12148
Sawatzky, R., Porterfield, P., Roberts, D., Lee, J., Liang, L., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Pesut, B., Schalkwyk, T., Stajduhar, K., Tayler, C., Baumbusch, J., Thorne, S. (2017). Embedding a palliative approach in nursing care delivery: An integrated knowledge synthesis. Advances in Nursing Science, 40 (3), 261-277. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000163
Baumbusch, J., Mayer, S., Phinney, A., & Baumbusch, S. (2017). Aging Together: Older Parents Caring for Adult Children with Intellectual Disabilities. The Gerontologist, 57(2), 341-347. doi:10.1093/geront/gnv103
Dearing, J. W., Beacom, A. M., Chamberlain, S. A., Meng, J., Berta, W. B., Keefe, J. M., Squires, J. E., Doupe, M. B., Taylor, D., Reid, R. C., Cook, H., Cummings, G. G., Baumbusch, J. L., Knopp-Sihota, J., Norton, P. G., and Estabrooks, C. A. (2017). Pathways for Best Practice Diffusion: The Structure of Informal Relationships in Canada’s Long Term Care Sector. Implementation Science, 12(1), 11. doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-017-0542-7
Lauck, S.B., Wood, D.A., Baumbusch, J., Kwon, J., Stub, D., Achtem, L., Blanke, P., Boone, R.H., Cheung, A., Dvir, D., Gibson, J.A., Lee, R., Leipsic, J., Moss, R., Perlman, G., Polderman, J., Ramanathan, K., Ye, J., Webb, J.G. (2016). Vancouver transcatheter aortic valve replacement clinical pathway: Minimalist approach to standardized care and discharge criteria to reduce length of stay. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 9(3), 312-321.
Taverner, T., Baumbusch, J., Taipale, P. (2016). The normalization of neglect: A grounded theory of the experiences of Registered Nurses who were family caregivers of hospitalized older people. Canadian Journal on Aging, 35, 215-228. doi:10.1017/S0714980816000179
Lauck, S.B., Gibson, J.A., Baumbusch, J., Carroll, S.L., Achtem, L., Kimel, G., Nordquist, C., Cheung, A., Boone, R.H., Ye, J., Wood, D.A., & Webb, J.G. (2016). Transition to palliative care when transcatheter aortic valve implantation is not an option: opportunities and recommendations. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 10, 18-23. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000180 [invited manuscript]
Ginsberg, L., Berta, W., Baumbusch, J., Dass, A.R., Laporte, A., Reid, C., Squires, J., & Taylor, D. (2016). Measuring work engagement, psychological empowerment, and organizational citizenship behavior among health care aides. The Gerontologist, 56(2), e1-e11. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv129
Phinney, A., Kelson, E., Baumbusch, J., O’Connor, D., & Purves, B. (2016). Walking in the neighbourhood: performing social citizenship in dementia. Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, 15, 3, 381-394.
Baumbusch, J., Leblanc, M.E., Shaw, M., & Kjorven, M. (2016). Factors Influencing Nurses’ Readiness to Care for Hospitalized Older People. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 11, 149-159. doi: 10.1111/opn.12109
Dahlke, S., Phinney, A., Hall, W., Rodney, P., & Baumbusch, J. (2015). Orchestrating care: Nursing practice with hospitalized older adults. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 10(4), 252-262. doi: 10.1111/opn.12075
Dahlke, S. & Baumbusch, J. (2015). Nursing Teams Caring for Hospitalized Older Adults. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, 3177-3185. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12961
Forman, J., Currie, L., Lauck, S., & Baumbusch, J. (2015). Exploring changes in functional status while waiting for transcatheter aortic valve implantation. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 14(6), 560-569. doi:10.1177/1474515114553907
Lauck, S.B., Wood, D.A, Achtem, L., Baumbusch, J., Boone, R.H., Cheung, A., Dvir, D., Stub, D., Tan, J., Ye, J., Webb, J.G. (2014). Risk stratification and clinical pathways to optimize length of stay after transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 30(12), 1583–1587. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2014.07.012
Baumbusch, J., Dahlke, S., & Phinney, A., (2014). Clinical instructors’ knowledge and perceptions about nursing care of older people. Nursing Education in Practice, 14, 434-440.
Baumbusch, J., Phinney, A., & Baumbusch, S. (2014). Practicing family medicine for adults with intellectual disabilities: Patient perspectives of helpful interactions. Canadian Family Physician, 60, e.356-361.
McGregor, M.J., McGrail, K.M., Abu-Laban, R.B., Ronald, L.A., Baumbusch, J., Andrusiek, D., & Cox, M.B. (2014). Emergency department visit rates and patterns in Canada’s Vancouver Coastal Health Region. Canadian Journal on Aging, 33(2), 1-9. doi:10.1017/S0714980814000038
Lauck, S., Garland, E., Achtem, L., Forman, J., Baumbusch, J., Boone, R., Cheung, A., Ye, J., Wood, D.A., & Webb, J.G. (2014). Integrating a palliative approach in a transcatheter heart valve program: Bridging innovations in the management of severe aortic stenosis and best end-of-life practice. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 13, 177- 184. doi:10.1177/1474515114520770
Baumbusch, J., & Phinney, A. (2014). Invisible hands: The role of families in care work in long-term residential care. Journal of Family Nursing, 20, 73-97. doi:10.1177/1074840713507777
McGregor, M.J., Abu-Laban, R.B., Ronald, L.A., McGrail, K.M., Andrusiek, D., Baumbusch, J., Cox, M.B., Salomons, K., Schulzer, M., & Kuramoto, L. (2014). Nursing home characteristics associated with resident transfers to emergency departments. Canadian Journal on Aging, 33(1), 38-48. doi: 10.1017/S0714980813000615
Dahlke, S., Baumbusch, J., Affleck, F., & Kwon, J.Y. (2012). The clinical instructor role in nursing education: A systematic literature review. Journal of Nursing Education, 51(12), 692-696.
Baumbusch, J., Dahlke, S., & Phinney, A. (2012). Nursing students’ knowledge and beliefs about care of older adults in a shifting context of nursing education. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(11), 2550-2558.
McGregor, M.J., Baumbusch, J., Abu-Laban, R.B., McGrail, K.M., Andrusiek, D., Globerman, J., Berg, S., Cox, M.B., Salomons, K., Volker, J., & Ronald, L. (2011). A survey of nursing home organizational characteristics associated with hospital transfers and care quality in one large British Columbia health region. Canadian Journal on Aging, 30, 551-561.
Baumbusch, J. & Shaw, M. (2011). Geriatric emergency nurses: addressing the needs of an aging population. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 37(4), 321-327.
Baumbusch, J. (2011). Conducting critical ethnography in long-term residential care: experiences of a novice researcher. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(1), 184-192.
Anderson, J.M., Browne, A.J., Reimer Kirkham, S., Lynam, J., Rodney, P., Varcoe, C., Wong, S., Tan, E., Smye, V., McDonald, H., Baumbusch, J., Khan, K.B., Reimer, J., Peltonen, A., & Brar, A. (2010). Uptake of critical knowledge in nursing practice: Lessons learned from a knowledge translation study. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 42(3), 106-122.
Baumbusch, J.L. (2010). Semi-structured interviewing in practice-close research. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 15(3), 255-258.
Baumbusch, J., & Phinney, A. (2010). Including marginalized voices in qualitative research: examples from research with adults with Intellectual Disabilities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 9(4), 436.
Bryan, S., Murphy, J., Doyle-Waters, M., Kuramoto, L., Ayas, N., Baumbusch, J., Balka, E., Mitton, C., Gray, J., Harrington, C., Globerman, J., & McGregor, M. (2010). A systematic review of research evidence on: (a) 24-hour Registered Nurse availability in long-term care, and (b) the relationship between nurse staffing and quality in long-term care. Final report for CIHR Expedited Knowledge Synthesis Program. Commissioning province: Saskatchewan.
Baumbusch, J., Lynam, M.J., Sather, T., Wolverton, A., et al. (2009). Planning for two lifetimes: Health work in families of young children with special needs. Final Research Report (to request a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cohen, M., Tate, J., & Baumbusch, J. (2009). An uncertain future for seniors: BC’s restructuring of home and community care, 2001-2008. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: Vancouver, BC.
Reimer Kirkham, S., Baumbusch, J., Schultz, A..S.H., & Anderson, J.M. (2009). Knowledge development and evidence-based practice: Insights and opportunities from a postcolonial feminist perspective for transformative nursing practice. Reprinted in P.G. Reed & N.B. Crawford Shearer, Perspectives on Nursing Theory, 5th Ed. (pp 349-364).
Baumbusch, J., Reimer Kirkham, S., Khan, K. B., McDonald, H., Semeniuk, P., & Anderson, J. (2008). Pursuing common agendas: A collaborative model for knowledge translation in clinical settings. Research in Nursing & Health, 31, 130-140.
Baumbusch, J.L. (2008). Decommissioning citizenship: The organization of long-term residential care. Unpublished dissertation: The University of British Columbia. Vancouver: BC (available at http://hdl.handle.net/2429/1714 ).
Baumbusch, J., Semeniuk, P., McDonald, H., Khan, K. B., Reimer Kirkham, S., Tan, E., et al. (2007). Easing the transition between hospital and home: Translating knowledge into action. Canadian Nurse, 103(8), 24-29.
Reimer Kirkham, S., Baumbusch, J.L., Schultz, A.S.H., & Anderson, J.M. (2007). Knowledge development and evidence-based practice: Insights and opportunities from a postcolonial feminist perspective for transformative nursing practice. Advances in Nursing Science, 30(1), 26-40.
Baumbusch, J., Semeniuk, P., Holland, M., & Tait, J. (2007). Cultivating leadership in gerontological nursing through specialty certification. The Canadian Journal of Geriatrics, 10(3 Supp), 10-14.
Khan, K.B., McDonald, H., Baumbusch, J.L., Reimer Kirkham, S., Tan, E., & Anderson, J.M. (2007). Taking up postcolonial feminism in the field: Working through a method. Women’s Studies International Forum, 30, 228-242.
Baumbusch, J., McDonald, H., Anderson, J.M., Reimer Kirkham, S., Khan, K.B., Blue, C., Semeniuk, P., & Tan, E. (2006). A collaborative model of knowledge translation for sustainable practice change. In: CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. Evidence in action, acting on evidence: A case book of health services and policy research knowledge translation stories (pp19-22). Ottawa, ON: CIHR.
Baumbusch, J.L. (2004). Unclaimed treasures: Older women’s reflections on lifelong singlehood. Journal of Women and Aging, 16(1/2), 105-121.
Baumbusch, J.L., & Andrusyszyn, M.A. (2002). Gerontological content in Canadian baccalaureate nursing programs: Cause for concern? Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 34(1), 119-129.
Baumbusch, J.L., & Goldenberg, D. (2000). The impact of an aging population on curriculum development in undergraduate nursing education. Perspectives: The Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 24(2), 8-14.
Baumbusch, J. (1999). One, big, happy – involved family. Long Term Care, 9(3), 14-16.
Baumbusch, J., & Trautman, N. (1997). Does studying family health policy have to put students to sleep? No! Journal of Family Nursing, 3(3), 295-302.
Jennifer’s teaching encompasses gerontological nursing practice, geriatric health issues, and intellectual disability. She weaves narratives together with theoretical and clinical concepts to help students understand the role of nurses in their clients’ health care experiences and the broader delivery of health care for these vulnerable populations. She creates a learner-centered environment that supports students by providing them with multiple and varied opportunities to develop their skills and also further their substantive knowledge in her areas of expertise, which include nursing care of older adults, qualitative research methods, and knowledge translation.
Jennifer supervises graduate students within nursing and other disciplines in issues related to her teaching and research expertise. Recent and current graduate students have studied areas including: personhood and staff development in long-term residential care, family participation in acute care, nursing practice with older adults in acute care, and person-centered care models.
Teaching Scholarship Project
Jennifer has conducted a university-funded project, Developing a Toolkit for Clinical Instructors to Enhance Student Learning About Nursing Care of Older Adults, to support clinical instructors to integrate gerontological nursing competencies into their teaching.
Teaching Scholarship Publications
Jennifer is also engaged in teaching scholarship through publications about gerontological nursing in undergraduate nursing education and continuing education initiatives for nurses working with older adults.
Courses Taught at UBC
IHHS 407: Disability & Justice
N303: An Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice with Adults, Older Adults and Their Families
N337: Professional Nursing Practice with Adults, Older Adults, and their Families:
N430A: Population Focused Nursing Practice I (Nursing Care of Frail Older Adults)
N427: Consolidation Practicum: the final practice consolidation experience for the BSN program.
N444: The Changing Face of Nursing Care for Older Adults
N450: Introduction to Research Utilization
N502: Ethics and Politics of Nursing
N541: Clinical Nursing Education
N601: Doctoral Seminar
Knoll, Jennifer Katherine - MSN, 2018
Exploring the experience of early discharge after transcatheter aortic valve implantation for older adults and their informal caregivers
Desrosiers, Sarah - MSN, 2017
Facilitating critical thinking and clinical judgment in clinical nursing education
McDougall, Jennifer - MSN, 2017
Fostering family relationships in long-term care
Nguyen, Michelle - MSN, 2016
An exploratory analysis of factors associated with length of stay following transcatheter aortic valve implantation
Plested, Sushma - MSN, 2014
Alcohol use among community dwelling older adults
Saran, Navjoy - MSN, 2014
Understanding nursing care of older adults with ‘do not resuscitate’ orders in acute care
Forman, Jacqueline Marie - MSN, 2013
Exploring changes in functional status while waiting for transcatheter aortic valve implantation