Synapse 2016 Final Program


May 17th 2016

The 3rd Annual BScN Tri-campus Symposium

Final Program

Time Session Location
8:15-8:55 Registration& Coffee Front Lobby & Student Lounge
8:55-9:10 Opening Remarks Student Lounge
9:10-10:10 Keynote Speaker- Dr. Patricia Bradley RN PhD Student Lounge
10:10-10:50 Oral Abstracts- Session 1 Student Lounge
10:50-11:30 COFFEE BREAK & Poster Presentations Marianne van Silfhout Gallery
11:30-12:10 Oral Abstracts- Session 2 Student Lounge
12:10-1:10 LUNCH Student Lounge
1:10-2:10 Oral Abstracts- Session 3 Student Lounge
2:20-2:50 Oral Abstracts- Concurrent Sessions 4 Room 206 & 207
2:50-3:30 COFFEE BREAK & Poster Presentations Marianne van Silfhout Gallery
3: 30-4:10 Oral Abstracts- Session 5 Student Lounge
4:10-4:30 Closing Remarks & Prizes Student Lounge

Keynote Speaker- Dr. Patricia Bradley @ Synapse 2016

Dr. Patricia Bradley has extensive teaching experience in Canada and the United States. She has taught in universities, colleges, and healthcare settings. Pat is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Internationally Educated Nurses BScN Program and RN to MScN Program in the School of Nursing at York University. Pat teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Nursing and the Health Leadership and Learning Network (HLLN) in the Faculty of Health at York University. She has developed and delivered nursing and interprofessinoal workshops on best practices in education to healthcare educators/providers. Pat co-developed and co-teaches the three Nurse Educator Certificate Modules for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Community Nursing at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, a Master’s in Education with a focus on curriculum at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, USA, a Master’s of Science in Nursing at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, USA, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of San Diego, USA. She maintains her certification in nursing education from the National League for Nursing. She was the recipient of the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in 2012, and in 2011 she was the recipient of both a teaching innovation award from the Council of Ontario University Programs of Nursing (COUPN) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Excellence in Nursing Education Award. She is actively involved nationally and internationally in the transition of internationally educated nurses into the healthcare workplace. Pat’s recent research has focused on the experience and intervention initiatives to assist internationally educated nurses’ transition into the healthcare setting. She is committed to ensuring students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and quality nursing care.

Welcome to Synapse 2016


On behalf of the planning committee, we would like to invite you to join us for the third annual BScN Tri-campus Symposium on May 17th, 2016 at St Lawrence College, in Brockville.

“Partners in Scholarship” is our theme this year. Building on the momentum from previous years, we will continue to engage faculty and students across our three campuses. This year for the first time, we are reaching out and inviting our community partners to participate. We believe this will provide unique opportunities for sharing ideas around scholarship, as well as enhancement of networking and community collaboration opportunities.

This conference will include a prominent keynote speaker and a diverse range of oral and poster abstract presentations, in order to enhance participants’ personal and professional development.

In addition, we trust that you will enjoy visiting our Brockville campus and have a chance to view the Marianne van Silfhout art gallery during the conference breaks.

We encourage you to stay up to date by visiting the Synapse website for regular updates.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Synapse 2016 and we hope you will find it to be both a rewarding and enjoyable experience!

Renee Berquist and Denise Kall

Co-chairs, Synapse Planning Committee 2016



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1A – Patient safety in RPN Education: Preliminary perceptions of newly registered RPNs in Ontario

10:05–10:25AM—Davies Hall

Authors: Nancy Sears RN PhD, Elizabeth G. VanDen Kerkhof RN DrPH, Dana Edge RN PhD, Deborah Tregunno RN PhD, Liane Ginsburg Phd, Meg Carley BSc
Session chair: Professor Julie Dyke

1B – “Pleasure to Work With”: Subjectivity in Clinical Evaluation

10:25–10:45AM—Davies Hall

Authors: Leann Armstrong RN, BA, MHS, MN
Session chair: Professor Julie Dyke

1C – Viability of Bacteria on Hospital Curtains

10:05–10:25AM—Fireside Room

Authors: Curtis Gray (BScN Year 3), Carlene Lott (Technologist, Health Sciences), Dr. Maha Othman MD MSc PhD
Session chair: Dr. Maha Othman

1D – View It, Then Capture It: A Histology Atlas for Better Understanding and Learning

10:25–10:45AM—Davies Hall

Authors: Jennifer Hutchinson (BScN Year 3), Hilary Hough (Graphic design Year 3), Dr. Hisham S. Elbatarny (MB BCh MSc MD)
Session chair: Dr. Maha Othman

2A – Through the Looking Glass (and what we found there): Using Action Research Methodology in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

11:30–11:50AM—Davies Hall

Authors: Nicola Eynon-Brown, BNSc, RN, MN, NP-P, Donna Clarke-McMullen, BScN, RN, MN, Margaret Wheeler, BScN, RN, Med, Daniella Empey (BScN Year 4), Kaitlyn Montgomery, (BScN Year 4), Chelsea Flaro, (BScN Year 3)
Session chair: Professor Nicola Eynon-Brown

2B – BScN Undergraduate Performance and NCLEX-RN Outcome Study: The Odyssey Begins

11:50AM–12:10PM—Davies Hall

Authors: Nancy Sears RN PhD, Maha Othman MD MSc PhD
Session chair: Professor Nicola Eynon-Brown

2C – Evaluating the Effect of Sildenafil (Viagra) on Blood Coagulation

11:30–11:50AM—Fireside Room

Authors: Jennifer Hutchinson (BScN Year 3), Rayana Lal MSc, Dr. Maha Othman MD MSc PhD
Session chair: Andre Carrier(BScN year 2)

2D – Name Badges as a Source of Nosocomial Infection

11:50AM–12:10PM—Fireside Room

Authors: Matthew Di Staulo (BScN Year 3), Dr. Maha Othman MD MSc PhD
Session chair: Andre Carrier(BScN year 2)

3A – Evaluation of the Outcomes of an Undergraduate Elective Research Course

2–2:20PM—Davies Hall

Authors: Valerie Sawyer (BScN Year 2), Calvin Kerr (BScN Year 1), Wilma Hopman (MSc; biostatistician), Dr. Maha Othman MD MSc PhD
Session chair: Professor Julie Dyke

3B – Is Scholarship Working for Us? Development and Use of a Self-Assessment Tool and Decision Informing Guide

2:20–2:40PM—Davies Hall

Authors: Nancy Sears RN PhD, Hisham Elbatarny MB BCh MSc MD, Jamie Morris-Pocock PhD
Session chair: Professor Julie Dyke

3C – Community Clinical Placement in College Setting Yields Policy Development and Student Empowerment

2–2:20PM—Fireside Room

Authors: Denise Kall RN BN MPH, Victoria Horton BScN year 3, Vanessa Solow (BScN year 3), Hope Wilson (BScN Year 3)
Session chair: Professor Julie Dyke

3D – Increasing Public Health Nursing placement Capacity Using an Innovative Academic Liaison Model

2:20–2:40PM—Fireside Room

Authors: Julie C. Dyke RN, BScN, MScN, Colleen Batista RN BScN MN PIDP, André Carrière MHA (BScN Year 3), Sandra Labelle RN BScN, Karen Roundpoint RN BScN
Session chair: Professor Julie Dyke

4A – Quality of Care: Auditing KGH ACP Documentation

3:20–3:40PM—Davies Hall

Authors: Jessica Rice (BScN Year 3), Carrie Shorey ELS, Dr. Roy Ilan MD, Dr. Maha Othman MD MSc PhD
Session chair: Gil Pankhurst (BScN year 3)

4B – Omnicell and the Efficiency and Safety in Medication Administration

3:40–4PM—Davies Hall

Authors: Omnicell and the Efficiency and Safety in Medication Administration
Session chair: Gil Pankhurst (BScN year 3)

4C – Parents; Perceptions of Their Experiences of Presence During the Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation of Their Child: An Interpretive Phenomenological Research Proposal

3:20–3:40PM—Fireside Room

Authors: Jocelin Hughes RN
Session chair: Professor Nicola Eynon-Brown

4D – Patient Perspectives on Wait Times at an Urgent Care Centre

3:40–4PM—Fireside Room

Authors: Serenah Pettigrew (BScN Year 2), Carol McIntosh RN, Dr. Maha Othman MD MSc PhD
Session chair: Professor Nicola Eynon-Brown


1. Scholarship of Application

Refers to the generation of knowledge that is developed in working with the community (including the nursing practice community) and is of use to this community.

Includes reflective investigation leading to new understandings as practices are explored in relation to concepts, principles, research findings, theories and results.

Faculty can do this by drawing upon their clinical knowledge at expertise.

2. Scholarship of Service

The generation and use of specialized nursing knowledge in community service.

The specialized knowledge and experience of the faculty are used to shape the future of the profession, contribute to meeting society’s needs and advance its well-being.

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing(CASN) expectation – not part of Boyer’s model.

Changing in 2014 update to standard, but still our obligation.

3. Scholarship of Integration

The generation of new knowledge/perspectives from the purposeful examination of original work in various fields, including nursing.

The process of synthesizing or making connections within and across disciplines brings new meanings. It is closely related to the scholarship of discovery.

Research is conducted in areas where disciplines converge.

4. Scholarship of Teaching

Ethic of inquiry in which questions related to teaching and learning are broadly explored (Sawatzky et al, 2009 as cited in CASN 2012).

Addresses the development of innovative teaching methods, educational materials (Allen & Field, 2005).

Includes both theoretical and clinical aspects of teaching
and learning.

Can be examined using research or evaluation methodologies, or through modes of inquiry involving the integration of existing knowledge often from various disciplines.

5. Scholarship of Discovery

Represents the most traditional form of scholarship.

Includes knowledge gained through basic and applied research.

Systematic investigation of phenomena using range of qualitative and quantitative methods; results add to, confirm or reject what is already know.

Integral in building a strong scientific basis for nursing.

Abstract Submission Details – 2015


Abstract Guidance

250 words max

Background and context:

give a brief background of the work being presented.


describe how was the work attempted/accomplished/achieved


describe briefly the key findings of the work being presented


highlight the impact of this work on practice teaching/education, research, management/organization, policy/guidance.