Innovation Roundtable Videos

Fall 2022 Innovation Roundtable

Fall Roundtable Poster

The first 2 of 3 videos are up!

Presenters:  Alyson Parker, Brandi Dan, Elan Nattress & Jessica Key

This competency tool was developed collaboratively to support people working at Vancouver Coastal Health providing healthcare and all other related services. This tool is meant to support the individual and collective journey of ongoing self-assessment, learning, and commitments to incorporating Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism into clinical practice. 

This tool is designed to guide the learning journey towards Indigenous Cultural Safety and culturally safe practice. This journey requires ongoing learning, reflection, and action. The learning process is circular rather than linear and it is not about reaching an endpoint of expertise, but rather about a humble and ongoing commitment to change and improving the quality and safety of health-care experienced by Indigenous people. 

Alyson Parker is a Regional Clinical Educator with Vancouver Acute Professional Practice at Vancouver Coastal Health. Alyson is committed to a lifelong learning journey in Indigenous cultural safety, anti-racism, and specifically learning how to undo the harm done by her settler ancestors. Brandi Dan is a Indigenous Nurse Educator with Vancouver Coastal Health. She is of mixed ancestry; English/Scottish settler on her mother’s side and First Nations (Bonaparte Band)/Chinese on her father’s side.  Elan Nattrass is of mixed settler descendancy and was trained as Respiratory Therapist in Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton). She is currently the Regional Allied Health Professional Practice Lead at VCH. Jessica Key (She/Her) is an Indigenous Nurse Educator with Vancouver Coastal Health. She is Musgamaugw Dzawada’enuxw of Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet, BC) on her father’s side and British/Irish on her mother’s side.  She has worked as a registered nurse since 2017, primarily with youth dealing with concurrent disorders. 

Presenter: Julie Frketich MLT

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, British Columbia faced challenges acquiring PPE. There were only a few labs located in North America that could test and validate PPE supplies for use in a medical setting, and they were based in the United States. VCH recognized the need for a local lab to provide assurance to our health-care workers and patients, and a vision came to light. VCH’s PPE Testing Laboratory was completed in June 2020 and accredited in October 2020.

Julie is the Director of Quality and Safety for Vancouver Coastal Health with a focus on quality assurance and accreditation.  She began her career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist for which she attended Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  She is a graduate of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s Quality Academy Program.

Presenter: Hannah Rosenberg

Historically, nursing has been perceived by the public to be a calling. Nurses have been described as heroes, doctors’ assistants, or even, angels. This presentation uses a brief survey of relevant literature, with examples from television shows, news, and social media, to discuss how and why these perceptions harm the nursing profession and the patients and clients we care for. 

Hannah Rosenberg RN (BA, BSN, MN) is an RN in the ICU at Vancouver General Hospital. She is a code blue and critical care outreach team member and an ECLS specialist. She is interested in knowledge translation, nursing education, and advocacy.


2022 Spring Innovation Roundtable

MAiD Legislation: Process, Overview & Practice Implications

Amanda Stewart, RN BSN CHPCN(C)

In March 2021 the Canadian government changed the legislative guidelines regarding eligibility and safeguards for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).  In this presentation we will review this unique care option, summarize the MAiD process in relation to the legislation changes, and identify the potential impacts on practice, which includes a growing number of MAiD and organ donation cases.



Behind the Scenes with IPAC: Supporting the ICU during COVID-19

Rita Dekleer, RN CIC

The presentation will outline roles, recommendations and relationships between IPAC and ICU. Specifically, she will talk about her recent experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trauma Informed Practice in Critical Care

Sarah Haddleton, RN BSN

In order to build on the high level of care our ICU provides and increase our capacity to be trauma-informed, our team are participating in a knowledge translation challenge. Our project focuses on embedding the principles of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) into an ICU setting and identifying tangible TIC actions that can be demonstrated in an ICU.

BSN Critical Care Learning Pathway

Connie Clark, RN, MSN – BCIT BSN Program Head, Dione Nordby, RN, MSN Providence Health Care Senior PCM Critical Care & Lara Parker, RN, MSN, CNCC (C) BCIT Critical Care Specialty Nursing Program Head

In response to the current nursing climate, the Ministry of Health in BC has begun exploring learning pathways for registered nurses entering the profession.  In response, BCIT BSN, BCIT critical care specialty and Providence Health Care have collaborated to create a pathway for BSN students to enter the critical care environment after graduation.  With this pilot, students move along the pathway starting in their final year of their BSN, and throughout their first 12 months post graduation.  Our presentation will describe the pathway and our experiences with the pilot as we support our first group to transition into this specialized practice environment.

2021 Spring Innovation Roundtable

This event was held in April of 2021. We had 3 great presentations on: Family Centred Care in Critical Care; Post-Extubation Swallow Screening and Provider Perspective on the Impact of COVID-19 

Family Centred Care in BC Critical Care Services

Allana LeBlanc

Post Extubation Swallowing Screening Trial of the Yale Tool

Nicole Desjarlais

2020 fAll Innovation Roundtable

This event was held in September of 2020. We have 4 speakers who shared some wonderful presentations. Sybil Hoiss & Derek Koch shared about thier project to support critical care staff wellness. Simmie Kalan and Rys Chapple presented on proning awake, non-intubated patients. Sarah Crowe shared her research on the impact of COVID-19 on critical care RNs. And we also held a panel discussion. 

Supporting Critical Care Staff Wellness

Derek Koch & Sybil Hoiss

Proning: Awake Non-Intubated Patients

Simmie Kalan & Rys Chapple

Research Update: The Impact of COVID-19 on Critical Care RNs

Sarah Crowe

COVID-19 Practice Initiatives: A Panel Discussion.

A Panel Discussion with Health Authority Representatives

2020 Spring Innovation Roundtable

     This event was held on March 2020. We had three amazing speakers share their innovative projects to enhance the delivery of critical care in BC. Sybil Hoiss, Jamie Wlodarczac and Joelle Pellegrin shared thier project on Telehealth in Pediatric ICUs in Interior Health. Maritza Dreger from Providence Healthcare presented on the transformation to electronic charting across 3 health authorities and Karen Strybos presented on family presence in ICU rounds from Abbotsford Regional Hospital. 

Transforming Critical Care by Implementing an Electronic Health Record System Across 3 Health Authorities

Telehealth & Pediatric Intensive Care in Interior Health

Family Presence in ICU Rounds - Abbotsford Regional Hospital

2019 Conference - Handshake BC

ICU Nursing Across The Province

Conference Intro

Vini Bains – Clinical Nurse Specialist – Critical Care PHC.

Vancouver General Hospital's ICU & HAU

Allana LeBlanc, Clinical Nurse Specialist – ICU & HAU

Fraser Health's Critical Care Network

Emily Boorman – Clinical Nurse Specialist

Critical Care in Interior Health - An Introduction

Sybil Hoiss – Clinical Nurse Specialist

Launching A Critical Care Outreach Team at St. Paul's

Vini Bains – Clinical Nurse Specialist

2019 Spring Innovation Roundtable

Wishing Well Update

Allana Lebanc, VGH ICU & HAU Clinical Nurse Specialist (Video Timing ==> 0:00 to 29:59)

End-of-Life Care in Interior Health ICUs

Sybil Hoiss, Clincal Nurse Specialist (Video Timing ==> 30:00 to 59:59)

Communication Access in the ICU

 Gail Gurprich RSLP, Tammy Vigliotti RRT; St Paul’s ICU (Video Timing ==> 1:00:00 to end)

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