Nursing Best Practice Research Centre

Advancing care through knowledge

Membership Categories

The following is an overview of the NBPRC membership categories. Interested applicants are asked to submit an application under one of the following categories. For application forms, please visit the How to become a member section of the website.

 

Individual Membership

1.0 Investigator Members

Major focus of work activities involves scholarly activities such as research studies.

1.1 Senior Investigator Members

Eligibility Criteria
  • Experienced researchers who have led several funded research studies.
  • Be the principal investigator for 3 or more funded research studies that are relevant to the NBPRC strategic goals.
  • Major focus (more than 50%) of research activities addresses NBPRC strategic goals.
  • Have the training and experience to initiate, supervise and complete long-range independent research projects
  • Show evidence of scientific independence and continuing research productivity
  • Have provided mentorship or supervision to junior researchers (e.g. recent doctoral graduates and graduate students)
Responsibilities

Senior Investigator members will be expected to participate in two or more of the following:

  • Provide assistance with the development and implementation of research projects and/or the development of research tools.
  • Present their research at seminar programs and scientific meetings.
  • Assist with sharing information on nursing best practice guideline development, uptake and dissemination strategies at both the national and international level
  • Participate in seminar programs, scientific meetings and reviews, policy development, and/or on NBPRC working groups.
  • Provide consultation services related to policy analysis and knowledge brokering.
  • Be involved in knowledge translation and participate in external funding proposals.
  • Assist with strategic planning, and the expansion and promotion of the NBPRC as a viable research unit at national and international levels.

1.2 Associate Investigator Member

Eligibility
  • New researchers who are developing programs of research related to NBPRC strategic goals
  • Experienced researchers with minor focus of research and scholarly activities addressing NBPRC strategic goals.
  • Have a graduate degree and bring either direct experience in the field or other important skills to the work of the NBPRC
  • Collaborate with research, policy and program initiatives related to nursing best practice guideline topics, and evidence-based nursing care in general.

Eligible individuals may include, but are not limited to, any of following, who may have positions in government and/or with other funding agencies associated with the NBPRC:

  • Basic researchers and methodologist
  • Policy analysts and policy makers
  • Knowledge brokers
  • Senior clinicians
  • Allied health workers
Responsibilities

Associate Investigator members will be expected to participate in one or more of the following:

  • Participate in seminar programs, scientific meetings and reviews, policy development, and/or on NBPRC working groups
  • Assist with sharing information on nursing best practice guideline development, uptake and dissemination strategies at the local level
  • Provide input into the strategic planning process

2.0 Decision-Maker Members

Major focus of work activities is nursing administration, education and/or clinical practice.

2.1 Senior Decision-Maker Members

Eligibility
  • Experienced leader who provides senior level strategic direction for an educational or health care organization.
  • Major focus of leadership activities include implementing practice changes related to NBPRC strategic goals.
  • Demonstrates support for research that addresses NBPRC strategic goals
  • Committed to the researcher-decision-maker collaboration to support NBPRC strategic goals.
  • Have a graduate degree (Masters/PhD) and bring either direct experience in the field or other important skills to the NBPRC.
Responsibilities
  • Provide assistance with the development and implementation of research projects and/or the development of tools.
  • Assist with sharing information on nursing best practice guideline development, uptake and dissemination strategies at the national level.
  • Assist with strategic planning, and the expansion and promotion of the NBPRC as a viable research unit at national a level.
  • Provide input into the strategic planning process.

2.2 Associate Decision-Maker Members

Eligibility
  • New or experienced leader who provides operational direction in an educational or health care organization
  • Leadership activities address NBPRC strategic goals.
  • Demonstrates support for research that addresses NBPRC strategic goals. Committed to the researcher-decision-maker collaboration to support NBPRC strategic goals.
Responsibilities
  • Provide assistance with the implementation of research projects and/or the development of tools.
  • Assist with sharing information on the nursing best practice guideline development uptake and dissemination strategies at a local level.
  • Provide input into the strategic planning process.

3.0 Student and Post-Doctorate (undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral) Members

Eligibility

Individuals eligible to be appointed at the Student and Post-Doctorate (undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral) type of membership with the NBPRC must be enrolled in an accredited university program at the undergraduate, masters, PhD or post-doctoral level  and their research work must be relevant to the NBPRC’s strategic goals. Applicants can be full-time or part-time students. Student and Post-Doctorate members’ involvement with NBPRC activities will be on a short-term basis and involve a lesser commitment. The length of appointment will be based on a mutually agreed upon time frame with the NBPRC Co-Directors. A survey will be sent out to members annually providing an opportunity for Student and Post-Doctorate members to submit notification of graduation and to select a new membership category if applicable.

Organizational Members

Eligibility

Organizations eligible for appointment as Organizational members will include RNAO Best Practice Spotlight Organizations, and other organizations engaged in nursing best practice guideline work with an interest in the NBPRC’s strategic goals and a willingness to commit personnel and/or in-kind resources to the development and production of research projects. Candidates for organizational membership should be participating in the implementation of RNAO BPGs and/or NBPRC projects. Candidate organizations may include but are not limited to Canadian or international health care organizations, academic institutions, community-based and/or non-governmental organizations.

Responsibilities

Organizational members will be expected to provide support to one or more NBPRC research projects through the commitment of personnel and/or in-kind resources. Personnel and in-kind resources may include but are not limited to providing:

  • A site/location for developing and conducting research projects.
  • Tools and strategies to strengthen the NBPRC research program.
  • Engagement in formal and informal research dissemination strategies
  • Continued implementation and use of nursing best practice guidelines.

Organizational members may also have representatives assist with NBPRC strategic planning, and the expansion and promotion of the NBPRC as a viable research unit. This includes having representatives participate in one or more of the following:

  • Research projects
  • Seminar programs
  • Scientific meetings and reviews
  • Policy and strategic planning for promoting the NBPRC at the regional level
  • NBPRC Working Groups