Category: Bruyère

Ontario CLRI at Bruyère Welcomes a New Group of Nursing Students to the Team

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère is happy to host another group of six nursing students for a virtual 10-week placement to allow them to gain knowledge, skills and values in community nursing related to long-term care (LTC). The placement program encourages nursing students to become Ontario’s future leaders in seniors’ care.

The fourth-year students are from the University of Ottawa – Algonquin College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN ) Collaborative Program and are completing their community health placement requirements as part of their community health nursing theory course. In an effort to provide guidance and mentoring throughout the placement, the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère will work with the students to increase their experiences in geriatrics and will expose them to health professionals in senior care.

The pandemic has revealed shortcomings in our healthcare system related to the care of residents in some LTC settings. One of these issues is the challenge to attract and retain nurses in LTC. It is with great pleasure that we give these BScN students and future registered nurses (RNs) an opportunity to focus on informing an orientation package for nursing students aimed to support preparedness, highlight the importance and positive aspects of working with residents in LTC. Myths and misconceptions about the LTC sector will also be explored in this project which will result in an enhanced understanding of how nurses play a key role in facilitating competent, evidence-based and coordinated care to enhance the health of geriatric clients. The work that the students will undertake will aim to increase retention, and support career paths in LTC settings. The students will also have the chance to explore how eLearning, and other valuable resources available via the Ontario CLRI, can be integrated into an introduction into the LTC sector.

We are looking forward to working within the Bruyère community and evolving our nursing practice through this unique experience. It is important to examine and question our views related to long-term care as we step into the position of finding holistic solutions for the problems this community faces.“
– Fourth-year BScN students participating in a Community-Focused Virtual Placement with the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère.

Group video call and virtual meeting concept with computer screen, diverse people avatars

This group of students have an eagerness to learn and engage with their project, which is great, as the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère team has prepared a packed 10 weeks for them:

  • Students will actively participate in independent and small group learning focused on interprofessional and resident-centred communication, clinical issues in geriatrics, and several other valuable career competencies.
  • Students will become certified in a conflict resolution program designed to help them navigate conversations effectively and take certain skills, such as advocacy, confidence, self-reflection, and even humility. After the program, the students will be able to generate a greater understanding and allow for solutions to be found when overcoming conflict.
  • They will work as a group to complete a ‘Community Health Project’ that is part of a toolkit to support nursing students and nursing preceptors and clinical instructors to improve the experience of LTC placements, a key priority for this year.

Our team’s engagement with this group of students is an example of how we are exploring ways to increase recruitment into the future LTC workforce by generating interest for potential careers in LTC and seniors care. Contributing to having a future workforce that is passionate, prepared and engaged, the Ontario CLRI is always interested in working with colleges and universities as they tailor their courses by including more seniors-care content and practice.

For more information on our current and upcoming resources to support nursing students in LTC, please email Education Coordinator, Natalie Spence at nspence@bruyere.org.

Pride Month Resources for LTC Homes

In honour of Pride Month, the Ontario CLRI wants to share some 2SLGBTQI+ resources that can empower long-term care (LTC) homes to create a culture of inclusivity where both residents and team members can thrive regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Our Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Long-Term Care Advisory Committee has been gathering resources since 2017 to support LTC homes in delivering inclusive care to the diverse populations they serve. This resource list was developed in recognition that resident care can be influenced by individual circumstances, including language, ability, race. ethnicity, religion, spirituality. gender identity, gender expression. sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Explore the three featured 2SLGBTQI+ resources below:

Ontario CLRI at Bruyère Welcomes Summer Co-op Students

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère is excited to welcome four co-op students from the University of Ottawa who have joined our team virtually for summer 2021. The students will apply their academic learnings to assist our team on various portfolios including communications at end-life, clinical nursing leadership and diversity and inclusion in LTC.

“We’re excited to have students from various academic backgrounds as it shows there are so many educational pathways into the world of long-term care,” says Zsofia Orosz, manager of the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère team.

The students will be working with our team at Bruyère until the end of August when they return to their studies. Please join us in welcoming these four exceptional students.

The Ontario CLRI develops, delivers and evaluates educational resources and programs to train the current and future LTC workforce. We build on partnerships with colleges and universities to provide in-person, blended and virtual training for interprofessional teams, as well as student placements and internships.


Meet Our Summer Co-op Students

Industrial Design Grant to Study Long-Term Care Homes

A new study on the design of long-term care homes within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is launching. Chantal Trudel of Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design is working with investigators from the Bruyère Research Institute and the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère, including Amy Hsu, Frank Knoefel, Zsofia Orosz, Heidi Sveistrup, and Bruce Wallace. The study received nearly $40,000 in funding from the Foundation for Health Environments Research in the United States.

“Good design can and should balance infection prevention and control needs with residents’ quality of life and care needs. No resident wants to see their living space transform from the feeling of home to hospital,” wrote Amy Hsu, Bruyère Research Investigator,  in a recent piece on designing the future of long-term care and retirement homes.

This blog post was originally posted in and is shared with permission from Bruyère, one of three host centres of the Ontario CLRI.

Read the news article

Read more on Bruyère’s blog

 

New eLearning Helps Team Members Learn Palliative and End-of-Life Communication Skills

Transitioning to end-of-life care can be difficult, so it is crucial that long-term care teams develop communication skills to foster therapeutic relationships with residents and their families/friends.

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyere has released three eLearning modules that allows team members to experience communication at end-of-life training from anywhere! The eLearning course will develop or refresh communication skills to provide quality end-of-life and palliative care in long term care homes. The modules include a collection of interactive case scenarios that reflect the unique setting and context of care delivery in long-term care.

This eLearning training aims to replicate pieces of the in-person training. It allows all team members to dispel palliative care myths, learn how to recognize and accommodate the needs of those in mourning, and practice their end-of-life communication skills in three short, scenario-based modules.

Nurturing Intergenerational Connections in LTC Homes During COVID-19

June 1 is Intergenerational Day, celebrated in Canada since 2010*. Last year, it was officially declared in Ottawa (for the first time) by Mayor Jim Watson, thanks to the efforts of iGen Ottawa. Intergenerational Day celebrates the richness of intergenerational relationships.  It encourages connections between people of different age groups to reduce loneliness and social isolation, and encourages age-friendly communities.

 

As an organization with two long-term care homes that on any given day is serving over 1000 older adults, our Ottawa host centre Bruyère is happy to be participating in Intergenerational Day 2020. And this year, as we adjust to the new norm of physical distancing, the opportunity for social connection is more important than ever.

“Bringing older and younger people together provides the opportunity to build connections and strengthen communities. I have seen personally many times the significant joy that young children bring to older adults – it is beautiful to witness!” says Michelle Fleming, knowledge broker at the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère. “In an effort to improve quality of life for residents, many long-term care homes across Ontario have regular opportunities for intergenerational connections – through things like music programs with children and residents together, high school volunteers spending time one-on-one with residents and pen-pal programs. Prior to the pandemic, the team at Bruyère’s Saint-Louis Residence in Orleans had been in dialogue with iGen Ottawa about the development of an intergenerational garden. The vision was a grassroots initiative, involving children from local schools. We remain hopeful that this initiative will still be possible in the future. Initiatives bringing the generations together offer promise in reducing loneliness and social isolation across our communities.”

As a resource for long-term care homes, the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère has developed a resource summarizing some of the creative ways that long-term care homes can continue intergenerational initiatives  while respecting physical distancing.

Intergenerational Connections for LTC Homes (PDF)

Some of these creative initiatives are being rolled out at Bruyère:

  • Residents at Bruyère’s long-term care homes have been delighted by art made by community children. This art has been posted throughout the homes, provided to residents, put on place mats for resident’s meal trays, and made into banners at the main entrances of each of Bruyère’s campuses. Thank you to two local groups of kids – World Changing Kids and Kid Art with Heart –  for brightening peoples’ day with the colourful art.

 

  • Before the pandemic, the team at Bruyère’s Saint-Louis Residence, in collaboration with iGen Ottawa, was developing plans for an intergenerational garden. The garden will bring together children and older adults in an inclusive space to learn and grow.  Until we can meet physically, community children have placed painted rocks with messages of hope and encouragement in a ‘Gratitude Garden’ that graces the front entrance of the care home. This rock garden is just the beginning of our Intergenerational Garden and we look forward to seeing it grow in the years ahead.

 

We all have basic human needs to connect with other people and the COVID19 pandemic has reminded us of just how critical that need is. Creative strategies are needed to help keep our generations connected. Initiatives that bring generations together help to reduce loneliness and social isolation across our communities.

On this Intergenerational Day, we encourage you to explore what’s happening in your own community and see if there is an organization that is already working to support residents living in long-term care homes. Take the time to connect with the people in your life of all different ages. Paint some rocks and bring them to a local care home. These ‘little’ acts of kindness strengthen our communities and long-term care homes.

 

*IGen day has been celebrated in Canada since 2010 and was founded by i2i Intergenerational Society and five Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funded student groups from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

We’re Hiring: Engagement and Event Assistant

Engagement and Event Assistant

Competition: 19-BRI-25
Program: Bruyère Research Institute
Position Type: Full-Time, 37.5 hrs/week, 1.0 FTE – Until March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension
Salary Scale: $24.46 – $27.89 per hour, commensurate with experience
Start Date: 2020/01/30 15:00
Closing Date: 2020/02/12 23:59
Job Location: Saint-Louis Residence (Orleans)

 

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) support long-term care (LTC) homes to improve the quality of life and care for residents through building capacity and promoting innovative best practices among LTC homes in Ontario. We engage with people connected with the LTC sector. The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care and is hosted by Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, Bruyère in Ottawa, and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in Waterloo.

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère is seeking an experienced, preferably bilingual, Event and Engagement Assistant to support the team in the delivery of projects and outreach activities. These responsibilities include assisting with the implementation of knowledge mobilization activities and events, communicating with a variety of project partners, including long-term care homes, sector stakeholders and the Ontario CLRI teams at Baycrest and Schlegel-UW RIA, and drafting outreach documents, integrating comments and disseminating the final documents to different audiences.

This position will require teamwork, flexibility, attention to detail, initiative, creativity, judgment, as well as problem-solving and time management skills to address non-routine tasks. This position is a wonderful opportunity for growth in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. This role will involve some travel in Ontario.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Engagement and Outreach Support – 50%

  • Setting appointments/meetings for multiple stakeholders – with teams in the Ontario CLRI, within the Bruyère Research Institute (BRI), and with LTC sector stakeholders for outreach and knowledge sharing.
  • Preparing, editing and formatting correspondence, communications, presentations and reports.
  • Assisting with the preparation of complex documents (e.g., quarterly/annual reports, strategic plans, communication and marketing materials, including web writing).

Meeting / Event Planning – 30 %

  • Supporting various committees; including scheduling, logistics and AV set-up, agenda preparation, meeting attendance and minute taking.
  • Assisting event planning; including both teleconference meetings and webinars, event promotion, preparation of participant packages, coordination of all logistics.
  • Organizing registration, travel arrangements and accommodations for events and functions.
  • Representing the Ontario CLRI at for sector events through set up and running of an Ontario CLRI vendor booth.

Financial Support – 10%

  • Prepare payment requisitions and other forms for approval and submission.
  • Tracking and/or inputting financial report data as assigned, reconcile accounts each month.
Project Administrative Support – 10%
  • Communicate with stakeholders and project teams, as appropriate, to share and obtain information for project promotion, reporting and other purposes.
  • Assist with research project tasks, such as participant recruitment, data collection, coordinating logistics, literature searches, submissions of grant proposals and manuscripts, tracking of activities.
This job description is not exhaustive. Additional duties may be added as the projects progress.

Qualifications

  • University or college level training preferred.
  • Three or more years relevant experience in event coordination, communications and engagement or research.
  • Comfortable working with numbers. Experience in accounts payable/receivable would be an asset.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project & Publisher) with preference given to candidates with high or advanced skills in Excel.
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented individual with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines within a high demand environment.
  • Self-directed and able to effectively work both independently and as part of a team (primarily with those based in Ottawa but also with Ontario CLRI teams in Toronto and Waterloo).
  • Experience in data entry and data cleaning.
  • Experience in organizing and supporting events, face-to-face meetings, and conference calls and webinars; scheduling, minute-taking, webinar management.

Desirable Competencies

  • Experience working and/or education and professional development in the long-term care sector.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, including the ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment.
  • Ability to communicate in French with internal and external partners.
BRI welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your cover letter and resume to
BRI-HR@bruyere.org
no later than February 12, 2020. 
We thank you for your interest in this position, however; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

We’re Hiring: Knowledge Broker

Knowledge Broker /Project Coordinator

Competition: 19-BRI-24
Program: Bruyère Research Institute
Position Type: Full-Time, 37.5 hrs/week, 1.0 FTE – Until March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension
Salary Scale: $31.84 – $36.30 per hour, commensurate with experience
Start Date: 2020/01/21 12:45
Closing Date: 2020/02/03 23:59
Job Location: Saint-Louis Residence (Orleans)

 

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) build capacity through innovation and collaboration in education, research, and knowledge mobilization. The Program’s goal is to support long-term care homes to improve the quality of life and care for residents through building capacity and promoting innovative best practices. The Ontario CLRI works with stakeholders to support research, develop innovative education, and share resources with LTC homes. We engage with people connected with the LTC sector.

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is hosted by Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère, and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

The Knowledge Broker / Project Coordinator at the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère will be responsible for developing, implementing and supporting knowledge mobilization activities and for the development and delivery of blended learning opportunities that build on research and evidence-based innovations. These learning opportunities will support sustainable practice change, will be learner-centered and will be tailored to meet the needs of stakeholders in long-term care.

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère Knowledge Broker / Project Coordinator will be responsible for the oversight of day-to-day project development and operations, in collaboration with the CLRI manager and team. These responsibilities include substantial independent communication and coordination with a variety of project partners, including long-term care homes, content experts, eLearning designers and other technical contributors, and the Ontario CLRI teams at Baycrest and Schlegel-UW RIA; carrying out project work independently; providing oversight of other staff and the entire financial process (budgeting, forecasting, etc.); synthetizing and disseminating information to different audiences; and proactively connecting with the different users of CLRI tools and training to support their learning and practice change. The successful candidate must be able to exercise judgment, based upon their thorough knowledge of long-term care procedures, guidelines and regulations. This position will require a high level of collaboration and teamwork, and will involve some travel in Ontario.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Project planning and management – 50%

  • Work with the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère team to ensure a timely development of project and program deliverables; one focus will be on eLearning opportunities
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of assigned projects with minimal supervision
  • Coordinate logistics for projects, including plans for data collection and analysis, financial planning and tracking, facilitate meetings, establish project schedules, timelines, milestones, contracts and resources

Knowledge Mobilization and Coordination Support – 50 %

  • Develop, implement and evaluate knowledge translation and transfer activities to advance CLRI program goals, particularly around eLearning and blended learning opportunities
  • Coordinate with other Ontario CLRI teams at Baycrest and Schlegel-UW RIA and contribute expertise to joint planning and activities
  • Correspond with external stakeholders and investigators
  • Work with the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère team to ensure a timely drafting and submission of publications, presentations and grants
This job description is not exhaustive. Additional duties may be added as the projects progress.

Required Competencies

Undergraduate degree in relevant fields, with experience in areas such as health, (Adult) Education, Communications, implementation research, innovation support, change management, knowledge translation.

  • Experience in training, particularly eLearning, including experience with techniques and methodologies of training needs assessment, program design (curriculum, learning activities, resources, strategies, plans and processes using various learning delivery models including online, blended, hybrid and classroom formats), delivery and evaluation, and demonstrated application of adult learning and eLearning principles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment and with multiple internal and external partners
  • Exceptional communication skills, including written and verbal (in English)
  • 3 years’ relevant project coordination experience

Desirable Competencies

  • Experience working and/or education and professional development in the Long-Term Care environment
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manage overlapping project phases and meet deadlines
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, including the ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality documentation and develop and design training materials for online courses, sessions, programs in accordance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards
  • Ability to communicate in French with internal and external partners

 

BRI welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your cover letter and resume to
BRI-HR@bruyere.org, no later than Monday, February 3, 2020. 
We thank you for your interest in this position, however; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.