Nurse Educators’ Research Retreat

Nursing Educator Research and Scholarship Advancement Opportunity!


This two-day intensive retreat is presented by Dr. Lois Berry and Dr. Tracie Risling, both of the University of Saskatchewan. In a supportive and immersive learning environment at the Strathmere hotel and spa nestled in the country just outside of downtown Ottawa, participants will have the opportunity for individualized review of project ideas and feedback from the course instructors to assist in the development of these ideas. Faculty members looking to improve their personal scholarship and administrators exploring ways of offering support and guidance to faculty are encouraged to attend!

Key Benefits and Takeaways

By the end of the retreat participants will be able to

  1. describe the current trends in nursing research in Canada;
  2. identify the processes involved in developing a program of nursing research and scholarship;
  3. identify research questions in relation to a chosen area of research;
  4. assess appropriate methodological approaches in addressing chosen research questions;
  5. describe the considerations involved in forming a strong research team;
  6. describe the role of stakeholders in research processes and teams;
  7. identify successful personal approaches to grant writing and publication;
  8. identify successful program management strategies to support a research project;
  9. identify personal research mentorship sources; and
  10. identify strategies for dealing with both research success and failure.

Course Leaders

Lois Berry, PhD RN, is an associate professor in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. She is currently on administrative leave following a three-year term as Interim Assistant Vice-Provost Health at the U of S. In this role her focus was on promoting and facilitating interdisciplinarity in research and interprofessional education. Dr. Berry has a 39 year history in nursing education in Saskatchewan, teaching in practical, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs throughout her career. She has taught clinically in a wide variety of clinical settings, primarily in maternal child and long-term care areas. Her classroom teaching has focused largely on professional roles, leadership, health systems issues and health care policy. Her research and professional practice have been in the area of nursing workload and patient outcomes, as well as quality of care, program evaluation and quality improvement. She has written and presented in the area of developing, promoting and supporting scholarship in nursing education. In addition, she has a strong focus on issues of social justice, especially with respect to access to quality health care and health professional education for underserved groups. Currently a major focus of her work is on the responses of the health and post-secondary education systems to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls the Action.


Tracie Risling RN, PhD is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan with a practice background in pediatric nursing. She began her nursing education career at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and spent five years teaching, and engaged in curriculum development, before assuming a leadership role in the Institute for Nursing Scholarship. In that position, she supported the scholarly work of nursing faculty including the development of research grants, publications, conference abstract submissions, and presentations. Dr. Risling currently leads a patient-oriented program of research in health informatics at the University of Saskatchewan. This work includes study on social media, co-design of patient-centered technologies, and patient access and use of electronic health records. Balancing this research with her teaching and administrative duties has provided extensive experience on navigating the demands of scholarship and academic life.



Feedback from previous participants

“This workshop was amazing! I had several ‘aha’ moments and learned many things about research that I am not sure I would have realized or learned without this workshop!  The workshop has encouraged confidence and bravery in both publishing and conducting research!”

“Loved it, would love a part 2!”

“Awesome. Inspiring. Excellent agenda with skilled facilitation that truly created a safe and fun atmosphere for learning and networking. Thank you so much!”

 “Setting was great. Wonderful opportunity to have time to reflect.”

“Wonderful facilitators. Great networking opportunities.”

“Loved the group! Learnt lots from the varied expertise! Will definitely attend future workshops!”

“Extremely helpful in guiding new researchers by outlining the process and providing resources and feedback.”

“A fantastic retreat. The presenters were fantastic, easy to listen to, and open to honestly answering all our questions.  This retreat was a great ‘jump start’ to get back to writing.”

“I found both Lois and Tracie to be engaging and inspirational leaders. They have supported my ability to develop a research portfolio and to see myself as a leader within my program in the area of scholarship.  I loved hearing about and seeing examples from our leaders and sharing with participants.  I appreciated hearing about the realities of research!”


1980 Phelan Road West
North Gower, Ontario
K0A 2T0

Just 30 minutes south of the Ottawa airport, Strathmere is considered Ottawa’s retreat, spa and culinary destination. Strathmere is a hotel and spa located just outside of downtown Ottawa, close to Manotick and Barrhaven.  It is a must-experience location, especially in the fall. The two-night accommodations and all meals are included in the registration fees.

Next session

$1700 per person

What’s included?

Registration fee includes

  • facilitation by our highly-rated nurse researcher/faculty members
  • comprehensive program
  • hands-on training and exercises
  • one-on-one consultation
  • personalised follow-up
  • workshops supplies
  • full meal service (breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshment breaks)
  • two nights’ accommodation
  • Certificate of Completion from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)

Still have questions?
Please contact Julia Thomas [] for more information.