The Art & Science of Evidence-Informed Pratice-Intergrating Knowledge Translation Science Into Undergraduate Education


The course will provide an overview of current Canadian Knowledge Translation (KT) frameworks and their use in practice, policy and decision-making. We will explore the KT knowledge and skills required to create a crosscutting stream in an undergraduate nursing curriculum. The focus will be on the practical application within a curriculum and provide a working template to achieve this aim of evidence-informed practice.

 Audience: Nurse educators

Delivery: Online (Zoom & Moodle)

Timeframe: 3 sessions


To be confirmed


  • Exploration of course content and participation of Course Discussion Forum (Moodle platform).
  • Attendance of three (3), two-hour virtual sessions
  • Participation in group presentations.


By the end of this course, participants will have developed the following competencies:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of current Canadian knowledge translation frameworks.
  2. Differentiate knowledge translation approaches and appreciate the numerous terms used as ‘knowledge translation’.
  3. Identify the knowledge and skills for evidence-informed practice in nursing.
  4. Apply the knowledge and skills for evidence-informed practice in nursing across the undergraduate curriculum.


$125 CAD for members

$150 CAD for non-members



Margaret B. Harrison BN, MHA, PhD (Nursing)

Professor Emerita, School of Nursing

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Claire Betker RN, PhD (Nursing), CCHN(C), FCAN

Scientific Director

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

About the course INSTRUCTORS

Margaret B. Harrison

After many years of practice, Marg returned to school to pursue research in nursing practice. Her PhD (Nursing) from McMaster University concentrated on continuity of care for complex populations using guideline recommendations as the foundation for multi-interventions within randomized controlled trials. This approach was grounded in the early 1990s at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario where, in her professional practice and research role, she was challenged by senior administration to improve specific quality of care issues, e.g. central line care, preparation of repeatedly hospitalized children. Working with care teams, the dialogue always began with a critical review of external evidence to formulate a new local approach based on best available evidence. Marg continued as Nurse Specialist Research and Evaluation at a large teaching facility while working closely with the quality portfolio to conduct implementation studies driven by quality/risk issues, e.g. pressure injury prevention and management practices, transitional care of patients with heart failure.

During this time, the term “knowledge translation” became formalized and emerged as a distinct research paradigm. In the community, Marg undertook large-scale regional projects to implement evidence-informed care for the population with chronic wounds, beginning a long series of nursing research initiatives.

At Queen’s University (2000–2014), she was Scientific Director, Senior Scientist with the Practice and Research (PRN) Group, a unique practice–academic partnership dedicated to producing and using evidence for practice. She led the Queen’s Joanna Briggs Collaboration focused on syntheses and rigorous methods for practice use. As Professor Emerita, Marg continues this work voluntarily with community partners.

Claire Betker

A registered nurse, Claire Betker began her career in southwestern Manitoba at a rural single-nurse public health office. Claire has worked in public health, home care and primary health care in a variety of positions and levels – at a local, regional, provincial and national level. Claire is currently the Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH). The NCCDH, hosted by St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish Nova Scotia, is one of six knowledge translation centres funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada to support integration and uptake of relevant evidence into practice, decision and policymaking.

Claire has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba, a Masters of Nursing from the University of Calgary and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. Her PhD work focused on the capacity for public health leadership to advance health equity in Canada.

Claire is CNA certified in Community Health Nursing.  She is a past president of the Canadian Nurses Association and the Community Health Nurses of Canada as well as a past Chair of the Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba.



  • Registrations that are cancelled up to one week before the start of the course will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • Registrations that are cancelled with less than one week’s notice will not be refunded, though the participant will have the option to defer the cost of the course to apply to another CNEI/CASN course.
  • There will be no refunds issued once the course begins.
  • CASN reserves the right to cancel this course if it does not meet minimal group requirements.

Participants are responsible for access to any course materials, including articles and textbooks.

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This course is available in English only.

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