Breakfast Lecture Series

Food for Thought: Faculty of Nursing Breakfast Lecture Series 

Food for Thought Breakfast Lecture Series

Come for breakfast. Stay for the big ideas.

Learn how nursing research makes a difference to our quality of life. The Faculty of Nursing Breakfast Lecture Series is meant to inform the community about innovations in nursing research and knowledge around nursing topics.

Lectures are open to the public and everyone is welcome. Come for informative talks, followed by a Q&A.


Bev Stevenson, BN'84

"And Now For Something Different: Changing focus and finding your passion"

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

Nurses often speed towards their Dream Job - the career chosen as a neophyte. Once there, the focus is to gain expertise and seniority until retirement. But what if you don’t follow that path? Bev Stevenson challenges the concept of finding your joy in just one area of nursing and shares her personal journey of what can happen when you step outside your comfort zone. Repeatedly. In her 50s, has she finally found her passion?

About the Speaker

Bev Stevenson, RN has never played it safe. From ER nursing in the Caribbean to Flight Nursing with STARS Air Ambulance, to performing stand-up comedy and writing for Alberta RN Magazine. She has re-invented herself – and her nursing role – many times and discovered each nurse’s power to effect positive change, to right wrongs. At 57, she took a right turn into public health as staff nurse in Calgary’s Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic and is currently pecking away at her first novel.


2021 Speakers

Dr. Reed Ferber, PhD, ATC

Dr. Reed Ferber, PhD, ATC

"The role of wearable technology in health care"

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Dr. Reed Ferber (PhD, ATC) is a professor with joint appointments across the faculties of Kinesiology, Nursing and the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.  

He is internationally recognized as a leading expert in biomechanics research using wearable technology for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disease.  

Currently, he leads a team of UCalgary researchers in the NSERC Wearable Technology Research and Collaboration (We-TRAC) CREATE Training Program to train the next generation of wearable technology experts. 

Jennifer Jackson

Dr. Jennifer Jackson, PhD

"Reconsidering Nursing: What do we do, and why does it matter?"

Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021

There are many aspects of nursing work that are unrecognized and this creates barriers to care. Nurses support both patients and health systems, and modern models of nursing labour can update the understanding of nursing for the 21st century.

This presentation focuses on Dr. Jackson’s doctoral research which examined how researchers understand nursing labour and how nurses themselves understand their work.

About the Speaker

Jennifer Jackson is a registered nurse and an assistant professor at UCalgary Nursing. She has worked clinically in medicine and intensive care, and had roles in clinical education and management.

She earned a PhD at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, at King’s College London, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research interest is supporting nurses and improving health systems. Dr. Jackson is also a thought leader on digital technologies in health care.

Past Breakfast Lecture Series

"The challenges and opportunities in caring for the caregiver"

There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers” (Rosalyn Carter). 

Given the universal role of caregiving that will only continue to expand and evolve with our ageing population, Dr. McGhan will examine the use of tailored interventions to improve outcomes for people living with dementia and their family caregivers across the care continuum.

The Year of the Nurse & the Midwife and Beyond: Charting the future of the nursing profession

Coinciding with 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the World Health Organization has declared 2020 as the first ever international year of the nurse and the midwife. This is a “once in a generation opportunity” to showcase the professions. In August 2020, UCalgary Nursing will also be launching a bold new strategic plan. 

Webinar Outtakes - Extended Q&A with Dr. Davidson

Dr. Davidson takes time to tackle some of the additional questions that weren't answered during the live presentation. Click on the link below to watch this bonus session.

Watch the recording

"Fostering meaningful mentoring relationships"

Mentorship is a topic that crosses disciplinary and hierarchical borders and provides opportunities for positive, mutually beneficial, and fruitful conversations that support growth and development. Dr. Nowell will explore evidence-based practices to initiate, sustain, and assess mentoring relationships and offer suggestions on ways mentorship might be introduced and strengthened in different workplaces and in personal contexts.