Breakfast Lecture

Breakfast Lecture Series

Food for Thought: Faculty of Nursing Breakfast Lecture Series 

Breakfast Lecture Series 2022

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.


Tracie Risling

#NurseTwitter needs you now: How social media will influence the future of nursing

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

Nurses around the world are working to amplify nursing voices and representation across a variety of social media platforms, but there is much more that can be done to unite the profession against the challenges that lie ahead. Get caught up on the latest trends and find a point of connection for your own #nursing expertise. 

Join Dr. Tracie Risling, RN PhD, UCalgary Nursing associate professor and a health and nursing informatics researcher, for our first 2022 breakfast talk as she dispels myths and reluctance around social media and highlights the importance of the platforms for health care in the digital age.

A registered nurse since 2003, Dr. Tracie Risling (RN, PhD) joined UCalgary Nursing in July of 2021. Her practice background is in paediatrics and she has been teaching in the post-secondary environment since 2005. She received her doctorate in 2014 from the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing and researches patient-oriented health informatics, exploring and advancing equitable access to tools such as electronic health records and portals, including for acute inpatient care. She is currently president of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association. 

Dr. Colleen Cuthbert

Supporting those living with and beyond cancer: state of knowledge, challenges and opportunities

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

Dr. Colleen Cuthbert is a clinician scientist with clinical practice experience as a nurse practitioner in oncology. Her clinical practice largely focused on follow-up care and symptom management with a keen interest in survivorship issues. Dr. Cuthbert is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary and an adjunct assistant professor in the Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Oncology. She holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in patient and family centered cancer survivorship.

As a health services researcher, Dr. Cuthbert is focused on evaluating biopsychosocial health needs and health outcomes of cancer survivors. Using multiple research methods (quantitative and qualitative), her program of research includes patient-oriented research approaches, integrated knowledge translation strategies, qualitative research, and the use of administrative health data sets. Dr. Cuthbert’s goal is to ultimately improve health and well-being in cancer survivors and their families by developing innovative approaches to survivorship care.

Missed an event? Watch recordings and see photos from past Breakfast Lecture Series.

2021 Archives

"The role of wearable technology in health care"

We all know that wearable technology is making our daily lives easier in many aspects. How is it helping our frontline workers now and what is on tap for the future? Reed Ferber knows a little something about wearable technology as a top researcher and leader of UCalgary's  NSERC research team on this topic. At this entertaining breakfast talk, Dr. Ferber will share some of the most exciting developments to date and offer a sneak peek into innovations that will help the next generation of health-care providers.

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

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.

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

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?

2020 Archives

"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.

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"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.