• Laurie Gottlieb, RN. Ph.D., Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Montreal
  • Bruce Gottlieb, Ph.D., Project Director, Lady Davis Medical Research Institute, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal.
  • Pam Hubley, RN, MSc., Chief Professional Practice and Nursing, Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto.


  • Jenette Schoon, RN, Point-of-Care Nurse, Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto.
  • Bessie Bitzas, RN, Ph,D. Head Nurse, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal.
  • Rabbi Ronnie Cahana.  Spiritual Leader, Congregation Beth-El, Montreal.
  • Karen Cahana, MSc., Social Worker, Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Center, Montreal. 

The above are  publications in three different areas of Strengths-Based Nursing; (References available in ABOUT)

  • SBN-(Care)
  • SBN-L (Leadership)
  • SBN-P (Pedagogy)

Strengths-Based Nursing Care: Health and Healing for Person and Family  is now available in French ,Spanish and Portuguese


Latest News

 Research Projects

  • ​Transforming Nurses' Work-Life Environments through Training Clinical Leaders and Managers in Strengths-Based Nursing Using Innovative Forms of Story-Sharing
  • ​Partners


Upcoming Speeches

 Laurie Gottlieb​

  • Feb 20 2017: School of Nursing, Memorial University, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
  • June 14-17: 13th International Family Nursing Conference, Pamplona, Spain


Our Mission

  • Training and educating clinical leaders, middle managers, educators, point-of-care clinicians  in the philosophy, principles and values of SBN.
  • Promoting the science of SBN and its research-based applications.
  • Facilitating collaboration among researchers, educators, students, and practitioners of SBN around the world.
  • Creating a space to build a community committed  to developing and advancing  Strengths-Based care.
  • Creating a library of resource materials to enable learning about SBN.

Availability of Strengths-Based Nursing in Other Languages

Directors and Members of the Board


  • French: ​Published in the Summer of 2014 by ERPI-Pearson Publishers


  • Spanish: July 2015 published by Descale De Brouwer Publishers

  • Portuguese:​ May 2016 published by Lusodidicata Publishers

2016-2018 SSHRC-CIHR Partnership Development Grant 

Strengths-Based Nursing Publications

 We have been very fortunate in obtaining a one-time only, joint grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada  and Canadian Institutes of Health Research on the Healthy and Productive Workplace. It is a partnership grant and so we have brought together the partners with whom we have been working with for the past 18 months. This is a two-phase grant: Phase 1 is to create the partnership, do some pilot work, and consider how to scale up the project. This phase is for two years. The “carrot” is the second phase of the grant. Only those who have been awarded a Phase 1 grant are eligible to apply for Phase 2. Phase 2 is to scale up the project. Phase 2 is a 5-year grant and will be awarded to  2.5 Million dollars. Partnerships have been given and of the 20 partnerships, eight will be given for Phase 2.

 SSHRC-CIHR Partnership Development Grant  2016-2018

Ongoing Bookclubs

  • Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto, Canada
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto,  Canada
  • Jewish General Hospital, Montreal,  Canada
  •  The  Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Montreal, , Canada

Recent Speeches

 Laurie Gottlieb​​​

  • March 12-13, 2016:  Third Commonwealth Nurses  & Midwives, Conference,  London, England
  • May 5-6, 2016: Public Health Master Conference, Edcola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto, Oporto, Portugal        ​

Over the years there have been a number of solutions put forward on how to humanize our disease-centric, deficit-based, medically driven health care system to make it more responsive to the  health care needs of its citizens.

Patient/Family-Centered Care, Empowerment, Collaboration, Health Promotion and most recently, Patient Engagement, and Patient Experiences have become part of the new lexicon of 21st-century health care delivery. Yet our system remains largely unchanged because its theoretical foundations have remained unaltered.  Few know how to translate these  ideals into reality. Yet, the way forward is apparent:  what all of the proposed solutions have in common is a focus on people's strengths.

The International Institute for Strengths-Based Nursing & Health Care is dedicated to educating, training and researching Strengths-Based Nursing to bring about a sea change in attitudes, behavior, and culture that will create a comprehensive, compassionate, and caring health care system.