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 continuation of the partnership development grant that was conducted over a two year period. This present grant can be considered  Phase 2 which will allow us to  to scale up the project. and is a 5-year grant of 2.Million dollars.

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.

Upcoming Speeches

 Laurie Gottlieb​

Oct 29-30 2018 University of Lausanne Department of Nursing.

Series of Workshops on Strengths Based Nursing


  • 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

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

2018-2023 SSHRC-CIHR Partnership  Grant 

  • ​Transforming Nurses' Work-Life Environments through Strengths-Based Leadership and Management Training Program
  • ​Partners


Availability of Strengths-Based Nursing in Other Languages


  • 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., VP  Education & Academic Practice Hospital for, Chief International 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)

 SSHRC-CIHR Partnership Grant  2018-2023

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.


Latest News

 Research Projects

Recent Speeches

 Laurie Gottlieb​​​

  • Feb 20 2017: School of Nursing, Memorial University, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada 
  • June 14-17 :2017 13th International Family Nursing Conference, Pamplona, Spain
  • July 6 2017 Norwegian YWCA, London, England. Workshop together with Professor Kitirstin Heggdal, Lovisenberg Diaconal University College, Norway


Strengths-Based Nursing Publications

Directors and Members of the Board