We have prepared an article titled: “Strengths-Based Nursing Reconceiving Nursing To Meet The Challenges Of A Transforming Health Care System”. The article is co-authored with Dr. Norman Doidge, who is a well-known neuro-psychiatrist and one of the founders of neuroplasticity. Dr. Doidge strongly believes in the concepts and philosophy of SBN.  It is hoped that by publishing such an article in a prominent medical journal SBN will be not only introduced to the wider medical community and physicians in particular, but help get the physician buy-in, which is essential if SBN is to take hold.




13th Bi-annual International Family Nursing Conference (June 14-17)

​Dr. Laurie Gottlieb presented a paper titled " Transforming Nurses' Work-Life Environments through Training Clinical Leaders and  Managers Using Innovative

Forms of Story-Sharing."

A second paper was presented titled 

"Developing a Community of Practice of advanced Practice oncology nurses Committed to Strengths-Based nursing"  authored by oncology nurses, Nancy Drummond1, Renata Benc1, Louise Champagne1, Gabrielle Chartier1, Andrea Cooke1, Antoinette Ehrler1, Kim Gartshore1, Christina McDonald1, and Dr. Laurie Gottlieb 

Dr. Laurie Gottlieb also met with Dr. Claudia Oliveira a professor of nursing at the University of  Minho, Braga, Portugal, Dr. Oliveira played an instrumental role in translating Strengths-Based Nursing Care in Portuguese.and uses SBN as the philosophical underpinnings of her research.

Work-Shop given in London, England (July 6)

Dr. Laurie Gottlieb participated together with Dr. Kristin Heggal of Lovisenberg Diaconal University College, Norway in a work-shop titled

"Sharing conceptual frameworks and research - Results on Strength-Based nursing and person-focused care"


A unique opportunity presented itself with the announcement of this one-time only, joint grant competition by the SSHRC and CIHR on the Healthy and Productive Workplace. It is a partnership grant that brought together the partners with whom we have been working with for the past 2 years.. This is a two-phase grant: Phase 1 which we have now completed  created the partnership, and conducted a pilot study which has been used to scale up the project.

See Executive Summary of Pilot Program below

We are very fortunate to have been awarded a Phase 2  grant. The. Phase 2 grant is for 5 years and we have  been awarded $2,000,000.



 Strengths-Based Nursing has now been adopted as the underlying principle of nursing practice in a number of nursing departments  in several . countries. .These include:

The ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec,Canada

The Department of Nursing, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 

 Department of Nursing, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Department of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Department of Nursing, Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada

Department of Nursing, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

​Department of Nursing, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia


Strengths-Based Nursing has now been adopted as the underlying principle of nursing practice in a number of healthcare Institutions. .These include:

CIUSS of Saguenay-Lac St-Jean, Quebec, Canada


Phase 1

Strengths-Based Leadership & Management Pilot Program   
Report Prepared by Michele Durrant, RN, MSc
September 24, 2018

Executive Summary

The Hospital for Sick Children’s Hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and McGill University have engaged in a partnership to develop strategies that facilitate knowledge uptake and skill development of a collaborative  body of work focused on leadership from a Strengths-Based lens, inspired by Laurie Gottlieb.  This work is grounded in a book written by Laurie Gottlieb in collaboration with Bruce Gottlieb, Strengths-Based Nursing Care Health and Healing for Person and Family. The most recent strategy engaged the Nurse Executives and the founder and author of Strengths-Based Nursing Care and leading subject matter experts to design a Strengths-Based Care Leadership and Management Course to meet the needs of emerging clinical leaders working in today’s complex health care work environment. This program was developed to build capacity through an engaging and relevant knowledge translation and mentorship approach.   

The Strengths-Based Care, Leadership and Management Course advances the capabilities of novice clinical managers and emerging leaders for success in their desire to take on increasing levels of leadership responsibility.  The program has been based on the philosophy, principles, and pragmatics of SB-L/M, Strengths-Based Nursing/Health Care (SBN/HC), and best practices of leadership and management.  It is a unique program that combines key concepts and competencies from the domains of strengths based clinical care/patient experience in collaboration with those from leadership, management and business.  This program has engaged 16 facultyfrom human resources, business, and nursing leadership. 

The program has been designed to meet the needs of emerging leaders in health care who must combine a deep understanding of how best to create compassionate, patient & family-centered care environments that promote healing for patients with complex needs, with the pragmatics and business acumen that leads to efficient systems, highly effective and resilient teams and optimized system performance leading ultimately to improved outcomes for patients.  Innovative forms of story-telling were designed to facilitate reflection within the clinical context that these leaders work; influencing the environment, patient care decisions and collaborative relationships.  Mentorship was an essential element to engage learners in facilitating uptake.  At the completion of the program all learners received a certificate of completion from the International Institute of Strengths-Based Nursing and Health Care and Continuing Education Credits were awarded from the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University.

A total of sixteen leaders in nursing and allied health enrolled in the Course.  Fifteen participants participated in the evaluation.  The majority of participants were nurses (n = 12) and the remaining were allied health clinician leaders (n = 2).   The highest academic degree cited by participants included:  Bachelor degree (n =7); Master’s degree (n = 5), a Master’s degree in progress; PhD (n = 2).  Relevant continuing education programming was also cited by participants.  One participant also had obtained a business management diploma; another a solution focused coaching certificate; another a lean six sigma yellow belt certificate and a local quality management introductory course.  The participants years of experience in their leadership role ranged (< 1 year, n = 3; 1-2 years, n = 2; 3-5 years, n = 4, 6-10 years, n = 1, 11-15 years, n = 3; and over 20 years, n = 1; no response, n = 1).  

The launch of this program allowed us the opportunity to evaluate the participants’ overall satisfaction with the Strengths-Based Leadership Management Program, the teaching methods employed to facilitate learning, the faculty facilitation, and mentorship for participants.  This report provides a brief overview of the program and reports the preliminary program evaluation findings for each of the sessions offered to date.  It also provides a more detailed plan for future data collection that measures impact over time.