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On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Dec. 11: Simulation Strengthens Collaboration

November 21, 2017

On December 11 (11:30 am - 1:00 pm), join Island Health and the UVic School of Nursing for our final Health Talk of 2017 - "Simulation Strengthens Collaboration: A Nursing Experience."

Where: Royal Jubilee Hospital, Patient Care Centre Room S150 and via webinar

What: Constant advances in evidence and practice mean that nurses face a practice environment in constant flux, and each nursing practice site comes with unique learning needs. How can we best support nurses as in practice: from student, new hire, or career nurse? Learn how a clinical nurse educator at Island Health and a nurse educator/researcher from University of Victoria School of Nursing are working together to engage with nurses to build their nursing knowledge in pediatrics through clinical simulation: using theoretical and technological advances to create guided experiences that replicate complex and unanticipated paediatric patient care situations before they happen.

Who: This presentation is free and open to anyone interested. No RSVP required.


  • Maureen Ryan, RN, PhD, is a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. Her research and scholarly interests focus on the practices of nursing including consideration of how simulating clinical practices can strengthen disciplinary and interdisciplinary contributions to patient care.
  • Melissa Holland, RN, BScN, MSc Clinical Education works as a Clinical Resource Nurse for the Pediatric Inpatient and Pediatric Daycare Unit at Victoria General Hospital. She has had opportunity to work as a sessional instructor with students coming through the Pediatric area for both Camosun College and UVic, so has been involved with Simulation as a nurse educator from the academic side and clinical side. She has enjoyed using low and high fidelity simulation to support better transitions to practice, and particularly looks for ways to identify the unique aspects of a clinical practice area to make simulation more applicable and sustainable.

Webinar Instructions:

  • This webinar will be hosted using WebEx, and is open to anyone interested.
  • A maximum of 50 participants can join the meeting. 
  • Audio is available ONLY through a phone line, NOT through your computer.

How to Connect:

1. Click to join the meeting. If you have an Island Health WebEx account, you may be asked to login to your account before connecting; your WebEx password is the same as your Island Health password. If you do not have a WebEx account, simply enter your name and an email address. A webinar window will open.

2. Connect to audio: in the bottom left of the window, click on the phone icon button (“I Will Call In”). Pick up your telephone handset, and:

  • Dial one of the following access numbers:
    28777 (Within Island Health)
    250-519-3698 (Victoria)
    250-740-6900 (Nanaimo)
    250-737-2600 (Duncan)
    250-731-1345 (Port Alberni)
    250-951-9555 (Parksville)
    250-331-8640 (Courtenay)
    250-850-2985 (Campbell River)
    250-902-6004 (Port Hardy)
    250-538-4709 (Salt Spring)
    250-725-4023 (Tofino)
    844-445-4475 (Toll Free)
  • Enter Meeting Number/Access Code:  991 517 509
  • Enter your Attendee ID, as displayed in the WebEx audio window.

You will be on MUTE when you enter the conference.  If you would like to ask a question, please use the chat box in the Webex window.