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Bonnie Stevens

Title:
Associate Chief of Nursing Research
Designations:
RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS
Phone:
416-813-6595
Email:
bonnie.stevens@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact Name:
Michelle Harvey
Alternate Phone:
416-813-8276
Alternate Email:
michelle.harvey@sickkids.ca
U of T Positions:
Professor, Faculties of Nursing, Medicine and Dentistry

Research Positions

Senior Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Learning Positions

Academic Practice Lead
SickKids Learning Institute

Chair positions

Chair, Pain Centre Advisory Committee
SickKids

Chair, Certification Committee
ChildKind International
 

Biography

Dr. Stevens oversees and directs the Nursing Research Portfolio at SickKids. Her research focuses on preventing and treating pain from skin-breaking procedures in hospitalized infants through the implementation of novel e-heath web-based strategies to change health care professional pain assessment and management practices. She supports nursing research through building capacity of nursing research trainees, mentoring staff, providing interprofessional collaboration and completing scientific reviews. Bonnie also works with colleagues in the Learning Institute on developing evaluation and quality improvement strategies for advanced nurses in clinical practice and education.

Dr. Bonnie Stevens also researches the assessment and management of pain in hospitalized preterm newborn infants, and the effectiveness of knowledge translation (KT) strategies for changing clinical outcomes.  

She is the Principal Investigator of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation Grant (2016-2023) that focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a web-based, seven-step resource for changing health care professional pain practices. She is currently conducting a large national trial to determine the effectiveness of this website resource in improving child outcomes. 

Education and experience

  • 1993: PhD in Nursing, McGill University, Montreal, QC.
  • 1983: Master of Science in Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
  • 1974: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.

Achievements

  • 2016: Graduate Teaching Award, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • 2000–2015: Inaugural Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2014: Knowledge Translation Prize, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • 2014: Distinguished Career Award, Canadian Pain Society2014: Award of Merit (Research), Canadian Nurses Association

Publications

  1. M. Bueno, B. StevensMA. Barwick, C. Chambers, M. Campbell-Yeo, C. EstabrooksS. Gibbins, D. Harrison, W. IsaranuwatchaiS. Le May, M. Noel, J. SlottaJ. Stinson, A. SynnesA. Willan, J. Yamada, S. Riahi, N. Gill, S-A. Li. (2020). Usability, acceptability and feasibility of the Implementation of Pain Practice Change (ImPaC) ResourcePaediatric and Neonatal Pain.  
  2. M. Bueno, B. Stevens, MA Barwick, S. Riahi. S-A Li, A. Lanese, A. Willan, A. Synnes, CA. Estabrooks, C. Chambers, D. Harrison, J. Yamada, J. Stinson, M. Campbell-Yeo, M. Noel, S. Gibbins, S. LeMay, W. Isaranuwatchai. (2020). A cluster randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the Implementation of Infant Pain Practice Change (ImPaC) Resource to improve pain practices in hospitalized infants: a study protocol. Trials. 21(1): 16. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-019-3782-9 SA 
  3. S. Raja, D. Carr, M. Cohen, N. Finnerup, H. Flor, S. Gibson, F. Keefe, J. Mogil, M. Ringkamp, K. Sluka, X-J. Song, B. Stevens, M. Sullivan, P. Tutelman, T. Ushida, K. Vader. (2020). The Revised IASP Definition of Pain: Concepts, Challenges, and CompromisesPAIN.
  4. B. Stevens, J. Yamada, M. Campbell-Yeo, et al (2018). The minimally effective dose of sucrose for procedural pain relief in neonates: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 18(1).
  5. S-A. Li, L. Jeffs, M. Barwick, B. Stevens. (2018). Organizational contextual features that influence the implementation of evidence-based practices across healthcare settings: An integrative reviewSystematic Reviews, 7(1): 7 2.

Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator

  • 2016–2023: Effective Knowledge Translation Strategies for Enhancing Impact and Improving Outcomes in Infant Pain. CIHR Foundation Grant.
  • 2016–2021: Chronic Pain Network. CIHR, SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease.

Co-Investigator

  • 2020–2025: Accomodation To include students with disability In Practicum Sites (AcTinSite): A co-design intervention. Government of Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC-CRSH) Insight Grant (PI: I Epstein).
  • 2018–2023: Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP). Networks Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization initiative (NCE-KM) (PI: C Chambers).
  • 2017–2020: Effect of skin-to-skin contact on acute pain response in the preterm brain. Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Establishment Grant (PI: M Campbell-Yeo)
  • 2017–2020: Comparative efficacy of pain relieving interventions to reduce procedural pain in neonates: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. CIHR – New Investigator Funding (PI M Campbell-Yeo).

Relevant pages

Stevens Lab

The Stevens Lab focuses on generating new knowledge on pain assessment and management for hospitalized infants and developing knowledge translation (KT) strategies to improve pain outcomes in health care settings.

Pain Centre

We aim to prevent and minimize pain for all children through integrated clinical care, education and research.

Learning Institute

Every day we work to advance a learning culture to improve patient care, education and research.

Nursing Research

Building capacity in paediatric nursing research worldwide through education, mentorship & collaboration.

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