The DSU Health Sciences Journal Club

The DSU Health Sciences Journal club is an opportunity to form a community of practice where students can support each other in reading and discussing scholarly works. There are many advantages to being a part of a journal club including potential improvements in academic and clinical performance, connection with peers, mentorship by faculty, and a feeling of membership and contribution within your program. In addition, the Journal Club offers a unique opportunity for interprofessional communication and building relationships between BSN, BSPN, Health Information Management, Health Science Continuing Education, and any other interested Douglas College students!


The Health Sciences Journal Club was established during the winter term of 2020. At our inception we were called the BSN PMP Journal club. In October of 2020 we extended an invitation to the PNUR PMP group to join us and in November 2020 we extended an invitation to the HIM and CE-Health Science students. We officially became the Health Sciences Journal club in November of 2020. In January 2021, the DSU Health Science Journal Club was officially ratified by the Douglas College Student Union. We typically meet in the evenings around 5:30 pm during the 3rd week of the month but this is flexible depending on member availability. We are currently meeting virtually during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Previous articles/topics have included:

  • Can grit be nurtured in undergraduate nursing students?

  • Lifelong learning strategies in nursing: a systematic review

  • Breastfeeding vs bottle feeding

  • Undergraduate nursing student perceptions of self guidance in a learning laboratory: An educational strategy to enhance confidence and workplace readiness

  • Community health nurses’ learning needs in relation to Canadian community health nursing standards of practice: results from a Canadian survey

  • Meeting a growing need: an online approach to cultural competence education for Health Professionals

  • Distance Education in Nursing: An integrated review of online nursing student’s experience with Technology-Delivered instruction

  • Self-compassion may reduce anxiety and depression in nursing students: a pathway through perceived stress

  • Academic integrity in the online learning environment for health sciences students

  • ‘We need to not be footnotes anymore’: understanding Metis people’s experiences with mental health and wellness in British Columbia, Canada

  • A chance to stop and breathe: participants’ experiences in the North American Opiate Medication Initiative clinical trial

  • Rural Nursing Education: A Photovoice Perspective

  • Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites

  • Food insecurity in Nunavut following the introduction of Nutrition North Canada

  • Effects of psilocybin-assisted therapy on major depressive disorder: a randomized clinical trial

  • Reproductive health care priorities and barriers to effective care for LGBTQ people assigned female at birth: a qualitative study

  • Mental health and sleep disturbances in physically active adults during the COVID-19 lockdown in Norway: does change in physical activity matter?


Topics and articles are open to suggestion by Journal Club members. Is there something you would like to learn more about? Suggest it in our Whatsapp group! Not a member yet? Email Jenn Tong, Allison Guia or Taylor Payne at to be added.​

Ruhina Rana

Faculty Facilitator:  Ruhina Rana

As a nurse and an educator, I am passionate about research and the use of evidence in health service delivery. I have 10 years of health care research experience and prior to that I was a neuroscience and neuropsychology researcher. I hold undergraduate degrees in psychology, neuroscience, and nursing, as well as a Masters degree in nursing with a focus on education. My thesis examined pedagogical strategies for increasing research capacity and supporting evidence informed practice in undergraduate nursing students. I am the Health Sciences representative to the High Impact Practices in Education (HiPE) committee, as well as the chair of the Health Sciences Research and Scholarship Committees. I serve on the board for practice-based research at BC Cancer and the Canadian Practice-based Research Network. I am an active researcher in the Douglas College community. My areas of interest include transition into practice, capacity building, and evidence informed practice. I am currently the Health Sciences Research Coordinator. My role supports both students and faculty in research and scholarship activities, such as proposal development, grant or ethics applications, data analysis, and knowledge translation. 


President: Jenn Tong

As a student nurse, I have a strong sense of curiosity and a passion for knowledge and understanding. I often draw upon my experiences as a mother of two young children and the challenges that I experienced on my journey to parenthood. While I was waiting to get into the BSN program after completing my pre-requisites, I worked on the Redevelopment Project (Phase 3) of BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Care Centre as a Project Coordinator. Working with an amazing interdisciplinary team of health leaders, administrators, architects, project managers, educators and direct patient care providers only served to strengthen my desire to make a difference in healthcare and to provide leadership and guidance to other students whenever possible. My areas of interest are in perinatal and neonatal nursing.  My role as a student leader in the journal club is to assist in scheduling the meetings, finding topics and articles when we do not have any suggested, and facilitating the club meetings.

Vice President: Allison Guia

During my time in the nursing program at Douglas College, I realized that I found myself asking the question “why” for almost everything I learned. I was particularly curious about human behaviour and the thought process involved in why people do the things they do. In my second semester I completed a research course as part of the program, and it was then that I realized that I had a passion for research. I joined the journal club in my second semester and my current role in the club is that of a peer participant and vice president. My areas of interest in nursing include emergency, mental health, and pediatrics

Treasurer: Taylor Payne

Hello, I am a Nursing student at Douglas College. In semester 2, I was wanting to be more involved, and I came across the Health Sciences Journal Club. During my first meeting, I observed and did not do much talking. I found attending Journal Club very valuable and helped in developing my skills at critically thinking and evaluating research articles. I continued attending meetings and participating in discussions more. I am currently a peer participant and treasurer. I enjoy the variety of interesting topics we get to learn more about.  I am open to the endless opportunities that a Nursing career offers. I have a wide range of interests and I feel I could end up anywhere, including working in Northern Canada and travel nursing.

Chloe Cesari-Hayes

Founding Leader – Alumni: Chloe Cesari-Hayes

Chloe is a graduated BSN student who was the founding student leader of the PMP Journal Club. Thanks to Chloe and Ruhina’s efforts the Journal Club has been helping students understand and enhance their ability to incorporate evidence-based knowledge in to their practice as nursing student