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Jill Bally BsN, RN, BA(Psych), MN, PhD Associate Professor

Address
E4348 Health Sciences, Saskatoon

Biography

Hello and welcome to the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. My name is Jill M. G. Bally and I am a registered nurse with over two decades of practice experience in pediatrics. I have worked in various clinical settings including Acute Care Pediatrics, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a pediatric surgical unit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Through these experiences I have had the invaluable privilege of working with exceptional health care providers in caring for children and their families. I joined the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan in 2004 and was very pleased to assume a tenure track position in 2011.

My expansive and diverse clinical background informs my teaching and research interests with the overall goal of optimizing the health of infants, children, and adolescents, and their families through equitable evidence informed health care and nursing education. My primary objective is to develop and disseminate clinically useful knowledge that will translate into improved health care in pediatrics through application to nursing education and clinical practice.

I have been very fortunate to conduct research within an interdisciplinary team of researchers, care providers, graduate students, and community members including the Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan. Our research has been awarded in a variety of ways including funding from the Royal Bank of Canada Nurses for Kids Community Development Program, the Provost’s Project Grant for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning, the Canadian Association for Nurses in Oncology, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Our research has also been recognized by the Canadian Foundation for Health Innovation (Canadian Health Care Innovation Award: Palliative Care, 2017), Canada Health Infoway (Canada Health Infoway’s 2015 Faculty Interprofessional eHealth Award), and In Touch Health (The Outstanding Acute Care Telemedicine Achievement Award, 2014).

I have taught in all years of our undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in a variety of different courses, in the Post-Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing option, and also in the Master of Nursing program. I thoroughly enjoy every opportunity that I have to interact with students and use these to continuously develop scholarly teaching and learning practices.

I am an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Mu Sigma Chapter (University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB). Additionally, I am pleased to serve on a number of committees in the College of Nursing including Vice Chair of Graduate Programs, and am also the Co-Chair, Education Committee of the International Family Nursing Association. 

Research Interests

  • Pediatric nursing
  • Family nursing care
  • Pediatric palliative care
  • Hope
  • Nursing education

Methodology

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods

Publications

Bally, J. M. G., Burles, M., Smith, N. R., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Hodgson-Viden, H., & Zimmer, M. (2019). Exploring Opportunities for Holistic Family Nursing Care of Parental Caregivers of Children with Life-Threatening or Life-Limiting Illnesses. Submitted to the Journal of Holistic Nursing.

Spurr, S., Bally, J. M. G., Bomans, D., Bullin, C., & McNair, E. (2019, January). Prediabetes: An Emerging Public Health Concern in Adolescents. Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.

Smith, N. R., Bally, J. M. G., Holtslander, L., Peacock, S., Spurr, S., Hodgson-Viden, H., ... Zimmer, M. (2018, October). Supporting Parental Caregivers of Children Living with Life-Threatening or Life-Limiting Illnesses: A Delphi Study. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 23(4). DOI: 10.1111/jspn.12226

Burles, M. C., & Bally, J. M. G. (2018, July). Ethical, Practical, and Methodological Considerations for Unobtrusive Qualitative Research About Personal Narratives Shared on the Internet. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17(1).

Bally, J. M. G., Smith, N. R., Holtslander, L., Duncan, V., Hodgson-Viden, H., Mpofu, C., & Zimmer, M. (2018, January). A Metasynthesis: Uncovering What is Known About the Experiences of Families with Children Who Have Life-Limiting and Life-Threatening Illnesses. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 38, 88-98. 

Spurr, S., Bullin, C., Bally, J., Trinder, K., & Khan, S. (In Press). Nurse-led Diabetic Retinopathy Screening: A Pilot Study to Evaluate a New Approach to Vision Care for Canadian Aboriginal Peoples. Journal: International Journal of Circumpolar Health (ZICH).

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Bullin, C., & Trinder, K. (2017, June). Type 2 Diabetes in Canadian Aboriginal Adolescents: Risk Factors and Prevalence. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 36, 111-117.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Hayes, A., Ogenchuk, M., & Trinder, K. (2017, April). Interprofessional Education: Enhancing Students Understanding of Oral Health. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière, 3(1).

Spurr, S., Bally, J., & Trinder, K. (2016). Predictors of Physical Activity in Positive Deviant Adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31(3), 311-318.

Holtslander, L., Duggleby, W., Teucher, U., Cooper, D., Bally, J., Solar, J., & Steeves, M. (2016, January). Developing and Pilot-testing a Finding Balance Intervention for Older Adult Bereaved Family Caregivers: A Randomized Trial for Feasibility. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21, 66-74.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Trinder, K., & Williamson, L. (2016, January). A Multidimensional Investigation into the Predictors of Physical Activity in Canadian Adolescents. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 34(4), 390-401.

Spurr, S., Bally, J. M. G., & Ogenchuk, M. (2015, April). Integrating Oral Health into Pediatric Nursing Practice: Caring For Kids Where They Live. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 20(2), 105-114.

Bally, J. M. G., Holtslander, L., Duggleby, W., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., & Wright, K. (2014). Understanding Parental Experiences Through Their Narratives of Restitution, Chaos, and Quest: Improving Care for Families Experiencing Childhood Cancer. Journal of Family Nursing, 20(3), 287-312.

Holtslander, L., & Bally, J. M. G. (2014). The concept of finding balance in bereavement: Applying theory and research to practice. Grief Matters, 17(1), 20.

Bally, J. M. G., Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., & Wright, K. (2014). Keeping Hope Possible: A Grounded Theory Study of the Hope Experience of Parental Caregivers Who Have Children in Treatment for Cancer. Cancer Nursing, 37(5), 363-372.

Ogenchuk, M., Spurr, S., & Bally, J. M. G. (2014, May). Caring For Kids Where They Live: Interprofessional Collaboration In Teaching and Learning In School Settings. Nurse Education in Practice, 14(3), 293-98.

Grants

Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-principal Investigator), Burles M (Co-investigator), Myo D (Co-investigator), Janvier S (Co-investigator), Sutherland C (Co-investigator), Sinha R (Co-investigator), Brusky J (Co-investigator). Supporting Indigenous Family Caregivers of Children with Life-Threatening and Life-Limiting Illness in Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). Total: $105,250.00 for 2019-03 to 2021-02

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-principal Investigator), Risling T (Co-investigator), Sinha R (Collaborator), Hodgson-Viden H (Collaborator). Arts-Based Research Methods with Families of Seriously Ill Children: A Pilot Study, CIHR Seed Funding, College of Nursing. Total: $10,000.00 for 2019-03-01 to 2020-02-28

Balbuena LC (Principal Investigator), Bowen A (Co-investigator), Bowen R (Co-investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Brantsaeter A (Co-investigator). Neuroticism and Mood Instability as Suicide Prevention Targets. Saskatchewan Health Research Funding. Total: $119,997.00 for 2017-09 to 2020-09

Bally J (Principal Investigator). Examining Parents' Online Accounts of Caring for a Child with Cancer. Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmieres en oncologie. Total: $5,000.00 for 2017-08 to 2018-08

Spurr S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Butler L (Co-investigator), Khan S (Collaborator). Caring For Kids Where They Live: Using Technology to Prevent Vision Loss in Northern Aboriginal Youth, Retina Foundation of Canada. Total: $20,000.00 for 2015-09 to 2016-12 

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator). Evaluating a Theory-Based Hope Intervention to Support Parents of Children with Life Limiting and Life Threatening Illnesses, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $119,999.00 for 2015-09-01 to 2018-09-03

Butler L (Principal Investigator), Exner-Pirot H (Co-investigator), Norbye B (Co-investigator), Wolff Skaalvik M (Co-investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Bullin CA (Co-investigator), Neuls E (Co-investigator), Tomtene M (Co-investigator), Thurmeier R (Co-investigator). Developing a Northern Nursing Workforce, The funding will support establishing a network of institutions providing decentralized/ distributed nursing education to northern communities, in Norway, Canada, Siberia, Alaska, Iceland and Greenland. The goal is to improve the pedagogy of northern nursing education, share best practices, and form a community of students and educators in an annual Innovative Learning Institute on Circumpolar Health to jointly examine and improve the clinical practice of nursing in a northern context. Norwegian government program- Norway-North America High North Grant. Total: $272,578.00 for 2015-03 to 2018-07

Bally J (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Zimmer M (Co-investigator). Developing a Psychosocial Support Intervention for Parents of Children with a Life Limiting or Life Threatening Illness Living in Saskatchewan: A Community Based Approach, RBC Nurses Kids Community Development Program. Total: $40,000.00 for 2013-08 to 2015-08

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Thomas-Maclean R (Co-investigator), Wright K (Co-investigator). The Hope Experience of Parental Caregivers of Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment, CANO/ACIO (Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association Canadienne des Infirmiries en Oncologie). Total: $5,000.00 for 2011 to 2013

Contracts, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Burles M (Co-principal Investigator). Patient Engagement Application Development Award, Sprout Grant, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research Agency Program(s): Patient Engagement Application Development Award. Total: $2,500.00 for 2018-07 to 2018-11

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Burles M (Co-principal Investigator). Exploring the Experiences of Indigenous Family Caregivers of Children with Life-threatening and Life-limiting Illnesses in Saskatchewan, Ideas Incubator, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $5,000.00 for 2018-07 to 2018-11

Other Funding

Spurr S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-principal Investigator), McNair E (Co-investigator), Nour M (Collaborator). A Community-Based Health Promotion Approach to Developing an Intervention for Adolescents Living in Saskatoon Who are at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, College of Nursing. Total: $9,965.00 for 2018-03 to 2019-08

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Spurr S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Ogenchuk M (Co-investigator). Pediatric oral health: An essential component of nursing education, College of Nursing. Total: $5,000.00 for 2013 to 2014

Bally J (Principal Investigator). Helping Parents of Children with Cancer: A Systematic Review, New Faculty Start-Up Funding, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $7,325.00 for 2012-08 to 2015-08