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

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E4348 Health Sciences, Saskatoon

Biography

Welcome to the College of Nursing, USask. 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 diverse clinical background informs my teaching and research interests. The overall goal of my program of research is to develop and disseminate clinically useful knowledge that will translate into improved family-centred 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, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 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 the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Committee, and I am the Co-Chair of the International Family Nursing Association Education Committee.

Research Interests

  • Pediatric nursing
  • Family nursing care
  • Hope
  • Pediatric nursing education

Methodology

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods

Publications

Books

Holtslander, L., Peacock, S., & Bally, J. (January 2019). Hospice Palliative Home Care and Bereavement Support Nursing Interventions and Supportive Care. (p. 272). Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.

Chapters in Books

Bally, J., & Burles, M. (January 2019). Keeping Hope Possible. In Holtslander L., Peacock S., Bally J. (Ed.), Hospice Palliative Home Care and Bereavement Support. Nursing Interventions and Supportive Care (pp.143-152). Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland: : Springer Nature

Bally, J., Smith, N., & Burles, M. (January 2019). Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care in Canada. In Holtslander L., Peacock S., Bally J. (Ed.), Hospice Palliative Home Care and Bereavement Support. Nursing Interventions and Supportive Care (pp.253-269). Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland: : Springer Nature

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Bally, J. & Spurr, S. (2021). Education is Definitely Key”: An Interpretive Description of Nursing Students’ Experiences with Pediatric Oral Health Nursing Education. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 7(2), 5-10.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Hyslop, S., & Mcharo, K. (2021). Beyond “Watching the Sweets”: An Interpretive Description of Adolescent’s Understandings and Insights into Preventing Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, e12351. https://doi.org/10.1111/jspn.12351

Mcharo, K., Bally, J. M. G., & Spurr, S. (2021). Nursing Presence in Pediatric Oncology: A Scoping Review. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, doi: 10.1177/10434542211041939

Bally, J.M.G., Burles, M., Spurr, S., Holtslander, L., Hodgson-Viden, H., Sinha, R., & Zimmer, M. (2021). Keeping Hope Possible Toolkit: The Development and Evaluation of a Psychosocial Intervention for Parents of Infants, Children and Adolescents with Life Limiting and Life Threatening Illnesses. Children, 8(3), 218. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8030218.

Fonesca, R., Carvalho, M., Querido, A., Figueiredo, M., Bally, J.M.G., & &, Charepe Z. (2021). Therapeutic Letters: A Qualitative Study Exploring their Influence on the Hope of Parents of Children Receiving Pediatric Palliative Care in Portugal. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 25. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12325.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Bullin, C., Allan, D., & McNair, E. (2020). The Prevalence of Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Among Ethnic Groups of Adolescents in Canada. BMC Pediatrics, 20(1), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-020-1924-6

Bally, J., Burles, M., Smith, N., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Hodgson-Viden, H., & Zimmer, M. (2020). Exploring Opportunities for Family Care of Parental Caregivers of Children with Life-Threatening or Life-Limiting Illnesses. Qualitative Social Work, 20(5), 1356-1373. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325020967739.

Spurr, S., Bullin, C., Bally, J. & Bomans, D. (2020). Undiagnosed prehypertension/Hypertension in Canadian adolescents: The critical role of the public health nurse. Public Health Nursing, 37(6), 837-845. DOI: 10.1111/phn.12792

Bally, J. M. G., &, Mcharo K. (2020). Research in Pediatric Oncology: Engaging Parents to Strengthen Research Processes, Outcomes and Knowledge Translation, Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 30(3), 220-222.

Burns, M., Bally, J., Burles, M., Holtslander, L., & &, Peacock S. (2020). Influences of the Culture of Science on Nursing Knowledge Development: Using Conceptual Frameworks as Nursing Philosophy in Critical Care Nursing. Nursing Philosophy, 21(4), e12310. https://doi.org/10.1111/nup.12310

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Hill, P., Gray, K., Newman, P., & Hutton, A. (2019). Exploring the prevalence of undiagnosed prediabetes, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and risk factors in adolescents: A systematic review. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 50, 94-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2019.09.025

Li, H., Bowen, A., Bowen, R., Balbuena, L., Feng, C., Bally, J., & Muhajarine, N. (2019). Mood instability during pregnancy and postpartum: a systematic review. Archives of women's mental health, 23(1), 29-41. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00737-019-00956-6

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Bomans, D., Bullin, C., & McNair, E. (2019). Prediabetes: An Emerging Public Health Concern in Adolescents. Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Case Reports, 2(2): e00060.

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. (2018). Nurse-led diabetic retinopathy screening: a pilot study to evaluate a new approach to vision care for Canadian Aboriginal peoples. International journal of circumpolar health77(1), 1422670.

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 (Nominated Principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-principal Investigator), Risling T (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-investigator), Sinha R (Co-investigator), Brusky J (Co-investigator), Burles M (Collaborator), Janvier S (Collaborator), Ogren J (Collaborator), Tisher J (Collaborator). (January 2020 - December 2021- extended due to COVID-190). Developing a Doorway to Accessible Supportive Care Resources for Parents of Seriously Ill Children: An Innovative Pediatric Palliative Care ePortal, 9995.0 (CAD). Planning and Dissemination - Institute Community Support, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 9995.0 (CAD) to Bally, Jill.

Mcharo Solomon, Bally, Jill (Co-Investigator), & Shelley Spurr (Co-Investigator), Shelley Peacock (Co-Investigator), Lorraine Holtslander (Co-Investigator), Keith Walker (Co-Investigator). (September 2019 - August 2020). Exploring Nursing Presence as Experienced by Family Caregivers in Pediatric Oncology (For Kasha Mcharo), 5000.0 (CAD). Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology. 5000 (CAD) to Bally, Jill (co-supervising PhD candidate).

Bally, Jill (PI) (July 2019 - December 2019). Exploring the Experiences of Indigenous Family Caregivers of Children with Life-Threatening and Life-Limiting Illness in Saskatchewan, 5000.0 (CAD). College of Nursing, USask. 5000 (CAD) to Bally, Jill.

Burles, M. & Bally, J. (January 2018 - December 2018). Exploring the Experiences of Aboriginal Family Caregivers of Children with Life-Threatening and Life-Limiting Illness in Saskatchewan (fellowship for Meredith Burles), 70000.0 (CAD). Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre. 70000 (CAD) to Burles, M. (PDF Supervisor).

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Haase K (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), MacRae R (Co-investigator), McAiney C (Co-investigator), Morgan D (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator), Ploeg J (Co-investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Thompson G (Co-investigator), Vedel I (Co-investigator), Micheal J (Collaborator), Gawdun J (Collaborator), Hauck V (Collaborator). (May 2019 - April 2020). Championing Health professional Dementia Care Education, 20000.0 (CAD). Planning and Dissemination - Institute Community Support, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 10000.0 (CAD) to Peacock, S.

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

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, CIHR Seed Funding, College of Nursing. Total: $9,965.00 for 2018-03 to 2019-08

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

 

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