Learning for Nurses

CANIBD holds a number of conferences and education events throughout the year. Read the content below to learn more about these opportunities, and how you can participate.
  • The deadline to apply for the 2019 Fellowship competition has passed. The 2020 competition will be launched in late 2019.

    The CANIBD IBD Nurse Fellowship provides an educational and mentoring opportunity to new or early career Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) nurses through a consistent, structured fellowship program in selected IBD Clinic locations across Canada.

    Fellows participate in a one-week on-site preceptorship with an experienced IBD nurse. A second week at the Fellow's employment site may also be facilitated to allow for additional mentoring with the Preceptor.

    Contingent on funding, Fellows and Preceptors receive up to $2,500 to participate in this program.

    Read the full application details.

  • Let's talk about SEX!

    DATE: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET)


    This webinar will feature international speakers Key Greveson, Lead Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Specialist from the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK and Lorraine Grover, Psychosexual Nurse Specialist from the London Clinic, in London, UK. 

    Learning objectives:

    • Provide knowledge exchange and clinical insights on sex and IBD
    • Focus on how to facilitate sex-related discussions with IBD patients
    • Share best practices on how to manage IBD patients

    Support for this learning activity has been provided by Takeda Canada, and is offered in collaboration with CANIBD. 

    NIICE Summit 2020 - Nurses Initiative in IBD Care and Education in Canada

    This 2.5-hour virtual session features speakers Elizabeth Martin, BScN, MN, NP, Inez Martincevic, MSc, RD and Karen Frost, NP.

    Please email canibd@crohnsandcolitis.ca for more information on how to register. 

    DATE: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    6:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. (ET)

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss current hot topics and issues in IBD​
    • Share best practices regarding the management of patients with IBD
    • ​Discuss how to apply recent evidence to clinical IBD practice

    Topic Highlights:

    • HCV/Liver Considerations by Elizabeth Martin (BScN, MN, NP)
    • ​Nutrition & IBD by Inez Martincevic (MSc, RD)
    • IBDisk by Karen Frost (NP)

    This program made possible by AbbVie, and is offered in collaboration with CANIBD.

  • In 2018, the Canadian IBD Nurses published the Vaccination Guide for Immunosuppressed Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The guide discusses both standard Canadian vaccinations and vaccination in special circumstances.

    Download the Vaccination Guide
  • Every year, the Canadian IBD Nurses (CANIBD) holds an annual conference in collaboration with the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates (CSGNA) and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC). In 2020, CANIBD held its conference on Thursday, November 5, 2020. This learning event was made possible thanks to the generous support of AbbVie, Pfizer, and Takeda. 

    2020 Conference 

    CANIBD Nursing Forum (6:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST)

    The Nursing Forum provided an opportunity to highlight CANIBD member activities and successes during the past year.

    Plenary Session (6:30 pm to 9:00 pm EST)

    IBD Nursing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    This session featured international perspectives on the evolution of IBD nursing over time. Presenters each described the history of IBD nursing in their country, and highlighted how these roles have changed. Presenters discussed the role of virtual care, and best practices that have emerged – or been accelerated by – COVID-19.


    Presenters/ Expert Panelists

    Palle Bager, PhD, MPH, RN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Senior researcher, Associate Professor
    Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology,
    Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark

    Heidi Jensen Harris, RN
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Nurse Consultant
    Vice Chair IBDNA
    Mater Hospital Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

    Kelly Phalen-Kelly, RN, MHSc
    Nova Scotia Collaborative IBD Program, Division of Digestive Care and Endoscopy, QEII Health Sciences Centre
    Halifax, NS

    Michele Rubin, APN, CNS, CGRN
    Associate Director, University of Chicago IBD Center
    Co-Director of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Nurse and Advanced Practice Provider Committee, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Chicago, IL

    Facilitators/ Expert Panelists

    Jennifer Stretton, ACNP, MN, BScN
    St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, ON

    Melanie Watson, MN, NP Pediatric
    Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre
    London, ON

    You can also read a summary of the 2019 CANIBD Conference HERE.
  • The Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates (CSGNA) invites you to their annual conference on April 29-May 1, 2021 in Calgary, AB!

    The 2021 CSGNA Conference "For Guts & Glory" is the largest gathering of healthcare professionals, Associates and decision-makers, with a focus on gastroenterology nursing, in Canada. Featuring high-profile keynote speakers; cutting-edge panels on current issues in gastroenterology nursing; and a wealth of networking activities, the conference is the country’s premier event for evidence-informed discussion and debate on health care.

    For more information, visit CSGNA.
  • Details coming soon!
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, equip yourselves with information and encourage your IBD patients to do so as well. Below, you will find resources for healthcare providers and patients on COVID-19 and IBD.

    Guidance for People with IBD

    Get up-to-date recommendations on COVID-19 for people with IBD, developed by Crohn's and Colitis Canada's COVID-19 Task Force. This resource provides guidelines on IBD medications, physical distancing, travel, clinic visits, and more.


    Crohn's and Colitis Canada is delivering webinars every Thursday. Each week, experts provide updates on the state of COVID-19 and share specific recommendations for people with IBD. Various panelists are invited each week to speak on different topics. Past topics include pregnancy, diet, infusion clinics, and mental health. To watch past webinars or sign up for future webinars, click here.

    Additional Resources

    The Public Health Agency of Canada provides excellent information and resources on COVID-19 and the impact for Canadians.

    The Surveillance Epidemiology of Coronavirus Under Research Exclusion (SECURE-IBD) is an international registry to monitor and report on outcomes of COVID-19 occurring in IBD patients. Healthcare providers can report cases. You can also access the public data and updates that are available.

    Crohn's and Colitis Canada has developed posters for you to use in your clinic to help direct patients to their weekly webinars on COVID-19 and IBD.

    Thank You!

    To all nurses out there, thank you! We know that working on the frontlines may be challenging, tiring, and scary. You are all heroes and if CANIBD can support you in any way, please do not hesitate to email canibd@crohnsandcolitis.ca.
  • In 2020, the Canadian IBD Nurses published the Biologic Therapy Teaching Tool for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This tool is designed for IBD nurses and healthcare providers to assist in educating patients when discussing treatment options for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The tool discusses guidelines for delivering the medications and considerations for special populations.

    Download the Biologic Therapy Tool for Ulcerative Colitis.
    Download the Biologic Therapy Tool for Crohn's Disease.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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