Celebrating 150 years of Nursing in Canada

This year, as we celebrate our great nation, we also celebrate the nurses across our country who provide quality health care, knowledge, insight and compassion to Canadians in their homes, in our hospitals, our schools, clinics and on our streets.

Nurses are there for us from the first stages of life to our final moments. Whatever health issue Canadians are facing, nurses help us cope and lead healthier lives.  Nurses get us through. Every step of the way.

Nurse Stories

  • Jake-Mossop

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    Jake Mossop

    Frankly Speaking

    Jake Mossop talks relationships and safe sex in his practice and on late-night TV. Initiating frank discussions is an integral part of Mossop’s practice at Toronto’s Sherbourne Health Centre. It might not be a traditional role for a nurse, but being a panellist on MTV’s 1 Girl 5 Gays was a way for Jake Mossop to reach out beyond his regular practice and deliver a message about safe sex to a wider audience.Read More

  • Gina-Browne

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    Gina Browne

    Looking at the whole picture

    While working as a family therapist in southern Ontario in the late 1970s, Gina Browne made an observation that would change the focus of her life’s work. Read More

  • Helen-Boyd

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    Helen Boyd

    Tapping Into her power

    Much of the homelessness in British Columbia’s Comox Valley is hidden, says Helen Boyd: “You have to know where to look.” In its lush forests, nestled between the Strathcona mountain range and the sea, some hundred people live year round in dilapidated campers or tents. In its picturesque towns, young families stake out space in the living rooms of sympathetic friends for a night or two, then move on to the next temporary dwelling.Read More

  • Sheila-Early

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    Sheila Early

    Forensic nursing’s game changer

    In 1992, Sheila Early was the nurse clinician in the emergency department at the Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C. One day, she was asked to investigate a complaint about the length of time a sexual assault victim had waited for care. As Early proceeded, she was surprised to discover that the sexual assault investigation process had remained virtually unchanged since the 1970s. “There was little recognition that violence and trauma are health-care issues.” Read More

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    Cindy Cousins

    Nursing and farming feed the soul of Cindy Cousins

    “I’m passionate about nursing, and I’m really glad I’ve maintained my licence, even while raising my family and starting our farm,” Cousins says. “Nursing was the only career I thought of as a kid growing up in Pinette [a small town in eastern P.E.I.].” Read More

  • Sherry-Gionet

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    Sherry Gionet

    Elder care was in the cards

    She was only 12 but understood that they both lived alone and had problems with alcohol. Neither seemed to have any family around — at least, none that they were on speaking terms with. But because her father, John Wilkins, invited them to his home in the rural outskirts of Saint John, N.B., to play crib and talk about old times. Read More

  • Tracie-Rislings

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    Tracie Rislings

    Empowered by technology

    Tracie Risling knew her research into the effectiveness of technology in helping patients gain access to their health information was vital when one of the first participants in a pilot project told her a patient portal helped her detect her own cancer.Read More

  • Tim-Hague

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    Tim Hague

    The amazing racer

    Tim Hague didn’t start cycling because he craved a lean and muscular physique. He wasn’t driven by the cardiovascular benefits or the improved aerobic capacity. His motivation was much simpler: he was broke and needed a way to get to nursing school. Read More

  • Marion-Rattray

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    Marion Rattray

    It’s about living

    Even before Marion Rattray was born, her life was shaped by the terrible grief of parents who had lost a child. After delivering a stillborn daughter, Rattray’s mother was not able to see or hold her first child, or grieve the baby’s death. Seeing the lifelong effect that loss had on her mother led to Rattray becoming a pediatric nurse and one of Canada’s pioneering nurse specialists in pediatric palliative care. Read More

  • Lucie-Lemelin

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    Lucie Lemelin

    Lucie Lemelin | Promoting health, one strategy at a time

    Working upstream to prevent health problems has always been Lucie Lemelin’s passion. It is what drove her to do a PhD in clinical science and explore ways to support parents’ efforts to teach their four-and five-year-olds to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity.Read More

  • Brook-Davis

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    Brook Davis

    The North is where I want to be

    As a biology student at the University of Toronto, Davis signed on for summer jobs that would get her out of the city. She waitressed and tended bar at a fly-in fishing lodge and drove a truck as part of a support team for a cross-Canada cycle tour. Then, working as a canoe guide in Ontario’s Algonquin Park, she met Dustin, a fellow guide she’d later marry, and took a wilderness first responder course. Read More

  • Sophie-Pamak

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    Sophie Pamak

    Speaking her language

    Agvituk, meaning “place of the whales,” is the Inuktitut name for Hopedale. This coastal town of just over 500 people is the legislative capital of the Inuit territory of Nunatsiavut, a vast area of pristine, wild space along the northern coast of Labrador. Read More


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    The Canadian Nurses Foundation supports world-class Canadian health care by raising funds to advance nursing knowledge and research, and by recognizing professional merit in Canada’s nurses. For over 50 years, we have helped nurses learn, investigate and advance nursing best practices. We improve the delivery of health care in Canada by investing in nursing excellence that drives better patient care.Read More

  • casn-logo

    The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) is the national voice for nursing education and scholarship. Founded in 1942, the mission of CASN is to lead nursing education and nursing scholarship in the interest of healthier Canadians. As a bilingual, voluntary registered charitable organization, CASN represents 94 universities and colleges that offer part or all of an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing.Read More

  • cna-logo

    CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. Representing nearly 139,000 registered nurses, CNA’s members include provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges independent RNs from Ontario and Quebec, retired nurses, the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association, and the Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties. Read More

  • cfnu-logo

    The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) has been the voice of nearly 200,000 unionized nurses and nursing students across the country. The CFNU and its provincial nurses’ unions across Canada are young organizations – most only forming 40 years ago. The CFNU was born in 1981, and though we may not have a long history, we certainly have a proud one. We are strong advocates for our members, we promote the nursing profession on the national level, and we work tirelessly to protect the quality of health care for our patients and our universal public health care systemRead More

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following groups for helping us make this video possible:
Algonquin College, CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), City of Ottawa, Saint Elizabeth and Elizz, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus