There has been considerable progress made in the last three decades to firmly establish nursing research in Canada. However, progress has been uneven and there have been numerous challenges to the development of nursing research in Canada including the lack of graduate programs in the early days and concerns related to faculty capacity, research infrastructure and funding support. In spite of these challenges, nurse leaders have continually championed nursing research and the development of university based graduate education as well as financial investments in nursing specific infrastructure and research funding to ensure development of the field. In the future, the development of nursing research will be dependent on a continuing supply of well-prepared faculty mentors and strong research training environments to ensure nurses remain competitive in interdisciplinary and shifting research funding environments.
Keywords: Canada; nursing research; graduate education; research infrastructure; research funding; doctoral nursing programs