Nature of Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada

Between 2001 and 2004, the Nature of Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada study was undertaken to examine and articulate the nature of registered nursing practice in rural and remote practice settings across the country. The project was led by four researchers (Drs. Martha MacLeod, Judith Kulig, Norma Stewart and Roger Pitblado), with a Research Team of 13 co-researchers and an Advisory Team of 24 decision-makers from all provinces and territories. The 2001-04 national study identified barriers to continuing education and helped in the creation of tailored education programs for rural/remote nurses in Nova Scotia and British Columbia. The dozens of articles, reports and presentations that came out of this first national study continue to inform policy and research.

Co-principal investigators:

  • Martha MacLeod (University of Northern British Columbia)
  • Norma Stewart (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Judith Kulig (University of Lethbridge)
  • Roger Pitblado (Laurentian University) (2012-2013)


  • Kathy Banks (Maternal Fetal Medicine, BC Women's Hospital)
  • Carl D'Arcy (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Dorothy Forbes (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Ginette Lazure (Université Laval)
  • Ruth Martin-Misener (Dalhousie University)
  • Jennifer Medves (Queens University)
  • Debra Morgan (University of Saskatchewan)
  • A. Michel Morton (Lakehead University)
  • Gail Remus (Sunrise Health Region, Saskatchewan)
  • Barbara Smith (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Elizabeth Thomlinson (University of Calgary)
  • Carolyn Vogt (University of Manitoba)
  • Lela Zimmer (University of Northern British Columbia)