In late 2002, the Office of Nursing Policy convened a "Think Tank" of Canadian nurse scientists and policy-makers to create an opportunity to articulate the major challenges in advancing the nursing science agenda in Canada, and also to discuss what action(s) might be taken to address these challenges. Together, participants identified a number of challenges as follows:

  • increasing the pool and critical mass of nurse scientists
  • maximizing career trajectory
  • aligning focus of research with sources of research funding
  • enhancing linkages between practice and science
  • building research programs
  • evaluating scientific productivity, and recognizing individual scientists
  • capitalizing on nursing research opportunities and
  • investing in leadership and succession planning.

Participants subsequently selected four of these challenges as priorities and identified key collaborative opportunities to address them. Given this promising start, it seems that nursing is positioning itself to make a significant contribution to health research.