In 1987, six Canadian community health nursing leaders recognized the need for a national body to represent and advocate for the diverse practice of community health nursing and the health of communities. Their vision and action three decades ago resulted in the formation of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC), a national professional nursing association. This paper will describe the development of CHNC from an early vision to a recognized centre of excellence for community health nursing in Canada. Significant milestones described include developing structures to advance excellence in practice, creating and acting on a vision, advancing leadership capacity, supporting professional development and promoting best practice, advancing community health nursing in undergraduate education and advocating for health policy.
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