Turning Point 1969


In 1969, nursing research in Canada was so young that it didn’t have its own scholarly journal. Moyra F. Allen, director of the graduate program at McGill’s School of Nursing, took issue with this omission—so she filled the gap with the first in what would become an erratically published, yet trailblazing, series of slim volumes called Nursing Papers. Allen retired in 1984 and her pet project fell to new editor Mary Ellen-Jeans, who changed the name to the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research and introduced a peer-review process. By 1992, the CJNR was flagging, but McGill nursing professor Laurie Gottlieb recognized the importance of keeping the groundbreaking journal alive. “You want to base practice on the best evidence,” she explains. “A research journal plays an important role: to provide that best evidence, to provide guidelines for best practice.” Gottlieb stepped in as editor-in-chief.