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Historic Milestones


  • 70th Anniversary of CASN;
  • Nursing Research Conference – COUPN – CAATs;
  • Cultural Safely and Cultural Competence Symposium– Project Complete;
  • Internationally Educated Nurses Forum – Project Complete;
  • Published Pan-Canadian Framework of Guiding Principles and Essential Components for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Bridging Programs, and accompanying Final Report and Self Assessment Guide. – 2012;
  • Published Final Report on the Pan-Canadian Framework of Guiding Principles and Essential Components for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Bridging Programs- 2012;
  • Published Pan-Canadian Framework of Guiding Principles and Essential Components for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Bridging Programs- Self Assessment Guide – 2012;
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care Symposium– Project Complete
  • Published Palliative and End-of-Life Care Toolkit – An online teaching and learning resource to support undergraduate nursing education programs in Canada;
  • Published Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Faculty Guide for Nursing Education – A teaching and learning resource based on a pedagogical model: Story-based learning;
  • Published “A Story About Care” videoWorkshop on Scholarship;
  • Published Nursing Informatics – Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Registered Nurses;


  • Nursing Academic Leadership – Université Sherbrooke with Université Laval, Université de Montréal, McGill University, and Université du Québec;
  • Nurse Practitioner Forum;
  • Published Nurse Practitioner Education in Canada;
  • Internationally Educated Nurses Forum;
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care Symposium;
  • Published Palliative and End-of-Life Care Entry-to-Practice Competencies and Indicators for Registered Nurses;
  • CASN-Health Canada Infoway Project Informatics Forum;
  • CASN Position Statement on Baccalaureate Education published;
  • CASN Position Statement on the Education of Registered Nurses in Canada published;
  • CASN Position Statement on Master’s Level of Nursing published;
  • CASN Position Statement on Doctoral Education in Nursing in Canada published.


  • Nurse Educators’ Conference – University of Manitoba;
  • Doctoral Forum hosted;
  • Published CASN 2010 Environmental Scan on Doctoral Programs Summary report;
  • Public Health Clinical Placement Guidelines Project;
  • GANES conference.


  • Nursing Research Conference – Université de Moncton;
  • CASN Nursing Education Summit White Paper;
  • New website.


  • New five year strategic plan;
  • First Nursing Education Summit;
  • Hosted the inaugural Educating the Future Nursing and Health Workforce: a Global Challenge Conference with Global Alliance for Nursing Education and Scholarship;
  • First National Nursing Academic Leadership Conference – Ryerson University, York University, University of Toronto, University of Ontario Institute of Technology;
  • Public Health Taskforce published Preparing the Community Health Nursing Workforce: Internal and External Enablers and Challenges Influencing Undergraduate Nursing Programs in Canada in the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.


  • Implementation of New CASN (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing/Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières) Accreditation Program;
  • National Nurse Educators’ Conference – Queen’s University.


  • Pilot Testing of New CASN Accreditation Program;
  • Nursing Research Conference – University of Victoria.


  • National Nurse Educators’ Conference – University of Montreal / McGill University


  • Three new CASN Task Forces
  • Palliative/End of Life Care
  • Public Health
  • Patient Safety


  • National Nurse Educators’ Conference – Dalhousie University
  • Approval of new CASN Accreditation Program Policies and Standards
  • Workshop on Accreditation
  • 90 University, University-College, and College member schools
  • CASN Nursing Research Database and Nursing Education Programs launched with new look and web interface


  • 60th anniversary of CAUSN/ACEUN
  • New Mission and Objectives
  • New Constitution & Bylaws and structure
  • New Membership category
  • New name and incorporation of CASN/ACÉSI
  • Second National Nursing Education Strategy
  • First National Nursing Research Strategy
  • 88 university, university-college and college member school


  • Visioning Day and Long Range Planning Exercise
  • Board of Accreditation added Student/Graduate and Regulatory representatives
  • Approved expansion of National Office to 5 staff


  • First National Nurse Educators’ Conference
  • First National Nursing Education Strategy
  • Creation of Taskforce on Accreditation
  • CHSRF support for development of Canadian Nurse Research Funding Database


  • National Nursing Research Conference
  • Approved expansion of National Office to 3 staff


  • First National Database of nursing research funding
  • PAHO-funded Study of Canadian Schools of Nursing and Medicine and International Involvement


  • First National Database of International Linkages
  • Summary of student and faculty profiles 1984 to 1995


  • Participation in Trilateral Nursing Initiative in North America
  • National Nursing Research Conference
  • First National Database of International Expertise of Nursing Faculty


  • National Nursing Research Symposium to set priorities for nursing research
  • Publication and Implementation of Revised CAUSN Accreditation Program
  • Adoption of Bilingual policy


  • National Nursing Research Conference
  • First National Database of all university nursing program offerings
  • 31 university member schools


  • 50th anniversary of CAUSN


  • International Role of Canadian Nursing Schools Conference


  • Publication of first CAUSN Accreditation Program


  • Creation of National Office with 2 full-time staff
  • 6 university member schools


  • Collaboration on policy to establish baccalaureate degree as entry into practice by 2000


  • CAUSN assumes mandate for accreditation of university nursing programs


  • Name changed to Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing (CAUSN)
  • First Newsletter issued


  • First publication of Nursing Papers (later Journal of Canadian Nursing Research)


  • Reorganization into 4 Regions: Atlantic; Quebec; Ontario; and Western


  • Council becomes Associate member of Association of Universities & Colleges of Canada (AUCC)


  • First Constitution and By-laws ratified
  • Eastern and Western Regions established


  • Formation of the Provisional Council of University Schools and Departments


  • Five university certificate programs established


  • First Baccalaureate degree Program in Nursing