The idea of an Atlantic research network for nurses was formulated by Sue Bookchin, RN, MPH, and Marilyn Bacon, RN, MEd.
of Bacon Bookchin Associates with Gail Tomblin-Murphy, RH, MN, Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
They felt that with the new emphasis on funding for research in nursing and nursing policy, an opportunity to link
nurse researchers, educators, providers, decision makers and policy makers together was timely. Thus, an advantage could
be gained by consolidating research initiatives that were both responsive to real needs, and critical for guiding nursing
This initial idea expanded into the entire Atlantic region, and has resulted in the establishment of the Atlantic Consortium
for Research Utilization in Nursing (ACRUN).
ACRUN is still a fledgling virtual group with strong commitment from members in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, PEI,
and New Brunswick. Meetings are held through teleconferencing and an e-mail network
<firstname.lastname@example.org> linking members across the Atlantic provinces.
Submitted a proposal to Canadian Health Services Research Foundation to develop an ACRUN Communication
Infrastructure. Although we were unsuccessful the group continues to explore potential funders to establish the network.
Submitted a Letter of Intent to Canadian Health Services Research Foundation to study "Effective Mechanisms and
Policies for Establishing, Monitoring and Predicting the Needs for Nursing Services around Chronic Renal Failure in the
Received a $1000 seed grant for development of study proposal from the Maritime Center for Excellence in Women's
Full proposal was submitted to for study "Effective Mechanisms and Policies for Establishing, Monitoring and
Predicting the Needs for Nursing Services around Chronic Renal Failure in the Atlantic Region" submitted
The above study was funded by CHSRF.
Submitted a letter of intent to CHSRF for the study "Meaning of the Lived Experience of Atlantic Region Nurses:
Perception of Their 'Workload' and its Meaning to Their Retention"