Write for us

Updated Jan. 20, 2020

Canadian Nurse is inviting submissions in both new and existing article categories.

With the launch of our website in early 2019, we plan to feature more articles on patient outcomes, workplace improvements and other topics in practice, education, policy, research and administration. Content will include stories about successes and challenges in the workplace, best practices, in-depth analyses, opinion pieces, profiles, research summaries, advice from experts and insights into all aspects of the profession. Please note that we are no longer accepting original research papers for peer review.


Canadian Nurse is not an academic journal. Because the site has a broad-based readership, submissions written by a single author that have a distinct point of view work best.

Overall, your work should seek to inform, inspire conversations and support nurses in their practice, particularly those working at point of care. With these goals in mind, we ask that you:

  • focus on what nurses need to know
  • organize your ideas around a central premise that holds together
  • use plain, clear, concise language
  • emphasize the active voice
  • avoid nursing jargon and lengthy quotations.

Having good ideas that are well expressed and well structured is more important than perfect grammar or precise word count. If your manuscript is accepted, it will be edited for clarity and consistency with Canadian Nurse style while keeping your original voice.

Finding the best fit

Before you send us your work, it’s important to first figure out how it fits into the article categories we publish. The guidelines in the next section should help you find the best match. If you’re still not sure, email us (editor@canadian-nurse.com). We’ll be happy to assist.

We cannot accept previously published material (print or online) or manuscripts under consideration by other publications. We do not publish term papers, literature reviews, book reviews, poems or obituaries.

What we’re looking for

We invite submissions from Canadian nurses and nursing students in the following categories:

Introducing Nursing Grand Rounds

Nursing Grand Rounds is a forum where you can share your story of successful change management with others facing similar situations. From the learnings in your story, readers will be able to implement proven solutions within their own jurisdictions. Readers will learn how to define issues, select appropriate partners, and evaluate outcomes, along with any other pieces of wisdom that you can share.

Nursing Grand Rounds Guidelines NEW!


Feature NEW!

Promising Practices


Study Showcase NEW!


References (i.e., for Feature and Promising Practices) must be complete. Include a link, if available. Follow APA style: an author-date system for in-text citations, an alphabetical reference list at the end and no endnotes or footnotes.

Photos and supplementary materials

We encourage you to submit high-resolution digital photos to accompany your manuscript. Images must be a minimum of 300 dpi at 100 per cent final size. Acceptable file formats: GIF, PNG, TIFF and JPG.

What to include:

  • caption information (name(s) and context)
  • photo credits (name of photographer or company)
  • releases obtained from all identifiable persons in your photos

Canadian Nurse reserves the right to make the final decision on all images and caption information.

For other materials (e.g., graphics, audio, video), please contact us.


When including figures, always provide the source files so we can edit the language and make other modifications to ensure Canadian Nurse brand consistency.

A source file is the original, editable document in which a figure was created. It’s also known as vector-based artwork. Graphs, charts, plots, diagrams, etc., should always be submitted as EPS, PDF or PowerPoint files. If a figure does not convert correctly, create and submit a PDF in addition to the original source file.

When figures are used within a manuscript, a preview should be inserted and properly labelled within the submitted Word document.

Sending your manuscript

Submit your manuscript as a Word attachment to editor@canadian-nurse.com. Send any photos as attachments, i.e., not embedded in the manuscript.

Include the following in the body of your email:

  • author first and last names
  • daytime phone number
  • author credentials, job title and place of employment
  • article category the submission is meant for

After you submit

We will acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week. After an initial assessment, we will accept or reject the manuscript, request revisions or send it for external review. We do our best to let authors know that decision within eight weeks.

If accepted, your manuscript will go through an editing process, during which you’ll get the chance to review and respond. Canadian Nurse reserves the right to make final decisions on title and copy changes. Before we publish, we’ll ask you to complete a declaration of authorship form and agree to transfer copyright to the Canadian Nurses Association.

Other ways for you to contribute

Nurse to Know

Nominate Canadian nurses we should profile.

We’re looking for those who have advanced the profession, made a difference in patients’ lives or in the community, inspired other nurses or faced challenges that helped them grow.

Send us the nurse’s name and contact information, along with a brief explanation of why you think this person deserves to be a Nurse to Know.

Day in the Life NEW!

Help us offer a glimpse into the workday of a nurse colleague. Email us a short paragraph explaining why you think this person’s routine would interest other nurses. Be sure to include the nurse’s name and contact information.

Suggest a story idea

If you’re dealing with a workplace challenge or know of a practice problem or success story your colleagues should be made aware of, let us know. We may be able to assign a writer to pursue the topic. We’re also interested in hearing about nursing roles and practice settings that are unique in some way.

Provide feedback

Log in with Disqus to comment on an article you’ve read. If you have feedback for the editorial team, write to editor@canadian-nurse.com

Promising Practices

Introduction & Background
Describe your practice setting, and explain the specific problem/challenge you faced and the effect it was having (e.g., on patient outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, staff morale, workplace health). Where did the idea for the promising practice come from?

What is the promising practice? What are its key features? Who was responsible for developing and implementing it? What was the timeframe (from conception through implementation to evaluation) for the program/project?

Explain how the promising practice was implemented (e.g., by a committee, in a workshop). Describe any challenges with implementation, including staff or patient buy-in and administration. Was new funding required? If so, where did it come from?

How well did the promising practice work? How were results tracked and evaluated?

Lessons Learned
What did you learn from the experience? Is there anything you would have done differently?

Next Steps
Will the promising practice continue? Who is responsible for maintaining it? Will it continue to be funded? Are you planning to make any refinements to it? Will it be rolled out to a larger group or in another setting?