CNF Covid-19 Fund For Nurses

CNF Covid-19 Fund in Support of Nurses Across Canada

This pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to all of us. Nurses and health care providers across the country are at the front lines keeping our families, friends and communities safe. Their tireless efforts in this ever-changing battle against Covid-19 is crucial.

The Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF)  COVID-19 Fund for Nurses will:


Click here for CNF’s official statement on Covid-19.


Funded Projects
Community Partners
Funded Projects

Nursing The Future

Dr. Judy Duchscher and her national team from across Canada are excited to share this platform of support for nursing students and newly graduated practical, psychiatric and registered nurses as they transition to all scopes of professional nursing practice.

Visit to have a listen to their stories about how this project funded by CNF is uniting nurses and moving nursing forward.

Nursing The Future

“It is the vision, creativity and passionate commitment of these young professionals, supported by the expert knowledge and practice experience of their senior mentors that will drive nursing and healthcare forward”.

Dr. Judy Duchscher


Nurses’ Voices

Nurses’ Voices launching in early June, 2021, is a unique new video and audio series hosted by Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler, that amplifies the voices of nurses to help them adapt and excel within these changing and uncertain times.

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Gail Donner, RN, PhD“Nurses’ Voices features conversations with a diverse group of Canadian nurses from a variety of workplaces including long term care, acute care and community health.” -Gail Donner, RN, PhD

Mary Wheeler, RN, MEd“Nurses’ Voices provides a forum where guests and hosts listen and learn from each other to grow and thrive in an ever-changing healthcare system where the new normal is uncertainty.” – Mary Wheeler, RN, MEd

Nurses Voices


The Impact of Prolonged PPE Use

Kim LeBlanc, CNF past award recipient, is conducting a study funded by CNF to better understand the risks and impact of prolonged PPE use, especially facial masks, on nurses’ skin.

Kim LeBlanc“Despite numerous personal and media reports by healthcare professionals of PPE-related skin injuries, there exists limited published evidence to support the prevention of these wounds.”

Kimberly LeBlanc PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC (C), FCAN

Research Study Prolonged PPE Use on Nurses

“CNF is very pleased to support research that can reduce the risk to nurses at the front lines of this pandemic in a year where their health and protection is paramount,” says Christine Rieck Buckley, CNF CEO.

You are invited to participate in a brief survey studying the Impact of PPE use on Canadian Healthcare Professionals. The survey should not take more than 15 minutes to complete. The aim of this study is to explore the impact of PPE use on Canadian Healthcare Professionals.

Please follow the link listed below to enter the survey.

For further information, please contact Lead investigator, Kimberly LeBlanc

Development and Sharing of Best Practices for Future Pandemics

Supported by CNF’s new COVID-19 Fund for Nurses, nursing leaders, Denise Bryant-Lukosius and Erin Ziegler, are engaging national and international stakeholders to examine advanced practice nursing innovations developed in response to COVID-19.

Denise Bryant-Lukosius“The funding providing by CNF enabled us to get this time-sensitive project up and running very quickly. The global response to participate in this project has been simply outstanding and reinforces the critical need for this work”. –Denise Bryant-Lukosius, RN PhD

Erin Ziegler, PhD, NP-PHC

“Advanced practice nurses have been at the forefront of healthcare system responses to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.  Understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected advanced practice nurses, their professional practice and the workforce from a global perspective is key to developing implementing strategies to better support advanced practice nurses and to optimize their utilization.”

-Erin Ziegler, PhD, NP-PHC

Community Partners

Covid-19 Fund Community Partners

 CNF has partnered with Pandora, Sky Screen (TM) brought to you by Med Supplier, MudHero, Fund Duel, Canada Protection plan, Elite Tax Service, Wear it Forward, Pika & Bear, Aramark, Honibe, CANPALM, Claps That Count, Curated by Jodie, Neostrata, the Weston Family Foundation, and Cat’s Craft Corner in support of the fund.


May 15, 2020 – CNF’s CEO, Christine Rieck Buckley, discuss the Thank a Nurse Campaign and our COVID-19 Fund for Nurses on Rogers Breakfast Television here

May 4, 2020 – National Newswatch – Nurses are performing the ultimate public service – let’s support them

April 23, 2020 – Watch CNF’s CEO, Christine Rieck Buckley, discuss new COVID-19 Fund for Nurses on CTV here