Rural Nurses’ Experiences with the Provision of Maternity Care

May 2006 – April 2007 (Pilot Project);

November 2006 – December 2007 (Full Study)

Research Team

  • Principal Investigators: Karen MacKinnon, Harvey Thommasen
  • Co-Investigators: Jo’Anne Yearley, Christine Ondrik, Jude Kornelsen
    Support Team:  Tatiana Bourlova

Funding Agencies

  • Vancouver Foundation, BC Medical Services Foundation (Pilot Study); Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Full Study)


  • Duncan, North Cowichan Valley, Sechelt, Sunshine Coast, Powell River (Pilot Study)
  • Golden, Invermere, Cranbrook, Fernie, Creston, Kimberley (Full Study)

Project Summary

The overall aim of this research project was to explore rural nurses’ experiences with the provision of maternity care in their communities and identify possibilities for changes in health policy and nursing education / practice that would better support nurses in their work.


MacKinnon K. (2008). Labouring to Nurse: The Work of Rural Nurses Who Provide Maternity Care. Rural and Remote Health 8:1047. (Online)