National Nurses Week 2017

Research!America

“Research led by nurses plays a vital role in integrating patient, provider, and system level interventions that improve care and outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations,” said Martha N. Hill, RN, Ph.D., Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and Research!America board member. “They are on the frontlines of cutting-edge research aimed at tackling chronic health conditions and psycho-sociodemographic threats to improve quality of life for all Americans.”

"Now more than ever, the world needs confident, competent and credentialed nurses to improve patient outcomes," said Patricia Davidson, Ph.D., MEd., RN, FAAN, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. "They are also required to be courageous and bold to advocate for the highest quality health care for all Americans – this also includes providing funding for nursing research and practice innovation." 

Saluting Nurse Researchers

National Nurses Week begins May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of modern nursing’s founder Florence Nightingale. This observance is an opportunity to honor the country’s more than 3 million registered nurses who provide direct patient care, health promotion, patient education, and coordination of care in hospitals, public health clinics, schools and homes. This year’s theme, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit,” designated by the American Nurses Association, recognizes the commitment of nurses to advancing patient care. Research!America and partners are saluting nurse researchers and nurses in leadership positions who play critical roles in the prevention and treatment of disease. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing report, acknowledges the growing expertise of nurses in leading reforms to the health care system, directing research on evidence-based improvements to care, translating research findings into practice, advocating for policy change and serving as full partners on health care teams. Nurses are making important contributions to the health and well-being of citizens worldwide.

stories of discovery

Click here to learn about nurse researchers funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and how their vital work is paving the way to improve patient outcomes.

Read this fact sheet from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to learn more about nurse researchers making a difference in patients' lives.

A study led by nurse researcher Dr. Jessica Gill, chief of the NINR Division of Intramural Research’s Brain Injury Unit, could help predict recovery time for sports concussions.

research!america resources

Visit our Reasons for Research page to learn about the work of Johns Hopkins University nurse researcher Kamila Alexander, PHD, MPH, RN.

Our Nursing Research Fact Sheet showcases how nurses are leading research on evidence-based improvements to care.

Read a guest blog post from the University of Michigan School of Nursing's Janean E. Holden, PhD, RN, FAAN highlighting the role of health promotion and big data in improving patient outcomes.

This blog post sheds light on how palliative care research is improving quality of life.

Click here to learn how nurse researcher Teri Pipe, PhD, RN, of Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation is helping to take nursing research to new heights.

additional RESOURCES

American Nurses Association

AACN State Snapshots on National Institute of Nursing Research Funding

Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing

Assessing Progress on the IOM Report The Future of Nursing (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine)

Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Advocacy

FNINR Brochure

Participating Research!America Members

American Academy of Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Arizona State University College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation

University of Michigan School of Nursing

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