The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) hosted a reception for the Congressional Nursing Caucus on Wednesday, February 10 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the event was to bring together those members of Congress who have expressed interest and support for nursing and nursing's contributions to health care. Congressman David Joyce (R-OH), co-chair, Congressional Nursing Caucus, was among the attendees.
“As an advocacy organization for the National Institute of Nursing Research, we understand in very important ways that health care today is a team science,” said Michael Bleich, Ph.D., R.N., FNINR president. “Nurse scientists are among the best trained in complex research methods and probe important questions that advance the quality-of-life across the health continuum. We want Congress to truly begin to understand the magnitude of these contributions.”
FNINR is calling upon Congress to increase the use of expert nurse scientists for the purpose of testimony on health, health care, and clinical issues; consider carve out funding for those national initiatives where nurses could lead knowledge generation, such as in the areas of Alzheimer's and other brain conditions, oncology; and double or even triple funding to NINR. “Not only is this funding necessary for science, it is funding needed to grow the number of Ph.D. nurses who will be the next generation of scientific leaders,” Bleich added.
Keynote speaker Bill Novelli, professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University and co-chair, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, discussed the critical role of nursing research in palliative and end-of-life care.