National Nurses Week 2018

“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,” says Martha N. Hill, RN, Ph.D., Dean Emerita and former 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.” 

"Nursing is one of the most rewarding and trusted of all professions, and never before have we had a greater need for nurses in policy, practice, education and research," says Patricia Davidson, Ph.D., MEd., RN, FAAN, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. "Solving complex issues, particularly in addressing the social determinants of health, calls for nurses who are highly educated, clinically competent and advocates for the highest quality care for all Americans." 

“We nurses save hundreds of lives through clinical and bedside care – and we save thousands more through research. Our discoveries and interventions are often borne out of first-hand experiences, from the NICU and the E.R. to the operating room and beyond. As we celebrate National Nurses Week, let’s also celebrate the impact of nursing research on our healthcare system,” says Cindy L. Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS, dean and professor, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. “Here at UM, our School of Nursing and Health Studies ranked 26th in NIH funding to nursing schools for 2017, and we are one of just 10 U.S. schools designated a PAHO-WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health. We emphasize to our students the essential role research plays in building a novel, optimistic, and world-changing community of learners aimed at advancing the mission of healthcare.”


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 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, “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence,” designated by the American Nurses Association, goes hand in hand with Research!America's efforts to promote nursing research and its impact on health and health care delivery.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reportAssessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing, 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.


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.

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.


In this blog post, University of Michigan School of Nursing's Sue Anne Bell discusses the important role nurse researchers play in disaster relief.

This blog post by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing's Tamar Rodney explains how nursing research is providing clues about the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

Click here to learn how Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation is working to inspire the next generation of nurses.

The Ohio State University's Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk describes the many ways in which nursing research matters, from improving population health and well-being to decreasing health care costs.

Read about how the University of Miami's nursing research is improving clinical outcomes for ICU patients.

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


American Nurses Association

AACN’s “Nursing Science Transforms” Campaign

Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing

FNINR Brochure


American Academy of Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

The Ohio State University College of Nursing

University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies  

University of Michigan School of Nursing


Policy Contacts

Without research, there is no hope.
The Honorable Paul G. Rogers