|The National Institute of Nursing Research Launches
Need information about nursing research? Want to find out how
nursing research is working to improve the health of the nation?
Access to information about this vital area of science and the
programs of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR),
one of 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of
Health, just got easier with the recent launch of the Institute’s
improved website: www.ninr.nih.gov.
The American public holds the nursing profession in high esteem.
In national polls, nurses are consistently rated among the most
trusted of professionals, and respondents rank nurses high in prestige.
Nursing science offers a rich mix of research topic areas that
can be viewed in the context of diseases and disorders, phases
of the lifespan, and population groups. “We’re excited about our
revitalized website,” said Dr. Patricia A. Grady, NINR Director. “It
should prove very helpful to all constituents who visit the site,
from the general public to nursing professionals and the entire
Improved design, graphics, and navigational tools will help visitors
to the website more easily find a wide array of information about
NINR, including the NINR history, mission, and budget; capsules
of significant research findings; and upcoming NINR events. A new
feature added to the website gives visitors access to NINR podcasts
of pre-recorded audio and video presentations, interviews, and
meetings that can be viewed or listened to from their computer
or portable media player.
The site will also benefit scientists and nursing graduate students.
Scientists can read about research priorities, areas of science
in the NINR portfolio, and funding opportunities. They can find
contact information for NINR Program Directors to discuss their
research ideas and proposals. Students can learn about training
grants, the NINR Research Centers, career development awards, and
educational opportunities such as the Summer Genetics Institute
and the online training program, Developing Nurse Scientists.
In addition, the site updates the activities of the National Advisory
Council for Nursing Research (NACNR), which helps direct NINR priorities
and review NINR grant applications. A schedule of upcoming meetings,
which include sessions open to the public, as well as minutes of
past NACNR meetings, are posted on the website.
Also new to the website is a section containing several recent
NINR publications available in PDF for viewing and downloading,
1. The NINR Strategic Plan for 2006-2010. Released
in October 2006, this new Plan will serve as a blueprint for continuing
to elevate the contributions of nursing science within health care
2. Subtle and Dangerous: Symptoms of Heart Disease in
Women. This booklet summarizes several recent findings
from NINR investigators related to cardiac symptom recognition
and treatment in women.
3. Changing Practice, Changing lives: 10 Landmark Nursing
Research Studies. This booklet reviews 10 studies supported
over the history of NINR that represented significant landmarks
in nursing science.
“NINR recognizes the importance of providing up-to-date information
on nursing science and scientific findings in an easily accessible
and comprehensive format,” said Dr. Grady. “The broad range of
research programs supported by NINR impacts the health of millions
of Americans every day.”
The primary mission of the NINR, one of 27 Institutes and
Centers at the National Institutes of Health, is to support clinical
and basic research and establish a scientific basis for the care
of individuals across the life span. For additional information,
visit the NINR web site at www.ninr.nih.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.