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School of Nursing Moves to 4th in NIH Funding

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has again jumped in our ranking as one of the top nursing schools engaged in National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research. In 2016, DUSON received more than $6.4 million in annual funds from NIH. The School has continued to jump in the rankings since 2010 when the School was ranked 22nd.

“Faculty and staff within the School of Nursing have been working diligently to expand and deepen our research efforts in order to lead, accelerate and translate nursing science,” said Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and Ruby Wilson Professor of Nursing, vice chancellor for Nursing Affairs for Duke University and associate vice president for Academic Affairs for Nursing for Duke University Health System.

“With the re-visioning of the Center for Nursing Research and its supportive infrastructure, and our efforts to target research clusters of excellence, our innovative faculty have been awarded some of the largest research award dollar amounts in the School’s history within the last six months. Our current NIH-funded research continues to reflect the variety of studies that will advance health outcomes for patients, their families and our communities,” she added.

Some of the NIH-funded projects from the past year that will improve the lives of patients include:

  • Reducing health disparities in SMI (serious mental illness), rural and minority populations
  • Enhancing breast cancer survivorship of Asian-Americans
  • Preventing pressure ulcers with repositioning frequency
  • Improving sickle cell disease care in central North Carolina
  • Quantifying system and data readiness for automated clinical decision support

“Over this past year, we’ve streamlined our focus and developed four research areas of excellence as part of our strategic planning initiative,” said Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing and associate dean for Research Affairs for DUSON. “These new research areas of excellence have been instrumental in increasing our NIH funding. By the beginning of our fall 2016 semester, we saw a 61 percent increase from fiscal year 2015.”

In addition to funding research, the NIH supports the Nursing Bridge to Doctorate Program, which is a partnership between Duke University and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) to increase the number of underrepresented minority PhD students and nurse scientists.

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