A Thriving Culture of Research
Jul 22, 2015 11:00 AM
The University of Utah College of Nursing was among the first nursing research institutions in the western US. It continues to enjoy a culture of engaged investigation and is a nursing research leader. The College’s #16 National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding rank is partly due to securing prestigious P01 and T32 research grants. The grants support scholarly inquiry and help recruit the country’s nursing research standouts.
“The College of Nursing is part of an academic health science center [and has] missions of research, scholarship, teaching, service, and practice,” said College of Nursing Dean Patricia Morton.
Faculty and students advance health for diverse issues, including cancer symptom management and quality of life, hospice and palliative care, bereavement, falls, chronic disease and disabilities, health information exchange, clinical decision support, patient safety, genetics, and women’s health.
Explaining that nurses are involved with research is common for Ginette A. Pepper, associate dean of research. While it may be news to some, nursing research focuses heavily on improving the patient experience, says Pepper.
Morton agrees. “Research is a priority because our faculty are very committed to helping solve the health issues facing patients and families,” she said.
One example is Kathi Mooney, a distinguished professor and award-winning nursing researcher. Mooney is co-leader of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute. According to Mooney, cancer research has mostly been about new treatments and extending life with less attention on decreasing symptom burden. Even with advances, Mooney says there is more to learn about developing effective treatments and about the mechanisms that cause symptoms. Mooney’s ability to lead, energize and inspire collaboration among diverse scholars has resulted in consistent funding from the NIH and the National Cancer Institute, as well as the college’s first Program Project Grant (P01).
“At the University of Utah, I have been blessed by dedicated research staff and collaborators,” said Mooney. “Our work is demonstrating how cancer symptom burden can be significantly reduced. Success is the work of many, not just the leader.”
Cancer, Aging and/or Palliative Care tenure line faculty positions. Read more about available positions.
RANKED 16TH IN NIH FUNDING
For the third time in five years, U of U College of Nursing (CON) ranks in the top 20 schools for NIH funding. In fiscal year 2014, CON brought in $2.6 million in research funding from the NIH.
The college's $6.9 Million NIH Program Project Grant (P01) supports new discoveries in end-of-life care and is one of only three Colleges of Nursing in the country to receive a P01 grant.
Several urgent priorities including preparing of the next generation of nurses, cultivating health care researchers, and developing cancer and end of life care resources are converging at the College through a T32 Grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The grant assists in recruitment of predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows in nursing. It also addresses NINR strategic areas: health promotion and disease prevention; improving quality of life through self management, symptom management and caregiving; and end of life research. As a national leader in using technology to deliver doctoral education in nursing to distance based students, the College recruits highly qualified students from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations.