College of Nursing Ranks 16th for NIH Funding
Jan 13, 2015 3:00 PM
For the third time in five years, University of Utah's College of Nursing (CoN) was ranked in the top 20 schools for National Institutes of Health funding.
In fiscal year 2014, the CoN brought in *$2.6 million in research funding from the NIH and was ranked 16thin the nation. In 2013, the college brought in $1.1 million and was ranked 38th. On top of being highly competitive in research, the University of Utah does so with the added challenge of having fewer and younger faculty than most schools, says Nursing Dean Patricia Morton, Ph.D., R.N.
Research, Scholarship, Care
"The College of Nursing is part of an academic health science center. As such we have the missions of research, scholarship, teaching, service, and practice. The University of Utah is a research-intensive university and the College of Nursing is congruent with the university's goals," Morton says.
"Research is a priority because our faculty are very committed to helping to solve the health issues facing patients and families. Additionally, we want to lead in the transformation of the health care system to be one that delivers quality, affordable, and accessible care for all," she adds.
The University's position from NIH grant funding is especially impressive considering the bleak outlook for medical research. The NIH has lost nearly 25 percent of its funding since 2003, when adjusted for inflation. With increasing competition and fewer grants available, the University has to put greater emphasis on nurturing junior faculty and accelerating their research trajectories. Also, collaboration with colleagues from across campus in other disciplines is vital, Morton says.
Legacy of Research
The CoN has a strong history of research and was one of the first nursing research institutions in the West. Some of the areas of emphasis include aging, oncology, palliative and end-of-life-care, nursing informatics, and symptom management, says says Ginny Pepper, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean for the Research and Ph.D. Program in the College Of Nursing. For example, two new University of Utah College of Nursing NIH grants totaling $9.4 million will support research in end-of-life care and a new training program for cancer and aging.
"In addition to teaching and providing clinical care, we are also very focused on the research portion of our three missions," Pepper says. "From conception through the continuum of care to palliative and end-of-life, we are focused on improving patient safety, experience and outcomes."
*University of Utah College of Nursing NIH Funding Ranking
|Amount||$2.6 Million||$1.1 Million||$1.4 Million||$2.8 Million||$2.8 Million|
*NIH funding and ranking information provided by Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.
Seth BrackenSeth is an account executive/copy writer with University of Utah Health Sciences. (801) 587-1142, firstname.lastname@example.org.