||“Nursing Research — Looking to
the Future” is the theme of a day-long symposium, featuring
noted nurse scientists who will discuss advances in four
major areas of research supported by the National Institute
of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health:
Health Disparities, Aging, Support for Training of Nurse
Scientists, and the Application of Telemedicine in caring
for various vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. In
addition, the Honorable John E. Porter, former U.S. Congressman
from the 10th district of Illinois, and Dr. Roger Bulger,
Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Minority
Health and Health Disparities at NIH will discuss the future
of America's health enterprise and its implications for nursing
||This symposium marks the conclusion of a series
of events and meetings on the NIH campus and across the country
to mark the NINR 20th Anniversary and its contributions to
the nation's health.
||October 11, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
||Natcher Auditorium on the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland
“NINR’s mission ‘to establish
a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the
life span’ has opened up entirely new areas of research
and yielded advances that truly span our universe of health
and disease,” said Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the
US Department of Health and Human Services. NINR’s
accomplishments have proven the integral role nurse scientists
play in advancing science and improving health.” he
added. "All Americans should be thankful for the efforts
that NINR and its dedicated scientists put forth every day
to change lives for the better,” Secretary Leavitt
Dr. Patricia A. Grady, the Director of NINR, calls this
anniversary year “an historic milestone in the science
of nursing. We can look back and see the strides nursing
research has made to improve patient care. It is gratifying
to see how research funded by NINR has reduced the impact
of illness, improved quality of life, reduced health care
costs, and changed practice. We must continue to look forward,
building upon this foundation and developing a forward-looking
agenda that will position nursing research at the forefront
of the health care sciences,” she concluded.
A formal home for nursing research at NIH became a reality
on November 20, 1985, when Public Law 99-158, the Health
Research Extension Act of 1985, authorized the creation of
the National Center for Nursing Research (NCNR). However,
it was not until April 16, 1986, that Dr. Otis R. Bowen,
then Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS), announced the establishment of NCNR. NINR’s
initial budget was $16 million.
The first meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing
Research (NACNR) was convened at NIH on February 17, 1987.
On June 10, 1993, President Clinton signed into law the
NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, and on June 1, 1993, DHHS
Secretary Donna Shalala signed a Federal Register notice,
formally establishing the National Institute of Nursing Research.
NINR’s placement among the Institutes within the NIH
added a new scientific and clinical perspective to enrich
the mainstream of the nation’s biomedical and behavioral
research endeavors. The mission of the National Institute
of Nursing Research is to support clinical and basic research
to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals
across the life span.
In April, 1995 Dr. Patricia A. Grady was appointed NINR
Director, and continues to serve in that position. Under
her leadership, the Institute has more than doubled its budget
and has significantly increased the number of research and
training grants awarded.
|Who Should Attend:
||The symposium is open to the public.
||The symposium is sponsored by the National Institute
of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH), the biomedical research arm of the federal government.
NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. NINR supports clinical and basic research to establish
a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life
span-from management of patients during illness and recovery
to the reduction of risks for disease and disability, the promotion
of healthy lifestyles, promoting quality of life in those with
chronic illness, and care for individuals at the end of life.