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Friday, January 26, 2007
The National Institute of Nursing Research Launches Improved Website
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 science community.”
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, including:
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 research.
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.
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): 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. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
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