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Grady Speaks at International Nursing Research Conference

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady seated with colleagues in front of investen sign
NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (second from l) at the 20th International Nursing Research Conference

She and fellow presenters discussed nursing science advances over the past 20 years, as well as what the future holds.

Grady described NINR-funded achievements in the areas of symptom science, wellness, self-management and end-of-life and palliative care. For instance, discussing one study proving that water filtration using sari cloth reduced the incidence of water-borne cholera, Grady noted that “innovative technology need not be costly but, rather, may represent a novel approach or new application of a simple, readily available item.”

She also described the 2014 World Health Organization resolution, “Strengthening of palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course.” Noting NINR’s commitment to palliative care research, Grady said, “Nursing research has a vital role to play in both developing the evidence base for more effective palliative care interventions, as well as helping to address the obvious disparities that exist in its availability and use.”

While envisioning the future of nursing research, Grady cited NINR’s support of research training for nurse scientists, as well as the priorities outlined in NINR’s Strategic Plan, expressing her confidence that going forward, “nursing science will be the keystone to secure health, health care and desirable quality of life.”

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