National Institute of Nursing Research director Dr. Patricia Grady recently delivered the keynote address at the 6th biennial Joanna Briggs Colloquium, which was held in association with the 12th International Nursing Research Conference in Cordoba, Spain. As she stated, the nurse scientists attending this colloquium “have come from all corners of the globe to engage in an exchange of nursing knowledge without borders; to reaffirm nursing’s commitment to eliminate barriers to global health; and to unite in support of relevant, evidence-based research to address world health issues.”
The Joanna Briggs Institute, based in Australia, is an internationally recognized organizational leader in the movement toward evidence-based practice. The theme of this year’s colloquium was Eliminating Borders of Knowledge.
Grady reflected on the breadth and significance of nursing science to clinical practice. “From the community to the clinic to the laboratory, nurses are leaders in improving the health of the world. Nurses of all nations advocate for safer water, provide disaster relief, vaccinate against infectious diseases, educate mothers on nutrition and safety and develop relevant research questions that drive tomorrow’s discoveries and improve heath care worldwide.”
She highlighted several international health projects supported by NINR, including: HIV prevention among youths in Mexico, Malawi and Thailand; treatment of high blood pressure among blacks in South Africa; and nursing workforce issues in countries around the world.
Grady also spoke about the strong support for international research and training at NIH, including the International Clinical Research Training Scholars and Fellows Program, sponsored through the Fogarty International Center.
She urged participants to “take advantage of opportunities to build the global nursing research community.” She encouraged nurse scientists to publish in internationally reviewed journals and urged educators to incorporate international health care learning experiences into nursing curricula.
In conclusion, Grady said, “Let us all be international partners in science, communicating with and connecting to our global colleagues in health throughout the world.”