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Vol. LXI, No. 15
July 24, 2009
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Grady Discusses ‘Limitless Opportunities’ in Nursing Research

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady speaks at the Oklahoma Statewide Nursing Research Day conference.

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady speaks at the Oklahoma Statewide Nursing Research Day conference.

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady recently gave the keynote address at the Oklahoma Statewide Nursing Research Day conference. The event, held in Oklahoma City, drew over 200 nursing faculty and students from across the state.

In her presentation, “Nursing Research in the 21st Century: Limitless Opportunities,” Grady discussed nursing science and its pursuit of excellence. As she noted, “All nurses are trained in observation, critical thinking and problem-solving—the basic elements of research. Nursing research is a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary field that brings the added dimension of clinical-based observation and expertise to its investigations.”

Citing several examples from NINR-funded studies—including research on reducing the risk of HIV exposure among adolescents, predicting recovery from traumatic brain injury and improving end-of-life care in the ICU—she reflected on the depth and breadth of nursing science and the critical importance of translating the findings from this research into evidence- based practice. In addition, she discussed the opportunities available through NINR and NIH to health professionals and students interested in research careers.

As she told the audience in conclusion, “The world needs you to apply your energy, ingenuity and dedication to science to promote health and ameliorate illness and disease. In turn, a research career will provide you with limitless opportunities and endless rewards.”—

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