|NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady speaks to the audience at the 2012 CANS State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research.
Two recent nursing science events featured NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady as a speaker. The events, the annual NightinGala hosted by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, were both held in Washington, D.C. During the events, Grady focused on several common themes—the importance of innovation, personalized medicine and interdisciplinary teams for improving health and fostering best practices in clinical care.
The NightinGala brought together more than 1,000 leaders from science policy, research, clinical practice, academia and the community, as well as members of Congress and their health care and legislative staffs, to commemorate nursing science and NINR. This year’s event, titled “Nursing Research: Navigating the Streams in an Inter-Professional World,” emphasized the value of interdisciplinary work. Grady stated, “The emphasis of nursing science on proactive, self-managed, personalized strategies to improve health and health care is critical for the transformation of national health care. The approach of health promotion and disease prevention signals a fundamental realignment that may be the single most important transforming force in our health and health care system in the years to come.”
The following day, Grady presented at the CANS State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. The congress, which provides a forum for sharing advances in nursing science, is a biennial event that was focused this year on “Discovery through Innovation.” Grady provided insights on effectiveness research, informatics research and the connections between the two areas. She gave examples of cutting-edge research that NINR and NIH are funding to ultimately improve health and enhance clinical practice.