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Vol. LXV, No. 12
June 7, 2013

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Grady Connects Science with Education, Practice, Policy

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (fourth from r) and the AACN faculty policy intensive participants

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (fourth from r) and the AACN faculty policy intensive participants

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady recently presented at a series of American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) events. The three events—a student policy summit, a faculty policy intensive and a luncheon briefing on Capitol Hill—brought together an interdisciplinary audience of nursing students and leaders in academia, research, clinical practice and policy. Throughout the events, Grady emphasized a central theme—the impact of NINR research on clinical practice and health care.

At the student policy summit, titled “Translating Nursing Research into Policy,” Grady explained how NINR, like other NIH institutes and centers, provides leadership and scientific consultation in a wide range of forums. She also gave examples of recent NINR-supported advances and their relevance to improving the health of all Americans.

“One common thread binding our communities together is the application of scientific evidence to improve health and health care,” Grady said. “Nursing research, practice and education are critical and essential components to catalyzing sustainable, comprehensive improvements.”

At the briefing on Capitol Hill, Grady joined deans from AACN nursing schools for a discussion about nursing research and its impact on clinical practice. She offered examples of cutting-edge research and training opportunities that NINR is funding to improve health and health care across the lifespan. She also emphasized the need to support research that provides the evidence base for clinical practice. “Research in the health sciences has led to tremendous improvements in the health and welfare of people in our country and around the world,” she noted.

The following week, Grady met with fellows from the AACN faculty policy intensive, a program in which faculty from AACN-member schools engage in an intensive policy experience, which includes an opportunity to meet with leadership from federal departments and agencies.

“Nursing research, clinical practice and policy have an iterative, cyclical relationship,” Grady said. “Gaps identified by research spur on policy, which in turn influences and shapes our research agenda as well as clinical practice.”

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