|NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (c) and AACN summit participants
“Clinical and translational science, led by nurses, is central to the reform movement in health care,” NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady told the audience at the recent American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Student Policy Summit. “This demonstrates not simply the incredible power of scientific research and discovery as a positive change agent, but also illuminates the responsibility we have as clinical and translational scientists to effectively disseminate our scientific findings to our practice and policy communities.”
The 3-day conference, held in Washington, D.C., brought together an interdisciplinary audience of nursing students and leaders in academia, research, clinical practice and policy. Grady spoke about health care system challenges—such as the rising demand for clinicians, an aging population, the demand for lower costs and how “nurse scientists are leading the way in discovering and implementing solutions to these challenges.”
In one example Grady offered, NINR-supported researchers demonstrated that nurse-managed transitional care reduced hospital readmissions and total health care costs. To disseminate and translate their findings, the researchers formed partnerships with clinicians and major health insurers. “It is a reciprocal translational continuum—research informs education, clinical practice and policy,” said Grady.
In addition to the lecture, Grady met with AACN faculty policy intensive fellows to talk about NINR research and training opportunities and the contributions of nursing science, which she said “illuminate the scientific path for policymakers faced with solving complex health challenges, resolving restricted budgets and advancing health system reform.”