NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady was the keynote speaker at the 6th annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, which brought together an interdisciplinary group of students, clinicians and leaders in academia from across the northeast region of the U.S. She discussed the role of nursing science in evidence-based practice and NINR’s efforts to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice.
“The bidirectional and collaborative nature of nursing research is critical to the success of bringing research advances into evidence-based practice,” said Grady. “Health practitioners, patients and other community stakeholders play important roles that inform research and improve clinical practice and patient outcomes.”
At the 2-day event, held in Burlington, Vt., she emphasized how nurse scientists and NINR play significant roles in developing the evidence base for effective clinical practice, assessing future needs in health care and establishing new programs to address those needs.
“Nursing science plays a critical role in the health research enterprise, bridging the gaps between the bench, health care settings and communities, as well as translating the findings to clinical care,” Grady concluded. “Rather than focusing on any particular disease or condition, nursing science addresses the needs of individual patients—improving their overall health and quality of life.”