The National Institute of Nursing Research and the National League for Nursing recently co-hosted the 2015 National Nursing Research Roundtable. Since 1987, the annual event has brought together leaders of nursing organizations with a significant research mission from across the country to discuss priorities in science, practice and policy. The focus of this year’s gathering was “The Nexus of Research, Education and Practice for the Health of the Nation,” which provided an opportunity to discuss health care transitions and the policy and practice implications of these transitions as a critical aspect of health care.
“Studies of transitional care have shown promise in both improving health outcomes and reducing costs,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady during opening remarks. “Nurse scientists have pioneered research in this area, as well as taken the lead in implementing transitional care strategies—a true integration of research and clinical practice.”
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Eileen Sullivan-Marx, dean of the College of Nursing at New York University. Her talk emphasized the need to teach competencies in research at all levels of education, make research careers exciting and use more case-based learning in the research curriculum. She also highlighted the importance of tying nursing and nursing outcomes to data, informatics and health care financing.