NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (sixth from l) and AACN faculty policy intensive participants
National Institute of Nursing Research director
Dr. Patricia Grady recently presented at the sixth
annual American Association of Colleges of Nursing
(AACN) Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.
The 3-day conference brought together an audience
of nursing students and leaders in academia,
research, clinical practice and policy to discuss the
federal policy process.
Grady provided an overview of NINR and how
nursing science can affect health care and health.
She also provided examples of how nurse scientists
of the future can develop the research skills
necessary to become leaders in the worlds of both
science and science policy.
“At NINR, we believe that research is fundamental
to advancing health care practice and education,”
said Grady. “Of particular note is NINR’s emphasis on
‘team science,’ which looks to the future of research
in such areas as big data and pragmatic trials.”
She discussed the various roles that NINR and
nursing science fulfill in improving health and
wellness. One example was research supported
through NINR’s small business technology transfer
program. Dr. Samuel Sia and his colleagues developed
and tested the mChip—a portable, point-ofcare
“lab-on-a-chip” diagnostic device—that in 15
minutes detects HIV and associated co-infections
such as syphilis and herpes. Grady also described
the work of Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott and her colleagues
to reduce HIV/AIDS risk behaviors in teens;
it has been implemented by the CDC.
Grady concluded, “The challenges and opportunities
that lay before us are many and complex, but
I am confident that, together, through our mutual
support of nursing research, we will advance health
care and improve health outcomes for our citizens.”
In addition to the lecture, Grady met with the
AACN faculty policy intensive fellows. This program
provides faculty an opportunity to engage in an
intensive policy experience, including meeting with
leadership from federal departments and agencies.
Grady talked about current health challenges and
opportunities and ways NINR supports AACN’s
federal policy agenda through its research and