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Vol. LXVII, No. 19
September 11, 2015

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Grady Discusses Nursing Research, Health Policy

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (sixth from l) and AACN faculty policy intensive participants

NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (sixth from l) and AACN faculty policy intensive participants

Photo: AACN

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 training opportunities.

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