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January 15, 2016
Vol. LXVIII, No. 2

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Grady Receives AACN ‘Policy Luminary’ Award

At its recent meeting, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) awarded the 2015 Policy Luminary Award to Dr. Patricia Grady, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research.

From l, AACN CEO and president Dr. Deborah Trautman, NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady and AACN board chair Dr. Eileen Breslin
From l, AACN CEO and president Dr. Deborah Trautman, NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady and AACN board chair Dr. Eileen Breslin

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“Dr. Grady’s illustrious career in nursing science has paved the way for advancing health care policy on numerous fronts,” said Dr. Deborah Trautman, president and CEO of AACN. “Her leadership over NINR for the past 20 years, coupled with her own extensive research portfolio, has helped to ground health policy decisions in evidence. National dialogues on how to improve quality of life, promote health, wellness and reduce burden and cost are more informed when nursing research, and in particular that of NINR, is not only included, but translated into policy. Dr. Grady has taken up this cause by working with her colleagues across other institutes and disciplines within NIH and the broader research community.”

In brief remarks, Grady recognized “the reciprocal relationship between research and policy,” and noted that NINR works “to align our research to be cognizant of society’s most pressing needs so as to improve practice and advance the education and training of the next generation of nurse researchers.” She added, “AACN has been a major force in these efforts, with its policy agenda and numerous conferences that create venues for important discussions on research, policy and training.”—Lindsey O’Keefe

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