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Mission & Strategic Plan

NINR Strategic Plan (2022–2026) – Under Development

Over the past year, NINR has been consulting with research, policy, and community partners in the development of a new Strategic Plan to lead nursing research and training to solve pressing health challenges and inform practice and policy—optimizing health and advancing health equity into the future. 

NINR 2022-2026 Draft Strategic Plan Framework

Guiding Principles for NINR-Supported Research

NINR supports research that:

  • Is innovative, applies the most rigorous methods, and has the potential for the greatest impact on individual, community, and population health 
  • Advances equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Tackles today’s pressing health challenges and stimulates discoveries to prepare for, prevent, or address tomorrow’s challenges
  • Discovers solutions to optimize health across clinical, community, and policy settings

NINR Research Lenses

In the NINR Strategic Plan, a research lens will frame the perspective by which to examine a health challenge. Nursing research comprises many different research lenses—each of which offers a valuable perspective by which to investigate health-related questions—illuminating a whole picture of health for individuals, communities, and populations. The NINR Strategic Plan will prioritize research framed through the following five lenses:

  • Health Equity: Nursing research, with its contextualized perspective, is ideally positioned to produce evidence needed to reduce and ultimately eliminate the systemic and structural inequities that place some population groups at a disadvantage in attaining their full health potential.
  • Social Determinants of Health: Nursing research is well-positioned to examine social determinants of health—the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, and age—and how these determinants affect health outcomes.
  • Population and Community Health: Nursing research can address critical health challenges at a macro level by focusing on interventions that affect groups of people with shared characteristics or who live within a shared area.
  • Prevention and Health Promotion: Nursing research aims to prevent disease and promote health through the continuum of prevention—from primordial prevention that targets the underlying factors that increase risk of illness, to tertiary prevention that aims to reduce disease severity, symptoms, and progression – with a particular emphasis on eliminating health disparities. 
  • Systems and Models of Care: Nursing research can use its solutions-focused and person-centered perspectives to address clinical, organizational, and policy challenges through the development, dissemination, and implementation of new systems and models of care, including those that bridge clinical and community care with social factors and needs.

Strategic Imperatives

NINR will support research and training in areas of science that are consistent with the Guiding Principles and developed using the perspective of at least one of the five Research Lenses. NINR will continually assess urgent or emerging health challenges to identify strategic imperatives and to solicit new research in response. 

Stewardship and Implementation Planning

The Strategic Plan will include a description of scientific stewardship at NINR as well as an implementation plan that details how the Institute intends to set research priorities, manage science, and assess progress.

Development Process 

NINR established a working group of distinguished experts under the auspices of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) to identify strengths, limitations, challenges, and opportunities in nursing science and provide recommendations to help inform the development of the draft framework. The working group presented its report at the May 18, 2021 meeting of the NACNR. The report is available on our website here, and an archived recording of the meeting can be found here.

In addition, NINR  collected input from multiple other sources inside and outside the nursing science community. These include NINR staff, NIH colleagues, and external stakeholder groups. Feedback collected through 2020’s “Tell Us What Nursing Research Means to You” web campaign  also informed the draft framework.

Public Engagement in NINR’s Strategic Planning Process

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participated in a working group that provided recommendations through the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research
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to our “Tell Us What Nursing Research Means to You” campaign
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100 +
in response to an open call for input on the development of the strategic plan
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~ 80
with external groups
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130 +
in response to our request for information on the draft strategic plan research framework

What's Next?

We’ll use the feedback we receive on the draft framework along with all of the input we have received throughout the development process to complete the final strategic plan, which we anticipate publishing in early 2022.




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