Her "Be Proud! Be Responsible!" intervention becomes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's model curriculum.

1999

Dr. Mary Naylor demonstrates that transitional care from hospital to home could significantly improve the health of older adult patients and substantially reduce patient days in hospitals, hospital readmissions, and health care costs.

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April 2002

NINR launches a free online training, "Developing Nurse Scientists" for students interested in the nursing research field.

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2002

Dr. Linda Aiken demonstrates that hospital working conditions and adequacy of nurse staffing per patient can affect patients' recovery. In hospitals where nurses have lower patient workloads, patients have substantially lower mortality rates.

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In later work, Dr. Aiken and collaborators discover that increases in the numbers of nurses on staff with bachelor’s degrees lowers the likelihood of patient death.

2003

Dr. Martha Hill finds that interventions conducted at the community level by a multidisciplinary health care team reduce high blood pressure in young inner-city African-American males, who are typically underserved by the health care system. The study illustrates that culturally sensitive, successful interventions can be conducted for vulnerable populations and can help reduce health care disparities.

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2004

NINR launches a new pilot training project, the Graduate Partnerships Program in Biobehavioral Research.

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2006

Dr. Bernadette Melnyk demonstrates that her Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) program, which aims to support the parents of premature infants, results in improved knowledge and parenting behaviors, decreased parental stress, and shorter length of NICU stays, reducing health care costs associated with premature births by about $4,800 per infant. COPE has since been adopted by hospitals and insurers throughout the United States.

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2007

Dr. J. Randall Curtis and collaborators report that an intervention to improve communication between ICU clinicians and family members of dying patients significantly reduces feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the family members for up to three months after the loss of their loved one.

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2009

Dr. Pamela Mitchell reports that a behavioral intervention called Living Well with Stroke reduces the incidence of depression in stroke survivors, both immediately after treatment for stroke and at a one-year follow up.

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2010

Dr. Wendy Henderson, an NINR intramural researcher, develops a device for collecting patient-reported outcomes related to pain called the "Gastrointestinal Pain Pointer", enabling a patient to describe the location, intensity, and subjective components of their pain on a graphic interface.

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2010

NINR intramural researcher Dr. Taura Barr identifies a gene panel useful for stroke diagnostics and outcome prediction as well as other neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury.

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2010

The Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) is established with foundational support from NINR to develop scientifically based methods that lead to meaningful evidence for improving quality of life for patients with advanced or potentially life-limiting illnesses, and their caregivers — including family members and providers of care. The network creates a community of palliative care providers who can engage in research discovery.

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2010

The research of Drs. Rita Colwell, Anwar Huq, and colleagues shows that using readily available sari cloth to filter pond and river water successfully reduced the incidence of cholera by nearly half in a study conducted in Bangladesh.

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January 18, 2011

NINR launches a new NINR Director's Lecture series, designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience.

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Dr. Bernadette Melnyk presented the inaugural lecture on “COPE: Improving Outcomes for Premature Infants and Parents.”

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2011

Dr. Barbara J. Drew leads a team that develops a modified electrocardiogram technique that can quickly be administered by a paramedic with the results automatically transmitted to the hospital via cell phone.

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This allows hospital personnel additional time to prepare for the incoming patient, potentially leading to faster treatment and improved patient outcomes.

February and March 2011

As part of its 25th Anniversary Commemoration, NINR presents a workshop on "Introduction to Research Grantsmanship for Early Career Nurse Scientists" at regional nursing research conferences across the country. The workshop highlights NINR's mission of training the next generation of biomedical and biobehavioral nurse scientists. It is appropriate for pre- and post-doctoral students and early career nurse scientists. The workshop is then developed into video presentations located on NINR’s website and YouTube channel.

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2011

Dr. Samuel Sia and colleagues develop a novel “lab-on-a-chip” device for rapidly detecting HIV. This lab-on-a-chip, or mCHIP can quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively detect clinically infectious diseases in resource-limited settings.

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October 13, 2011

NINR releases its new Strategic Plan, Bringing Science to Life, which outlines the role NINR-supported science can play in addressing the nation’s most pressing health care challenges, and details NINR's strategic priorities for scientific research over the next five years and beyond.

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2012

Dr. Marilyn Rantz finds that, in a trial of an early warning sensor system that alerts nurses to declining health, long-term care residents participating in the intervention demonstrate better functional measures (e.g., hand-grip; gait) than residents receiving usual care. Later Dr. Rantz and collaborators conduct research on the development of a sensor system for use in apartments in a senior living community. The sensors alert nurse-care coordinators and clinicians to alterations in a patient’s health before the appearance of clinical signs—knowledge that can help promote independent living for older adults.

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August 2013

NINR publishes “Building Momentum: The Science of End-of-Life and Palliative Care: A Review of Research Trends and Findings, 1997–2010.” This report looks at the trends in end-of-life and palliative care (EOL PC) research publications over the past 14 years.

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November 2013

NINR launches its Innovative Questions (IQ) Initiative, the next step in the implementation of NINR’s Strategic Plan.

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December 2013

Dr. Jessica Gill, one of the first Lasker Clinical Research Scholars and an NINR intramural investigator, and Dr. Ida Spruill, an NINR-supported extramural scientist, are selected to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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January 2014

NINR launches the Palliative Care: Conversations Matter® campaign, which aims to increase awareness of and improve communications around pediatric palliative care. The campaign has resources in English and Spanish for providers and families.

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March 2014

NINR develops a new web resource aimed at helping people address a sensitive subject — the end of life. The 13-chapter End of Life module was added to NIHSeniorHealth.gov, a health and wellness website for older adults.

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Dr. Grady

June 2014

NINR releases the video “Nursing Research: Bringing Science to Life.” In the video, NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady gives an overview of NINR and discusses the role that nursing research plays in advancing health.

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The device is found to be a valid asthma monitoring tool, and was well-received by users. These results indicate that ADAM can improve self-management of asthma in adolescents.

Dr. Gill

2015

NINR intramural researcher Dr. Jessica Gill leads a team which discovers that a protein linked to short-term complications after traumatic brain injury (TBI), may also be responsible for long-term complications that can result from TBI.

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September 2016

NINR releases its new Strategic Plan, Advancing Science, Improving Lives: A Vision for Nursing Science. The blueprint for the Plan grew from the Institute’s 2011 Strategic Plan, past scientific accomplishments, and current research priorities.

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November 2016

NINR launches a “Stories of Discovery" web feature that highlights nursing science. The Stories of Discovery webpage puts a spotlight on programs of research from NINR-funded institutions around the country. The discoveries cross the spectrum of strategic priority areas including self-management, symptom science, and end-of-life care. 

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January 2017

Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor, an NINR-supported investigator at Yale University, was among those named as recipients of this year’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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