Nurses transforming health through research

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Congratulations to the 2019 nursing research grant recipients. The American Nurses Foundation is proud to have awarded 22 grants to nurse researchers across the country. The research projects focus on a variety of nursing science topics, including a study on biomarkers of emotional dis-tress in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, protective factors for toxic stress among low-income families, and the sibling experience of pediatric intensive care hospitalization.

The nursing research grants review committee was made up of 92 experienced volunteer researchers.The nursing research grants program is the oldest program at the Foundation. More than 1,100 beginning and experienced nurse researchers have received over $5 million since 1955. Each year, approximately 100 applications undergo rigorous peer review by the review committee, which then recommends which proposals should receive funding. Many of these grants have helped launch nurses’ research careers and helped them to qualify for larger grants for more extensive research.

The Foundation proudly welcomes the 2019 scholars to our flagship nursing research grants program. For a full listing, please visit nursingworld.org/foundation/programs/nursing-research-grants.

Looking ahead

To improve the nursing research grants program and increase its impact, the Foundation is restructuring the program beginning in February when the application portal opens. The program will be realigned under new strategic priorities to complement the work done across the ANA Enterprise and better en-able the overarching mission to lead the profession to shape the future of nursing and healthcare. The initial strategic areas for 2020 are anticipated to be:

• nursing leadership/management research
• health of nurses
• credentialing research
• clinical research
• interprofessional research
• psychiatric/mental health
• women’s health
• gerontology
• social policy.

Beginner and experienced researchers are welcome to apply. Applicants are required to apply under the area or areas that match their research; topics out-side of these areas will not be considered. The selection process for reviewers will change so that volunteer reviewers will be specialized according to topic area.

Research is a significant part of transforming health. The new program will fund larger awards to enable nurses to do more. This also will ensure that the Foundation is funding the best research possible and building a portfolio of specific knowledge.

The application portal opens February 1, 2020, and will close May 1. Visit givetonursing.org to stay up to date with the latest news from the Foundation.

Making a difference

“This grant allowed my research to come to frui-tion in my attempt to help reduce chemothera-py-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms in breast cancer survivors. I am excited to begin my career as a nurse scientist working to en-hance patients’ lives through natural product pain reduction.”

—Dawn Langley-Brady, PhD(c), MSN, RN, AHN-BC, CHPN, CCAPAugusta University, College of Nursing, 2017 recipient Georgia Nurses Association member

“The funding supported foundational work in older adult workers as I prepare my next grant application.”

—Knar Sagherian, PhD, RN The University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Nursing, 2018 recipient

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