Nursing science addresses the individual from a multidimensional perspective, and the questions nurses generate from their practice are often grounded in basic biology. However, concern is frequently voiced as to whether there is adequate preparation and support for biological researchers within nursing. This study reports on a survey of nurse investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health who carry out biological research. All study participants were current faculty, and 48% had post-doctoral training. The majority worked with animal models. Research areas ranged from cell and molecular biology to delivery of health care. Some participants reported tension between their work and how others view “typical” nursing research. All participants had been awarded federal research funding, primarily from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and most reported receiving small grants from other funding organizations early in their careers. Self-identified factors influencing success included mentoring, flexibility, persistence, and hard work.
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Dr. Ellen Rudy is a Senior Consultant at the National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, MD and a Past Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Patricia Grady is the Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, MD.
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