Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has achieved its highest research ranking ever from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), advancing to 11th place among nursing schools receiving research funding from the NIH. UMSON has continually improved in this prestigious ranking over the past five years, rising from 58th.
Rankings are based on the amount of research dollars awarded by the NIH to each school. These competitive grants are reviewed by NIH experts for their scientific merit and program relevance. In 2012, UMSON faculty members attracted more than $4 million in NIH grants for research in areas such as chronic pain, impulsivity and drug abuse, neuromuscular disorders, sleep, web-based interventions and bone health.
“One of the goals of our strategic plan is to optimize health through discovery and translational science,” says UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. "This ranking not only demonstrates how we infuse our strategic plan goals and objectives into all that we do, but it is also a testament to our mission of developing leaders in nursing education, research, and practice.”
Research at UMSON produces distinctive, peer-reviewed inquiry that shapes the profession of nursing and the health care environment. By advancing research, UMSON builds sustainable programs, including collaborative, participatory networks with other disciplines, organizations, and communities. Research is infused in UMSON’s educational and practice initiatives.
“This achievement is a tribute to our School’s leadership and to our esteemed nurse scientists,” says Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean for research. “Grants from the NIH are among the most competitive, so this is quite an accomplishment for our faculty and our School.”
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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.