UM School of Nursing Rises to Top 10 in National Institutes of Health Rankings for Nursing Schools
The University of Maryland
School of Nursing (UMSON) continues its ascension toward the top
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) rankings. UMSON now ranks
ninth among nursing schools receiving grant funding from the NIH, up
from 11th in 2012.
Rankings are based on the amount of research dollars awarded by the NIH
to each school. Each grant submission is reviewed by NIH experts for
its scientific merit and program relevance. In 2013, UMSON faculty
members attracted nearly $4.5 million in NIH grants for research in
areas such as chronic pain, impulsivity and drug abuse, interventions
for cognitively impaired seniors, neuromuscular disorders, sleep,
Web-based interventions, and bone health.
"It is incredible that we have steadily climbed in the NIH ranking and
funding at a time when overall national spending has declined. I
commend our entire faculty for making us a powerhouse among nursing
schools," says UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. "These funds play a tremendous role
in helping innovative scientists launch their research careers and
support the work of our nurse scientists."
Research at UMSON produces high-impact findings that have the potential
to significantly improve the health and quality of life for patients
and their families. UMSON's faculty performs research using the
University's two appointed Organized Research Centers -- Health
Outcomes and Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan -- through
leveraged cross-disciplinary research collaboration.
"This achievement is shared by all of our esteemed nurse scientists,"
says Susan G. Dorsey, PhD '01, MS
'98, RN, FAAN, associate professor
and associate dean for research at UMSON. "Research funding from the
NIH is increasingly competitive, so this is quite an accomplishment for
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