UR's School of Nursing Recognized for Geriatric Research

August 15, 2000

A recent article in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing reviewed geriatric nursing scholarship among U.S. nursing schools and ranked the University of Rochester's School of Nursing among the top four.

Detailed in the publication's July 2000 issue, the review is based on funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research the major National Institutes of Health organization that funds nursing research as well as a survey of nursing schools completed in the summer of 1999. The University of Rochester's School of Nursing ranked in the top four along with Oregon Health Science University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Pennsylvania. Although the University of Rochester's NINR funding overall is not as high as some larger, state-funded schools, the School of Nursing's focus on geriatric research (25 percent or more of NINR grants directed to geriatric nursing) propelled it to the top of the list.

"The ranking recognizes our long history and commitment to the nursing care of older persons," says Nancy M. Watson, director of the School of Nursing's Center for Clinical Research on Aging. The authors also identified other assets to geriatric nursing research at universities such as having Geriatric Education Centers, John A. Hartford Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine, centers focusing on aging, and geriatric consortiums. The University of Rochester boasts all of these. "Rochester's leadership in aging is reflected in this recognition of the School of Nursing's track record in geriatric nursing research," says Watson.

Although this particular ranking only considered NINR funding, the Center for Clinical Research on Aging continues to build an impressive program of geriatric research that has been groundbreaking and has been funded by a variety of other sources including the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the New York State Department of Health and the American Nurses Foundation.

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