May 23, 2003

VUSN among top 15 schools of nursing receiving NIH funding

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Peter I. Buerhaus, Ph.D.

VUSN among top 15 schools of nursing receiving NIH funding

The National Institutes of Health has released a ranking of schools of nursing awarded research funding by the medical research center, placing the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing at 14.

VUSN was given seven total awards from the NIH in 2002, totaling $2,673,374, five research grants for $1,303,979, one Fellowship at $43,193, and one other award for $1,326,202.

The figures place VUSN above the University of Missouri Columbia, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Case Western Reserve, and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, among others. Ninety schools of nursing are ranked as having received NIH funding.

Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., dean of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, said the ranking shows their commitment to advancing research. “I think our ranking reflects the additional resources and effort we’ve put into escalating our research missions,” she said. “In addition, I’m very pleased that Dr. Peter Buerhaus sits on the advisory council for the National Institute of Nursing Research. The fact that he was appointed to that group by Secretary Tommy Thompson indicates our increasing recognition in the areas of clinical intervention research and health services research.”