Innovation and scientific discovery

Leading innovative research

Nurses at the UW School of Nursing conduct rigorous research on an incredible breadth and depth of topics – all aimed at improving health throughout the world.

Research is at the core of our mission to improve education, practice and patient outcomes. As pioneers and renowned thought leaders, our faculty conducts groundbreaking research in four key areas:

  • Health Equity research examines the differences in quality, outcomes and access of health and healthcare across populations. Areas of study include social injustice, underserved populations, community-based participatory research and environmental influence.
  • Symptom Science research examines lifestyle, environmental and/or genetic factors that affect illness, disability and disease to develop improved, personalized strategies to treat and prevent adverse symptoms and chronic illness across diverse populations and settings.
  • Innovative Interventions research deploys rare and novel strategies for understanding, interpreting, translating, gathering or otherwise using data and information to draw conclusions and ask important questions. Innovative interventions include big data analysis, new tools and technology, and utilizing established concepts in new ways.
  • Lifespan Health research studies health and well-being across the human lifespan, from developing fetuses to end-of-life. Studies focus on understanding and promoting health during age-specific times in the human life.

Office for Nursing Research

Our Office for Nursing Research (ONR) supports the UW School of Nursing’s research mission to advance nursing science through six centers of excellence and more than 185 active and pending research projects.

We rank among the top nursing schools in the nation for research and training funding from the National Institutes of Health and other federal and non-federal grants. The published findings from these studies will help to shape the future of healthcare in Seattle and around the globe.

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Our centers: Improving health

Our research addresses a vast variety of issues, from laboratory and clinical studies to policy initiatives. This work impacts clinical practice across settings and informs public health policy, helping healthcare and civic leaders implement positive change.

Nursing research contributes to better prevention and management of diseases, symptoms and conditions that affect us all. Nurse scientists help identify and overcome barriers to achieving the best healthcare possible.  Our researchers enhance quality of care, maximize health outcomes, and improve cost-effectiveness of quality services. We strengthen health infrastructures, resulting in healthier communities and more efficient and effective health systems.

Our six research centers provide support, leadership and collaborative mentoring for faculty and clinicians, as well as a variety of diverse research opportunities for students, locally and globally.

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A legacy of scientific inquiry

The last half of the 20th century witnessed the most explosive growth in scientific discovery in all of human history. The UW School of Nursing has been at the forefront of the search for new knowledge, consistently ranking among the top nursing schools in the country in research awards.

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Tools and resources for community scientists

We are proud to support all investigators who share our goal of enhancing research and advancing science through interprofessional work.

Research tools: Many of our nursing faculty have created tools and resources that are available for use by community scientists and healthcare professionals worldwide.

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Laboratory Services: Our laboratory testing services and renowned research expertise are available to researchers within the UW system and throughout the United States.

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Support scientific discovery

In the last few years, NIH has reduced research award funding by 22 percent due to budget cuts and sequestration, making private support of nursing science more important than ever. You are critical to the ongoing success of research. Your contributions drive advancements in nursing science and training of future nurse scientists who will improve health for generations to come.

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