UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's School of Nursing has achieved its highest-ever ranking in research funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The newly updated rankings, which are released annually, show the school ranked 17th among nursing schools nationwide in NIH funding in 2011 -- up from 26th the previous year.
Nursing research faculty acquired more than $2.73 million in funding for research projects in such areas as end-of-life care for terminally ill prisoners, quality-of-life issues and palliative care needs of heart failure patients and their caregivers, and oral hygiene for older adults with dementia.
"This ranking shows evidence of the Penn State School of Nursing's significant contribution to improving health care to vulnerable populations through the advancement of nursing science," said Paula Milone-Nuzzo, dean of the school.
NIH research rankings cover research and training grants, fellowships, contracts, and other awards. This federal funding plays a key role in helping the School of Nursing stay competitive in attracting top-notch faculty and doctoral students and contributing to the body of nursing knowledge that informs national health care practice.
For more information about the School of Nursing, including research projects and academic programs, visit www.nursing.psu.edu online.