IU School of Nursing receives new National Institutes of Health training grant to prepare next generation of nurse scientists

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a new T32 training grant to Indiana University School of Nursing researchers and co-directors Susan Rawl and Susan Pressler. The five-year grant totals $1.8 million and focuses on preparing nurse scientists to conduct high impact research and lead interdisciplinary research teams to develop and test interventions to prevent or manage serious chronic conditions such as cancer, heart failure, and Alzheimer disease.

“A training program like this T32 grant is one of the most important ways we can educate the next generation of nurse scientists. It gives them the knowledge and skills to pursue cutting-edge science to help patients and families self-manage chronic conditions,” said Dr. Rawl.

This new training program is available to nurses who have completed a Master’s or a PhD degree. It builds on IU School of Nursing’s impressive faculty research programs in self-management of serious chronic conditions. Key concepts of the program are development and testing of personalized interventions, using advanced technology in scientific studies, developing expertise in interventions that enable patients to manage their own health, and building the leadership skills needed to lead scientific teams.

Fellows who complete the training will be able to:

1) Develop and apply frameworks that guide research and develop interventions to prevent and manage serious chronic conditions such as cancer, heart failure, and Alzheimer disease;
2) Conduct research using innovative designs, rigorous methods, and sophisticated analytics to advance the science of self-management; and
3) Become leaders of interdisciplinary science teams and advocates of research and health policy to improve self-management and reduce the burden of serious chronic conditions.

“IU School of Nursing has a long history of training pre- and post-doctoral fellows for careers in nursing research. Many of our graduates are working at major academic institutions across the country I am thrilled to be able to being this new grant that will continue the rich tradition of the School in improving the health of the public through research,” said Dr. Pressler.