Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has achieved its highest research ranking ever from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), advancing to 19th place among nursing schools receiving research funding from NIH. UMSON has continually improved in this prestigious ranking over the past five years, when in 2007, it was ranked 33rd.
NIH rankings are based on the amount of research dollars awarded by NIH to each school. These competitive grants are reviewed by NIH experts for their scientific merit and program relevance. In 2011, UMSON faculty members attracted more than $2.5 million in NIH grants for research in areas such as chronic pain, impulsivity and drug abuse, neuromuscular disorders, and bone health.
“We are very proud of this ranking,” says Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of UMSON. “It is a testament to our mission of developing leaders in nursing education, research, and practice.”
Research at UMSON produces distinctive, peer-reviewed inquiry to shape the profession of nursing and the health care environment. By advancing research, UMSON builds sustainable programs, including collaborative, participatory networks with other disciplines, organizations, and communities. Research is infused in UMSON’s educational and practice initiatives.
“This achievement is a tribute to our School’s leadership and to our esteemed nurse scientists,” says Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and interim associate dean for research. “Grants from NIH are among the most competitive, so this is quite an accomplishment for our faculty and our School.”
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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,600 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.