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Exceptional mentoring and strong interdisciplinary teams place the University of Iowa on the leading edge of nursing research. Areas of research excellence include:

  • Pain, Palliative Care and Symptom Management
  • Gerontology
  • Health Systems Improvement

The University of Iowa College of Nursing has access to an enviable array of resources including designation in 2015 as an NIH Center for Excellence in Pain Education, collaboration with clinical partners at UI Hospitals and Clinics, the first Magnet-designated, and only tertiary hospital in Iowa, as well as strong research partnerships with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS); Iowa Department of Public Health; Veterans Health Administration; Hardin Library for the Health Sciences; numerous community-based nursing care facilities; and a variety of interdisciplinary colleagues across the health and social sciences.

External funding is robust at the College. In 2015, the College of Nursing ranked 20th in the nation in NIH funding. In FY 2015, College of Nursing faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students were PI on $16,724,718 (total costs) in externally funded projects including:

  • 10 funded by NIH or AHRQ ($11,684,301)
  • 5 funded by other federal agencies ($160,464)
  • 5 devoted to training ($4,298,422), including one NIH-funded T32
  • 18 funded by non-federal organizations ($3,688,185)
  • 3 supported by industry sponsors ($143,070)
  • 6 awarded to student PI’s ($205,717)

College of Nursing faculty and postdoctoral fellows were also funded as Investigators on 14 grants submitted from other Colleges, totaling $144,409,319.

This funding allows us to turn ideas into innovations that advance knowledge development and dissemination that ultimately advance the nursing discipline. We are committed to evidence-based practice and translational research and moving our research findings from theory and science into care delivery, resulting in improved health outcomes.


Anne Ersig with a student  PhD students working on research Two students at MNRS