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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:

  • Aging and palliative care
  • Maternal and child health
  • Genetics and biomarkers
  • Acute and chronic care
  • Health systems
  • Implementation science and
  • Pain and symptom management

The University of Iowa College of Nursing has access to an enviable array of resources including 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 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