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Focus Areas

Nursing research model

The focus areas in the College of Nursing research model considers faculty expertise and interests, current and previous research endeavors, and future funding opportunities. Faculty and staff in the College of Nursing embrace the cyclical nature of research from discovery to translation engaging scientists and clinical experts. Much of the research in the College of Nursing occurs in interdisciplinary teams with internal and external collaborators in a team science approach.

Technology portion of Nursing Research Model

The college’s research on technology aims to improve outcomes.

The College is engaged in technology research by:

  • Using electronic health records to improve or enhance practice
  • Developing and testing Mobile health (mHealth) apps to improve health or prevent illness
  • Mining large data sets to understand patient-centered issues and produce predictive models

Translational Science portion of Nursing Research Model

Translational science is key to the research cycle.

The College translates science by:

  • Interpreting health interventions into practice settings
  • Using educational methodologies (e.g., interprofessional education)
  • Engaging community members into the design and implementation of research findings


Symptom Science portion of Nursing Research Model

Symptom science research focuses on patients’ physical and psychological symptoms and the impact of symptoms.

The College of Nursing is engaged in symptom science research in:

  • Aging
  • Multiple chronic conditions
  • Patients’ experience of symptoms (e.g., chronic pain, fatigue)
  • Nursing management of symptoms

Caregiving portion of Nursing Research Model

Caregiving can be associated with providing care or the stress of caregiving.

Caregiving can lead to burden or hardships and may include individuals, family, or community in:

  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Aging
  • Stress related to caregiving; caring for the caregiver
  • Quality of life


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