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Focus Areas

Nursing research model

The interrelated circles in the model guide the College of Nursing scholarship.The five impact areas—Improving Child and Family Health, Promoting Global Health, Advancing Care of Aging Populations, Improving Psychiatric and Mental Health, and Creating Innovative Solutions—reflect the research of faculty.

The College of Nursing embraces the cyclical nature of research from discovery to translation, engaging scientists and clinical experts. All scholarship uses a team science approach with interprofessional partnerships, community engagement, and also emphasizes policy.

Technology portion of Nursing Research ModelThe 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 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 ModelTranslation 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 ModelSymptom science research focuses on patients’ physical and psychological symptoms as well as 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 ModelCaregiving 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