Improving the Human Condition
A Tradition of Translational Research
We believe that nursing is a powerful instrument for improving the human condition. Nursing practice informs our research, and we lead the way in connecting research back to practice so it has immediate impact. The integration of research and practice fosters the development of innovative products that improve care in schools, long-term care facilities, and other settings.
Collaborative and Interprofessional
Collaboration allows us to apply multiple lenses to cross-cutting issues, conduct studies in clinical settings, and facilitate the translation of research into evidence-based practice. In addition to partnering with community leaders and organizations, we engage in interprofessional research partnerships with colleagues in a wide range of fields, from industrial engineering to social work.
The Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS) at the School of Nursing is a community and patient engagement resource. The WINRS team provides researchers with effective and innovative strategies for engaging stakeholders and study participants—especially those from underrepresented populations. WINRS delivers tailored training for patient and community advisory boards, facilitates meetings with the Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS)®, and provides other consultation services that suit the unique needs of any project involving stakeholders.
The School of Nursing is a primary partner in the Wisconsin Public Health Research Network, a group of health department leaders and researchers who have organized to support and advance public health systems and services research driven by the needs and interests of health departments in Wisconsin and beyond.
Public health professionals, researchers, students, and others interested in public health services and systems research in Wisconsin and beyond are encouraged to join the network.
The School of Nursing's Center for Aging Research & Education (CARE) works to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults. One of the ways it accomplishes this goal is by promoting timely and relevant aging research. CARE convenes a campus network of tenure-track and clinical faculty who are involved in aging research and scholarship. This provides forums for researchers to share their work with other academics, clinicians, care providers, and the public. CARE's efforts to promote interprofessional collaboration and community engagement both strengthen nursing research and contribute to evidence-based practice.
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is a UW–Madison partnership that includes the School of Nursing, School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and College of Engineering.
ICTR fosters a collaborative university culture and facilitates the transformation of research into a continuum—from investigation through discovery and to translation into real-life community practice.
Nursing Research & Sponsored Programs (NRSP)
The NRSP Office at the School of Nursing is dedicated to supporting research through an array of services. Under the leadership of the associate dean for research, statisticians and other qualified staff members of the research management team provide expert assistance to graduate students, faculty, and staff in identifying funding opportunities, developing grant proposals, submitting grant proposals and contracts, and managing post-award processes.
Staff members provide expertise in federal, state, and private funding mechanisms, offer assistance in research subject recruitment, and serve as liaisons between the university’s central research offices and School of Nursing researchers.
The NRSP Office also provides online grant preparation resources for School of Nursing researchers.
Research Design & Statistics Unit
The Research Design and Statistics Unit (RDSU) within the NRSP Office provides consultation and support around issues of research design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. Statisticians are available to provide support for both faculty and graduate students as they prepare and implement their research proposals. The RDSU offers online training in statistical software packages commonly used by School of Nursing researchers. It also offers access to a variety of specialized data, data analysis methods, and methodological papers.
Researchers examining and incorporating issues of diversity also have access to consulting and other resources through the Director of Diversity Initiatives.