About the Division

Pamela O. Johnson, M.S., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C. — Research Introduction

Nursing research at Mayo Clinic addresses unmet patient needs and improves outcomes and overall health care delivery.

Mayo Clinic nurse scientists engage in clinical research to improve the health of patients and their caregivers across the life span and to generate knowledge that supports processes to deliver optimal health care.

Nurse scientists engage with Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists from a variety of disciplines as well as with those external to Mayo Clinic to generate knowledge in fields that span the continuum of care. Mayo Clinic nurse scientists secure intramural as well as extramural funding from federal and foundation sources to support their research and actively disseminate their findings through publications and presentations.

Current research interests include:

  • Symptom assessment and management for mechanically ventilated patients in the intensive care unit
  • Interventions to improve well-being of people with life-limiting illnesses
  • Processes to support advanced care planning
  • Care coordination across the continuum of care
  • Understanding and managing workplace violence
  • Nurse decision-making
  • Interventions to promote self-management of atrial fibrillation


Nurse scientists engaged in research address the Mayo Clinic mission of inspiring hope and contributing to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. To fulfill this mission, Mayo's nurse researchers conduct practice-relevant research that addresses unmet patient needs and improves the quality of the patient experience.

Mayo Clinic nursing research aims to transform nursing practice and advance innovation to meet the needs of patients and their family members across the life span and across care settings.