Leadership

  • Linda L. Chlan, Ph.D., R.N., ATSF, FAAN
    • Division Director Associate Dean for Nursing Research

    Why is nursing research important?

    Nursing research answers important clinical questions with study results that delineate strategies and interventions on how best to address patients' needs. Knowledge from nursing research studies informs and guides nursing practice.

    Nursing research in Rochester Symptom management for patients in the ICU Watch videos from Dr. Chlan.

  • Sherry S. Chesak, Ph.D., R.N.
    • Nurse Scientist

    On what specific areas does nursing research focus?

    Nursing research seeks to identify solutions to improve the quality of life of all individuals, families and communities. Nursing programs of study focus on understanding how individuals and their caregivers live with illness and how they manage symptoms associated with illness.

    Nurse researchers develop and test new, personalized interventions that help individuals optimize their health and cope with chronic illnesses. Nurse researchers also seek to enhance wellness and prevent illnesses from occurring. Finally, nurse researchers seek to identify the best methods for preparing and supporting the nursing workforce of the future.

    Care for the caregiver Watch Dr. Chesak's interest of study video.

  • Lori M. Rhudy, Ph.D., R.N.
    • Nurse Scientist

    What approaches are being used in nursing research?

    Nursing research employs traditional approaches to scientific inquiry, using methods such as randomized clinical trials, observational or descriptive studies, and other quantitative methods. Nursing research also employs qualitative methods to better understand the experiences of people with particular health-related needs. More recently, nursing research has turned to community-based research and implementation science.

    Nurse decision-making Watch Dr. Rhudy's interest of study video.

  • Cindy Tofthagen, Ph.D., ARNP, AOCNP, FAANP, FAAN
    • Nurse Scientist

    How does nursing research move its findings into everyday patient care?

    The primary purpose of nursing research is to create science that informs nursing practice, allowing nurses to provide the best care to their patients. Nurse scientists can help ensure that findings from nursing research studies are adapted into everyday patient care by staying involved in practice and sharing findings with nurses engaged in direct patient care, and with those who have input into the development of clinical practice guidelines and standards.

    Including direct-care nurses in the design and implementation of studies ensures clinical relevance and feasibility and helps facilitate rapid integration of nursing research findings into clinical practice.

    Toxicities of cancer therapies and psychosocial concerns and decision-making at end of life Watch Dr. Tofthagen's interest of study video.