Focus Areas

The Mayo Clinic Nursing Research Division is focused on the following areas of interest:

  • Translation of research evidence. Researchers apply findings to practice to provide the highest quality patient outcomes and to transform nursing practice.
  • Symptom science. The Nursing Research Division is developing and testing interventions to alleviate distressful and burdensome symptoms. Populations of focus include critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilatory support and people with atrial fibrillation.
  • Clinical judgment and decision-making. Nurse scientists are investigating how nurses and other health care professionals identify patient care priorities and developing a plan of care for nurses to use this information to predict and prevent complications.
  • Care for the caregiver. Nurse scientists are studying effective interventions to decrease stress and enhance the resilience of professional, lay and family caregivers. Decreasing caregiver burnout can reduce serious mental and physical illnesses in both caregivers and patients.
  • Toxicities of cancer therapies; psychosocial concerns and decision-making at end of life. Investigators are working to find effective ways to prevent or treat side effects — psychological, emotional and social as well as physical — of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies and immunotherapies and help patients better manage side effects at home.