Focus Areas

Mayo Clinic's Division of Nursing Research is focusing 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 Division of Nursing Research 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 stroke and other neurological and neurosurgical problems.
    • Self-management. Nurse scientists are investigating interventions to decrease burdensome symptoms and improve quality of life in people with chronic conditions.
    • Partnering with the patient-family dyad to improve surgical outcomes. Delirium is a common surgical complication that is preventable when evidence-based strategies are used by patients' families. The nursing research division is expanding on existing evidence by partnering with patients and families to co-design strategies to improve patient engagement and family involvement during the surgical journey and prevent delirium.
    • Providing real-time data on the status of brain health during hospitalization. Mayo Clinic nurse scientists are developing digital sensors that provide the health care team with real-time, actionable feedback on the status of a patient's brain health, the expected trajectory of delirium severity and the performance of interventions to reduce delirium symptoms.
  • 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.