Over the past year I have discussed the difficulties that Schools of Nursing face in terms of gaining prominence in research. Despite hyperbole about college rankings, most schools of nursing contribute relatively little in terms of NIH funding in the vast majority of health science campuses. Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing provides no exception. Consider the following illustration:
Despite being ranked first in NIH funding among schools of nursing, these data demonstrate just how little of the University’s overall funding is headed by nurse investigators. Additionally, most awards to nursing are from National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) thus putting in to question the value of their research outside their discipline. Even more telling is the fact that about 35% of the nursing grants were secured by an investigator who is not a nurse but only has a faculty appointment within the school.