April 14, 2016


Of the many traditional roles that nurses occupy, the role of nurse scientist represents one of the least understood and most critical scopes of nursing.


Once upon a time in the 1940s, nurse leaders from across the United States joined forces to address the need for federal support of nursing science. The Office of the Surgeon General supported the assembly of a Division of Nursing, which eventually led to the formation of a branch within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that was dedicated to nursing research.


The National Institute of Nursing Research(NINR) was born in the 1993 with the purpose to investigate ways to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities.


Today on HealthCetera Radio, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Kristi Westphaln clarifies the somewhat nebulous role of the nurse scientist. She interviews Dr. Marie Lobo, President of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN).  Dr. Lobo talks about the nurse scientist and shares her vision of how nursing research will contribute to the future of health care.


PNP Westphaln attended the 49th annual Communicating Nursing Research conference at Disneyland in California (Innovations in Engagement through Research, Practice, and Education), held by the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). WIN consists of a diverse community of nurses who aspire to improve health outcomes through nursing education, practice, and science.