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Shaping Health Policy Through Nursing Research

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  • Ada Sue Hinshaw PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Patricia A. Grady PhD, RN, FAAN
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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

2011 AJN Book of the Year Winner in Nursing Research!

This is a much needed addition to nursing's arsenal of policy books. It is the first to really examine the need for scientific evidence to underpin policy. The two editors are pioneers in research and have led nursing research to new levels. It is fitting they do the same in underscoring the important role nurses have in using their programs of research to develop policy agendas.Score: 94, 4 stars


A must-read for health care policy makers, as well as nursing students, faculty, and professionals, this groundbreaking text provides actual strategies for translating nursing research to health policy at all levels of policy-making. The editors, both leaders in nursing research, provide key findings from research programs that have positively influenced health policy decisions and programs at community, state, national, and international levels.

The first compilation of information linking health policy and nursing research, this text presents perspectives and frameworks for understanding the processes bridging research and health policy; multiple factors influencing the processes; and actual examples of National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)-funded research that has influenced health policy programs.

Key Features:
  • Examples of NINR-funded research that has been used at all levels to influence health policy, including settings, populations, and age spectrums
  • Models and strategies for linking research and health policy
  • Lessons learned from pioneer nurse scientists who have shaped health policy with nursing research
  • Recommendations for improving nurses' work environments for better patient outcomes

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 26, 2010
  • Page Count 300
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826110695
  • EISBN 9780826110701

About The Author(s) 

Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean emeritus and professor emeritus, Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services, University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, and dean emeritus and professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, where she served as dean from 1994 to 2006. Dr. Hinshaw was selected as an American Academy of Nursing (AAN)/American Foundation of Nursing/Institute of Medicine Senior Nurse Scholar from 2006 to 2007. She was also the first permanent director of the National Center of Nursing Research and the first director of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During her tenure at NIH, Dr. Hinshaw was responsible for promoting research in the areas of disease prevention, health promotion, and acute and chronic illness, as well as investigating environments that enhance nursing care and patient outcomes. She has conducted research in quality of care, patient outcomes, measurement of outcomes, and building positive work environments to enhance patient safety. Dr. Hinshaw is the recipient of many awards for her work, including the Midwest Nursing Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the Health Leader of the Year Award from the U.S. Public Health Service, the Award for Excellence in Nursing Research (Sigma Theta Tau), the Nurse Scientist of the Year Award (ANA Council of Nurse Researchers), the Living Legend Award from the AAN, and the Walsh McDermott Award from the National Academy of Medicine. She has received 14 honorary doctorates.

Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been affiliated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1988, first as an extramural research program administrator in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), then as a member of the NIH Task Force for Medical Rehabilitation Research and assistant director of NINDS, until 1995, when she was appointed director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Under her leadership, the institute has more than doubled its budget and significantly increased the number of research and training grants awarded. Dr. Grady is an internationally recognized researcher on the topic of stroke. She also served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and School of Medicine.

She has co-authored numerous articles and serves on many journal editorial boards, including Stroke, Stroke and Cerebral Vascular Diseases, and NeuroTherapeutics, the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics. Dr. Grady is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Policy Luminary Award from the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing, the Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care from Columbia University School of Nursing, and the honorary doctor of science degree from Thomas Jefferson University and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Table of Contents 


Section I: Models and Strategies: Shaping Health Policy Through Nursing Research

1. Science Shaping Health Policy: How Is Nursing Research Evident in Such Policy Changes?
Ada Sue Hinshaw

2. Research: A Foundation for Health Policy
Patricia A. Grady

3. Shaping Health Policy: The Role of Nursing Research- Three Frameworks and Their Application to Policy Development
Judith Shamian and Moriah Shamian-Ellen

4. The Role of Science Policy in Programs of Research and Scholarship
Suzanne L. Feetham

5. Changing Health Science Policy: The Establishment of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health
Ada Sue Hinshaw and Janet Heinrich

6. Using Evidence-Based Practice to Enhance Organizational Policies, Healthcare Quality, and Patient Outcomes
Bernadette Mazrek Melnyk and Kathleen M. Williamson

Section II: Investigators' Experience with Nursing Research Shaping Health Policy at Multiple Levels

7. From Bedside to Bench to Practice
Norma A. Metheny

8. Translating Personal Challenges to Public Policy
Carolyn M. Sampselle

9. Shaping HIV/AIDS Prevention Policy for Minority Youth
Antonia M. Villarruel and Loretta S. Jemmott

10. Health Promotion and Prevention in Early Childhood: The Role of Nursing Research in Shaping Policy and Practice
Deborah Gross and Angela Crowley

11. Influencing Policy for Improving End-of-Life Care
Virginia P. Tilden

12. Two Decades of Research on Physical Restraint: Impact on Practice and Policy
Lois K. Evans and Neville E. Strumpf

13. Research on Human Sleep: Need to Inform Public Policies
David F. Dinges

14. Transitional Care: Improving Health Outcomes and Decreasing Costs for At-Risk Chronically Ill Older Adults
Mary D. Naylor and Ellen T. Kurtzman

15. Nursing: Saving Lives, Improving Patient Care Outcomes
Linda H. Aiken

16 Nursing Workforce and Health Policy
Linda O'Brien-Pallas and Laureen Hayes

17. Research Technology: Home Telehealth and Remote Monitoring
Stanley M. Finkelstein and Rhonda G. Cady

18. Building Evidence for Practice, Training, and Policy: A Program of Research on Living Well With HIV/AIDS
William L. Holzemer

Section III: Conclusions

19. Forging the Missing Link: From Nursing Research to Health Policy
Ada Sue Hinshaw and Patricia A. Grady