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University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Ranked 5th in NIH Funding

PITTSBURGH, March 21, 2001 — The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing has been ranked 5th in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding among the nation's schools and colleges of nursing. The School of Nursing was ranked 8th last year in research funding.

This ranking is based on the amount of research grant dollars awarded by NIH to each school. Pitt's nursing research program, which received $3.7 million in NIH funding for 2000, primarily focuses its research efforts on adolescent health, chronic disorders, critical care and basic science.

“This remarkable ascent in the research prominence of the School of Nursing is explained by the singular vision, focus, and drive of its dean and faculty. The School of Nursing and the University of Pittsburgh have made a great investment in recruiting faculty who are trained at the Ph.D. level and are accomplished in cutting-edge research related to the unique concerns and goals of nursing.” said Arthur S. Levine, senior vice chancellor for the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ellen B. Rudy, dean of the School of Nursing, said the school has been steadily increasing its research initiatives for the past 10 years. "It is gratifying to see that many of our investigators, through the peer-review mechanism of NIH, have had their science judged as outstanding enough to receive funding for the conduct of their research," said Dr. Rudy. “There is no 'ranking' that tells the complete story, but it definitely indicates that we have a group of very hard working faculty who are building knowledge that will eventually change the practice of nursing, and hopefully, bring better care to our patients.”

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is one of the top nursing schools in the country, ranked 12th by U.S. News and World Report. The school combines rigorous academic work with intensive clinical experiences and growing involvement in research.

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