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Media Contact: Amy Comeau 09 August 2005    
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Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Earns Top 20 NIH Ranking
Researchers in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) at Emory University ranked 19th among all U.S. schools of nursing in 2004 in attracting funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), maintaining a top 20 ranking for two years in a row.

The $2.32 million in NIH funding last year, places the NHWSN 5th among the nation's private schools of nursing. Including the NIH funding, Emory's School of Nursing received a total of $3.2 million in external funding for research and training last year.

"Maintaining our top 20 NIH ranking for two years in a row, up from 36th in 2002, clearly demonstrates the success and commitment of our research faculty and staff to improving patient care through nursing research," said Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.Ê "These scholars are a shining example of our school's values of scholarship, leadership, and social responsibility."

The NIH funding includes approximately $1 million for a three-year renewal for the NHWSN's Center for Research on Symptoms, Symptom Interactions and Health Outcomes. According to Dean Salmon, this new and competitive award from the NIH further enhances an area where Emory's nursing school is already in a position of national leadership.

The School's research center focuses on research related to symptoms and their affect on the treatment of disease, and develops and tests interventions to reduce the negative effects of symptoms to improve health outcomes for patients. Current research initiatives include how hemodialysis affects the quality and timing of the sleep/wake cycle in patients with kidney failure; creating and testing educational interventions for patients with ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillator); and the role of the family in providing care for stroke victims.

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