The mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research is to promote and improve the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities.

To achieve this mission, NINR supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness, research that spans and integrates the behavioral and biological sciences, and that develops the scientific basis for clinical practice. From premature infants in neonatal intensive care units, to adolescents living with diabetes, to elderly cancer survivors coping with pain, nursing research develops the science to help people strengthen the quality of their lives. Nursing science transcends the boundaries of disease and research disciplines to better understand the experiences of individuals and families living with illness and to develop personalized approaches that maximize health and well-being for individuals at all stages of life, across diverse populations and settings.

Graduate nursing students and nursing faculty attending the NINR Symptom Research Methodologies Series “Boot Camp.”

Interest in Diversity

NINR recognizes a strong relationship between a diverse nursing research workforce and the conduct research that includes diverse study population and informs culturally competent health care with the goal of improving health outcomes and quality of life for all patients.  NINR emphasizes diversity across its portfolio of funded research, and the added value of partnerships between researchers and underrepresented and minority communities. This emphasis is particularly evident in wellness research, where many research programs are focused on addressing sex and gender differences, health disparities, social determinants of health, and environmental influences. By working in close research partnerships with communities, a diverse nurse scientist workforce will be well positioned to develop culturally congruent, feasible, and sustainable interventions to promote healthy behaviors and prevent chronic conditions across the lifespan.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing assessed the demographics of the nursing student population in a recent report:  Advancing Nursing Higher Education, 2017 Annual Report. Nursing students from minority backgrounds represented 32.3% of students in entry-level baccalaureate programs, 33.6% of master’s students, and 32.8% of students in research-focused doctoral programs. In terms of gender breakdown, men comprised 12.5% of students in baccalaureate programs, 11.7% of master’s students, and 10.5% of research-focused doctoral students.
While the number of nursing students and future researchers that come from minority backgrounds has grown, there clearly is room for improvement. The nursing field is relatively more diverse than many research disciplines, but more must be done to ensure that sufficient representation becomes a reality soon. NINR continues to be committed to providing training opportunities to individuals whose basic or clinical research interests and skills are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve research problems, especially in areas that effect underserved and underrepresented groups.

Director's Statement
Ann Cashion, PhD, RN, FAAN
Ann Cashion, PhD, RN, FAAN
Acting Director's Statement
The National Institute of Nursing Research has a long history of supporting a diverse nursing research workforce. Ensuring the training and inclusion of scientists with a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences supports the very nature of nursing research in blending perspectives, methodologies, theories, and forms of interventions. On behalf of NINR, I reaffirm our strong commitment to NIH initiatives to ensure a diverse scientific workforce, along with our efforts to promote diversity in nursing science at all career stages, across all populations, and within all our research programs.