News from the School of Nursing

March 26, 2020

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School of Nursing climbs to 10th in NIH research funding

The University of Minnesota rose to 10th in the latest Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR) ranking of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to schools of nursing. With nearly $6 million in NIH awards to the School of Nursing and Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing in 2019, the School of Nursing tops the list of Big Ten schools of nursing and is 4th among public universities.

School receives award for diversity excellence

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award

For the fourth consecutive year, the school was recognized with the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. The HEED Award honors U.S. nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, veterinary, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The school’s first-of-its kind interprofessional simulation experience with standardized patients who are transgender and non-binary, its educational efforts around gender-affirming approaches to health care, and the conversation of healing and repair regarding a 1929 decision to deny enrollment to a student because of her race contributed to the award selection.

Commencement address to be delivered by AACN president

Deborah Trautman

Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), will deliver the spring commencement address on May 15 in Northrop auditorium. Formerly the executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Trautman has held clinical and administrative leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She also served as the vice president of patient care services for Howard County General Hospital and as director of nursing for emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has held a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Conference explores climate change’s impact on health

The School of Nursing is sponsoring Health Professionals for a Health Climate’s Code Blue for Patient Earth. The conference, on April 4 at McNamara Alumni Center, will focus on climate change’s impact on health, and how health professionals and health care institutions can take action to meet these challenges. The keynote speaker is Christina Manning, from Macalester College, who will discuss the psychology of climate change. Learn more at

School hosts ‘research collision’ with Carlson School of Management

Partnering with Medical Industry Leadership Institute and Management Information Systems Research Center at the Carlson School of Management, the School of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Informatics hosted a “research collision.” Facilitated by the University’s Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative, the event aimed to create interdisciplinary project ideas in response to FDA’s Broad Agency Announcement for research and regulatory science.

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