The 21st Century Nurse Researcher

Significant health disparities, poor and inadequate access to care, inefficient health care systems – these are just a few of the realities that lead to poor health outcomes at home and around the world.  At the UCLA School of Nursing, faculty and students are addressing several of these challenging issues and creating a healthier world for all.  Our faculty and students are creating a rich and expansive knowledge base for evidence-based care that can be used by all health disciplines to promote quality health outcomes for individuals of all ages (pediatrics to geriatrics); diverse communities (from Westwood to Skid Row to rural provinces in India and China); and healthcare systems (inner city clinics to rural hospitals). 

The School of Nursing has always had a strong foundation in science – ten years after its founding,  the School was one of the first in the country  to engage in  clinical nurse research.  Today our research enterprise has grown dramatically and we are at the forefront of advancing nursing science.  Our faculty are pioneers in research:

  • The impact of heart failure and sleep apnea on brain function
  • Culturally specific health interventions targeting Latino men with prostate cancer and improving mammography among Korean women
  • HIV retroviral adherence programs in China
  • Screening, prevention, assessment and management of pressure ulcers and wound care
  • Nurse-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for cardiac patients with or at risk for depression
  • Development of mobile health technology to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors
  • Gene therapy that has high potential to advance the science in HIV/AIDS
  • Cellular targets for Alzheimer's treatments or prevention and understanding the immune responses to stress affecting well-being.

Research is at the core of our mission – not just as a primary component of a comprehensive education, but as a critical investment in the future of nursing and the future of health delivery. To support advancements in health and create the next generation of nurse scientists, we must be innovative, multidisciplinary and diverse. UCLA School of Nursing is known to have a climate of transdisciplinary collaboration and partnership across the campus, across the country and across the world.