An anonymous donor has pledged to give $1 million to the University of Rochester School of Nursing. The donation, which will establish a new endowed fund, will support the school’s mission to advance research and scientific discovery.
“This inspiring gift will allow us to embark on new research initiatives that have the potential to improve patient outcomes and address health care’s biggest challenges,” said UR School of Nursing Dean Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP. “We are immensely grateful for this donor’s generosity, which will have a lasting impact beyond our school and community.”
The endowed fund will provide resources for the school to jump start new pilot projects, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, and conduct bio-statistical analysis, among other initiatives. The donation may also fund collaborative research projects led by the school and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Advancing research is one of the UR School of Nursing’s three core missions, and its faculty members have made significant contributions to research on promoting healthy behaviors, developing and changing health care systems, chronic illness and palliative care, and symptom identification, monitoring, and management. In 2015, the school climbed 10 spots to No. 25 in the annual rankings of research funding from the National Institutes of Health — demonstrating the strength of the school’s research program in an increasingly competitive funding environment.
Founded in 1925, the University of Rochester School of Nursing has been a leading force in the science and practice of nursing for nearly a century. It is renowned for pioneering the unification model of nursing, which blends research and education with clinical practice, and is a national leader in groundbreaking nursing research that led to practice changes and informed nursing education curriculum. The school offers 19 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degree programs and consistently ranks among the nation’s best master’s programs according to U.S. News & World Report.