Pediatric Nursing Research Consortium

When three strong academic institutions and a premier health care provider join forces to improve the health care of children, families in Wisconsin and across the nation stand to benefit.  This year the UWM College of Nursing teamed up with the Children’s Research Institute of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Marquette University College of Nursing to launch the Consortium for Pediatric Nursing Research (CPNR) through a three year partnership agreement.  Each organization has provided seed funding to the research consortium whose objectives include promoting and conducting nursing research; enhancing the capacity to use evidence-based practice; and soliciting extramural funds to support clinical research on the care of children. 

“We are excited to see this partnership started. Through the CPNR, nurse scientists at all of the institutions can collaborate efforts to study important health questions,” said Dr. Malin,  PhD, RN, CNAA-BC Director Advanced Practice Nursing and Research, CHW and Associate Director, Children’s Research Institute.  Professor Kathleen Sawin, DNS, CPNP-PC, FAAN enthusiastically agrees.  As UWM/Children’s Hospital Joint Research Chair in the Nursing of Children, Sawin was instrumental in crafting the partnership.  “This is the right thing to do for nurse researchers and for children and families,” she notes. “Together we can really make a difference.”

The CPNR was created to overcome resource barriers for nurse investigators. The partnership combines the resources of clinical and academic researchers to create translational research, moving research from the laboratory to the patient bedside. In the next two years, the CPNR will be focusing on several research topics including, mental health; transition from pediatric to adult health care systems; chronic health condition; prevention and self-management/adherence; genetics; and patient safety.

In late spring of 2008, the CPNR held a “World Café” where approximately 40 individuals from the three consortium organizations collaborated to identify priority research topics for consortium funding and potential research collaborations between the consortium members.  Rachel Schiffman, PhD, RN, FAAN, UWM College of Nursing Associate Dean for Research declared, “This is a unique opportunity to change the way we approach health care. The collaboration of premier health care organizations with nurse scientists will bring the best possible care for children and their families."