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The Connell Nursing Research Scholars program (CNRS) is seeking applications to advance interdisciplinary patient/family care at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) through nursing research. Participation in the CNRS program offers each scholar the time and active mentoring needed to generate and extend knowledge and advance interdisciplinary health care. Ultimately, having time devoted to the conduct of research and clinical investigation will enable each scholar the ability to secure external funding that will advance health care at the MGH and beyond.

CNRS applications are designed to blend each scholar’s research interests and expertise with the strategic priorities of patient care services and the MGH organizational mission.  Priorities include:

  • Care of the hospitalized elderly.
  • Patient and family experiences and “end-of-life” care.
  • Workforce development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Creative interventions to decrease risk, improve symptom management, and foster care redesign care across settings.
  • Development and testing of measures to evaluate innovation effectiveness.
  • Evaluation of the Professional Practice Environment, work satisfaction, and care delivery internationally.
  • Generation, testing and evaluation of models to guide practice, foster ethical and safe practice and advance nursing science.
  • Other research foci will be reviewed within the goals of the CNRS program.

Preliminary review:  January 15, 2013 (if the applicant is interested in reviewing an application with project faculty prior to the final submission date)
Final submission:  January 31, 2013
Send to:  Linda Lyster ( (643-0431)

All applications will be reviewed by the CNRS Advisory Board and announced in late spring of 2013.  The CNRS program scholars (Year 2 cohort) will begin their research in June.  These scholars will be advised by CNRS faculty and a mentor. The Program Advisor/Mentor is a seasoned and well-published research scholar with experience in leading research initiatives and funded projects.  Both the CNRS faculty advisor, along with the scholar’s project advisor/mentor, will assist each scholar in the development of a research plan to access funding and promote scholarship.


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