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The Board of Directors established the Center for Nursing Research (CNR) in 1989 in response to recommendations resulting from a two-year nursing research initiative co-sponsored by the Center for Nursing (CFN), the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (STTI). The value of this center for the practice of nursing is to support the identification and use of best practices as found in the scientific research of nurses and other professionals.



The mission of the Cathryne A. Welch Center for Nursing Research (CNR) is to advance excellence in health care through research and evidence-based practice (EBP).



  • To position the CNR to obtain resources to actualize its mission;
  • To catalyze innovation and inquiry through the support of the research alliances and other entities that promote the advancement of excellence in health care;
  • To provide stewardship for the on-going development of nurse-scientists



  • Scientific underpinnings of nursing practice
  • Excellence in health care
  • Inquiry/innovation
  • Sharing/Dissemination
  • Stewardship
  • Lifelong learning
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity



  1. Expand the human, technological and financial infrastructure that is currently available to support research;
  2. Facilitate collaboration among all stakeholders in the research endeavor to promote the sharing of expertise, mentoring of novices, and coordination of resources in order to improve patient care;
  3. Create learning opportunities for nursing students and professional nurses to enhance their understanding of research and their ability to apply research findings to practice;
  4. Disseminate research findings and best evidence-based practices to members of the nursing profession and the community at large;
  5. Promote the use of research findings and evidence-based best practices to solve clinical problems and influence health care policy.


Structural Plan

Purpose: The proposed structural plan incorporates a leadership team and standing subcommittees which support the mission and values of the Center for Nursing Research and, through the strategic plan, operationalizes the vision and goals of the Center for Nursing Research through the work of the Leadership Team and Subcommittees. This structure represents the interests of, and serve as conduits to, identified constituent groups.

Accountability:  to the Center for Nursing Board of Directors (BOD)

Scope of Work:  scope is carried out through the work of the subcommittees

  • Providing a collegial forum for sharing amongst the research alliances and other identified constituencies
  • Assist in collaborative efforts of the research alliances and other identified constituencies in New York State
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors in support of the mission
  • Serve as a liaison between other professional constituencies in and outside of New York State with an interest in nursing research and evidence-based practice (EBP)

Functions: To operationalize the strategic plan, collaborate with research alliances and other professional entities, to mentor research fellows, to recognize excellence in research accomplishments in New York State, dissemination of research evidence, and support fundraising efforts for the Center for Nursing Research.



  • The composition of the Center for Nursing Research will include individuals with Master’s and Doctoral preparation who have expertise in nursing research or expertise and/or leadership in Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Participation is open to those who share an interest in nursing research and evidence-based practice. Participants may choose to join subcommittees or to remain part of the Center for Nursing Research only.
  • Participation is also intended to be representational of constituent groups and organizations.  Participant may be recommended by such groups to serve on the Center for Nursing Research and/or subcommittees.
  • All participants of the Center for Nursing Research enjoy equal status as a full participant without regard to their source of appointment.