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Mission Statement

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



  • Expand the human, technological and financial infrastructure that is currently available to support research;
  • 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;
  • Create learning opportunities for nursing students and professional nurses to enhance their understanding of research and their ability to apply research findings to practice;
  • Disseminate research findings and best evidence-based practices to members of the nursing profession and the community at large;
  • Promote the use of research findings and evidence-based best practices to solve clinical problems and influence health care policy.