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Native South Floridian Trains with National Researchers
7/31/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - Native South Floridian Barbara G. Kruse is top-notch in her field of nursing, something the National Institute of Nursing Research - one of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. - recognized when it invited her to attend a workshop this month that was created to train other key researchers and nurse scholars from across the country.

Kruse, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Florida Gulf Coast University, spent four days at the workshop for the purpose of developing nurse scientists. Forty nurse scholars attended based on their competitive abstract submissions. However, Kruse did not vie for attendance. The NINR asked her because of her extensive nurse research and scholarship.

Kruse’s primary concern is to conduct grant-sponsored research on cancer survivorship and end of life issues. Her plans to launch a program of research within the FGCU School of Nursing is crucial because the School is looking to develop a nursing doctoral program soon. She hopes the School’s research endeavors will engage both undergraduate and graduate students.

The conference discussed topics such as developing a research program, tracking a grant through the NIH, mock grant reviews and small group sessions with program directors.

Kruse is originally from Miami, has spent 14 years teaching in Fort Lauderdale and has been an FGCU faculty member for three years. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate level programs. Kruse also developed the current research course students take in the Master of Science nursing program.

According to the NIH, it is the nation’s steward of medical and behavioral research. It began as a one-room Laboratory of Hygiene in 1887 with a total budget of $300. Today, the NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers and the federal focal point for medical research in the U.S. It comprises 27 institutes and centers, and has in excess of 75 buildings on 300 acres in Bethesda. The federal government appropriated nearly $23.4 billion in 2002 to the NIH.

The NIH established the NINR in 1986. The addition brought a clinical and nursing perspective to the nation’s biomedical and behavioral research activities. The NINR supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span.

The FGCU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs sponsored Kruse’s trip.

For more information about the NIH, visit: . For more information about the NINR, visit: .

For more information about the conference or the School of Nursing, contact Kruse at (941) 590-7516.

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