Within the UF Health Academic Health Center and the University of Florida, the CON’s faculty and student researchers find a truly collaborative environment. The UF HSC is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus.
Affiliation with various research-intensive centers and institutes has enriched the College’s research endeavors. In 2009, UF received the highly competitive National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award, through which UF joined a prestigious national consortium of research institutions geared toward accelerating scientific discovery, enhancing care, producing highly skilled scientists and fostering partnerships with industry. Many rich opportunities exist for UF nursing faculty to collaborate with the new UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which gives researchers access to internally funded post-doctorate and K awards as well as pilot funds.
Opportunities for collaborative research abound in many other centers and institutes, among them the following:
- Institute on Aging
- Evelyn F. & William L. McKnight Brain Institute
- Comprehensive Center for Pain Research
- Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
- Center for Autism and Related Disorders
- UF Shands Cancer Center
- Emerging Pathogens Institute
Educational and clinical affiliations and partnerships with health-care agencies throughout the state improve patient care and enhance student clinical experiences. Through clinical affiliations, partnerships and the College’s faculty practice initiatives, faculty members and students provide services to underserved patients and demonstrate the most current practice approaches. In addition, affiliations and partnerships with clinical agencies allow for potential research site opportunities with patients willing to serve as research subjects.
Active partnerships with practice colleagues provide opportunities for the College to develop innovative solutions, which are needed to address the nation’s complex nursing shortage. The UF College of Nursing maintains active affiliations with more than 300 community and state health care agencies, hospitals and health care settings.
The colleges of the Health Science Center and their associated health care delivery networks provide access to an integrated system of community hospitals and clinics, statewide home health care, a veterans’ health system and UF Health. In addition, partnerships with such first rate health care facilities North Florida Regional Medical Center, the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UF Health Jacksonville provide superior clinical experiences for the next generation of Gator Nurses, in addition to improving the health of our communities.