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Nurse Scientists

The Nurse Scientists at Boston Children¹s Hospital assume a variety of roles within the organization as expert clinicians, mentors, and leaders in the care of children and their families. Improving outcomes for patients, families, and staff is central to their programs of research which span multiple specialties, and areas of focus including patient safety, care quality, and clinical innovation.  Their scientific contributions have improved pediatric care and child health locally, nationally and across the globe.   Each nurse scientist holds a faculty appointment at schools of nursing and medicine including Boston College, Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the University of Pennsylvania. As members of the Nurse Executive Committee for Research and Inquiry, nurse scientists contribute to the oversight and advancement of nursing science within Boston Children's Hospital. Meet our Nurse Scientists.

Program for Clinical Inquiry


The Science of NursingBoston Children's is dedicated to advancing the science of pediatric nursing. The hospital recognizes that a robust program of nursing research is essential to the provision of the highest quality patient care and the overall advancement of nursing as a profession.

The Program for Clinical Inquiry provides the leadership and resources necessary to ensure that care delivery is evidence-based, data driven and systematically evaluated.

Within this program, Nurses are provided with the following:

  • Expert support to develop and test innovative, cost-effective practices and models of care.
  • Continuous mentorship and educational activities
  • Access to research literature
  • Clinical Research Program (CRP) support, which provides technical and methodological assistance for clinical research.

Evidence Based Practice

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a problem solving approach to clinical based practice that integrates conscientious use of best evidence in combination with a clinician's expertise as well as patient preferences and values (Melnyk)

Nursing Science Fellowship

The Nursing Science Fellowship provides a structured program of clinical inquiry and scholarship to advance nursing science. During this two-year program, fellows are paired with a nurse science mentor where they collaborate with other nurse scientists, administrative leaders, and staff engaged in clinical inquiry to create and complete a scholarly project that contributes to the science of pediatric nursing. Once completed, the work is then internally and externally disseminated through meetings and publications.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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