Nursing Research

Northeastern is a top tier one (R-1) research university, pursuing interdisciplinary R&D in all areas including innovations in nursing and healthcare. This critical inquiry impacts real lives in profound ways. At Northeastern School of Nursing, we apply Boyer’s model of scholarship as a conceptual anchor to define and describe the scholarly contributions of our faculty and students. We recognize the following areas of scholarship as complementary.

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The scholarship of discovery and knowledge creation includes original research that advances knowledge and is pursued through:

  • Primary empirical research
  • Historical research
  • Theory development
  • Methodological studies


Encompassing the systematic study of teaching and learning processes, this requires work be made public and available for peer review and be reproducible and extensible by other scholars.

  • Development of innovative teaching/evaluation methods
  • Program development


This involves the synthesis of information across disciplines, topics within a discipline, or time.

  • Translational research
  • Dissemination and Implementation science
Faculty and student stand over the bedside of a robot in the simulation lab at Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Three Northeastern University nursing students in PPE


Practice or application (also called the scholarship of engagement) extends to those within or outside the University and involves the rigor and application of disciplinary expertise with results that can be shared with and/or evaluated by peers.

  • Development of clinical knowledge
  • Evaluating systems of care
  • Development of innovative healthcare delivery models

NU Care

The School of Nursing at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences has received a five-year, $1.5 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to estab­lish a new center designed to advance nursing sci­en­tists’ research and effec­tive tech­nology inter­ven­tions for improving self-care and self-management for America’s older adults.

The grant, from the NIH’s National Insti­tute of Nursing Research, pro­vides the sup­port to launch the North­eastern Center for Tech­nology in Sup­port of Self Man­age­ment and Health, also known as NUCare, at the School of Nursing. The center is also closely aligned with the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence.