Alec Stone
Alec Stone MA, MPA, ONS Public Affairs Director

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor early-career professional researchers can receive from the federal government. On July 15, 2019, two nurse researchers were included among this year’s recipients. National Institute of Nursing Research-supported scientists, Sarah Rossetti, RN, PhD, and Tracey L. Yap, PhD, RN, WCC, CNE, FGSA, FAAN, were acknowledged for their promise and leadership in nursing science and patient-centered research.

Advancements in research continue to propel quality in health care, translating study findings into evidence that supports longer and better lives for millions of Americans. Whether studying cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer disease, or many other priority research topics, scientific programs receive deep federal funding from the government, providing these programs with the resources they need to change patient outcomes.

Nursing research has not always received PECASE attention in years past, but patient-centered research and scientific advancement has always been a cornerstone to improving care for all Americans. For 2019, Rossetti’s work in systemic communication for care coordination and Yap’s research to improve quality care delivered by nursing staff were both highlighted. Their focus on patient-centered care earned them top ranks among their early-career colleagues.

As part of ONS’s policy priorities, the Society advocates for the continued funding, support, and development of nursing research programs from all levels of government. Developing patient-focused research programs and translating results into evidence-based practice are crucial to the advancement of oncology care and the nursing profession. Consider adding your voice to the ONS advocacy effort and connect with lawmakers to support the nursing profession.