a nursing degree. Training and career development programs could provide opportunities for nurses to conduct supervised clinical and basic research at the interface between nursing and at least one of the traditional environmental disciplines. The academic, clinical, and laboratory environments could facilitate growth and development for promising students, new research scientists, and midcareer scientists. Important elements of training would include, for example, ongoing interactive departmental seminars; a faculty well published in refereed journals; and an interactive, interdisciplinary research team funded by multiple sources. This type of training opportunity links research and graduate education—the defining strength of academic research and the education enterprise.
The National Institute for Nursing Research is committed to promoting the development of a career trajectory for research training of nurse investigators. The purpose of the trajectory is to operationalize the philosophical stance that research training is a career commitment. Such a trajectory allows researchers to remain updated and in the forefront of the content and methodologies of their scientific fields. A series of award mechanisms are available to facilitate research training and career development.
Nursing research and research education in environmental and occupational health sciences have several sources of interdisciplinary support. Those organizations most likely to be interested in environmental health and nursing are listed in Table 5.1 and were included in the survey. However, it is also apparent from the survey that there is some private-sector corporate funding for nursing research. The potential of this funding source has not been explored.
Since 1992 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has engaged in joint endeavors with several specialty organizations to fund collaborative research projects. Rogers (1994) reported on such efforts between STTI and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, STTI and the Oncology Nursing Society, STTI and the Emergency Nurses Association, and STTI and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, whereby research projects are jointly funded and overall administrative coordination is handled by the specialty organization. The participating organizations jointly recognize the award recipients.