The Kentucky Nurses Foundation (KNF) established in 1975 as a 501 (c)(3) status
foundation, has both a contractual and professional relationship with the
Kentucky Nurses Association to enhance achievement of the strategic goals of
both organizations. The Kentucky Nurses Foundation has a long history of
supporting nursing scholarship and research.
The mission of the Kentucky Nurses Foundation is to promote the highest level
of health for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky by advancing the
practice of nursing through nursing scholarship and healthcare research.
- Provide funding and resources for nursing research that will improve
healthcare outcomes in Kentucky.
- Enable the application and dissemination of the new knowledge from research
through professional development of nurses in Kentucky in cooperation with the
Kentucky Nurses Association and other organizations.
- Recruit and sustain a committed and visionary community based partnerships
to fund research projects.
Community Based Partnership Initiatives
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete
physical, mental, and social well being”. As health care has become more complex
and multidimensional in scope, the profession of nursing has expanded. Nurses
strive to improve the quality and efficacy of care in a variety of settings and
populations through the development of a dynamic foundation of scientific
knowledge. Because of the rapid changes in the health field brought about
through technology and research, the nurse in the society of the future must
develop strategies that integrally link research and evidence based practice to
meet the evolving needs of our citizens.
In recognition of this ongoing need, the Kentucky Nurses Foundation (KNF) is
taking a bold new direction to providing direct support for nursing research
that has the potential to advance health care outcomes in the Commonwealth. KNF
is actively recruiting community partnerships to fulfill this mission. Partners
may make any number of contributions to the effort—from research and design to
funding that supports the research initiative.
Priority Health Needs in Kentucky
Descriptive research in unexplored areas and studies related to the
effectiveness of preventive approaches and interventions are needed. Analysis of
multiple data sources indicates that the citizens of Kentucky have identifiable
priorities for health care research initiatives in the following substantive
- Violence/Substance Abuse
- Minority Health Issues
- Women's Health/Maternal Child Health
Enhancing patient outcomes is one of the primary goals of nursing
practice. Nurses influence an array of outcomes in multiple settings. Outcomes
for nursing research projects may include strategies that:
- Improve emotional status, coping ability, and social functioning.
- Enhance functional status, e.g., improved mobility and ability to perform
activities of daily living and self-care.
- Improve home functioning, e.g., reduction in caregiver strain and enhanced
- Provide a safe environment, e.g., prevention of falls and safe use of
medical devices in the home.
- Enhance knowledge regarding disease prevention, treatment and health
- Control of symptoms such as pain and nausea.
- Enhanced quality of life.
- Increase cost-effectiveness of healthcare.
Criteria for Foundation Projects
- Demonstrates tangible outcomes in health care,
- Uses nursing knowledge to exert a positive force on nursing and health of
- Generate research findings that nurses can incorporate into practice,
- Provides vision and funding for relevant nursing research,
- Contributes to a dynamic knowledge base for nursing practice,
- Partners with KNF and KNA and other communities in advancing nursing
- Supports strategies for integrating research and practice.