2016 - 2017

On February 10, 2016, the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) held the inaugural Congressional Nursing Caucus with a reception that opened crucial dialogue as participants explored and discussed how American Nurses Heal the Nation through Science.

FNINR, the advocacy organization advancing the mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research, highlighted the work of nurse scientists -- some in attendance -- who investigate the health of individuals, families and communities aimed at disease prevention, lifestyle modification, symptom management, and more. High impact research exemplars were used to model the health and economic benefits informed through the science that nurses conduct.
FNINR President, Michael Bleich, thanked the Nursing Caucus Members and asked that Congress use the talents of nurse scientists for testimony on health-related issues, call out nursing when authorizing funds for health-related special initiatives (such as Alzheimers or cancer research), and to allocate additional funds to NINR. "Not only have we proven that the return-on-investment is strong for nurse-led studies, but NINR funding also links to the funding support needed to advance additional PhD students needed for team science and to advance the profession."

Keynote speaker, Bill Novelli, Professor at Georgetown University and Co-chair for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, eloquently spoke about how the NINR research priorities have contributed to society, citing nursing contributions to chronic disease management reducing health disparities.

Lively discussions and new partnerships were forged, made possible by sponsors Colleen Conway-Welch and Louise Woerner, whose unwavering support was acknowledged.

To view the handout provided to Congressional Nursing Caucus Members and staff, click here:
"American Nurses...Healing the Nation Through Science"
Bill Novelli FNINR Reception Remarks

Washington, D.C., July 27, 2015 - The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR), an independent nonprofit group that advocates for and advances nursing science, has announced the selection of eight outstanding Ambassadors to join the twelve chosen in 2014. Ambassadors are selected from a national pool of applicants based on their abilities to advance public, professional, and policy-maker awareness of the critical research agenda linked to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The new Ambassadors will complement current efforts with their experience as scientific leaders and high impact communicators to a variety of stakeholder groups.

These reputable scientists will further the goals of the FNINR Ambassadors Program. Among these goals are educating Congressional leaders and others within the healthcare community, to improve research funding by emphasizing the impact of nurse scientists and nursing research has made to improve the health and wellbeing of all Americans.
New Ambassadors are:
Donna McCarthy Beckett, PhD, RN, FAAN
Donna McCarthy Beckett, PhD, RN, FAAN
Marquette University College of Nursing - Madison, WI
Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
University of South Florida College of Nursing - Tampa, FL
Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Jean E. Davis, PhD, RN
Jean E. Davis, PhD, RN
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College - St. Louis, MO
Phyllis S. Hansell, EdD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Seton Hall University College of Nursing - South Orange, NJ
Phyllis S. Hansell, EdD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Kathleen T. Hickey, EdD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CCRN, APN
Kathleen T. Hickey, EdD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CCRN, APNG, FAHA, FAAN
Columbia University School of Nursing - New York, NY
Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN
University of Colorado, Denver - Aurora, CO
Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN
Nancy S. Redeker, PhD, MSN, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Nancy S. Redeker, PhD, MSN, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Yale University School of Nursing - West Haven, CT
Angela R. Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, CNRN
University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT
Angela R. Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, CNRN

"Nothing is more important than ensuring that the well-trained nurse scientists who conduct individual and team-based research have sufficient resources to impact individuals, families and communities through their programs of research. The environmental, social, and political conditions that influence the health and wellbeing of all Americans are served by exquisitely prepared nurses, reflected so aptly through NINR" states Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNINR President. "FNINR and our Ambassadors do this work with the health and wellbeing of the public in mind."

FNINR is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources to support nursing research and help advance the mission of NINR. FNINR seeks to support research-based nursing practice by educating health care professionals, Congress, and other appointed and elected officials, as well as the public in general about the advances made through nursing research and its benefits to patients, families, the community and the delivery of quality health care.

Please address inquiries to: Susan H. Dove, FNINR Executive Director, at sdove@fninr.org or telephone FNINR at 703-444-5527.
The goal of the FNINR Ambassadors Program is to extend the reach of advocacy efforts for improving the funding and knowledge about the National Institute of Nursing Research.

The Ambassadors Program seeks to increase the awareness of nursing research in all communities and actively promote nursing research activities in NINR. The Ambassadors Program is designed to serve as a resource to state and national legislators about NINR's mission and endeavors and to actively advocate for increased funding for NINR activities.
What is the Ambassadors Program?
The FNINR Ambassadors Program is a group of committed individuals willing to serve as advocates of NINR. Chosen through an application process reviewed by the FNINR Advocacy Committee of the FNINR Board, these selected Ambassadors will work to influence Congress and advocate for the goals and vision of NINR. This elite designation will be limited to a group of 25, with peer networking and communication being an integral part of the Ambassadors Program.

Ambassadors Program Brochure/Application Fall 2016 (pdf)
Ambassadors Program Donor Card (pdf)
Apply for Ambassadors Program Online
Charge Your Donation to the Ambassadors Program Online