FNINR Welcomes their 5th Cohort of Ambassadors!

January 11, 2021, Washington, D.C. - The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) are pleased to announce the selection of their fifth cohort of Ambassadors. This unique advocacy program began in 2014 and has grown to include over 30 Ambassadors. The 2020 selection includes 15 nurse scientists to join the ranks of others currently filling this role.

Ambassadors are selected from a national pool of applicants based on their abilities to advance public, health professional, and policy-maker awareness of the critical research agenda advanced by the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR).

These highly qualified individuals, the majority of whom are nurse scientists, will focus specifically on educating Congressional leaders as to the high-impact, cost-effective interventions and quality-of-life enhancements that emanate from nursing science. Ultimately, the goal of FNINR’s ambassador program is to increase research funding for continued scientific breakthroughs and training of scientists made possible by the NINR.

NINR supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness, research that spans and integrates the behavioral and biological sciences, and that develops the scientific basis for clinical practice. Nursing science transcends the boundaries of disease and research disciplines to better understand the experiences of individuals and families living with illness and to develop personalized approaches that maximize health and well-being for individuals at all stages of life, across diverse populations and settings.

We look forward to our continued conversations with key Congressional leaders and appreciate their recognition of the value brought by nursing research to the health and health care of individuals, families, and communities.

2021 FNINR Ambassadors Program Press Release

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Ambassador Locations


The current 2022 Ambassadors are: 

Denise Cote-Arsenault, PhD, RN, CPLC, FNAP, FAAN
St. Louis University
School of Nursing

St. Louis, MO 
Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN
University of Kentucky
College of Nursing
Lexington, KY
Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP,

The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
University of Minnesota
School of Nursing
Minneapolis, MN
Rosina Cianelli, PhD, MPH, RN, IBCLC, FAAN
University of Miami,
School of Nursing and Health
Miami, FL 
Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, M.Sc., RN
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York City, NY 
Mollie Cummins, MSN, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
University of Utah
College of Nursing
Salt Lake City, UT
Jean Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 
Joy P. Deupree, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC
University of South Carolina
College of Nursing

Columbia, SC 
Holli A. DeVon, PhD., RN, FAHA, FAAN
School of Nursing
Los Angeles, CA 
Anne Ersig, PhD, RN
University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Nursing
Madison, WI 
Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,
School of Nursing
Newark, NJ 
Judith M. Fouladbakhsh, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC,

Oakland University
School of Nursing

Rochester, MI 
Hurdis M. Griffith, PhD, RN, FAAN
Emeritus Professor
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,
School of Nursing
Newark, NJ
Phyllis Hansell, EdD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Seton Hall University
Nutley, NJ 
Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Boulder, CO 
Karen Johnson, PhD, RN 
Banner Health

Phoenix, AZ 
Deborah J. Kenny, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Monument, CO 
Patricia Kinser, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN, FAAN
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Nursing

Richmond, VA 
Mulubrhan Mogos, PhD, MSc
Vanderbilt University
School of Nursing
Nashville, TN 
Devon Noonan, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Duke University
School of Nursing
Durham, NC 
Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN, FAAN
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC,

University of Connecticut
Mansfield, CT
Mary C. Sullivan, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Rhode Island
College of Nursing

South Kingston, RI
Cheryl Taylor, PhD, RN, MN, FAAN
Southern University and A&M College
Baton Rouge, LA 
Natalia Villegas, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Diane M. Twedell, MCHS, DNP, RN,

Mayo Clinic Health System
Rochester, MN 
Linda S. Weglicki, PhD, RN
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC 
Terri Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, ATSF
University of Illinois Chicago
College of Nursing
Chicago, IL 


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