The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1993. FNINR’s mission is to strengthen and magnify NINR's impact in advancing nursing science. FNINR seeks to support research-based nursing practice by educating nursing professionals and the public about the advances made through nursing research and its benefits to patients, families, the community and the delivery of healthcare.

FNINR is seeking nominations for Board of Director positions, with terms to begin January 1, 2024. FNINR Directors serve two-year terms and are eligible for re-election for a total of two terms (four years). These are self-nominations. Any questions about Board service or the nominating process should be sent to FNINR Executive Director, Justin Dodge, at [email protected]


  • Directors are expected to participate in all in-person and virtual Board meetings; there are one or two in-person Board meetings, plus an additional 3-5 Board calls annually.
  • Directors are expected to serve on at least one FNINR Committee or Subcommittee each year of their Board term.
  • Directors are required to make a $500 tax deductible contribution to FNINR annually.


  • Completion of the online application form
    • Upload a PDF version of your Curriculum Vitae
    • 100 Word Essay (share the contributions you could make to the FNINR Board and why you would be a good choice)


  • July 28, 2023 – Deadline for completed application form with CV and essay.
  • Mid-August 2023 - FNINR Nominating Committee will review all completed nomination packets and develop Slate of Nominees.
  • Early September 2023 - FNINR Board of Directors to appoint new Board members.
  • Mid-to-Late September 2023 - FNINR will notify those elected to the Board.
  • December 2023 - Board of Directors orientation.
  • January 1, 2024 – Board term begins.
Submit Your Nomination


FNINR Board Member Qualifications (from the FNINR Bylaws)

Section 2.3 Qualifications. At least a simple majority of directors at all times shall be registered nurses. Beyond that, the only qualification for directors is that all must be persons who are demonstrably committed to encourage and support nursing research and the mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Rather than excluding from eligibility persons who might be employed by government or anyone else having an actual or potential conflict of interest, the Organization will opt for inclusiveness and will rely upon a strong conflict-of-interest policy and similar policies of other organizations to preclude inappropriate involvements. It is seen as desirable, but not mandated, that directors represent a broad geographic area of the United States as well as various philosophies, institutions and professions impacting upon nursing research.