Ambassador Spotlight: Richard Ricciardi

Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
George Washington University

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
Need to transform healthcare.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
One year.



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Ambassador Spotlight: Angela Starkweather

Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, CNRN, FAAN, FAANP
University of Florida College of Nursing

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
I wanted to be a part of garnering support for the important mission of NINR and let our legislators know about the significant impact of nursing research on the health of our communities and our nation.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
2014



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Ambassador Spotlight: Devon Noonan

Devon Noonan, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Duke University School of Nursing

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
I was interested in developing relationships with my representatives that could be mutually beneficial, where I could help them advance health in our area and where I could have influence in educating them about important initiative that I work on in the community. More than ever I see the need for policy to really move the needle on pressing health issues and this was one way to have involvement and push this work forward.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
2 plus years



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Ambassador Spotlight: Joy Deupree

Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
I love policy and have been involved in state politics for more than 20 years and wanted to become more involved in federal and national politics through the FNINR program.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
3 years.



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Ambassador Spotlight: Linda Weglicki

Linda S. Weglicki, PhD, RN
Medical University of South Carolina

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
It was clear to me that the nursing profession and community, the largest segment of the healthcare industry, needed and would benefit from well informed and passionate advocates for increased congressional funding to support the National Institute of Nursing Research and its strategic mission and priorities (noting that NINR has one of the lowest budgets at NIH).

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
I believe since 2015.



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Board Member Spotlight: Colleen Leners

Colleen A. Leners, DNP, APRN, FAAN, FAANP
1stCallHEALTH

What advice would you give your younger self?
Be patient with yourself.... be bold go forward without any trepidation!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy and Greece


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Ambassador Spotlight: Teri Hernandez

Teri H Hernandez, PhD, RN
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
The goals of the NINR are at the forefront of my values and the values of the CU College of Nursing; our shared ideals include improving the health of individuals and families, and developing the next generation of highly trained nurse scientists who will lead the future of health by generating knowledge focused on chronic conditions, symptoms, and palliative care. To move our mutual vision forward will require courage and thoughtful advocacy through education of government leaders and key stakeholders on the importance of our work, its impact, and the resources required to support its success. I wanted to serve as an ambassador to support forward movement of these shared visions.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
2 years



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Ambassador Spotlight: Mulubrhan Mogos

Mulubrhan Mogos, PhD, MSc
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
Commitment to serve nursing and advance nursing science.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
2 years



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Board Member Spotlight: Cyrus Batheja

Cyrus Batheja, EdD, MBA, BSN, PHN, RN, FAAN
OptumRx

What advice would you give your younger self?
Patience is necessary; Resilience is required; Care is the key

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii, Big Island


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Ambassador Spotlight: Brenda Baker

Brenda J. Baker, PhD, RNC, FAAN
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
Opportunity to continue the work I was exposed to while a RWJ Health Policy Fellow.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
1 year


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FNINR Announces 2023 Award Winners!

Each year at the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Annual NightinGala, FNINR bestows awards to truly deserving candidates who are nominated by their peers. This year’s awards were presented on October 4, 2023 during the 30th Anniversary FNINR NightinGala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

The Ada Sue Hinshaw Nurse Scholar Award is considered the pre-eminent award given by FNINR and is named in honor of the first permanent Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Recipients have a substantive and sustained program of science that would afford her/him recognition as a prominent senior scientist.

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Board Member Spotlight: Bethsheba Johnson

Bethsheba Johnson, DNP, APRN-BC, CNS, AAHIVE
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Have a growth mindset and not a closed mindset. Utilize your natural resilience, perseverance in grit to believe you can do it and help others through scientific discourse.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I love anywhere with warm water and beaches. Last year it was Punta Cana and this year it was Cancun.


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Board Member Spotlight: Diane Santa Maria

Diane M. Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Cizik School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
To follow your heart, do good work, and have fun along the way.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere with my family, a beautiful view, and time to exhale.


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Board Member Spotlight: Teri Murray

Teri A. Murray, PhD, PHNA-BC, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Build a strong program of research that can shape macro-level health policies to improve population health. Always connect research to outcomes. In community-based participatory research, know that community engagement is key in shaping health equity focused policy changes.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Paris


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Board Member Spotlight: Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN
The George Washington University School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell myself three things: 1) to continue to follow the work that brings the most joy and enables me to follow my interests and passions. 2) Find colleagues and teams that bring out the best part of you and challenge you to be a better version of yourself as a clinician and scientist. 3) Listen closely to parents and caregivers. They are their child's first and best teacher. Partner with them to optimize outcomes for kids.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach, any beach, but I do love Kauai.


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Board Member Spotlight: Dianne Morrison-Beedy

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, CGNC, FFNMRCSI, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
The Ohio State University College of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Realize not every opportunity offered to you is right for you at that time or perhaps ever. Be judicious, and grateful, with saying yes.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I will be in Greece and Italy and the Czech Republic this year so I may change my mind but I think my favorite spot is Aix-en-Provence in France - I received wise advice from many people I met there to “work to live, not live to work”. I am trying hard to find more balance in my life.


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Board Member Spotlight: Adey Nyamathi

Adey M. Nyamathi, ANP, PhD, FAAN
University of California, Irvine, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Learn early to be purposeful in your goals and intentions. Figure out early what your passion is; and what you are deeply invested in that gives you a sense of purpose and motivates you to keep moving forward. That makes all the hard work so much easier.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Japan, especially during the Sakura Hanami (cherry blossom gazing season)


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Board Member Spotlight: Christy Dempsey

Christy Dempsey, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR, CENP, FAAN
Christina Dempsey Enterprises, LLC

What advice would you give your younger self?
Never be afraid to take a calculated risk.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy.


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FNINR Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary!

FNINR CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY!

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 the impact of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in the advancement of nursing science.

To celebrate our anniversary, FNINR would like to honor the individuals who have helped shape the organization through donations, volunteering, and support over the past 30 years, including our current and past presidents (listed below); without all these individuals we wouldn’t be where we are today.

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Board Member Spotlight: Usha Menon

Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of South Florida College of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
It's never going to be easy but a career in nursing is so worth it.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere with the ocean or mountains.


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