Summary of NINR Workshop: "Workshop on Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health" Now Available

In fall 2020, NINR held a virtual workshop on innovative models of care for reducing inequities in maternal health.

The workshop explored how healthcare providers can improve maternal and infant health for women in U.S. communities affected by racial discrimination, socioeconomic inequities and other system level factors that contribute to maternal health inequities.

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NINR Hosts 103rd Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

NINR will be hosting the 103rd open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research.

Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 1:15 pm ET
How to Join: NIH Videocast





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NIH Awards over $107 Million to Support Innovative Approaches to COVID-19 Testing and Surveillance

NIH awarded over $107 million to support innovative approaches to COVID-19 testing and surveillance. This will support over 40 research projects and grant supplements at 43 institutions. 

NINR is supporting the following awards through the RADx initiative:

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NIH Launches Funding Opportunities to Recruit Diverse Research Faculty

NIH is providing funding opportunities to recruit diverse research faculty. Applications for the Funding Opportunity Announcements are due March 1, 2021, with awards to be announced in 2021. 

You can read the NIH press release on these funding announcements here: NIH to fund cohort recruitment and development program to enhance diversity and inclusion among biomedical faculty.

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FNINR Welcomes New President and Board Members For The 2021-2022 Term

On January 1, 2021, FNINR welcomed Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP as the new President of FNINR. Cathleen is the President of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and has also served as Wake Forest Baptist Health’s System Chief Nurse Executive. Cathleen began serving on the Board of Directors in 2018 and will serve as FNINR President from 2021-2022.




FNINR also welcomed 8 new Board of Directors to serve their first term from 2021-2022, increasing the Board to 19 members. 

  • Christina Dempsey - Chief Nursing Officer Emerita, Press Ganey
  • Ronald Hickman, Jr. - Nurse Practitioner and Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
  • Shela Kaneshiro - Vice President Patient Care Services/CNO, MemorialCare - Orange Coast Medical Center
  • Colleen Leners - Director of Policy, AACN
  • Teri Murray - Professor and Dean Emerita, Saint Louis University, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing 
  • Adey Nyamathi - Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Nursing
  • Joyce Sensmeier - Senior Advisor, Informatics, HIMSS
  • Laura Wood - Senior Vice President, Patient Care Operations, Chief Nursing Officer, Sporing Carpenter Chair for Nursing, Boston Children’s Hospital

To see FNINR's full Board of Directors, please visit the FNINR website

Board Member Spotlight: Roy Simpson

Roy L. Simpson, RN, DNP, FNAP, FAAN, FACMI
Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Get your doctorate before SS benefits and Medicare kick-in, but you are never too late to get it.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Provincetown, MA.



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Congress Passes Bipartisan Year-End Spending and COVID-19 Relief Bill

On December 22, 2020, AACN announced that Congress passed H.R. 133 the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This will provide COVID-19 relief and funds the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. You can read the full AACN press release below. 

AACN Press Release

 

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NINR is Accepting Applications for Program Officer / Health Scientist Administrator

The National Institute of Nursing Research is accepting applications for the position of Program Officer / Health Scientist Administrator.

The role of the Program Officer / Health Scientist Administrator is to initiate, develop, manage, and provide insights for the extramural research portfolio of the NINR. 

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Board Member Spotlight: Carol Porter

Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN 
MD Anderson Cancer Center

What advice would you give your younger self?
Life is precious so savor each day and experience. Keep your family close and celebrate the little things as well as the major milestones. Choose a career that you love and excel in your profession. At the end of each day take a moment to be thankful for the opportunity to help others. Make friends and be kind. Live, love and laugh.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I love the ocean- the rhythm of the waves, the peacefulness of nature and the many memories of good times. My favorite island destination is St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.


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Board Member Spotlight: Cindy Munro

Cindy Munro, RN, ANP-BC, PhD, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS
University of Miami School Of Nursing And Health Studies

What advice would you give your younger self?
Savor every experience along the way! And remember that relationships are the most important aspect of your professional and personal life; your relationships are the key to success.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere on or near the water- particularly anywhere we can stay on our boat, Tonic. 





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Dr. Shannon Zenk Giving 2020 Straus Distinguished Lecture

All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters
By: Dr. Shannon Zenk
December 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET

NINR Director, Dr. Shannon Zenk, will give the 2020 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will be streamed via Videocast. Learn more about the event here

Register Here

Deadline for Excellence in Achievement in Public Health Awards is December 2!

Nominations are open for Research!America's four Excellence in Achievement in Public Health awards.

The awards will be presented during the virtual event on April 14, 2021. The deadline for nominations is December 2, 2020. Click here for more information. 

Nominate Here

Research!America Shares Survey Concerning Public Support for Nursing Research

Almost one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are showing their support for placing a high priority on improving our nation’s public health system. 73% of Americans say the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that major changes are needed in our public health system, including more funding. You can view the results of the survey here.

Source: https://www.researchamerica.org/public-health-2020

NINR Announces the Beginning Stages of Their Next Strategic Plan

On Tuesday, November 17, Dr. Shannon Zenk announced NINR was developing its next strategic plan, to be released in late 2021/early 2022. You can visit this webpage to provide input on what you envision for the future of nursing science. You can email [email protected] with any ideas about future research directions.

Find out more here

NINR's GPP 2021 Applications Now Open

NINR is now accepting applications for its 2021 Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP). The GPP is an Institutional Partnership that combines the academic environment of a university with the comprehensive research resources available at NIH. 

Those selected conduct doctoral coursework at the partnership university. After all coursework is completed, the fellow then comes to the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, to begin research toward a doctoral dissertation. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Three letters of reference are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Click here for more information.

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NINR Provides Insight on Palliative Care

NINR is the lead Institute on end-of-life care at NIH. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, NINR is discussing Palliative care and its critical role of maintaining quality of life at any stage of illness, not just at the end of life. NINR provided science-based resources that are designed to support individuals, families, clinicians, and communities who are managing the symptoms of serious illnesses and planning for end-of-life decisions. 

NINR published "What is Palliative Care?" to help answer questions for patients and families. You can find more resources here: ninr.nih.gov/newsandinformation/newsandnotes/pubs-2020



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Registration is Open for Symptom Science Advances in Oncology Nursing Virtual Colloquium

Symptom Science Advances in Oncology Nursing Virtual Colloquium
February 4 - 5, 2021

The colloquium will highlight symptom science advances in oncology nursing and provide an opportunity for networking and research mentorship to support the next generation of nurse scientists. Registration will remain open until all seats are filled.

The mid-career scientist award and mentor-mentee award are accepting nominations until November 30, 2020. You can submit your nominations here.


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Board Member Spotlight: Jean Davis

Jean Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of South Carolina

What advice would you give your younger self?
Learn to say "no" to those things that aren't important to you.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Coronado Island, San Diego, CA


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Board Member Spotlight: Jerry Mansfield

Jerry Mansfield, Ph.D., R.N., NEA-BC
Mount Carmel Health System

What advice would you give your younger self?
Balance your desire for important work and commitment with a focus on family and relationships; one cannot live without the other.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Any place that includes a beach, sand and palm trees.





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Board Member Spotlight: Victoria Niederhauser

Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

What advice would you give your younger self?
Follow your passion, seek first to understand, and balance action with patience.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii! I had the great fortune to live in Hawaii for 22 years and love returning to the islands to visit friends and my favorite places.

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
From the time I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse. I think this decisive career pathway was developed through the role models in my life. My grandfather was a surgeon, my mom a physical therapist and my aunt was a pediatric nurse. In the 1950’s my aunt left Babies Hospital in New York City to become a nurse in Alaska. She travel throughout the state, lived in rural villages, and started her own business to help people do a better job of parenting children. She lived a life of personal and professional adventure; her stories and experiences inspired me to want that kind of career and life for myself. Early in my career, I came to realize the impact nurses can have on children and families. And I loved the tremendous resilience that children have managing and coping with illness. When I became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, I knew that I could influence the health and well-being of children and families through my wellness teaching and guidance. What could be more gratifying than setting a child on the right path to a life of health and wellness? Throughout out my entire career opportunities to take amazing roles presented themselves to me, like becoming a nurse educator. After I completed my Master’s degree and pediatric nurse practitioner program (PNP), I traveled across the country and ended up in Hawaii. Initially, I was seeking a position as a PNP, but no positions were open (at that time, only 2 PNP were employed on the islands). I happened to see an ad in the newspaper for a nursing faculty at the University of Hawaii, I interviewed and was hired on the spot! After my first semester teaching eager nursing students, I realized that I really enjoyed the privilege of influencing the next generation of nurses. The autonomy of the position, the ability to be creative, and the variety of the work day also were very appealing to me. Within 6 months of starting to teach nursing, I was hired as a part-time PNP and continued to practice as a PNP and have a faculty appointment throughout my career.







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