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Ambassador Spotlight: Terri Weaver

Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, ATSF, FAASM
University of Illinois Chicago & University of Pennsylvania

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
To secure the needed legislation to continue the support for nursing research.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
4 years



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Ambassador Spotlight: Diane Twedell

Diane M. Twedell, DNP, RN, CENP, FAAN, FAONL
Mayo Clinic Health System

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
Have always had a great interest in political process and the nursing voice is trusted by the public and policy makers!

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
I became a FNINR ambassador in 2018.



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Ambassador Spotlight: Donna Zucker

Donna M. Zucker, PhD
University of Massachusetts Amherst

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
More time to devote to policy issues.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
One year



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FNINR Announces the 7th Cohort of Ambassadors

FNINR ANNOUNCES THE SEVENTH COHORT OF AMBASSADORS

May 15, 2024 – Lexington, KY – The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) are pleased to announce the selection of their seventh cohort of Ambassadors. This unique advocacy program began in 2014 and has grown to include over 50 Ambassadors, with this selection of 21 nurse scientists joining 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).

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Ambassador Spotlight: Lea Ann Matura

Lea Ann Matura, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
I wanted to do my part to support the important work and mission of the NINR and FNINR.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
This is my first year.



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Ambassador Spotlight: Phyllis Hansell

Phyllis S. Hansell, EdD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Seton Hall University

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
To make a difference in the funding to support nursing research.

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



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Ambassador Spotlight: Deborah Kenny

Deborah J. Kenny, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
To become a policy advocate and promote the importance of nursing research.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
6 years



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Ambassador Spotlight: Anne Ersig

Anne Ersig, PhD, RN
University of Wisconsin-Madison

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
Funding for nursing research is unbelievably low, compared to funding for other institutes. I know so many fantastic nurse scientists who would benefit from NINR funding; the opportunity to have an impact on the funding for the institute is fantastic!

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
2.5 years (I think?)



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Ambassador Spotlight: Denise Cote-Arsenault

Denise Cote-Arsenault, PhD, RN, CPLC, FNAP, FAAN
Saint Louis University

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
I wanted to contribute to support for NINR.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
18 months.



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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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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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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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