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Board Member Spotlight: Sandy Leake

Sandy C. Leake, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
The University of Tennessee Medical Center

What advice would you give your younger self?
First, relationships are everything! Time spent developing and nurturing relationships is never wasted, and those will be the people who support and celebrate with you when things are good, and who lift you up (and even piece you back together if needed) when things are hard. I could never have been successful in my work (or my life) without so many amazing family members, friends, and colleagues. Second, never underestimate the difference you can make in someone's life by doing even the smallest of things... ones that make a person feel seen, heard, valued, and that you genuinely care about them.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Southwest Harbor, Maine, is my favorite place. The scenery is stunning, the people warm and welcoming, and the lobster incomparable. It is where I go to rest, relax, reset and restore my soul before returning to the demanding work we do as nurses.


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2022 in Review: Nursing Research at Mayo Clinic

As the new year begins gaining momentum, Mayo Clinic’s Department of Nursing, Division of Nursing Research is taking a moment to reflect on the research goals and accomplishments made in 2022. Hear directly from a handful of our Nurse Scientists and Post-Doctoral Research Scholars on what they’ve been working on, and what that means for our patients.
 






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Board Member Spotlight: Victoria Niederhauser

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

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.


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FNINR Announces the Sixth Cohort of FNINR Ambassadors

FNINR ANNOUNCES THE SIXTH COHORT OF FNINR AMBASSADORS

January 9, 2023 – Lexington, KY – The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) are pleased to announce the selection of their sixth cohort of Ambassadors. This unique advocacy program began in 2014 and has grown to include over 30 Ambassadors. The 2023 selection includes 12 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).

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Board Member Spotlight - Kelli Saucerman-Howard

Kelli Saucerman-Howard, DNP, RN
Vice-President of Patient Care Services/CNO

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be brave and challenge yourself, don't settle for status quo.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
One of my favorite vacation spots is Kauai because it has the most beautiful mountains and ocean scenery.


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Board Member Spotlight: Gideon Esuzor

LCDR Gideon Esuzor, MBA, MSN, RN
Defense Health Agency

 

What advice would you give your younger self?
Enjoy the journey and experience no matter the difficulties you encounter on your road to success. The difficult moments are character-building, so embrace them.


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Board Member Spotlight- Diane M Santa Maria

Diane M. Santa Maria, DRPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC,FSA-HM,FAAN
Associate Professor Department of Research



What advice would you give your younger self?

Hang on because it is going to be an unpredictable and exciting ride!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Any alpine lake with great views and fresh air. I love the national parks.




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Board Member Spotlight: Dianne Morrison-Beedy

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

 


What advice would you give your younger self?
Early on in your career, create a balance between work and taking care of your health and your relationships. Make this your long-term habit. Realize that there are relatively few opportunities that are a "once in a lifetime" and even if you have to say "no" to something, it doesn't mean that another similar, or same, opportunity won't become available in your future. You do not have to say "YES" to everything right away and overwhelm your life. Lastly, remember the passion behind the start of your research and scholarship - it might be a patient, some challenge you or a loved one faced, or something that tugged at your heartstrings. Keep that front and center when times get tough and the work is dragging - remember WHY you chose this path and this focus!


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Community Engagement Key to Fostering Robust Results

This is a sponsored blog post by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Above: Nurse researcher Siobhan McMahon practices a balance-challenging exercise (heel-toe walking) with participants in the Ready Steady study.

Behavior change doesn’t happen in the hospital or in the clinic. It happens in people’s lives, in their homes, neighborhoods and communities.



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Board Member Spotlight: Cyrus Batheja

Cyrus Batheja, EdD, MBA, BSN, PHN, RN
United Healthcare

 


What advice would you give your younger self?
Be patient, all good things take time.


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Columbia Nursing Launches Three New Centers Focused on Health Equity and Social Justice

Columbia Nursing Launches Three New Centers Focused on Health Equity and Social Justice

 Columbia Nursing has long been at the forefront of innovative, interdisciplinary research
 on the disparities in health faced by racial and sexual minorities and underrepresented groups,
and how to reduce these inequities.

 In 2021, the school launched three centers demonstrating its commitment to social justice and high-quality health care for all, as well as to prepare the next generation of nurse-scientists to continue this mission: the Center for Research on People of Color (CRPC), the Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research (CSGMHR), and the Center for Healthcare Delivery Research and Innovations (CHDRI)

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FNINR's Roy Simpson Awarded AAN's President's Award

Congratulations to FNINR Board Member, Roy Simpson for being honored at the AAN 2021 Health Policy Conference as the winner of the President's Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary, lifelong contributions to improving the health of individuals, families, or communities. You can read the full press release here.

Board Member Spotlight: Laura Wood

Laura J. Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Boston Children's Hospital

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would offer the Zen precept, “Leap and the net will appear.” Courage is a necessity to create a life of meaning.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. It’s a wonderful mix of spectacular beaches, nature, and many venues where our beloved golden retriever family member is also welcome!




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Board Member Spotlight: Joyce Sensmeier

Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN
HIMSS

 

What advice would you give your younger self?
Have faith in yourself! Your education and experience have helped you develop valuable expertise to enable you to carve out a successful career. Don't be afraid of new opportunities, even if you're being asked to do something you haven't done before. Also, stretch yourself beyond your 'day' job and volunteer for activities that you are interested in. Seek out a mentor, and take time to listen to others' experience.


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Board Member Spotlight: Adey Nyamathi

Adey Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN
University of California, Irvine

 

 


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Board Member Spotlight: Teri Murray

Teri Murray, Ph.D., PHNA-BC, RN, FAAN
Saint Louis University, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

 


What advice would you give your younger self?
Find an area of clinical interest in nursing that you are both passionate and curious about, further your education and experiential learning in the area. Become curious. Explore unanswered questions that you have or develop in that clinical area, join professional specialty organizations related to that area of focus, and pursue professional networks –all to enable you to become a subject matter expert.


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Call for NINR Funded Studies to Present at FNINR's 2021 NightinGala

In the last year, the public has focused on scientific research more than ever, and at the 2020 NightinGala, we heard stories directly from nurse scientists on the frontlines of COVID-19 research. FNINR wants to continue honoring nurse scientists fighting for better health outcomes by presenting stories of NINR-funded research during the 2021 NightinGala.

If you are a nurse scientist working on an NINR-funded project and would like to share the story of your research, please fill out this brief form. Several of the submissions will be showcased during the 2021 NightinGala.

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Board Member Spotlight: Colleen Leners

Colleen Leners, D.N.P., APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

 

 


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Board Member Spotlight: Shela Kaneshiro

Shela Kaneshiro, MBA, RN, BSN, NEA-BC, CPHQ
MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center



What advice would you give your younger self?

Don't sweat the small stuff.


Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Maui, HI. 

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
My aunt is a retired ICU nurse. Early on, she inspired me to pursue nursing. She served as the matriarch and the eternal caregiver of our immediate and extended families.









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Board Member Spotlight: Christina Dempsey

Christina Dempsey, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR, CENP, FAAN
Press Ganey Associates, LLC.  

 


What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't be afraid to take calculated risks


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