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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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Board Member Spotlight: Sandra Weiss

Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of California San Francisco, School of Nursing

What advice would you give your younger self?
Identify what brings you the most joy and meaning in your work. It can be tempting to be drawn into projects or positions where others tell you you're needed or they say you have particular talents. But this can distract you from a career trajectory that may ultimately be your greatest source of contribution and satisfaction in life. It's important to make clear decisions about your priorities and stay in charge of your career.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? 
My favorite spot is anywhere in nature where I'm surrounded by wildlife, large powerful trees, vocal birds, and foliage of all kinds. The beauty and peacefulness of nature always help me 'vacate' and revive my soul!



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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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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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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

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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Board Member Spotlight: Pam Johnson

Pamela Johnson, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Mayo Clinic

What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't be so quick to have your life figured out. Opportunities & experiences happen when you least expect it. Have the courage to embrace them. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Big Sky, Montana - My family has vacationed there since I was young. A tradition that continues with my 5 brothers and our families. 



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Register for the 2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum

Research!America 2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum
Straight Talk: Securing A Science-Strong Future
When: September 8-10

Topics include leading experts on the COVID-19 response, as well as special sessions looking at crucial topics such as COVID-19 vaccine development and vaccine confidence challenges, patient-centered research, health equity, clinical trials diversity, and the path to progress for diseases other than COVID-19. You can view the full agenda here.

Register here