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?

What advice would you give your younger self?
Plan early on how your program of nursing research will impact policy and prepare for speaking with a wide range of audiences about the significance of your research to the health of our nation.

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
I pursued a career in nursing in order to make a positive influence on the health experience of others, whether it was caring for someone in pain after an injury or providing care as they drew their last breath. To me, the decision was about being part of the sacred relationship between nurse and patient, and using my knowledge and skills to improve the health and quality of life of others.

What book should every nurse read?
Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times by Marc J. Kuchner.

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
My most interesting outcome has been the importance of the nurse-patient relationship and the impact on health. Regardless of how simple or complex the intervention, this foundation is crucial for a beneficial outcome.

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I am a certified rescue scuba diver.

About Angela

Dr. Angela Starkweather is the Chamings Endowed Chair at the University of Florida College of Nursing and an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who has devoted her career to improving symptom management and quality of life of individuals with acute and chronic conditions, developing pain management interventions and increasing health intervention access to reduce health disparities. Dr. Starkweather's program of research has been continuously funded through the National Institutes of Health for the past 10 years and has generated over 150 peer reviewed publications. She routinely serves as grant reviewer and has mentored students and other faculty throughout her career. Dr. Starkweather enjoys contributing to the FNINR Advocacy Committee and regularly meets with local legislators to inform them about nursing research and the impact on our nation's health.

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