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

What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't sweat the small stuff.

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
My mother was a nurse, but it was the integration of science and caring that attracted me to the profession.

What book should every nurse read?
Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
I found that individuals who used continuous positive airway pressure optimally remained sleepy despite effective pressure delivery.

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I was a recreational ski racer.

About Terri

Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, ATSF, FAASM is Emerita Dean of the College of Nursing, Emerita Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing Science University of Illinois College of Nursing and Emerita Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Weaver received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters of Science in Nursing and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is recognized internationally for her research on the effect of daytime sleepiness on daily behaviors and assessment of the impact of sleep disorders and treatment outcomes. Supported by the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years, Dr. Weaver’s scholarship has been widely disseminated in more than 120 publications. She received the prestigious Ada Sue Hinshaw Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research and the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award for exceptional initiative and progress in the areas of academic research from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as well as being inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Dr. Weaver is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Thoracic Society, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Sleep Research Society and previously was Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association.

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