NIH Listening Sessions to Inform Efforts on Achieving Racial Equity

NIH is holding a series of listening sessions from December 2021 - February 2022 to learn from external stakeholders about the full range of issues and challenges in advancing racial and ethnic equity in the biomedical research enterprise.

Learn more and register here

NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Virtual Event is This Week

Join the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research virtually on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET each day, for the annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival.

Register to attend and view the festival agenda and speaker biographies:

NINR Releases Strategic Plan Framework and RFI

NINR Announcement: NINR is seeking feedback on the framework for its next strategic plan, which will guide NINR’s research efforts and priorities over the next five years. The new strategic plan will build on NINR’s past accomplishments and present a bold, new research agenda to advance nursing science.

To view the Strategic Plan Framework and submit comments, click here. NINR asks for all responses to be sent by Monday, December 13, 2021.

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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AACN Attends Virtual Hill Day

On September 23, AACN joined the 2021 Rally for Medical Research Virtual Hill Day where they emphasized the need for sustained and increased funding for NINR. Along with AACN, more than 400 organizations and individuals joined this year’s event to advocate for continued congressional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). You can find more information of the rally here.

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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Dr. Zenk Posts Director's Message Reflecting On Her Role As NINR Director

Dr. Shannon Zenk posted a new Director's Message reflecting on her first year as the Director NINR. You can read her full statement here.

Applications Are Open for FY22 Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science Program

Applications are now open for the FY22 Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH) Program. The proposal deadline is November 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm (submitter's local time). To read more about the program and proposal instructions, click here.

NINR Wants Your Feedback: Strategic Plan (2022-2026) Still Under Development

NINR is still in the process of developing their Strategic Plan for 2022-2026. The new strategic plan will build on NINR’s past accomplishments and present a bold, new research agenda to advance nursing science.

NINR worked with the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) to identify strengths, limitations, challenges, and opportunities in nursing science while developing the new Strategic Plan. NINR is collecting input from multiple other sources inside and outside the nursing science community, including NINR staff, NIH colleagues, and external stakeholder groups. 

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NINR Director's Lecture: September 14, 2021

NINR's next Director's Lecture: “Addressing One of the Most Enduring Challenges in Health Care: End-of-Life Decision Making” will be held on September 14 at 10:00 am ET.

Dr. Mi-Kyung Song will present her intervention research to develop and test an end-of-life communication intervention targeting patients with chronic illness and their family caregivers, spanning all stages of the NIH Stage Model of behavioral intervention development research.

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Board Member Spotlight: Joyce Sensmeier

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


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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Free NIH Online Training Workshop

NIH is providing a three-day virtual workshop called Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutrition Health Disparities: State of the Science. It will review the state of the science related to food insecurity and the neighborhood food environment, then identify research gaps and opportunities.

This event will include panel discussions, networking opportunities, and poster sessions. Registration closes on September 7, 2021. You can read more information on this workshop here.

AACN's Rounds with Leadership

AACN recently posted a forum with their Board Chair, Susan Bakewell-Sachs and President/CEO, Deborah Trautman. In this forum, they discuss the recently released report: Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. They also discuss the impact of this report in relation to AACN's strategic goals and priorities. You can read the full forum here.

Board Member Spotlight: Adey Nyamathi

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



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2021 NINR Methodologies Boot Camp: Registration To Open Soon!

The 2021 Boot Camp will explore the impact that Artificial Intelligence has in the evolving healthcare environment to improve the care of all patients and families in an equitable way. The goal is to showcase how AI can improve outcomes and how to avoid unintended consequences that increase disparities.

Registration will be opening in mid-July. You can read more about the content and session dates here.

Send Your Feedback for NINR's Strategic Plan

NINR is in the developing stages of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will outline future research goals, objectives, and vision for nursing science. 

NINR established a working group under the NACNR to identify strengths, limitations, challenges and opportunities in nursing science and provided a report at the May NACNR meeting. You can watch the recording of the meeting here

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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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National Advisory Council for Nursing Research Video Now Available

The video of the May 2021 public session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research is now available to view. You can view the video here.

President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Released

During the last week of May, President Biden released the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget, which includes a $199,755,000 budget for NINR. This is a 12.41% increase from the FY2021 budget. Read more here.