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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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Dr. Shannon Zenk Giving 2020 Straus Distinguished Lecture

All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters
By: Dr. Shannon Zenk
December 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET

NINR Director, Dr. Shannon Zenk, will give the 2020 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will be streamed via Videocast. Learn more about the event here

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Deadline for Excellence in Achievement in Public Health Awards is December 2!

Nominations are open for Research!America's four Excellence in Achievement in Public Health awards.

The awards will be presented during the virtual event on April 14, 2021. The deadline for nominations is December 2, 2020. Click here for more information. 

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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

NINR Announces the Beginning Stages of Their Next Strategic Plan

On Tuesday, November 17, Dr. Shannon Zenk announced NINR was developing its next strategic plan, to be released in late 2021/early 2022. You can visit this webpage to provide input on what you envision for the future of nursing science. You can email [email protected] with any ideas about future research directions.

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NINR's GPP 2021 Applications Now Open

NINR is now accepting applications for its 2021 Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP). The GPP is an Institutional Partnership that combines the academic environment of a university with the comprehensive research resources available at NIH. 

Those selected conduct doctoral coursework at the partnership university. After all coursework is completed, the fellow then comes to the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, to begin research toward a doctoral dissertation. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Three letters of reference are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Click here for more information.

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NINR Provides Insight on Palliative Care

NINR is the lead Institute on end-of-life care at NIH. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, NINR is discussing Palliative care and its critical role of maintaining quality of life at any stage of illness, not just at the end of life. NINR provided science-based resources that are designed to support individuals, families, clinicians, and communities who are managing the symptoms of serious illnesses and planning for end-of-life decisions. 

NINR published "What is Palliative Care?" to help answer questions for patients and families. You can find more resources here: ninr.nih.gov/newsandinformation/newsandnotes/pubs-2020



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Registration is Open for Symptom Science Advances in Oncology Nursing Virtual Colloquium

Symptom Science Advances in Oncology Nursing Virtual Colloquium
February 4 - 5, 2021

The colloquium will highlight symptom science advances in oncology nursing and provide an opportunity for networking and research mentorship to support the next generation of nurse scientists. Registration will remain open until all seats are filled.

The mid-career scientist award and mentor-mentee award are accepting nominations until November 30, 2020. You can submit your nominations here.


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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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NINR Taking Applications for Director, Division of Extramural Science Programs

NINR's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is accepting applications for the position of Director, Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP). This division develops proposals for new research initiatives and manages the funding programs that support nursing research to attain program objectives. 

The Director would work closely with the NINR Director in shaping the vision and direction of the Institute through strategic planning, priority setting, and coordinating resources to implement these plans and priorities.

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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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NINR is Seeking Program Director Positions

Program Director Positions
September 2020

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NINR Graduate Partnership Program 2021 Now Open for Applications

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is now accepting applications for its 2021 Graduate Partnerships Program. The NINR GPP is an Institutional Partnership that combines the academic environment of a university with the comprehensive research resources available at the NIH. 

To be eligible for the GPP, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed all doctoral coursework before joining the NINR GPP. Applicants must also submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

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AAN Selects Dr. Paule V. Joseph for 2020 Class of Fellows

Dr. Paule V. Joseph has been selected by the American Academy of Nursing as one of 230 distinguished nurse leaders to join their 2020 Class of Fellows. 

Dr. Joseph PhD, MS, FNP-BC, RN, CTN-B is a Tenure-Track Investigator and Chief of the Sensory Science and Metabolism Unit (SenSMet) in the NINR Division of Intramural Research. Her topics of research include chemosensory symptoms and metabolic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and related comorbidities. She will be recognized at the Academy’s annual Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, taking place virtually October 29-31, 2020. You can view the full announcement here
Source: https://www.ninr.nih.gov/newsandinformation/newsandnotes/pjoseph-aan

NCC Reiterates COVID-19 Priorities to Congress

On August 18, fifty-eight members of the Nursing Community Coalition reiterated in a letter to House and Senate Leadership and key Congressional Committees outlining their shared priorities for any COVID-19 legislative package working its way through Congress. These requests include bolstering efforts to protect all nurses on the front lines, increasing funding for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, supporting nursing education infrastructure and research, strengthening investments in public health, and promoting access to telehealth. 

Read the full letter here

NIH Applicant Assistance Program is Open for Applications

The NIH Applicant Assistance Program (AAP) is accepting applications for those who are interested in participating in the January 2021 SBIR/STTR application cycle. It is a free program that helps small businesses apply for Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding.
NIH welcomes applications from socially/economically disadvantaged small businesses (SDB), women-owned small business (WOSB), and small businesses located in under-represented states. You can read more about the APP here.
Applications are due by Thursday, September 24.

Director's Message from Dr. Shannon Zenk

Dr. Shannon Zenk posted a new Director’s Message on beginning her tenure as director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She highlights the role of nursing science in promoting and improving the health of the Nation as well as her thoughts on the future of nursing research.

Read the Full Director's Message Here

NINR Welcomes New Director, Dr. Shannon Zenk

On September 14, 2020, Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, joined NIH as the director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Zenk will oversee the institute’s research and training programs. She is a registered nurse and leading nurse researcher, whose research focuses on social inequities and health with a goal of identifying effective, multilevel approaches to improve health and eliminate racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities. 

You can read the full announcement here.

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NINR Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp Recording New Available

NINR’s 2020 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Boot Camp was held virtually on August 3-6, 2020. Recordings of the event are now available. The Boot Camp consisted of four sessions:

View Recordings Here