[^] December 2007 - Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

December 2007

Volume 1, Issue 3 – Winter 2007

In this issue:

* Letter from the Chair
* Steering Committee Members
* Council Initiatives
* Announcements from Our Partners
* Scholarly Opportunities and Announcements

Letter from the Chair

Dear Council Members and Supporters,

Join with us to sustain a national voice for nursing science!! So what have you done to support nursing science lately? Are you a member of the Council?(click here for membership information)Have you submitted an abstract for the 2008 State of the Science Congress? (click here for abstract submission site) Do you have new and innovative ideas about how we might ever-increase the national voice for nursing science? We hope so, because we need your support.

While we are no longer a fledgling organization, we still have many challenges in a world of over-filled calendars and multiple personal and professional demands. We hope that Council membership is a priority in your life! There are so many reasons to belong to the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science: reduced registration rates at conferences, multiple opportunities for networking with others in the field, the opportunity to apply for awards and grants of up to $25,000, being first in line to learn about exciting opportunities such as our Podcast Contest, and most importantly, the knowledge that you are supporting the advancement of nursing science. Please spread the word to your faculty and student colleagues, and please maintain your membership to support the Council initiatives.

What an exciting year the Council had in 2007!! The centerpiece for the year was the conference on October 24, 2007 in Washington, D.C., Practice-Based Evidence: Another Side of the Knowledge Development Coin. Program Chair Dr. Nancy Bergstrom and Co-Chair Dr. Marcelline Harris, along with their entire Program Planning Committee, did a marvelous job organizing a thought-provoking and innovative conference that made the 330 participants think in new ways about clinical research. Critical to the success of the conference was the financial support from our sponsors. The major conference sponsor was the National Institute of Nursing Research, and our other sponsors were the University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston, Mayo Clinic, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing, Massachusetts General Hospital-Yvonne Munn Center for Nursing Research, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, American Nurses Credentialing Center, College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University, Indiana University School of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Thank you-we could not have done it without your help! Also, we are so grateful to Dr. Sally Lusk, immediate past president of Midwest Nursing Research Society, for organizing the Special Partners’ Session at the conference.

On behalf of the Council Steering Committee, I would like to wish you a memorable holiday season. Please keep reading to learn of important initiatives, and please join us in establishing a national voice for nursing science.

Regards and good wishes for the New Year,

Marilyn (Lynn) S. Sommers, PhD, RN, FAAN
Steering Committee Chair, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
[email protected]

Steering Committee Members

The members of the Steering Committee are perhaps the unsung heroes of the Council, and deserve extraordinary recognition. They oversee the day-to-day management of the Council in addition to their leadership activities in their partnering organizations. We owe an emphatic, huge "Thank You!" to our Steering Committee Members for 2007. With a Steering Committee that includes some of the best minds in nursing science, how could we not have a stellar year of growth and promise? In addition to the Chair, who is appointed by the American Academy of Nursing, the Steering Committee is comprised of the Presidents of the Regional Research Societies; appointed representatives of Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Nurses Foundation; the Director and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research; and liaisons from our parent organization, the American Academy of Nursing. A list of members follows:

D. Patricia (Patty) Gray, PhD, RN
Council Steering Committee Vice-Chair; President, Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)
Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing

Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Council Steering Committee Chair Designee
Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing

Patricia Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health

Mary E. Kerr, PhD, RN, FAAN
Deputy Director, National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health

Donna Algase, PhD, RN, FAAN
President, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)
Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing

Ginette A. Pepper, PhD, RN, FAAN
President, Western Institute of Nursing (WIN)
Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing

Mary C. Sullivan, PhD, RN
President, Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)
Professor, University of Rhode Island College of Nursing

Patricia Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN
American Nurses Foundation
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing

Clarann Weinert, SC, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sigma Theta Tau International
Professor, Montana State University College of Nursing

American Academy of Nursing Liaisons

Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAAN
President, American Academy of Nursing
Professor and Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Nursing

Catherine Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN
President-Elect, American Academy of Nursing
Professor and Dean, Duke University School of Nursing

Joan L. Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
Past President, American Academy of Nursing
Professor and Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

Council Initiatives

* 2008 National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research

Share your science and network with national nursing scientist and practice colleagues!!. The abstract submission website is open to accept abstracts for the 2008 National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. DUE DATE is January 15th, 2008. Please submit your abstract at http://cans.abstractcentral.com/
The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., October 2-4, 2008. Do not miss the opportunity to hear the state of nursing science, to network, and to hear the latest news from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies.

* Podcast Contest for Nursing Students: Call for Podcasts: Nurse as Scientist

The Council is pleased to sponsor a Podcast Contest for nursing students. The image of "nurse as scientist" is largely absent from public perception of nurses and nursing. The purpose of this competition is to create a series of enhanced podcasts that can be widely disseminated to the public to increase visibility and public awareness of nurses’ roles as scientists in the development of knowledge for health care. This competition is open to all students in U.S. nursing programs who wish to develop and present to the public an image of "nurse as scientist" using the public- and youth-friendly cyber-technology of podcasting. The contest will occur in two phases, with regional winners announced by the Regional Research Societies, and the national winner featured at the 2008 National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, October 2-4, 2008.

Phase I: Regional Research Societies
Each of the regional research societies (Eastern Nursing Research Society, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Southern Nursing Research Society, and Western Institute of Nursing) will hold a regional competition. Application information will be posted on their individual web sites by January 15, 2008. Each of the four regional winners (one from each society) will receive a $1,000 prize and advance to the national competition. All regional winners will be announced by May 1, 2008. Individuals and groups may apply but only one $1,000 award will be awarded by each regional society.

Phase II: National Award by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
The Regional Research Societies will forward the regional winners to the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (Council) by May 1, 2008. The national competition will be judged by the Awards Committee of the Council. The winner of the national competition will receive a $1,500 scholarship for travel expenses plus one free conference registration for the 2008 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research to be held Oct. 2-4, 2008 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. All regional and national winners will be posted on the Council’s web site and will be broadcast during the Network Nexus session of the Congress. Individuals and groups may apply, but only one scholarship for $1,500 and one free conference registration will be awarded. The national winner must attend the 2008 State of the Science Congress in order to receive the scholarship.

* Council Award Announcements

In January, we will be announcing our nominating procedures for the AAN/CANS Awards that will be given at the 2008 State of the Science Congress. Here is a brief description of each:

AAN/CANS "Outstanding Nursing Scientist" Award
The purpose of the AAN/CANS "Outstanding Nursing Scientist" Award is to acknowledge Council members whose sustained programs of research have had significant impact on nursing and healthcare knowledge development with recognizable benefit for nursing practice and healthcare.

AAN/CANS "Investigator with a Brilliant Future" Award
The purpose of the AAN/CANS "Investigator with a Brilliant Future" Award is to recognize the contributions of scientists early in their research careers who show extraordinary potential to develop sustained programs of research, certain to have significant impact on the science and practice of nursing and healthcare.

Need more information about the Council initiatives and awards? Contact Marjean Griggs at [email protected]
Announcements from our Partners

American Academy of Nursing: http://www.aannet.org/
National Institute of Nursing Research: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/
Sigma Theta Tau International: http://www.nursingsociety.org/
Eastern Nursing Research Society: http://www.enrs-go.org/
Midwest Nursing Research Society: http://www.mnrs.org
Southern Nursing Research Society: http://www.snrs.org/
Western Institute of Nursing: http://www.ohsu.edu/son/win/
American Nurses Foundation: http://www.nursingworld.org/anf/

Southern Nursing Research Society

* New officers elected to take office in February, 2008: Dr. Marti Rice (president-elect), Dr. Mona Shattell (secretary), Dr. Cindy Munro (member-at-large), and Dr. Anne Stiles (member-at-large) will join the SNRS Governing Board in February. They will join a Board that will be headed by current President-Elect Dr. Elaine Amella.
* Annual Conference: The 2008 Annual Conference is scheduled to occur Feb. 21-23, 2008 in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Martha Hill is the Council-sponsored keynote speaker. She will address the conference theme, Health Disparities-Evidence into Action. An evening event at the Civil Rights Museum is one of the featured conference events. We hope to break our 2007 attendance record of 712 attendees.
* 2007 Small Grants Program: The following members are recipients of SNRS small grant program funds. In 2007, an increased number of grants were provided due to generous contributions by individual SNRS members, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and the American Nurses Foundation.

SNRS Small Grant recipients
o CANS/SNRS Nursing Science Advancement Dissertation Grant Award-Patricia Weinstein for the proposal: Awareness of Increased Risk for Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Women with SLE
o SNRS Dissertation Award-Frankie Ballard for the proposal: Homeless Sheltered Women’s Health Promotion Behaviors
o SNRS Small Grant Award-Charlene Krueger for the proposal: Heart Rate Variability and Learning in the Preterm
o SNRS Small Grant Award-Dr. Vanessa Johnson for the proposal: Participation of Native Americans in Genetic and Genomic Research

ANF/SNRS Scholar
o Dr. Jennifer Brown, VCU School of Nursing is the 2007 Gloria Smith, RN, Virginia Cleland, RN, ANF/SNRS Scholar. Her project is entitled "An Examination of Emergency Department Pediatric Psychiatric Service Structure, Process and Outcomes."
o Dr. Bonnie Callen, ANF/SNRS Scholar, is on the faculty of The University of Tennessee, College of Nursing. Her project is entitled "Nutritional Risk Factors as Predictors of Weight Loss in Community Dwelling Elders."

American Nurses Foundation

The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) is pleased to announce the 2008 Nursing Research Grants (NRG) Program. Since 1955, ANF has awarded over $3.5 million to more than 950 nurse researchers. Many ANF Scholars are leaders in their areas of expertise and leaders in the nursing profession today! This year, ANF awarded $181,478 to 28 nurse researchers. Look for the 2008 NRG application online only in January, www.ANFonline.org. Applications will be due May 1, 2008, with the decisions expected in August and the grant money available in September.

Western Institute of Nursing

The 2008 Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Communicating Nursing Research conference will be held on April 17-19, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California. The conference theme is, "The Circle of Nursing Knowledge: Education, Practice and Research." The program, featuring over 300 research, theoretic, methodologic, and clinical project presentations, is available at http://www.ohsu.edu/son/win

Scholarly Opportunities and Announcements

* Check out the Spanish-language Web Site, established by National Institute on Aging, for information on health issues affecting Hispanic seniors. http://www.nia.nih.gov/Espanol
* Review the Fact Sheet developed by the National Institute of Nursing Research, Specialized Community Interventions. The purpose of this Fact Sheet is to describe current research funded by NIH on specialized community interventions addressing health disparities. It also addresses the future directions for research. http://www.nih.gov/about/researchresultsforthepublic/index.htm
* Have you wondered about your chances of being funded and the NIH success rate? In order to be able to make comparisons across years of funding, NIH uses a number called a success rate. It is used with research grants to track differences in the ways individual Institutes and Centers make funding decisions based on their different budgets, research priorities, or funding practices. These individual Institute and Center differences account for differences in the success rates. http://www.nih.gov/about/researchresultsforthepublic/successrates.pdf
* NINR 2008 Summer Genetics Institute (SGI): The SGI, which is held from June 8 – August 1, 2008, is a two-month, intensive summer research training program that provides a foundation in genetics for research and clinical practice. "The purpose of the SGI is to develop and expand the research capability among graduate students and faculty in schools of nursing, and to develop and expand the basis for clinical practice in genetics among advanced practice nurses." Deadline for applications: March 3, 2008. [email protected]; or call: 202.225.6922 or http://www.ninr.nih.gov/Training/TrainingOpportunitiesIntramural/SummerGeneticsInstitute/
* Are you plugged in about the CTSA’s? If not, read on. In September the National Institutes of Health announced that twelve academic health centers will now join the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium. "Led by the National Center for Research Resources at NIH, the CTSA program enables researchers to provide new treatments more efficiently and quickly to patients." http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/clinical_and_translational_science_awards/consortium_directory/
* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program. The RWJ Foundation has announced that their Executive Nurse Fellows program is open for applications with a deadline of February 1, 2008. This advanced leadership program for nurses in senior executive roles in health services, public health, and nursing education is for those who aspire to help lead and shape the U.S. health care system. The three-year fellowships allow participants to "remain in their current positions while they gain the experiences, insights, competencies, and skills necessary to advance in executive leadership positions in a health care system that is undergoing unprecedented change. The program is designed to give nurses a more influential role across many sectors of the economy." http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=19847
* Nurse in Washington Internship "The 2008 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program will be held March 9 through 11 at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C. The program provides nurses an opportunity to learn how to influence healthcare through legislative and regulatory processes. Participants listen to talks by health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses and visit members of Congress." For more information, call (859) 514-9157; http://www.nursing-alliance.org/niwi.cfm