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

September 2007

Volume 1, Issue 2 – Fall 2007

In this issue:

Letter from the Chair
2007 Special Topics Conference
Council Promotion
Regional Research Society Information
American Nurses Foundation
Grants, Scholarship Applications, and Breaking Research News
AAN News 
Letter from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the opening of the abstract submission site for the 2008 National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, October 2-4, 2008 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. In an effort to showcase advances in nursing science and influence the national healthcare agenda, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (the Council) invites you to the landmark biennial 2008 National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research on October 2-4, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Council’s mission is to promote "better health through nursing science" and act as a national networking and advocacy entity for nursing scientists and supporters of nursing science. Nurse researchers from around the country will join with clinical experts, funders of nursing research, healthcare policy makers, and academic leaders in dialogue on the impact of emerging scientific discoveries and the state of nursing science. We welcome abstracts from all interested parties.

The purposes of the 2008 National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research are to:

Create a national forum for dialogue on advances in nursing science related to nursing and healthcare practice;
Disseminate research findings that can influence healthcare practice, education, research and healthcare policy;
Influence the nursing research agenda of the future.

Please consider submitting an abstract. The program committee is seeking papers, posters, and symposia that best exemplify the state of nursing and healthcare science in a focused area of study, including methodological innovations, research technologies, and multidisciplinary research. Investigators should submit abstracts derived from completed research only and should clearly specify the contributions of the work to the current state of nursing and healthcare science. Areas of special interest include translational science and global health. To be considered for the program, submit abstracts according to the instructions by 12:00 midnight on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 (CST). Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online process, which can be accessed at www.nursingscience.org

We are looking forward to an outstanding Congress next October, and hope that you will participate and attend!


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

2007 Special Topics Conference

Practice-Based Evidence: Another Side of the Knowledge Development Coin
October 23-24, 2007
Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, DC

The 2007 Special Topics Conference is quickly approaching and we are expecting more than 200 participants. As an extra incentive, a Special Partners Session has been added to the conference on the night of Tuesday, October 23rd. Dr. Joan Shaver, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss Collaborations: The Key to Building New Knowledge followed by dialogue within small groups on strategies for collaborations among nursing organizations. All interested individuals are invited to attend this Special Partners Session, which has no registration fee. For more information visit the Council Web site. http://www.nursingscience.org/special_topics/

Pre-Registration for the conference is available through the Council Web site until October 1, 2007 at a rate of $275 for members and $350 for non members. Members who are undergraduate, master’s, or pre-doctoral students can register for $200 and non-member students for $250. After October 1st you must register on-site for the same rates. Register at http://www.nursingscience.org/meetings/conference2007/registration/

Council Promotion

Help us reach our 2008 Membership Goal. Currently our membership stands at approximately 650 members, and we would like to reach 1,000 members by the State of the Science Congress in 2008. If you are a member of any of our constituent partner organizations (see below), membership is $50 per year or $125 for 3 years. Student memberships (but not post-doctoral fellows) are $25/year. Regular membership is $100/year. The membership link is: http://www.nursingscience.org/membership/

The Presidents, Directors, or the designees/appointees of our constituent partners or parent organization form the membership of the Council. Links to their websites are below:

American Academy of Nursing: http://www.aannet.org/
National Institute of Nursing Research: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/
American Nursing Foundation: http://www.nursingworld.org/anf/
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/
Sigma Theta Tau International: http://www.nursingsociety.org/



American Nurses Foundation

The American Nurses Foundation Awards New Research Funding
Since 1952, the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), as the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has been in the business of promoting the welfare and well-being of nurses, advancing the nursing profession and enhancing the public health. This vital work is possible through the nurse researchers who proudly call themselves ANF Scholars. Over the past 52 years, ANF has awarded over $3.5 million to more than 950 beginning and experienced nurse researchers. Many of these ANF Scholars have gone on to become leaders in the nursing profession and within their own communities.

This past August, 28 nurse researchers were asked join the prestigious group of ANF Scholars by accepting 2007 grant awards ranging from $3500 – $20,000. This year $181,478 was awarded by the 12 members of the ANF Nursing Research Review Committee (NRRC). The 2007 NRRC was chaired by Holli DeVon, PhD, RN, who is serving her third and final year on the committee. The NRRC members are Holli DeVon, Chair; Patricia Liehr, PhD, RN, Vice Chair; Mara M. Baun, DNSc, RN, FAAN; Linda Chlan, PhD, RN; Anne Turner-Henson, RN, DSN; M. Katherine Hutchinson, PhD, RN, MS; Katherine R. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN; Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, MS, PNP; Jana L. Pressler, PhD, RN; Elizabeth Reifsnider, PhD, APRN,BC; Kathleen M. Russell, DNS, RN; Lani Zimmerman, PhD, RN.

For more information on the history and accomplishments for the ANF Scholars, visit the website and click on the 2005 Annual Report (left hand column), www.ANFonline.org.


SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) and the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) have appointed their 2007-2008 ANF/AAN Institute of Medicine (IOM) scholar.

Carolyn A. Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor of nursing at the University of Kentucky, will spend a year at the Institute of Medicine advancing the role of nursing in health policy.

Designed as an immersion experience to help nursing play a more prominent role in national health policy development, the program provides a year-long residency for the selected scholar at the Institute of Medicine.

Williams will devote her IOM residency to the study of "innovative inter-professional practice," according to Margarete Zalon, PhD, RN, APRN,BC, President of the American Nurses Foundation. Synthesizing the evidence in this arena "is of critical importance as we make efforts to improve the quality of health care in our country."

Williams’ long list of high-level professional nursing accomplishments "positions her to make full use of Institute of Medicine’s opportunities for enhancing the impact of nursing in policy," Zalon said.

Williams, a professor of nursing at the University of Kentucky, is a past dean of the university’s College of Nursing. She earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, and has held numerous faculty positions at several schools. Special awards and recognitions include: receipt of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Texas Woman’s University and the Alumna of the Year Award from the University of North Carolina School of Nursing. She served as president of the AAN from 1983 to 1985, and as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing from 2000 to 2002.

For the selected scholar, the program includes resources to aid in research, and a two-month orientation in federal health policy formation. Williams’ one-year residency through the annual program will begin in September.

The American Nurses Foundation and the American Academy of Nursing are corporate affiliates of the American Nurses Association. The Institute of Medicine is a corporate affiliate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Grants, Scholarship Applications, and Breaking Research News

Doctoral degree scholarships in cancer nursing are available through the American Cancer Society. Application deadline is October 15, 2007. The awards are given to graduate students pursuing doctoral study in the field of cancer nursing research and preparing for careers as nurse scientists. Initial awards are made for up to two years with the possibility of a two-year renewal. There is a stipend of $15,000 per year. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/RES/content/RES_5_2x_Doctoral_Degree_Scholarships_

Grants with awards ranging from $500 to $15,000 are available to study critical care topics from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. While a variety of application deadlines exist, several of the applications are due January 1 of each year. http://www.aacn.org/AACN/research.nsf/vwdoc/grantSupport

Growing Older in America: The Health & Retirement Study, is now available online from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The publication describes older Americans’ health, work and economic status, as well as retirement and family lives. It is based on analyses of data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a national survey of Americans over age 50. Growing Older in America: The Health & Retirement Study can be accessed at www.nia.nih.gov/ResearchInformation/HRS.htm.

AAN News
The 34th Annual Meeting and Conference
Breaking Barriers: Changing Policy and Practice with Evidence
November 8-10, 2007
Washington, DC
JW Marriott-Pennsylvania Avenue

Visit www.aannet.org for more information and to register today!