[^] Winter 2009 - Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

Volume 2, Issue 1 – Winter 2009

In this issue:

Letter from the Chair

 Dear Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Members:

On behalf of the Steering Committee for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, I am pleased to send you our first quarterly newsletter of 2009. The eNewsletter helps us stay in touch with you, share research and programmatic opportunities, and increase the speed of information exchange among the nursing science community.

The Council was established in 2000 as the research policy and facilitation arm for the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The goals of the Council are to be a strong voice for nurse scientists at the national and international levels to support the development, conduct and utilization of nursing science, to share research findings among individuals and groups in scientific and lay communities, and to facilitate life-long learning opportunities for nurse scientists. We welcome all those persons and organizations interested in the mission of the Council, "Better Health through Nursing Science" to join. We hope that you are encouraging your colleagues and students to join the Council so that they can participate in the generation of new science.

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Special Topics Conference – Technology, Genetics and Beyond: Research Methodologies of the Future, which will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D. C., on October 14, 2009, following the annual Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research NightinGala which is being held on October 13th.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. We appreciate your participation and support. I look forward to communicating with you regularly as we work together to raise the profile of nursing science. If you have any questions or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact the Council office at 202-777-1166 or [email protected].  


Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chair, Steering Committee, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 

Council Promotion


To join or renew your membership please visit the Council’s website www.nursingscience.org. 2009 is going to be an exciting year for the Council, so RENEW OR JOIN TODAY!

**If you are a member of any of our constituent partner organization, 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.


2009 Special Topics Conference – Technology, Genetics and Beyond; Research Methodologies of the Future
October 14th, 2009
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC

2010 State of the Science Congress
September 27th – 29th, 2010
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Need more information about Council initiatives contact Joy Burwell at 202.777.1166 or [email protected].

2009 Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is comprised of the Chair (appointed by the American Academy of Nursing Board of Directors), the Presidents of the Regional Nursing 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 a liaison from the American Academy of Nursing. The 2009 Council Steering Committee Members are:

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

Patricia Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN
Council Steering Committee Vice Chair
American Nurses Foundation Representative
Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing

Donna Algase, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Midwest Nursing Research Society President
University of Michigan School of Nursing

Anna Alt-White, PhD, RN
Sigma Theta Tau International Director
Department of Veteran Affairs

Elaine Amella, PhD, RN, FAAN
Southern Nursing Research Society President
Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing

Judith Erlen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Eastern Nursing Regional Society President
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Catherine Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN
American Academy of Nursing Board of Directors Liaison
Duke University School of Nursing

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

Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN
Sigma Theta Tau International President
California State University at Chico School of Nursing

Mary Kerr, PhD, RN, FAAN
National Institute of Nursing Research Deputy Director

Martha Lentz, PhD, RN
Western Institute of Nursing President

Research! America Updates

Research!America is the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research that improves health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, Research!America is supported by more than 500 member organizations that represent the voices of more than 125 million Americans. Member organizations represent stakeholders in basic, behavioral, biotech, clinical, health services, prevention and public health, and therapeutic research from both the public and private sectors. As a member of Research!America the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and the Academy have partnered with Research!America on many initiatives including: Your Congress-Your Health whose goal is to create a dialogue between Congress and the public to find out where Members of Congress stand in regards to medical and health research, health care and innovation. Recently, Research!America has been mobilizing efforts to support including $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For more information on Research!America visit: www.researchamerica.org  

Research Funding Opportunities


The Wound, Ostomy Continence and Nurses Society (WOCN) seeks to identify qualified investigators who are qualified to conduct research to examine the outcomes of WOC specialty practice. The applicant is solely responsible for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project. More information can be found on the website: http://www.wocn.org/About_Us/News/outcomes_rfp  


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research funds highly-qualified individuals to undertake broad studies of the most challenging health policy issues facing America. We will award approximately 10 grants of up to $335,000 each to investigators from a variety of disciplines to support projects that combine creative and conceptual thinking with innovative, policy-relevant approaches.

We welcome applications from investigators in the health, social and behavioral sciences as well as other fields. We seek a diverse group of applicants, including minorities, early-career investigators and individuals who work in nonacademic settings such as research firms and policy organizations. Applicants must be affiliated either with educational institutions or with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the United States or its territories. Past Investigator Awardees are ineligible to apply.

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 25, 2009

The complete call for applications is available at www.investigatorawards.org  

Constituent Partner Reports

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 Nursing Foundation: http://www.nursingworld.org/anf/

The 23rd annual SNRS conference will be in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore February 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2009. Five schools of nursing serving as the Local Planning Committee (LPC) will host this year’s conference, bringing together our collective expertise to offer a great program entitled, “Interdisciplinary Research a Road More or Less Traveled”. The LPC is represented by University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Catholic University, Towson University, and West Virginia University. Our vision for this year’s conference is to provide a futuristic perspective on the research enterprise focusing on the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary research with the advent of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) along with the necessity to enhance science by partnering with other disciplines. Participants will enjoy a robust dialogue among colleagues on major research areas, create a forum to mentor, introduce the next generation researcher to the community of scholars and be enriched by the value of networking.

The keynote presentation given by Dr. Catherine Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing at Duke University will kick off the conference with a presentation of the experiences of the nine CTSA-funded academic health centers in the SNRS region, highlighting the enablers and barriers to successful interdisciplinary research. On Friday the distinguished panel of past presidents of SNRS, Deans Allan, Hathaway, and Walker will present mid career wisdom on building a research career in an interdisciplinary climate. Pre-conferences will introduce new methods and approaches, as well as the “tried and true” publication pre-conference will return again this year. The doctoral student pre-conference will focus on key topics for planning a research career. Fundamental decisions across the many milestones in the process of launching a research career will be addressed. Stimulating research topics will be presented that are rich with diverse content from each of the research interest groups and will create opportunities to learn and expand one’s knowledge in areas of specialization both in methods and specialty areas. In addition, special meetings to provide information and dialogue on major issues facing the SNRS professional organization from development to succession planning are scheduled to capture the interest of the next generation of leadership. NINR will offer individual sessions with each of the research divisions where investigators can sign up and receive feedback on questions and issues for future submissions. Saturday will conclude with a plenary session by Dr. Kevin Frick, PhD economist from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health who will discuss the economic factors impacting nursing research.

We hope that having this year’s conference in Baltimore will add some new adventures in this exciting port city with history and beauty of an active harbor and growing cosmopolitan city. Baltimore is known for its charm, ethnic restaurants, and performing arts. Two of the biggest attractions in the downtown area are the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center. And for those that enjoy Italian food, “Little Italy” offers a Mecca of restaurants.

For more information and registration go to http://www.snrs.org/

AAN News

Raise the Voice

“Watch the American Academy of Nursing’s new Raise the Voice video! The video highlights two Edge Runners, Donna Shalala, the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. You can view the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlzXCUGoEuA.

AAN Fellow Selection

The 2009 Fellowship Applications are now available on the Academy’s website: www.aannet.org. The application deadline is February 27th, 2009.

Annual Meeting

The 2009 American Academy of Nursing Annual Meeting will take place November 5th – 7th at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia