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Vol. LXIII, No. 13
June 24, 2011

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NINR Promotes Nursing Science, Training at Conference

“There is increasing recognition of the critical role that nursing and nursing science will play as we move forward in improving our health care system,” NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady told the audience recently at the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) annual conference.

SNRS networking session for the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars

At the SNRS networking session for the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars, NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (second from l) joins participants (from l) Jennifer Mallow, clinical assistant professor at West Virginia University School of Nursing; Dr. Laurie Theeke, assistant professor at WVU SON and a member of the 2010 cohort of Nurse Faculty Scholars; and Dee Dolan, assistant clinical professor at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Photos: Melissa Barrett, Anne Turner Henson

SNRS is a regional organization that covers 14 states across the southern U.S., as well as the Caribbean, Latin America and the Bahamas. It was founded in 1986, the same year NINR joined NIH. This year marks the silver anniversary for both, and the conference was titled, “Celebrating 25 Years of Nursing Research.” More than 700 nurses, nurse scientists, health care leaders and others traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to attend.

NINR program directors (from l) Drs. Sue Marden, David Banks and Lois Tully

NINR program directors (from l) Drs. Sue Marden, David Banks and Lois Tully enjoy the SNRS 25th anniversary gala.

NINR staff at SNRS
NINR staff at SNRS workshop include (back row, from l) Brian Albertini, Banks, Dr. Mario Rinaudo and Dr. Paul Cotton; and (front, from l) Dr. Karen Huss, Tully and Marden

In addition to her keynote address, Grady participated in an evening networking session about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars, a new program that aims to advance the career development of junior nurse faculty members. Grady serves on the program’s national advisory committee and provided an overview and answered questions from potential applicants.

In addition, members of NINR’s program and grants management staff presented a pre-conference workshop to help emerging nurse scientists learn to navigate the NIH grant application process and improve their funding success. The institute also sponsored two symposia on preparing training grant applications. NINR program directors also participated in a panel discussion of research funders and conducted one-on-one sessions with students and potential grantees to discuss training options or research proposals.

As Grady concluded, “Nurse scientists truly strive to translate our research into services and methods of care…Without question, the role of nurse scientists as leaders in improving health outcomes will continue to grow in the years ahead.”—Ray Bingham NIHRecord Icon

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