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Board Member Spotlight: Sandy Leake

Sandy C. Leake, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
The University of Tennessee Medical Center

What advice would you give your younger self?
First, relationships are everything! Time spent developing and nurturing relationships is never wasted, and those will be the people who support and celebrate with you when things are good, and who lift you up (and even piece you back together if needed) when things are hard. I could never have been successful in my work (or my life) without so many amazing family members, friends, and colleagues. Second, never underestimate the difference you can make in someone's life by doing even the smallest of things... ones that make a person feel seen, heard, valued, and that you genuinely care about them.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Southwest Harbor, Maine, is my favorite place. The scenery is stunning, the people warm and welcoming, and the lobster incomparable. It is where I go to rest, relax, reset and restore my soul before returning to the demanding work we do as nurses.


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2022 in Review: Nursing Research at Mayo Clinic

As the new year begins gaining momentum, Mayo Clinic’s Department of Nursing, Division of Nursing Research is taking a moment to reflect on the research goals and accomplishments made in 2022. Hear directly from a handful of our Nurse Scientists and Post-Doctoral Research Scholars on what they’ve been working on, and what that means for our patients.
 






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Board Member Spotlight: Victoria Niederhauser

Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing

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.


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FNINR Announces the Sixth Cohort of FNINR Ambassadors

FNINR ANNOUNCES THE SIXTH COHORT OF FNINR AMBASSADORS

January 9, 2023 – Lexington, KY – The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) are pleased to announce the selection of their sixth cohort of Ambassadors. This unique advocacy program began in 2014 and has grown to include over 30 Ambassadors. The 2023 selection includes 12 nurse scientists to join the ranks of others currently filling this role.

Ambassadors are selected from a national pool of applicants based on their abilities to advance public, health professional, and policy-maker awareness of the critical research agenda advanced by the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR).

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Board Member Spotlight - Kelli Saucerman-Howard

Kelli Saucerman-Howard, DNP, RN
Vice-President of Patient Care Services/CNO

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be brave and challenge yourself, don't settle for status quo.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
One of my favorite vacation spots is Kauai because it has the most beautiful mountains and ocean scenery.


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Board Member Spotlight: Gideon Esuzor

LCDR Gideon Esuzor, MBA, MSN, RN
Defense Health Agency

 

What advice would you give your younger self?
Enjoy the journey and experience no matter the difficulties you encounter on your road to success. The difficult moments are character-building, so embrace them.


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NINR Releases 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

On May 6, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) announced the release of the new 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. To read more, visit: https://www.ninr.nih.gov/aboutninr/ninr-mission-and-strategic-plan.

Board Member Spotlight- Diane M Santa Maria

Diane M. Santa Maria, DRPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC,FSA-HM,FAAN
Associate Professor Department of Research



What advice would you give your younger self?

Hang on because it is going to be an unpredictable and exciting ride!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Any alpine lake with great views and fresh air. I love the national parks.




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Congress Passes HR 2471, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022

Congress has passed H.R. 2471, which includes $180.862 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR); this number represents an increase of $5.905 million over the previous fiscal year.

To view the Nursing Community Coalition press release around H.R. 2471, please click here.

Board Member Spotlight: Dianne Morrison-Beedy

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
The Ohio State University College of Nursing

 


What advice would you give your younger self?
Early on in your career, create a balance between work and taking care of your health and your relationships. Make this your long-term habit. Realize that there are relatively few opportunities that are a "once in a lifetime" and even if you have to say "no" to something, it doesn't mean that another similar, or same, opportunity won't become available in your future. You do not have to say "YES" to everything right away and overwhelm your life. Lastly, remember the passion behind the start of your research and scholarship - it might be a patient, some challenge you or a loved one faced, or something that tugged at your heartstrings. Keep that front and center when times get tough and the work is dragging - remember WHY you chose this path and this focus!


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Current NINR Funding Opportunities

Current NINR Funding Opportunities

RFA-NR-22-002: grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-22-002.html
RFA-NR-22-003: grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-22-003.html
RFA-NR-22-001: grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-22-001.html

These opportunities include "Advancing Integrated Models (AIM) of Care to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes Among Women Who Experience Persistent Disparities" and "Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic-related Food and Housing Policies and Programs on Health Outcomes in Health Disparity Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)"

2022 National Nursing Research Roundtable March 3-4, 2022

Join the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) on March 3-4 for the 2022 National Nursing Research Roundtable (NNRR).

The virtual meeting, “From Context to Care: Understanding the Convergence of Social Factors and Emergency Department Care,” will bring together individuals representing nursing organizations — spanning science, education, and practice — to discuss and disseminate research findings relevant to nursing science and practice to improve client outcomes. For practice to benefit from research, findings must be disseminated to, and used by, practitioners and educators.

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Community Engagement Key to Fostering Robust Results

This is a sponsored blog post by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Above: Nurse researcher Siobhan McMahon practices a balance-challenging exercise (heel-toe walking) with participants in the Ready Steady study.

Behavior change doesn’t happen in the hospital or in the clinic. It happens in people’s lives, in their homes, neighborhoods and communities.



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NIH Matilda White Riley Honors Early-Stage Investigator Paper Competition Now Open

Submissions are open for the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Early-Stage Investigator (ESI) Paper Competition awards. They recognize emerging scientists whose research reflects Dr. Matilda White Riley’s vision of research excellence in health-related behavioral and social sciences.

Submission deadline is January 31, 2022.

Learn more here

Board Member Spotlight: Cyrus Batheja

Cyrus Batheja, EdD, MBA, BSN, PHN, RN
United Healthcare

 


What advice would you give your younger self?
Be patient, all good things take time.


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Save the Date for the 2022 National Nursing Research Roundtable

Save the Date for the 2022 National Nursing Research Roundtable:

From Context to Care: Understanding the Convergence of Social Factors and Emergency Department Care
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Keynote Address
Friday, March 4, 2022 – Roundtable Discussion

Learn more here.

NINR Will Host Climate Change and Health Webinar Series

On December 17, 2021 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET), NINR will host “Notes from the Field: Pivoting a Research Program to Climate Change,” part of the NIH Climate Change and Health Webinar Series.

Speakers 

  • Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, NINR Director
  • Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Read more and register here.

NIH-wide Climate Change and Health Concept - Special Open Session of National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council

On November 29, 2021, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences held a special National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council meeting to consider an NIH-wide Climate Change and Health Concept. 

The proposals were as follows:

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NIH Listening Sessions to Inform Efforts on Achieving Racial Equity

NIH is holding a series of listening sessions from December 2021 - February 2022 to learn from external stakeholders about the full range of issues and challenges in advancing racial and ethnic equity in the biomedical research enterprise.

Learn more and register here

NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Virtual Event is This Week

Join the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research virtually on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET each day, for the annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival.

Register to attend and view the festival agenda and speaker biographies: https://www.scgcorp.com/obssrfest2021/Registration