Volume 24 Issue No. 3
Bailey, Student Representative
Shireman, Student Representative
Marshall, Interim Editor
Batchelor Aselage, Student Representative
From the President
State of the Organization
Although this would seem to be a slower period for
SNRS Board members and committee members, it is actually a busy time.
Dr. Anne Turner-Henson, Vice President, and the Program Committee are
hard at work on the plans for the 2011 annual meeting to be held in
Jacksonville, Florida. These plans include working on the meeting
matrix, engaging speakers, distributing abstracts for review, and
coordinating efforts with the Local Planning Committee and the 25th
The 25th Anniversary Committee, under the direction of
Elaine Amella, is planning special activities and functions to make
the 2011 meeting a memorable celebration of 25 years of our
organization and nursing research within the southern region. (If you
have materials from the early years that you would like to share with
the committee, please let me know. If you were one of the founding
members and were present at the first meeting of the organization, we
would love to hear from you).
The Grants Committee has been busy reviewing a record
number of proposals for the Dissertation Award. The Awards Committee
is gearing up to receive nominations for the various awards given by
SNRS. (Consider nominating a deserving SNRS member for one of these
awards. Consider resubmitting materials if you nominated someone in
the past and they were not selected). The Bylaws/Policies and
Procedures Committee is continuing work on the Policies and
Procedures Manual and review of the Bylaws. The Treasurer and the
Finance Committee continue to monitor the budget and process requests
for funds for the various activities of the Board and needs of the
organization. (The latest financial statements are available on our
website). The Development Committee is considering various strategies
for fundraising, to augment our income from dues and the annual
meeting. The RIGs Director and the RIGs leadership are developing the
policies and procedures related to the RIGs and a Leadership
The Communications Committee, in addition to
maintaining the website, is responsible for the newsletter and, along
with the Interim Editor, Dr. Elaine Marshall, issues of the Southern
Online Journal of Nursing Research (SOJNR). The Membership Committee,
made up of the State Liaisons and the Membership Director, is
enrolling new members and renewing current members, critical to the
continued viability of the organization. So, while it may seem that
summer is a slower period, much is being done to maintain and to move
our organization to the next level.
Marti Rice, PhD, RN
Nominations for Officers and Board Members at Large
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
The strategic leadership of SNRS begins with our elected
officers and members-at-large. The Nominations and Succession Planning
Committee of SNRS is seeking those who have been members in the Society
for at least two years and who have passion, energetic enthusiasm and
commitment to contribute to the vitality and growth of
Positions open for the 2010 ballot (to begin office in February 2011)
Click here for more information and to begin the
nominations process. Nominations deadline extended to September 14, 2010.
Me the Money
The Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) financial picture
is looking a little better this year to date. The following information
is provided based on the closing of our May 2010 financial statements.
SNRS total assets are $259,484. The total assets are up
from last year's total of $251,092. This difference
is primarily due to income from the 2010 Annual Conference. Our
2010 Annual Meeting generated a surplus of $45,984 which was above our
projected surplus of $29,249. This surplus was very much needed to
ensure our financial stability.
Our net income year-to-date (YTD) is $62,844 compared to $18,866 last
year at this time. Our income for May was $5,225 for dues. This brings
the YTD total to $70,553, well ahead of this period in 2009. This is 82
percent of the budgeted amount of $86,450. The Finance Committee has
been meeting to discuss budget allocations for the 2011 conference and
Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, APRN,
Elaine S. Marshall accepted the appointment of Interim
Managing Editor through the end of calendar year 2010 on April 6, 2010.
At that time, Volume 10 #1 was published and online. More information to
come as Elaine gets settled in her 'new' position. Thanks, Elaine!
for Reviewers - Maren Coffman, Chair of Minority Health RIG
We are currently updating and expanding the pool of manuscript
reviewers for SOJNR, with an emphasis on the upcoming issue on minority
health nursing, Volume 11, #1. Please consider volunteering to be a
If you are interested, please complete the manuscript review form
and submit it, along with an electronic copy of your CV, to the interim
editor, Elaine Marshall, or the guest editor, Maren Coffman.
SOJNR is published four times per year; manuscripts will come by email,
and you will have 3 weeks to complete your review.
Report - Anne Turner-Henson
See you in Sunny Jacksonville
for SNRS 2011,
Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary!
The SNRS program committee has been very busy developing
plans for our upcoming 2011 meeting. We received approximately 330 abstracts in the June
2010 submission, and reviews are underway. The Late Breakers,
Evidence-Based Research, and Student abstract system will be open
October 1st, 2010. Late breaker abstracts allow presentations of
cutting-edge research which was not available at the time of the
regular abstract deadline. Again, this year, we are inviting our nurse
scientists in practice (Magnet hospitals, VA nurse scientist training
programs, etc.) to submit abstracts of research and evidence based
practice. Guidelines for the late breaker, evidence based practice, and
student abstracts submissions will be available on the SNRS home page
by September 1, 2010.
Joining in our 25th anniversary celebration, The
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) will be celebrating their
25th anniversary. NINR will be presenting two pre-conference workshops,
"Introduction to Research Grantsmanship for Early Career Nurse
Scientists." Registration for the workshop will be limited to 40
participants per session (two sessions). Applications for the NINR
pre-conference workshop will be available in September 2010 on the SNRS
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is
presenting a workshop titled "Introduction to Research
Grantsmanship for Early Career Nurse Scientists" at the 2011 SNRS
25th Annual Conference on February 16, 2011. This workshop aims to
clarify the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application
process and provide key strategies for improving NIH grant funding
success. Presenters will include NIH funded researchers, Extramural
Program Directors, Scientific Review Officers, and Grants Management
Specialists. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be
- Review the NIH grant
application and review process.
- Determine the best
mechanism, Institute designation, and study section for an NIH
- Avoid common NIH grant
- Interpret summary
statements generated by the scientific review process.
- Formulate a plan to
revise an NIH grant application.
- Design a research
trajectory based on NIH funding opportunities.
Start making plans to join us in Jacksonville, Florida
for SNRS 2011 for our 25th celebration. We look forward to seeing you
New RIG on Health
Policy - Patricia Patrician, Chair-elect
The Southern Nursing Research Society announces a new
Research Interest Group (RIG): The Health Systems/Health Policy
The goal of the Health Systems/Health Policy RIG is to promote,
encourage and supplement development of health services research that
focuses on nursing practice, workforce, improvements in care quality
and delivery in and across systems, as well as health policy.
If you are interested in joining us please make sure you indicate that
when you join or renew your membership. Remember you can join up to 2
RIGs at no extra cost.
At the upcoming SNRS conference in Jacksonville, Florida
February 16-19, 2011 we will be co-hosting a symposium with the
Clinical Research RIG, entitled, Perspectives
on quality: patients, families, providers, and systems. The
symposium will be presented Saturday 2/19 8:30am-10 am.
Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN is an Assistant Professor at
the School of Nursing and Department of Public Health Sciences, School
of Medicine at the University of Virginia. She has a broad clinical
background working as a nurse in two countries and three states
primarily in her clinical specialty of critical care. Dr. Baernholdt
has two areas of scholarly interest: quality of care and international
health. Throughout her education and career she has actively pursued
both. During her doctoral studies she worked as a research assistant at
the International Council of Nurses and later completed her
dissertation study examining barriers to utilization of staffing
research to improve quality of care at the health policy level. In this
study she surveyed governmental chief nursing officers in more than 60
countries. The study revealed that staffing studies have all taken
place in large urban hospitals which is one reason why Dr. Baernholdt's
current focus is on quality of care in rural health care.
Dr. Baernholdt received degrees from Bispebjerg School of Nursing
(Danish diploma of Nursing), Pace University (BSN), Columbia University
(MSN, [CNS in critical care] and MPH , [International health]). She
received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania from the Center
for Health Outcomes and Policy Research in the School of Nursing,
followed by a post doctoral fellowship in health care quality and
patient outcomes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Baernholdt serves on state, national, and international committees
and boards because of her expertise in quality of care in rural
communities. She developed and is currently teaching classes in
organizational theories, quality and safety, and leadership at the
graduate level. She has served as consultant and mentor both nationally
and internationally for researchers and students conducting studies
pertaining to health care systems, organizational factors, and quality
Patricia A. Patrician, RN, PhD,
FAAN, Colonel, US Army Nurse Corps (Retired), is an Associate
Professor and Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor at the University of
Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is also the Senior Nurse
Scholar, Veterans Administration National Quality Scholar Fellowship
Program (VAQS), and Scientist at the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness
Research and Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In
addition to her academic appointment at UAB, she is Adjunct Associate
Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences;
Affiliate Graduate Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University; and
Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, University of Maryland.
Dr. Patrician served 26 years in the US Army Nurse
Corps, where she held various staff, administrative, educational, and
research positions, culminating her military career as Chief,
Department of Nursing Science, Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam
Houston (San Antonio), TX and the Nursing Education and Enlisted
Training and Development Consultant to The Army Surgeon General.
Dr. Patrician was Principal Investigator on the Military
Nursing Outcomes Database project and several other TriService Nursing
Research Program funded studies. Her research interests are: the
professional practice environments of staff nurses; nurse staffing and
patient outcomes; nurse-sensitive indicators of quality; data driven
quality improvement; and patient safety.
Dr. Patrician received her BSN from Wilkes University,
Wilkes-Barre, PA; MSN from University of Texas Health Science Center,
San Antonio; and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Student Network -
The SNRS Student Network now has a blog up and running
at the SNRS website. Students that do not feel comfortable using Facebook
are welcome to interact through this site. We have written a mission
and strategic goal document as well and that is located at the SNRS
Student Network link on the SNRS website. In addition, we have results
from the poll of our student members that we conducted a few weeks ago.
We were looking for student ideas for preconference topics as well as
ideas for a discussion forum for students to use in between
conferences. We received 92 responses from our poll. The results are as
For pre-conference topics, here are the results (in
order of most important to least important):
- Changing a school paper
to a publication
- Pursuing a Post-doc
(planning, funding, & arranging)
- Mentoring (developing
relationships, managing expectations)
- Developing a CV
For blog discussions, here are the results (also in
order of most important to least important):
- Finding funding
- Staying engaged after
- Options for PhDs
- Creating a great
- Comprehensive exams
- Creating a great poster
- Choosing a dissertation
Our intent for the discussion suggestions is to invite
individuals with expertise in that area to post a discussion/blog
available to all students as a resource. Britt Pados (co-chair of SNRS
student network) has posted a blog at the website concerning some tips
and information about receiving an NRSA. Our hope is to create a more
workable solution for these discussions in the near future and we are
currently working with the staff of SNRS to deliver another option that
is easier than a blog to navigate.
Funding Tips for New Researchers - Joy Bailey
Funding Your Research
Many of us are undertaking studies that could use funding. Acquiring
funding for these research projects can be daunting. Many opportunities
may present, but we need to be alert, aware, and prepared to take
advantage of them. Here are some reminders of how to look for those
small or substantive grants.
- Organizations have
their own research agenda, and usually fund projects within. Go to
their website and find out what is on their list. It is perhaps
quite fruitless to submit an application that does not fit in with
priority, so find one that coincides with your research interest.
- Most websites offer
guidelines and tips on how to write a proposal so that your
submission has a good chance for success. Read carefully and
follow the guidelines. If you are submitting proposals to a number
of agencies, make sure that you write specifically for each
organization. One proposal does not fit all.
- Writing a good grant
proposal is time consuming. Search websites for potential sources
of funding and respond to calls for proposals. Find out what the
deadlines are for submission and start work on your proposal well
in advance. Develop a timeline and stick to it.
- Grant writing is a
skill. Find a mentor who has had success in submitting and
obtaining funding. Let them help and guide you through the
associations are one of the prime areas to look for grant awards.
Check with your professional organization to see what is
available. Sigma Theta Tau honor society offers grants to its
members and also collaborates with many organizations to do so.
Your local chapter can lead you in the right direction or you may
check with the Sigma Theta Tau International website. There are
many leads there!
- Most funding money
comes from the federal government. Agencies have funding foci that
change frequently so you need to check the websites to see where
you may fit in.
We have a new blog for SNRS doctoral students. Find it