Anne Stiles, Chair
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From the President
Thanks for your support!
This is the season of thankfulness and remembering
kindnesses large and small. SNRS runs on the spirit of volunteerism
in support of promoting nursing research across the Southern region.
So many of you do so much to make this all happen, the Board is truly
grateful to all who give their time and talent to the organization!
The primary act of keeping your dues current ensures the long-term
viability of SNRS; we appreciated your sustaining support. Many of
you chose to submit abstracts for annual conference in Austin this
February. We are grateful that you chose to bring your science to
SNRS where it will be shared with researchers across the region.
Those of you who volunteered to review abstracts for annual meeting
brought rigor to the process and ensure that the conference meets
standards of which we all can be proud. Many of you are active in
your Research Interest Groups (RIGs) sharing your enthusiasm and
expertise in with those your specialty area; the RIGs are really the
heart of SNRS as they provide a community of science.
Some of you make
larger commitments to SNRS; you serve on one of the seven critical
committees that set the course for the organization: Finance,
Bylaws/Policy & Procedures, Program, Communication, Awards,
Grants, and Development. Each is called upon throughout the year to
keep the wheels of the organization moving from reviewing proposals
several times yearly, to keeping the membership informed through
various media, to making the difficult choices among very qualified
leaders for recognition, to steering SNRS in a direction toward
continued fiscal solvency. Without our Program Committee members
there would be no annual meeting from the scientific sessions, to the
networking opportunities, to the wonderful receptions. Some of you serve
as State Liaisons who are the first-line contact for members across
the region and promote membership services. Others volunteer to chair
and co-chair the Research Interest Groups that have grown to be a
vital force in SNRS. The Deans and Directors who support members'
attendance at the annual meeting are critical to the expansion of
good science and forging of alliances across the region.
Two members who
make an extraordinary difference in the life of SNRS are the Editor
Dr. Judith Lewis, and the Editor of Southern Connections, Lenora
Smith. The services they oversee add immensely as a membership
benefit, as well as sharing the scholarship and good news about
nursing research in the Southern region.
Others of you make
a considerable contribution; you put your name forward and are
willing to share in the governance of SNRS. This year we had 12
members run for the 5 open positions on the Board and 4 members run
for the 2 positions on the Nominating Committee. This support shows
tremendous generosity on all of their parts as they all would have
been willing to serve if elected. We congratulate them all for being
willing to enter the process and be counted!
Over the past three years, the support of the staff of the Resource
Center has allowed SNRS to grow to the largest regional research
organization in the US. When operational functions are centralized
and done by those whose expertise lies in organizational management,
the members are freed up to focus on the mission and vision of the
society. We are truly fortunate to have the 'behind the scenes'
activities of SNRS done consistently, according to established
practices, and with the skill brought by many years of negotiation
and planning. The move to using the Resource Center was one of the wisest
the Board could have made to insure the future of SNRS for the next
Finally, in this last newsletter of my presidency, I would like to
thank all the members of both this year's and last year's Board of
Directors and Nominating Committees. Together all these individuals,
who are already overcommitted in their own institutions, took the
mantle of leadership in extremely challenging times and with good
humor, dedication to their elected area, flexibility and integrity
and have fulfilled their obligation to SNRS. I will always be
grateful that I can count among those whom I had the privilege to
work, the following persons who served as members of the Board: Marti
Rice, Cynthia Russell, Anne Turner-Henson, Mona Shattell, Carolyn
Lewis, Demetrius Porche, Cindy Munro, Ann Malecha, Anne Stiles,
Martha Alligood, Deborah Jones, Jenifer Wenzel, and Mary Walker; and
the members of the Nominating Committee: Randy Jones, Donna Neff,
Patricia Crane, Lee Ridner, Kay Avant, Doug Sutton, all very ably led
by Patty Gray!
Holiday to all and I'll see you in Austin!
J. Amella, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
We are pleased to
report a positive auditor's report to our SNRS membership. The SNRS
Board of Directors selected Heider, Tanner, & Dirks to conduct a
full audit of the society based on the recommendation from the
Finance Committee. Heider, Tanner, & Dirks completed an audit of
the SNRS financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2008.
The audit report, issued dated September 15, 2009, indicated that
SNRS has the appropriate controls in place and all accounting
functions are in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting
Recommendations provided to the Finance Committee and SNRS Board for
continued quality improvement of our fiscal management are 1) ensure
that account balances in SNRS accounts do not exceed the federally insured
amounts; 2) consider the formation of financial reserves for bad
debts; and 3) reminded us that fundraising activities and items that
are not directly linked to the SNRS mission are subject to taxation.
The final opinion by Heider, Tanner, & Dirks was stated as
"In our opinion, the financial statements . . . present fairly,
in all material respects, the financial position of the Southern
Nursing Research Society as of December 31, 2008 and the changes in
its net assets and its cash flows for the year then ended in
conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the
United States of America." To provide further controls and Board
oversight of our financial status, our management firm provides the
following to the President and Treasurer for review and discussion
regularly: 1) bank reconciliation statements; 2) banking account
transaction history; and 3) a detail ledger of account activities.
This provides an opportunity for the President and Treasurer to
review and discuss any income and expenditures with the management
firm representatives regularly and report a concise financial picture
of the organization to the entire SNRS Board.
On behalf of the SNRS Board of Directors, we would like to invite all
interested members to attend the reference hearing meeting scheduled
for Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm where the financial
viability, among other issues, will be discussed in an open forum.
Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD,
APRN, FAANP, FAAN
J. Amella, PhD, RN, FAAN
SNRS 2010 Annual
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Austin, Texas is the
live music capital of the world. On any given night,
within walking distance of the SNRS 2010 conference
hotel, the Austin Hilton, the Austin entertainment district offers
live music. Austin is home to such famed personalities as The Dixie
Chicks, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Spoon, Ghostland Observatory and many more. Shopping, ideal spots for
walking, visiting the LBJ Presidential library, and of course, The
University of Texas Longhorns, are just a few exciting sights close
to the conference hotel.
Registration is now open,
so make plans to join us for the upcoming SNRS Annual Conference in
Austin, February 3-6, 2010.
by popular demand, the Publishing Pre-Conference will be held on
Wednesday morning, February 3, 2010. Dr. Judith Lewis, SOJNR editor,
will demystify the publication process; discuss roles and
responsibilities in publishing, authorship, pitfalls in publishing
and how to select a journal.
Wednesday afternoon, February 3, 2010, the University of Texas
faculty will present the doctoral pre-conference. This
pre-conference, specifically designed for doctoral students will
address issues pertaining to authorship.
breakers, evidence based practice, and outstanding student posters
will be presented in poster discussion sessions as new venues for the
2010 conference. This format combines the classic poster session
(author present to answer questions about the study) followed by
group discussions by poster authors and other attendees. The podium
discussions in these sessions are not presentations of the study, but
rather discussions of issues that extend across the group of posters.
is sponsoring two additional plenary sessions, featuring Dr. Joan
Austin presenting the "Future of NINR" on Friday, February
5, 2010, and NINR presenting an additional plenary on Saturday
morning, February 6, 2010 entitled, "NIH funding mechanisms and
the new NIH guidelines."
making plans to join us in Austin, Texas for SNRS 2010. We look
forward to seeing you there.
Horner, Local Planning Chairperson
Turner-Henson, Vice President, SNRS
Silent Auction at SNRS 2010
in Austin Texas
your SNRS colleagues by contributing a silent auction item to support
funding for our SNRS research grants. Creative members in the
past have donated artwork, handcrafted items (knitted sweaters), or
spirit baskets representing their School of Nursing or
community. In years past, several schools provided baskets with
items with their school logo (T-shirts, cups, etc.) and/or local
items representing the geographic area. In many instances
school of nursing alumni actively competed in bidding for the
baskets. The modest cost of creating the basket provided
advertisement for the school, generated excitement about the silent
auction, and generated funds for additional funding of SNRS Research
Consider donating an item to the Silent Auction this year, and help
us to raise money for research grants. Baskets valued at more than
$50 are requested.
You will find more information concerning the silent auction on
the SNRS website, or you may call
the office at 877-314-SNRS (7677). You may print out copies of the
Silent Auction contribution form from this link, or the SNRS
Minick, Silent Auction Chairperson
Austin, Texas - SNRS 2010
4, and Friday, February 5, 2010
SNRS Wall of Mentors
Would you like to
recognize your special mentor? Purchase a Mentor Pin at this year's
annual conference. In addition to the honor you bestow when you
present the pin, your mentor's name will be displayed at the
conference on a special "Wall of Mentors", and ensconced on
our soon-to-be-created "Wall of Mentors" page on the
SNRS website. This is an excellent way to honor your mentor and let
them know how truly special they are!
Have you purchased a mentor pin previously? SNRS is collecting the
names of mentors to post on the Wall of Mentors at the conference and
on the website. Please take a moment to fill out the card in your
registration packet at the conference, or contact SNRS@resourcenter.com
with information about who your mentor is and why you chose to
you the recipient of a mentor pin? Be sure to wear it at the annual
you purchase a mentor pin, you are not only honoring your mentor, but
also supporting SNRS. Proceeds from the sale of mentor pins go toward
the funding of the SNRS Small Grants program.
CALL FOR PODCASTS - "Nurse as Scientist"
Deadline for Submissions: January 15
This contest is
open to all nursing students! A $1000 prize will be
offered to a nursing student who is a member of SNRS for a winning
podcast on the topic of "Nurse as Scientist."
The image of "nurse as scientist" is largely absent from
public perception of nurses and nursing. The purpose of this
competition is to create a series of enhanced podcasts that can be
widely disseminated to the public to increase visibility and public
awareness of nurses' roles as scientists in the development of
knowledge for health care.
Pod-casting is a youth-friendly technology for interacting with the
community of those who will be the next generation of nurse
scientists! Click here for helpful
guidelines on creating podcasts.
The prize is provided by the Council for the Advancement of
Nursing Science and is designed to defray costs associated with
attending the 2010 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research.
The winner of the SNRS competition will be determined at the SNRS
2010 Annual Meeting to be held February 3-6 in Austin, Texas.
The winner of this competition will advance to a national competition
for the most outstanding podcast. The national competition will be
held at the State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research to be
held September 27th-29th, 2010 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in
Washington, DC. Winning entries will be posted on the Council for the
Advancement of Nursing Science Web site.
Podcasts must be received by January 15, 2010. Mail entries to SNRS
Headquarters, 10200 W. 44th Ave., Ste. 304, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.
Click here to download the
SNRS podcast submission form.
issue marks the end of two years of SOJNR's new format. We have been
pleased with the membership's response. Each call for abstracts has
received a robust response from authors. Guest Editors have worked
hard to ensure that the papers published reflect the state of the
science in their respective areas. Manuscript reviewers have been
generous with their time and expertise. Our Managing Editor, Barbara
Trumbo, and our Production Editor, Linda Pocsik, continue to be
It now is time to add even additional strength and expertise to the
Journal. Beginning next year, SOJNR
will have an Editorial Board, to be comprised of members of SNRS who
have demonstrated commitment to our Journal. This Board will be
appointed by the Editor, with membership approved by the SNRS Board.
The Board will advise the Editor, work to solicit quality
manuscripts, and be ambassadors for the Journal. I look forward to
this next exciting step.
Lewis, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research
SNRS Introduces New Board Members
Dr. Deborah J.
Jones, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of
Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC). She joined the
faculty after earning her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University
in 2007. Her focus of scholarship is to improve outcomes of acutely
and critically ill adults through developing best practices.
Particularly, Dr. Jones current research is focused on identifying
biomarkers specific to ventilator-associated pneumonia. She is also
co-investigator on studies investigating the relationship of
positioning and pulmonary complications in mechanically ventilated
critically ill adults. Dr. Jones teaches at UTHSC-Houston in both the
undergraduate and DNP curriculum. As Membership Chair, she is excited
about the direction of the state liaison program in its efforts to
increase the visibility of SNRS to the community and meet the needs
of the membership. In accordance with this effort Dr. Jones led the
Board in surveying the membership regarding organizational
Malecha, PhD, RN, CNE, has been a nurse for over 25 years. She
graduated in 1984 from Loyola University of Chicago. She completed a
Master's of Science degree in Nursing from Northwestern University in
Chicago and worked as a certified adult nurse practitioner in various
occupational health settings. In 1999, she completed a PhD degree in
Nursing from Texas Woman's University (TWU) in Houston, Texas. She
has since been on faculty at TWU College of Nursing and is currently
Associate Professor and Research Director for the Houston campus. She
has conducted research in the area of intimate partner violence
(IPV), screening for IPV at the work site, and health outcomes of
abused women. She is currently Principal Investigator on a four-year
longitudinal study examining the outcomes of personal stressors on a
cohort of nursing students, following them from the beginning of
nursing school through two years post-graduation. Her research
has been funded by the American Association of Occupational Health
Nurses, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,
and the American Nurses Foundation.
SNRS Election Results for 2010
could not exist without the dedication and commitment of its members.
The SNRS Board and Nominating Committee appreciate all who ran for
positions and also those who voted in the 2009 election for the
2010-2012 Board, Members-at-Large, and Nominating Committee.
Crane, PhD, RN, FAHA
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Adult Health Nursing
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Reifsnider, PhD, RN, WHNP, PHCNS-BC
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
University of Texas Medical Branch
Professor & Associate Dean
Texas Woman's University
Smith-Blair, PhD, RN
and Director, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
Honors Director College of Education and Health Professions
University of Arkansas
Member-at-Large Small Grants:
Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-C, FAAN
Virginia Commonwealth University
Nominating Committee Members:
Lefler, PhD, ACNS-BC, APN
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Hoyt Zambroski, PhD, RN
Interim Assistant Dean for Academics, Undergraduate Program
University of South Florida College of Nursing
SNRS Member Survey
survey was distributed via email to approximately 1,243 members on
July 22, 2009 with a response deadline of August 25, 2009. A total of
528 members started the survey, with 433 (35%) completing it. The
results of the survey will be shared with the membership prior to the
annual conference. Incentives were offered for member participation.
Congratulations to the following 2009 Member Survey award recipients:
Complimentary registration to the 2010 Annual Conference Jennifer Hatcher
Half-price registration to the 2010 Annual Conference Martha Polovich
complimentary hotel night at the 2010 Annual Conference Renee Burk
Complimentary one-year membership Lynne Nemeth
Complimentary Mentor Pin Ifeoma
Groups (RIG) Update
Lora Humphrey Beebe - Psychiatric/Mental Health
Lora Humphrey Beebe, PhD, PMHNP-BC, is associate professor at the
University of Tennessee College of Nursing and a psychiatric nursing
researcher for 13 years. Her research focuses on adherence and
motivation and their relationships to the physical and mental health
of persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. With a $140,000.00
grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Beebe is
currently exploring a motivational intervention designed to increase
attendance, persistence and compliance with the walking program among
outpatients with schizophrenia. The project is scheduled for
completion in late 2009. Beebe is coordinator of the graduate
concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing with primary
teaching and advising responsibilities for every psychiatric mental
health graduate student in the college.
Campbell - Research in Clinical Settings
Chair of the RIG on Research in Clinical Settings is an assistant
professor on the tenure-track at University of Virginia's School of
Nursing (UVA) and teaches in the undergraduate program and in
the Clinical Nurse Leader Program. Her clinical and research focus
is in end-of-life care. She worked in hospice for 15 years before
joining the faculty at UVA, and is currently a co-investigator for a
research study with Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida, one of the
largest providers of rural hospice services in the
country. The study is comparing satisfaction with hospice care
between rural and urban hospice patient/families. She is also
planning a study to explore the pain management learning needs of
nurses in SW Virginia.
She is eager to learn from what others are doing and build a
community of researchers.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Chlebowy - Research in Clinical Settings
Dr. Chlebowy is presently an Assistant Professor at the University of
Louisville School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor, masters,
and doctoral degrees in nursing from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Chlebowy has clinical practice experience in adult nursing and
has extensive experience educating diabetes clients and families in a
variety of clinical settings. As a researcher, she is
interested in health disparities research and has received recent
intramural grant funding to examine the facilitators and barriers to
diabetes self-care management among African Americans. She is
also the principal investigator and project director of an
interdisciplinary study investigating the effects of motivational
interviewing on self-care management behaviors among urban African
American adults with type 2 diabetes.
Update from the Biobehavioral RIG
Welcome from Dr.
Barbara Carlson, Chair, and Dr. Judith K. Payne, Chair-elect, of the
Biobehavioral Research Interest Group (RIG). The focus of the
Biobehavioral RIG is to advance nursing knowledge related to the
interactions between biology and behavior in order to improve the
health of individuals, families, and communities. The purpose
of the Biobehavioral RIG is serve the membership of SNRS by providing
opportunities for collaboration, education, and peer support around
issues associated with measurement and design of biobehavioral
studies, obtaining research funding, and publications. Through
sponsored symposia and publications, we plan to provide the members
of the RIG a forum for examining state-of-the- art methodologies and
approaches as well as theories that will provide new directions in
studying complex clinical problems.
We welcome all
interested parties to our RIG; researchers, clinicians, academicians,
and students. Be sure to sign up by logging into the Members-Only section
and choosing which RIG(s) to join. There is no fee to participate,
and you can join up to three RIGs as part of your membership
benefits. Just click on the topic and the Resource Center will do the
Lastly, we encourage all members to attend the next RIG meeting at
the 2010 Annual SNRS Conference in Austin, Texas. At this
meeting, we will discuss strategies for furthering the goals of the
RIG, such as establishing a RIG-sponsored poster award, sponsoring a
symposium or workshop, and planning the upcoming RIG-sponsored issue
of the SOJNR.
SNRS Member News
SAN ANTONIO, TX (Sept. 11, 2009) - UT Health Science Center San
Antonio nursing faculty member Carol Reineck, Ph.D., RN, FAAN,
NEA-BC, delivered a presentation about her newly revised workbook on
how to review scientific literature at the International Council of Nurses'
(ICN) 24th Quadrennial Congress, held June 27-July 4 in Durban,
Dr. Reineck is chair, associate professor, and holder of the Amy
Shelton & V.H. McNutt Professorship in Nursing in the Department
of Acute Nursing Care.
The workbook, Critical
Reading of Research Publications, is a how-to manual that
leads small groups of health care professionals through the process
of reviewing scientific literature, the first step in understanding
Her presentation co-author was Evelyn Swenson-Britt, Magnet
Recognition Program coordinator at University Health System in San
Antonio and a doctoral nursing student at the Health Science Center.
After the presentation, some of the health care professionals from
other countries requested permission to translate the workbook into
their languages, including Swedish and Dutch, to make it available to
Proven Best Practices
Since the Institute of Medicine's landmark report 10 years ago, To Err is Human: Building
a Safer Health System, the emphasis in health care has
been on using evidence-based practice; conducting scientific studies
to prove best practices; to improve the quality of health care.
"The beauty of this workbook is that it can be used even in
developing countries where nurses and other health care workers have
some education, but not much experience with conducting
research," Dr. Reineck said. "It teaches them the basics of
how to review scientific literature so that they can become familiar
with it and institute best practices at their hospital or clinic. It
also prepares them to conduct their own research, which will
contribute to the world's body of knowledge to improve health
As members, the
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outstanding members' achievements, such as the one noted above? We
would love to hear from you! You may email me at email@example.com
We want to disseminate your research achievements!
Editor, Southern Connections
Lenora Smith, MSN, RN
Nursing Research Society