Volume 25 Issue No. 2
Southern Connections Subcommittee
Shireman, Student Representative
Marshall, Interim Editor
The Board of SNRS is moving forward on many fronts to
address the needs of the Society. Witness the unveiling of our new
logo visible on the home page of the SNRS web site. Thanks to all the
members who took the time to vote in this process. We will be
updating the web site with the new logo as well as other organizational
materials. The new logo was developed in response to the request of
members at our 2010 conference and hopefully positions the
organization for our next 25 years. I would like to thank Dr. Anne
Stiles as Director of the Communications Committee and her committee
for their efforts in the development of the logo and their continuing
efforts with the web site.
Planning Committee and Dr. Anne Turner-Henson are in the midst of
abstract review and planning for our annual meeting next February
22-25 in New Orleans at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
This meeting promises to be as exciting, informative, and as fun as
our 25th. We look forward to the many presentations and interactions
with participants from around the southern region and beyond.
surplus realized from our 25th annual meeting and with the increase
in dues approved at our last meeting, the organization is in a much
stronger financial position. Recently, the Board voted to reimburse
the reserve fund accounts for 50% of what was "borrowed" in
2009 to meet operating expenses ($20,000). The plan is to reimburse
the remainder at the end of this fiscal year and to move forward with
other initiatives such as funding the research grants for larger
amounts, developing new grants, and/or making the process of
reviewing grants totally an online experience.
The Board is
also in the process of reviewing and revising our Strategic Plan.
This will be one of the foci of our mid-year meeting that will be
held in September. We look forward to this opportunity to dialogue
and strategize about the organization and our future directions. So
As of July
2011, SNRS total assets are $352,045. This is an increase from the
prior year total of $252,151, primarily due to attendee registration
and the increase in registration fees for the 2011 Annual Conference.
The net income year-to-date (YTD) is $118,666 as compared to $51,431
last year at this time. Again, attributable to the Annual Conference.
An income of $4,829 was received in April for dues, bringing the YTD
total to $71,238. This is 64 percent of the budgeted amount of
$111,130. Surplus from the Annual Conference YTD is $110,557, well
above proposed surplus of $54,540. The total direct expenses YTD are
currently $216,142, plus general expenses of $64,991, bringing total
expenses YTD to $281,132. This reflects 80 percent of the proposed
total expenses of $353,565. The major expenses for this year's annual
conference have been paid.
J. Porche, DSN, RN
Conference Save the Date! - Anne Turner-Henson, DSN, RN,
26th SNRS Annual Conference
February 22-25, 2012
The online submission
process for student posters and late breaker abstracts opened
September 15 and will close October 3, 2011 5 PM. Check out: SNRS Annual Conference Website for submission
guidelines, tutorials and exemplar abstracts. New this year are
tutorial videos to guide you through the submission process!
abstracts may be submitted by students currently enrolled in programs,
as well as members who completed the work while a student (in the
previous year). These abstracts must describe completed research (may
be preliminary findings) or methodology abstracts (innovative
methodologies). The student must be the first author (presenter) of the
abstract, though additional authors may be faculty advisors or others.
are submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to read the submission
guidelines, view the exemplar abstracts, and listen to the videos on
how to prepare and submit an abstract. Please note that
the student must attest (see special statement that must be signed by
the faculty advisor or designee) that the faculty advisor or designee
has read and approved the abstract submission.
Nursing Research Society Annual Conference provides an opportunity for
SNRS members to report ongoing and completed research as well as
theoretical, conceptual, and methodological projects to colleagues.
Poster presentation abstracts may include work in progress and/or
preliminary data analysis, though data collection and analysis must be
complete at the time of the conference presentation.
all directions carefully.
membership is NOT required at the time of abstract submission. However,
SNRS membership is REQUIRED at the time of presentation.
you to enter all of your information exactly as you wish it to appear
in the program.
We look forward to receiving your 2012 abstract and
seeing you in New Orleans, LA.
Anne Turner-Henson, DSN, RN, FAAN
It Forward: The Gift of Giving Back - Nan Smith-Blair, PhD,
I have to say,
that I am probably more reluctant than most to ask people for
donations. Like most of you, the majority my giving tends to be
unconscious as I toss loose change into "red pots" at
Christmas or into a jar at the convenience store for someone who has
experienced a tragedy. When I was approached by leaders in the Southern
Nursing Research Society to head the Development Program, I wondered if
they had lost their minds. I had to do some hard thinking and
reflection on this decision. Looking back however, I remembered that I
was a recipient of a research grant from SNRS. In fact, it helped me
launch my research agenda by providing money to help establish my
physiologic laboratory. Would I have been able to be successful without
the money from that grant? Probably. But it was more than the money. It
was the knowledge that other respected researchers valued my work and
had enough confidence to invest in me as a researcher. I remembered the
expression "pay it forward," coined by author Catherine Ryan
Hyde, describing the concept of asking that a good turn be repaid by
passing a good turn on to others.
All of us give
our time and talents every day in our work world. What a wonderful
profession we practice in where we can make a difference in someone's
lives every day through our teaching, clinical practice or research.
SNRS also makes a difference in someone's life through support of
researchers who will impact the science of nursing. Margaret Mead
wrote, "Never doubt that a small group of committed people can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
We all have
seen the impact of elementary students proving that a little change can
go a long way by contributing pennies with collections exceeding
$1,000,000.00 donated to charities. The board of directors for SNRS has
approved a variety of funding plans that allows members to donate at a
level that is comfortable to each individual. Please consider
"paying it forward" to insure grants for our future nursing
SUPPORT SNRS FUND
Become a partner
today in shaping the future of nursing research through your
contribution to SNRS. A financial gift provides benefits for both you
as a donor and SNRS by helping to maintain financial security for those
seeking to increase the science of nursing through research. There are
a variety of ways that you can contribute financially to SNRS:
- Circle of Research
providing funding from dedicated SNRS members and leaders to
continue to vision of promoting the development of future nurse
researchers through pledging $1000.00 for two years. All donations
are restricted to providing additional funding to grants awarded
- Building a Foundation
of Nursing Researchers- a program designed to develop a base funding
strategy for research grants by contributing annually to help
support nursing research grants. It incorporates various levels of
funding to match members ability. All donations are restricted to
providing additional funding to grants awarded members.
- Bronze donation
- Silver donation
- Gold donation
a program designed to recognize significant financial
contributions to SNRS by members, institutional members and
businesses making a significant donation over a three year period.
- Fellowship Circle
$1,000.00-$2,999.00 (Includes Circle of Research Scholars member
if they commit to a three-year donation cycle)
- Executive Circle $3,000.00-$4,999.00
- President's Circle
State Liaison Program - Deborah J. Jones, PhD, RN
The goals of
the SNRS State Liaison program are to encourage membership, improve
communication between the Board and the membership, increase
involvement of the membership in SNRS activities and provide grass-root
input from the membership to the Board. Each state has a State Liaison
appointed by the Board who manages membership of that state. Contact
information for your State Liaison can be found on the SNRS website.
Jones PhD, MS, RN
Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
L. Rice, DNS, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANP
Dr. Karen Rice
is an adult nurse practitioner and clinical nurses specialist. She has
been the program director for the Center for Nursing Research at
Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans since 2006. Karen is responsible
for facilitating EBP and nursing research for this Magnet facility. Her
program of research is improving nurses' recognition of delirium in the
hospitalized older adult. Karen also is adjunct faculty at Louisiana
State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing and teaches
research in the graduate program.
M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, PhD, RN
Lapiz-Bluhm, PhD, RN, is currently an Assistant Professor at the School
of Nursing (SON), University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio (UTHSCSA). She has been a principal investigator (PI), co-PI or
co-investigator for grants and funding from the National Institute for
Mental Health, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and
Depression (NARSAD), TriService Nursing Research Program, Clinical and
Translational Science Award from the Institute for the Integration of
Medicine and Science (IIMS), Nursing Advisory Council, the Dean's Award
for the Scholarship of Teaching, among others. More recently, she
received the Hogg Foundation Grant for Mental Health and the Mentored
Research Career Development (KL2) award in Clinical and Translational
Science from the IIMS.
- Tammy King-Jones, PhD,
PhD is currently in the role of Associate Chief Nursing Officer at the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Medical Center. Provide
leadership for the Center for Nursing Excellence which encompasses
advanced practice nurses, nursing research, quality improvement,
evidence-based practice, shared governance and recruitment/retention.
Previous research in Adolescent Sexual Risk-taking; presently focusing
on phenomena impacting the clinical workforce and nursing practice.
- Dr. Barbara A. Smith,
FAAN, FACSM, RN, PhD
Dr. Barbara A.
Smith, FAAN, FACSM, RN, PhD, is a Professor and the Associate Dean for
Research at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. As a
nurse and an exercise physiologist, Dr. Smith has made a significant
contribution to the literature related to the exercise interventions,
safety and efficacy of exercise, and the use of exercise to reduce
weight and modify CVD risk factors in community dwelling chronically
ill adults and children. Dr. Smith was one of the first investigators
to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of exercise in HIV-infected
patients. She also is active globally and serves as principal
investigator of a study entitled Assessing
Nurses Risk of Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Janice A. Neil, RN,
PhD- East Carolina University
After a long
history of staff nursing, teaching, research and service, Dr. Neil has
now been a department chair since 2006 at her institution. She was
tenured in 2004 and has numerous publications and presentations. Her
areas of research include foot care and shoe management in persons with
diabetes mellitus, and simulation research including the addition of
smell to wound care scenarios. She is also interested in education
research including fostering diversity in baccalaureate degree
R. (DeeDee) Boyington, RN, PhD/Nursing Research Director
has a MSN and PhD from the University of Florida and is the Nursing
Research Director at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
in Tampa, Florida. Having been an Associate Professor at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she brings the service and academic
perspective to her role as Florida's SNRS State Liaison. She is
an active participant on the Nursing Research Committee of the Florida
Organization of Nurse Executives and the College of Nursing Alumni
Council Board at the University of Florida.
Foundation - 2012 Seed Grant proposals
Awards are for
between $3,000 and $8,000 and deadline for submission is November 1,
2011. Members and non-members may apply. Research projects must
be related to nursing administration practice in the areas of
workforce, work environment, leadership development, patient safety and
evidence-based management practices. Awardees will be notified by
January 6, 2012.
Student Corner - Joy Bailey, RN, MSN, CRRN, BC
Engaging Bedside Nurses in Exploring Evidence-Based
A Major Challenge?
by Joy Bailey, RN, MSN, CRRN, BC
years now nursing leaders have been promoting bedside interventions
that are grounded in evidence-based practice. Nurses are consistently
charged with delivering care to a population that is sicker, frailer, present
with more co-morbidities and require increasingly complex interventions
for satisfactory outcomes. An Institute of Medicine report (2001)
highlighted the fact that, even as our healthcare systems evolve
exponentially, we have "fallen far short in (the) ability to
translate knowledge into practice and to apply new technology safely
and appropriately." In hospitals, we often write policies and
procedures based on clinical research evidence (or clinical practice
guidelines), and our nurses follow those policies, rarely questioning
what they are charged to do. Those of us who have already accomplished
or are engaged in doctoral studies know how indispensable research
translation is to safe and competent nursing practice. So how do we
engage the bedside nurse in research when they may not consider it a
priority? How do we involve nurses in utilizing EBP when it may be a
challenge to even have them take the first step of selecting and
reading a research paper?
There are a
multitude of articles that testify to the challenge of engaging
clinical nurses in research. Some readers may be aware of a research
tool, the BARRIERS scale (Funk, Champagne & Tornquist, 1991), that
was designed to identify nurses' perceptions and barriers to using
research. The subscales of this instrument measure four factors, characteristics of the
adopter (the nurse's research values, skills and
of the organization (barriers and limitations of the
of the innovation (qualities of the research) and characteristics of the
communication (presentation and accessibility of the
research). Kocaman et al (2010) conducted a study of 329 Turkish nurses
using this scale. They published the results of their study and also
compared their findings with those of studies done in Ireland, Finland,
Australia, Sweden, the UK and the USA. They concluded that the prime
barriers to research utilization in the Turkish study were similar
those in other countries. These were lack of time to implement new ideas,
lack of support from other staff with implementation, lack of
cooperation from physicians with implementation, and nurses being
isolated from knowledgeable colleagues with whom to discuss
study by Sherriff, Wallis and Chaboyer (2007) evaluated the effects of
an EBP education program on nurses' attitudes to EBP and their
perception of their knowledge and skills towards EBP. The study
respondents were 59 senior nurses in clinical and leadership
roles. The researchers found that nurses appreciated the
value of EBP for practice and that perception of their own knowledge
and skills and organizational support improved after the education
program. Carlson and Plonczynski (2008) conducted a review of studies
that used the BARRIERS scale. Interestingly, they concluded that there
was no evidence that identifying barriers to nurses' use of research
influenced nursing practice and there might be utility in investigating
whether there is a relationship between nurses' perception of barriers
to research and their use of EBP. In a cross-sectional study of 1301
nurses, Brown et al (2010) also found that perceived barriers to
research had little influence on whether hospital nurses utilized EBP.
It would appear therefore, that eliminating perceived barriers to
research would not necessarily increase hospital nurses' inclination to
So how might
nurse leaders act to engage nurses in evaluating research and utilizing
their findings to enhance their practice? Watch for these and more in
the next edition of Southern
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practice? An integrative review. Journal
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Champagne, R.A., & Tornquist, E.M. (1991). BARRIERS: the Barriers
to research utilization scale. Applied
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Seren, S., Lash, A.A., Kurt, S., Bengu, N., & Yurumezoglu, H.A.
(2010). Barriers to research utilization by staff nurses in a
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Joy Bailey is
a doctoral student at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Her area
of interest is nurse manager support in the hospital environment.