Volume 25 Issue No. 1
Bailey, Student Representative
Shireman, Student Representative
Marshall, Interim Editor
Batchelor Aselage, Student Representative
SNRS is 25
years old! Our annual meeting was a wonderful gathering and
celebration of this event. A tremendous debt of gratitude is owed to
all who helped to make this meeting such a success: the Program
Planning Committee and Dr. Anne Turner-Henson, Drs. Elaine Amella and
Trisha Crane, co-chairs for the Gala, Dr. Debra Wallace for all of
the pictures and memorabilia, Drs. Janet Allen and Jean McSweeney for
their keynote noting our history and our current organization, Ms.
Ann Mehan Crosse, our Executive Director, and Ms. Delfie Castro,
member of the RC staff, for their many efforts, and all of the
members who attended this event.
Jacksonville, for SNRS 2011, we had the second highest attendance of
any meeting of our organization! Many of our past presidents,
vice-presidents, and editors of SOJNR as well as founding members and
charter members were present and recognized. It was such a privilege
to be there and to note the growth of this organization. Our research
efforts from the Southern region have and will continue to make a
annual meeting, the membership voted to disband the SOJNR as an
in-house journal. A Task Force chaired by Richard Cowling has been
established to review other mechanisms for publishing SOJNR. The
membership voted to increase dues $25.00 for regular and student
members. This increase will help to insure that the organization can
go forward in offering research grants and member services and to be
a viable organization.
would like to thank the outgoing members of the Board, Dr. Jennifer
Wenzel and Dr. Ann Malecha. Their efforts on the Board to move this
organization forward were much appreciated. I would also like to
welcome Dr. Donna Neff and Dr. Robin Bartlett as incoming Board
members, and to thank the other members of the Board for their
continuing service and hard work. We are fortunate to have such a
strong Board. Finally, I would like to thank all who have supported
Marti Rice, PhD, RN
of February 2011, T
he total SNRS assets are $444,751, up from
last year's total of $283,617. This increase in assets is primarily due
to increased attendance for the Conference, coupled with the increase in
registration fees for 2011. SNRS's net income year-to-date (YTD) is $160,217
as compared to $81,507 last year at this time. This net income is also
attributable to the increase in annual conference attendance and the
increase in registration fees. A total income of $5,375 was received in
February for dues, bringing the YTD total to $68,383. Income received
from the Annual Conference YTD is $302,235, which is above the budgeted
income of $257,540.
direct expenses YTD are currently $200,563, plus general expenses of
$21,846, bringing total expenses YTD to $222,409. This reflects 62
percent of the budgeted total expenses of $358,760. The major expenses
for this year's annual conference have been paid.
annual conference income and the SNRS dues increase will place our
organization in a positive fiscal position to continue to meet our
mission and provide services that promote and support nursing research
in our southern region.
Porche, DNS, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN
26th SNRS Annual Conference
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA
Submission Site Now Open
The online submission
process for symposia, podium presentations, and posters (except student
posters) is now open. There will NOT be an extension this year.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 10, 2011 at 5 PM,
Central Time. Please note that the student poster and late breaker
abstract submissions will open September 15, 2011.
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. Please
read all directions carefully. You will need your SNRS member ID#
in order to submit your abstract. SNRS membership is NOT
required at the time of abstract submission. However, SNRS membership
is REQUIRED at the time of presentation.
the submission guidelines, which contains important
information and items that you will need prior to starting the abstract
submission process. Reviewing this information in advance will greatly
facilitate the submission process.
We will be
posting exemplar abstracts for guidance on the SNRS Annual Conference website.
(paper) and symposium
presentation abstracts must show evidence that the research (or
theoretical/conceptual/methodological work) is complete at the
time of abstract submission.
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.
We encourage you to enter all of your information exactly as
you wish it to appear in the program. Title case only will
be accepted for abstract titles (capitalize the first letter of words
other than short conjunctions, articles and prepositions). Example:
This is a Title.
complete information for additional authors, including institution and
credentials. Author information (institution and credentials) will be
used for the abstract information listed in the program (onsite,
online) and abstract CD. Please check your author information carefully,
this cannot be changed after the abstract decisions are made.
forward to receiving your 2012 abstract and seeing you in New Orleans,
Questions or issues with abstract submission should be directed to:
Nursing Research Society
SNRS Annual Conference and Gala
The SNRS 25th Anniversary Conference and Gala in
Jacksonville, FL were a big success! There was plenty of fun for
everyone! Memories, photos, awards & videos.
Leadership in Research Award
Leadership in Research Award is to recognize outstanding leadership,
contribution, or promotion of nursing and health care research. This
award is bestowed by the SNRS Board of Directors. The 2011 recipient is
Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, School of Nursing, Johns
Distinguished Researcher Award
purpose of the SNRS Distinguished Researcher Award is to recognize the
contribution of an individual whose established program of research has
enhanced the science and practice of nursing in the Southern region.
recipient is, Jean McSweeney, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Professor
& Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing, University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award
purpose of the SNRS/John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research
Award is to recognize the contributions of an individual whose
established program of research has enhanced the science and practice
of geriatric nursing in the Southern region.
recipient is Teresa J. Kelechi, PhD, GCNS-BC, CWCN, Associate
Professor and Department Chair, College of Nursing, Medical University
of South Carolina.
Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award
purpose of the D. Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award is to recognize
the contributions of a researcher who has enhanced the science and
practice of nursing in the Southern region. The award is named in honor
of the first SNRS President, D. Jean Wood, whose leadership set the
course for the positive growth and development of the Society. The 2011
recipient is Barbara Waag Carlson, PhD, RN, School of Nursing,
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Award for Research in Minority Health
purpose of the SNRS Award for Research in Minority Health is to
recognize the contributions of an individual or group conducting and/or
promoting research that has significance for improving the health care
of minorities and other under-represented groups in the Southern
recipient is Nelda Christine Martinez, PhD, RN, Associate
Professor, School of Nursing; Director, Center for Nursing Research and
Evaluation; and Senior Fellow, Hispanic Health Disparities Research
Center, The University of Texas at El Paso.
and Dissertation Awards
STTI/SNRS Small Grant Award awards recipient was Lisa Brown, for
Mothers' Attention and Preterm Infant Feeding.
Messer was the recipient of the 2010 Council for Advancement of
Nursing Science/Southern Nursing Research Society Nursing Science
Advancement Dissertation Grant Award. The title of her dissertation
was, Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a Tool to Assess Pressure
Ulcer Risk in Ancillary Services Patients.
2010 SNRS Research Grant award was presented to Mary Grace Umlauf, for
her research, Sleep Disturbance and Behavior in Adolescents.
The 2010 SNRS
Dissertation Award was presented to Valentina Lucas, The title
of her dissertation was Perceived Stress and Surgical Wound Cytokine
Student Poster Awards
1st Place--Susan Walsh, PhD
2nd Place--Kristen Barbee
3rd Place--Leslie Nelson, PhD, RN
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Getting What You Came For: Essential Lessons For the
By Joy Bailey, PhD Student
As we begin
the New Year and approach the end of the semester, we are all probably
highly stressed about upcoming final exams, 20-page papers, comps or
dissertation defenses for those blessed enough to be at that stage.
Embarking on a doctorate program is an onerous task for most, and a
major accomplishment when it is done. So, what does it take to reach
this coveted goal? Why do some of us make it and some of us do
not? How often have you questioned yourself as to whether or not you
have chosen the right path? I certainly remember sitting with a friend
at the end of my first semester and debating whether I should continue.
Thankfully, she talked me out of doing so, as I still believe this is
one of the most stimulating and worthwhile adventures I have ever
ago, I was registering for classes at the beginning of the first
semester of my doctoral program. A professor, also new to the campus,
sensed my frustration and consternation and kindly reassured me that it
would be just fine, and it was worth embarking on this long road.
However, she suggested that I should consider purchasing and reading a
book that had helped her through her journey.
You Came For by Robert Peters, PhD is an excellent primer for
doctoral students. This book discusses every aspect of the process from
selecting a college through tossing the mortarboard. It addresses the
essentials for success and proposes ideas for managing the sojourn
through graduate studies. There are tips for managing yourself, playing
politics, selecting a committee, writing your proposal, writing your
thesis, and defending your thesis.
stress well is also crucial to the graduate student's success. Peters
tells the story of a frustrated Stanford graduate student in
mathematics who bludgeoned to death one of his advisers after he was
asked to revise his thesis during a thirteen-year pursuit in futility.
Hopefully none of us will ever experience that level of frustration and
despair. Doctoral studies are stressful, especially when some of us
have to raise young children, take care of older or ailing parents,
cater to husbands and wives, and contend with demanding bosses at full time
jobs. The chapter on stress is especially helpful. Some of the
suggestions are intuitively sensible, pragmatic and invaluable;
increase human contact, act like we're not depressed, avoid negative
thoughts, do not procrastinate and identify and escape from traps. The
writer also prescribes developing and nurturing strong relationships
with fellow students; that is probably one of the most important
ingredients for success. Many may not welcome this thought; however,
there is always the option to consider leaving school. I hope that none
of us will ever have to do that, but it may not be a bad thing to make
the decision to withdraw and embrace mental wholeness rather than
succumb to the vicissitudes of academic pressure. This is a great book
for graduate students. I would recommend reading it!
Peters, R. L.
(1997). Getting what you came for. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus