Volume 26 Issue No. 1
Scott Tilley, Chair
Southern Connections Subcommittee
Shireman, Student Representative
Batchelor Aselage, Student
Marshall, Interim Editor
Note - Denise Linton, DNS, FNP-BC
I am an assistant professor at University of Louisiana
at Lafayette. I am passionate about health promotion, disease
prevention, and women's health and my area of research is cervical
cancer prevention. I am humbled by this wonderful opportunity to
serve among such accomplished colleagues. My goal is to network with
the chairperson of each committee in order to disseminate information
about the groups and committees of our organization. So, as
springtime signifies new beginnings, I too begin my journey with
I would like to thank the Board of Directors for
electing me to the position of editor for the SNRS Southern Connections
Newsletter. I would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Anne
Stiles who informed me of the Board's decision, Dr. Donna Scott-Tilley
who introduced me to the Board members, Dr. Kathy Richards who agreed
to be my associate editor, and Lenora Smith, former Southern Connections
editor. Thank you to doctoral candidates, Lana Brown and Rebecca
Parnell for volunteering to be the student representatives on the
newsletter subcommittee and the individuals who responded to my
emails regarding submissions for my first edition.
President's Pen -
Patricia B Crane, PhD, RN, FAHA
Consumer versus Committed
I am excited and honored to be writing my first column
as President for SNRS
Southern Connections. This newsletter is important to
keep you 'connected' and committed to SNRS. The board and I are very
excited about the continued growth and direction of SNRS. We begin
our year at the end of the second largest conference in our history
with over 750 attendees (we are still trying to beat Birmingham's
record). This year's conference was bitter sweet because it was held
in New Orleans. For those who were not able to attend, President
Marti Rice noted that we were not able to have our conference in New
Orleans in February 2006 after Katrina hit and devastated this
beautiful city (and many of our sister states). Coming back to the
Crescent City was a joy and the host school did a wonderful job of
making us feel welcomed. Special thanks to Yvonne Sterling and our
Vice President Ann Turner-Henson. The conference theme was Nurse Scientists
as Crucial Partners to Health Delivery. Dr. Marion
Broome presented a keynote address that challenged us to unite to
provide research to facilitate and enhance the health of the nation.
This topic was timely as the board is embarking on developing a new
strategic plan to guide our organization to be crucial partners in
health. The presentations at the conference, poster and podium, were
excellent and represented a wide variety of specialties. The Planning
Committee for our next conference in Little Rock is already working
hard on the 2013 Annual Conference and the call for abstracts has
At the end
of the conference, we honored Dr. Marti Rice our immediate past
President, Dr. Anne Stiles and Dr. Elizabeth Reifsnider who served
SNRS in pivotal roles. Dr. Rice has a passion for SNRS and will
continue to serve as the chair of the Succession Planning and
Nominations Committee. Her mentorship to those on the board is her
strong legacy. Under her leadership, the organization grew and became
financially stable. Dr. Stiles also left the role of Board Member as
Member-At-Large, Director of Communications. Her leadership in
updating our logo and website moved our organization to a strong
presence in technological venues and enhanced communication. She will
continue as a member of the Communications Committee. Dr. Elizabeth
Reifsnider left the position of Secretary but was elected to another
board position. We welcomed new board members as well as those who
were elected to continue in their roles or serve in new roles: Dr.
Cindy Munro, President-Elect, Dr. Leanne Lefler, Secretary; Dr. Donna
Scott-Tilley, Member-at-Large, Director of Communications, Dr.
Elizabeth Reifsnider, Member-at-Large, Director of Grants, and Dr.
Nan Smith-Blair, Member-at Large, Director of Development.
(Tina) Pettey assumed the position as Chair of the Student Network.
This is such an important position as it links our doctoral student
members to service in the organization. Students are a third of our
membership and provide the next generation of leaders for SNRS. You
will be hearing more about this group and their important
contribution to SNRS. Be sure to join their LinkedIn site if you want
year will focus on finalizing the strategic plan and implementing
strategies to continue to grow the organization to meet the needs of
the membership. An e-blast was sent in late March for volunteers in
the organization. I heard a person on the radio state, "Are you
a consumer or a committed member." While this speaker was not
talking about SNRS, I could not help but think about the application
of this statement. As the board continues to represent you and meet
the mission of SNRS, you also must decide if you are just a
'consumer' of the organization or if you want to be 'committed' to
the mission and strategic goals of the future!
Director of Communications
Committee - Donna Scott Tilley, PhD, RN, CNE
I have been
employed at Texas Woman's University in the College of Nursing for the
past four years. Before that I was a Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center School of Nursing for most of my career. I am
really happy to be elected to the SNRS Board and to serve this fine
bylaws, the Communications Committee is composed of the chairperson and
four members of the general membership, one student member, the
outgoing chairperson, and three ex-officio members: the editor and
managing editor of SOJNR,
and the editor of the Southern
Connections Newsletter. Dr. Anne Stiles will serve as the
outgoing chairperson member. Please take a moment to thank Anne
for her wonderful service to this committee. Denise Linton was
unanimously chosen to be the Southern
Connections Newsletter Editor by the Board at this year's
annual conference; thank you Denise for your willingness to do this
important work. Other members are Janice Anderson, Joy Bailey, Alison
Montpetit, and Cherri Shireman.
is currently inactive. We expect to hear fairly soon about the
status of proposals for partnerships in publishing SOJNR.
Thus, we do not have editor and managing editor members at this time.
New Role: Secretary - Leanne
L. Lefler, PhD, ACNS-BC, APN
Meet Leanne L.
Lefler, PhD, ACNS-BC, APN, from the University of Arkansas for Medical
Sciences College of Nursing. Dr. Lefler is our newly elected secretary
for the SNRS Board with a term from 2012-2014. Duties of this
position are to help provide administrative leadership with a specific
focus on our bylaws, policies, and procedures.
Dr. Lefler has
worked for SNRS in many capacities as a committee member for the
nomination and communication teams and as past Chair of the Aging
Research Interest Group. She has been presenting her research at SNRS
since 2004, focusing on the prevention and early treatment of coronary
heart disease (CHD) in older adults. Dr. Lefler's newly funded NIH
grant is a randomized control trial that is aimed at determining the
feasibility and outcomes of a clinic-based tailored intervention to
promote physical activity into the daily life of older, sedentary
Continuing Role: Treasurer -
Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN
As of February
2012, our YTD income received was $74,735, which is 83% of the budgeted
amount of $90,000. Total YTD expenses were $242,113 which is 73% of the
proposed $333,455 budgeted amount. The major expenses for the 2012
annual conference have been paid.
At this time,
our surplus from the annual conference is $73,810. Our total assets are
currently $505,322 which are up from last year at $375,364 due to our
increase in conference registration, dues increase, and increase in
investment fund balance. Our net YTD income is $131,211 compared to
$81,507 last year.
2012 Research Award
2012 recipient of the SNRS
Leadership in Research Award is Margaret Miles, PhD, RN,
Retired. The 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.
2012 recipient of the SNRS
Distinguished Researcher Award is Debra K. Moser, DNSc, RN,
FAAN, Professor and Gill Chair of Cardiovascular
Nursing, University of Kentucky. The 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.
2012 recipient of the SNRS/John
A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award is Tracie Culp Harrison, PhD,
RN CS, FNP, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, The
University of Texas at Austin. The 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
2012 recipient of the SNRS
Award for Research in Minority Health is Jeanne-Marie R. Stacciarini,
PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing,
University of Florida. The 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 region.
2012 Grants and Dissertation
Research Grant Award recipient was Jeanne B. Jenkins, PhD, MBA,
University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Matsuda, Virginia Commonwealth University, was the recipient of
CANS/SNRS Nursing Science Advancement Dissertation Grant Award.
The title of her dissertation was,
Predictors of Communication and Sexual Decision Making among Latino
Research Grant Award was presented to Mary Cazzell, PhD, RN,
for her research, Identifying
Neural Correlates of Risky Decision-Making in Older Adults: A
Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) Study.
Research Interest Group Corner -
Donna Felber Neff, PhD, RN
is the beginning of my second year as the Director of the Research
Interest Groups (RIGs). I am finally "working out the bugs"
of this position and I am looking forward to an exciting 2012. The RIGs
have a long history in this organization and have been redesigned
as the needs of the membership change. My goal is to work as a team
with the RIGs chairs to improve communication among their
I am an
Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of
Nursing. My research focus is nurse workforce issues (nurse and
patient outcomes). I have had consistent funding, both intra and extra
mural, for over 10 years and I am just completing a 3-year K01 Mentored
Research Scientist Award from NINR. I have been a member of SNRS for 7
years and I continue my involvement because SNRS supports new and
creative ideas and mentors both students and mid-career
scientists. It is also a nationally recognized forum to
disseminate our research. Please contact me if you would like to
talk about your ideas, concerns or comment.
System and Health Policy Research Interest Group
What is Health
Services and Health Policy Research and Why is it important?
Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN and Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN
In 2010 a new
research interest group (RIG) with a focus on Health Systems and Policy
was formed. The group is for anyone interested in topics related to how
systems and policy influence health care. Some of the disciplines that
are commonly associated with health services research (HSR) are
nursing, allied health, medicine, sociology, political science,
informatics, management, and administration. Health services research
answers questions about health care systems and populations of patients
to determine (1) treatments that work best for a given population and
the cost of such treatments, (2) factors that are associated with
health system failures, for example, mortality and complications, and
(3) factors that influence quality of life for select patient
services researchers use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed
methodology and observational, quasi-experimental, natural experiments
and experimental study designs. The level of analysis can vary from
individual (patient or provider), institution and system, population,
or multiple levels (nested designs). And, existing data source, such as
administrative data (Medicare claims data), clinical records (chart
audits), vital statistics (birth and death records) and others
(American Hospital Association, census data, and national surveys).
issues common to HSR include: adjustments for factors expected to
influence the outcome, such as propensity scores (matching),
instrumental variables, and risk adjustment for severity of illness.
Missing data and rare events are other analytic considerations. Data
mining, cost analyses, and multilevel modeling are some analytic
techniques used in this field. Outcomes research and quality
improvement research are subsumed within HSR, as are the fields of
informatics and administrative systems research.
you to join the HS/HP RIG and learn more.
27th Annual Conference 2013: LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas
Networks of Knowledge for Healthcare Innovations"
is the theme for the 27th annual research conference of our
organization. The Planning Committee is busy with the SNRS Conference
program, devoted to advancing nursing science and supporting our
current and future nurse researchers in the South. The online abstract
system will be opening May 1 through June 11 for submissions and
students will submit beginning September 15. Stay tuned for program
details about our 27th Annual Conference--we hope to keep
you updated in our newsletters and via our SNRS website.
forward to welcoming you to LITTLE ROCK!
Chair Student Network - Christina Pettey, PhD (c), MNSc, FNP-BC, APN
My name is Christina (Tina) Pettey and I am the new chair of the SNRS
student network. I am truly honored to represent the student membership
of SNRS and look forward to working with everyone this year. Connie
Cephus is the outgoing SNRS student network chair but will still be
helping quite a bit; thank you, Connie, and Kristen Barbee, our
secretary. Several candidates for chair-elect have stepped forward so
please watch for the ballot and cast your vote; it will be e-mailed
have asked for educational and networking opportunities to help hone
specific skills. In the past SNRS has offered pre and post-conferences
for students and they have been a great success. Recent topics included
writing for publication and networking sessions. We would like to
continue to offer educational opportunities for students at the annual
conference and through other avenues. Please send us your ideas for
topics that are relevant to you. We want to offer topics pertinent to
the student membership. Suggestions include grant writing, developing a
CV, and tips for job applications. Possible frameworks for educational
sessions include pre and post-conference workshops and webinars.
several opportunities for networking available to the student and professional
membership. We encourage seasoned researchers and students to use these
avenues for communication to increase the possibilities for mentorship
and growth. Opportunities for networking include: Linked in: Linkedin.com,
Facebook: become a fan of SNRS. Let us hear from you!
Doctoral Student Volunteers: Southern Connections
Brown, PhD(c), RN-BC
I am currently
a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
(UAMS). My expected graduation is May 2013. My dissertation topic is
Tobacco Cessation in Older Adults. My Master's degree (MNSc) is in
Nursing Administration. I currently manage a 24 bed Intensive Care Unit
Parnell, PhD(c), ACNS-BC
I am a
doctoral student at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
I graduated from UAMS with a MNSc, Clinical Nurse Specialist track with
a minor in Administration and my BSN and BS in psychology from Elmhurst
College. I am employed at Southern Arkansas University as an assistant
professor and the BSN Program Director. My research interest is student
failure and success in a BSN program.
Student Poster Award Recipients
Sanner, University of Texas Health Sciences Center,
2nd Place Student Poster:
Melnyk, University of Kentucky
University of Tennessee