Volume 25 Issue No. 3
Southern Connections Subcommittee
Shireman, Student Representative
Batchelor Aselage, Student
Marshall, Interim Editor
Editor's Note - Lenora Smith, MSN,
Four years ago, the
newsletter was in need of an editor. I volunteered for this
'adventure,' and I want to personally thank the board for affording
me this wonderful opportunity! Southern Connections is published 3-4
times per year, to update the membership on the latest happenings
within the organization. It has become an excellent communication
tool for the membership.
editing the newsletter has been a learning process, I have enjoyed
becoming involved in this great organization and establishing professional
relationships that I will foster in the years to come. I have learned
so much from Dr. Anne Stiles, Chair of the Communications Committee,
and all of the committee members that have helped make the newsletter
what it is today (Dr. Alison Monpetit, Joy Bailey, and Cheri
Shireman) and the RC staff, most importantly, Delfie
though, this will be my last newsletter; I am turning the keyboard
over to someone next month at the annual meeting in New Orleans. I
hope you will join me in welcoming the newsletter editor and wishing
him or her well with the venture and a huge THANK YOU to all of you
for your participation in SNRS.
Pen - Marti Rice, PhD, RN
In some ways, it is hard
to believe that two years have passed and my Presidency of SNRS is
winding down. It has been an amazing adventure and I am very proud of
the organization and am very grateful for the support of a strong
Board during my term. With their guidance and the support of the
membership, the organization has made some significant strides to be
more fiscally sound and with the implementation of policies and
procedures to allow development to the next level.
past year, thanks to the dues increase, membership support of the
annual meeting, and a very positive return from the annual meeting,
we have been able to "repay" the $40,000 that was withdrawn
from the reserve funds to address operating budget needs in 2009 and
2010. In addition, the Board voted to increase the SNRS grants by
$1000 each during the 2012 fiscal year, thus, addressing our core
mission of supporting research in the society region.
past year, we have also made strides to update and/or revise
supporting documents of the organization. Secretary Liz Reifsnider
has continued work on the Policies and Procedures manual in order
that it can be approved at our Board meeting prior to the annual
meeting. Director Donna Neff has worked with the RIGs to develop
policies and procedures specific to the RIGs. Together with the
Board, Secretary Liz Reifsnider has also made proposed changes to the
Bylaws which will be sent to the membership for vote at the annual
meeting. President-Elect Tricia Crane has been leading the Board in
strategic planning to set our goals for the next few years. This work
will continue at the Board meeting prior to the annual meeting. The
strategic plan will be discussed at the Reference Hearing/Town Hall
meeting during the Annual Meeting. As part of this strategic
planning, Director of Development Nan Smith-Blair, has ramped up
efforts in development and securing donations for the research
to the policies and procedures manual, the organization has adopted a
new logo and the Website has been revised to reflect the new logo and
to make the site easier to navigate. Director of Communication, Anne
Stiles, has led the efforts for these changes. The logo was voted on
by the Membership and presents a new face for the organization that
will serve us as we move forward.
Network continues to offer a vehicle for student involvement and for
informing the Board about student needs. Based on those needs, a
post-conference for students is planned for the Annual meeting in
February. Vice-President Anne Turner-Henson and the Program Committee
have planned a strong annual meeting for New Orleans with a record
number of presentations and posters and other activities. She, the
committee, and the management company are to be commended for the
many hours they have expended on behalf of the organization to make
this a very positive annual meeting.
I would like to thank the membership for their support of me during a
personally difficult year and for your support of the Board and the
organization during my tenure as President. Our region is better for
Report - Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN
As of November 2011,
the total assets of $376,987 are up from the prior year total of
$286,024, primarily due to attendee registration and the increase in
registration fees for the 2011 Annual Conference. SNRS net income
year-to-date (YTD) is $59,963 as compared to $11,973 last year at this
time. Again, attributable to the Annual Conference.
income of $2,128 was received for dues, bringing the YTD total to
$78,477. This is 71 percent of the budgeted amount of $111,130. The
SNRS total direct expenses YTD are currently $216,810, plus general
expenses of $115,408, bringing total expenses YTD to $332,219. This
reflects 94 percent of the proposed total expenses of $353,565. All
expenses for this year's annual conference have been paid. A change has
been made to our accounting reporting system that provides more
detailed capture of income and expenses.
Conference - Anne Turner-Henson, DSN, RN, FAAN
26th SNRS Annual Conference
February 22-25, 2012
The SNRS Board
of Directors, Program Committee and the LSUHSC School of Nursing Local
Planning Committee are pleased to present the program for the SNRS 26th Annual Conference,
Nurse Scientists as Crucial Partners to Health Delivery.
We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful New Orleans, LA,
with its richly mottled old buildings, its sly, sophisticated -
sometimes almost disreputable - air, and its Hispanic-Gallic
traditions, has more the flavor of an old European capital than an
American city. To assist in planning your visit, check out the New
Orleans Conventions & Visitor's site at http://www.neworleanscvb.com.
SNRS 2012 in New Orleans -- Pre-Conferences &
getting ready for SNRS 2012, it will be in New Orleans this time. A
great place and fun city. The Program Committee has planned an
exemplary program. New this year (mainly due to Mardi Gras) - the
student conference will be held on Saturday (1 - 4 PM) at the end of
the meeting. Make plans to attend. It's a great bargin at only $50 for
each conference. That means, students can attend
pre-conferences. We have three excellent
From Bench to
Curbside: Developing Academic Community Parnterships
Sponsored by the Minority Health Research Interest Group (RIG), this
workshop will introduce methods and strategies to develop
academic-community partnerships in preparation for successful research
with minority groups. The preconference will incorporate concepts
developed by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), College
of Nursing, Center for Community Health Partnerships. Topics that will
be discussed include how to assess compatibility and suitability of the
partners for conducting a research project together, availability of
the partner's time and resources, capacity and competencies of each
member of the partnership, and management of day to day operations.
Services Research in Nursing
Sponsored by the Health Services Research Interest Group (RIG), this
workshop will examine the origins of health services research in
general and health services research in nursing. Popular theoretical
frameworks used in health services research will be discussed, along
with examining secondary data sources. Workshop presenters will also
discuss how to turn existing data sources into an analytical dataset,
as well as discussing analytical issues.
Are you mystified by publication process? Have you suffered from
writer's block? Have you engaged in gamesmanship to try to achieve
publication? Have you experienced conflict with colleagues about
co-authorship? Have you dealt with rejection of your manuscripts? These
issues-and more-will be covered in the publishing workshop on
Wednesday, February 22. Have you registered?
State Liaisons - Deborah J. Jones PhD, MS, RN - Membership
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.
Gunter Lawson - South Carolina
Dr. Gunter is
an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Lander University. She received
her PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina and her research
interests include high risk sexual behaviors in college students. She lives
near Greenville, SC with her husband Jeff and daughter Elizabeth.
B. Williams, PhD, APRN-BC - Georgia
is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, Georgia Health
Sciences University (GHSU). Her research interests are community-based
participatory interventions, diabetes prevention, and weight
maintenance. She is currently Co-I on an NIH-funded diabetes prevention
intervention conducted in African-American churches. Additionally, she
maintains an active practice as an APRN, and teaches in the
graduate/doctorate nursing programs at GHSU.
Rose, PhD, RN - Virginia
Karen M. Rose,
PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of
Virginia School of Nursing. She was awarded her PhD from the
University of Virginia, where she was both a predoctoral scholar
and a post-doctoral fellow through the John A. Hartford program,
"Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity". Dr.
Roses' program of research is focused on improving the quality of life
for family caregivers of persons with dementia and in improving sleep,
mood, and stress in persons with dementia.
Wicks, PhD, RN - Tennessee
Mona Wicks PhD
RN FAAN is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University
of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis) in the College of Nursing.
She has served on the Awards Committee and as a grant and manuscript
reviewer, and has moderated scientific sessions as a member of SNRS.
She serves on the Health Disparities and Equity Promotion NIH Study
Section and as manuscript reviewer for several nursing and
interdisciplinary journals. Dr. Wicks also serves on the American
Academy of Nursing Cultural Competence Expert Panel. Her research areas
include African American caregivers' health and health disparities.
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