Southern Connections Subcommittee
Editor's Note - Denise Linton, DNS,
I speak to our
student members in this issue; before I do I would like to say a
heartfelt thank you to the contributors of this issue. To our
membership, thank you for reading this issue and it is my hope that
you continue to be active members of our Society.
congratulations to all of our 2014 graduates! We share in your joy,
excitement and your sense of fulfillment and relief; we are proud of
you, and we look forward to having you continue your active
participation as members in our great Society. Take a short break and
then work on disseminating your research findings. We truly want to
hear about the fruit of your dedication of the past four or so years
of your lives.
Nurses Research Society (SNRS) recognizes the importance of preparing
future nurse researchers. Therefore, one of the missions of our
Society is to facilitate "the career development of nurses and
nursing students as researchers." I encourage you, our student
members to avail yourselves to all of our resources that are
available to you. Our Society needs you; we are depending upon you to
prepare yourselves to be future Presidents of our Society, future
Directors, Chairs and Co-chairs of Research Interest Groups, and
active members, in addition to being nurse researchers and
scientists. All the best in your studies, the leaders and members of
your Society believe in you.
L. Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC,
of SNRS, I want to facilitate SNRS members being engaged, enabled,
and energized. In this column, I'll expand on my belief that
engagement is central to accomplishing our mission of advancing
nursing research, and beneficial to individual members.
mission identifies four ways in which the mission is realized:
dissemination and utilization of research findings; facilitating the
career development of nurses and nursing students as researchers;
promoting the image of nursing as a scientific discipline; and
enhancing communication among members. Engagement of members is
foundational to each of these. The upcoming SNRS annual
conference will be held in Tampa, Florida, February 25-28, 2015. The
local planning committee provides an outstanding exemplar of member
engagement. Without the sustained efforts of local planning committee
members, the annual conference would not be possible. A full year
before the conference, the planning committee kicks into high gear
and attends to every detail in order to maintain high quality
standards and to enhance the conference experience for attendees.
Making sure that the conference has something to offer nurse
researchers, at all career levels (including students) and from
diverse research settings, is a challenge, but is crucial to
facilitating member engagement. I applaud the dedication, enthusiasm,
and hard work of the local planning committee!
SNRS conference may come readily to mind when members think of their
own engagement with SNRS. The conference provides opportunities to
disseminate one's research findings, and to learn about others'
research. Additionally, the conference is an ideal time to connect
with colleagues. Networking opportunities abound. The Research
Interest Groups (RIGs) hold meetings that allow members with similar
interests to engage with each other. The opening reception and poster
sessions are structured to support interaction among members. Other
occasions for networking arise spontaneously as part of attending the
conference. I encourage you to attend the conference in Tampa, and to
interact with the speakers and attendees. Seek out those who share
your interests; plan to attend a RIG meeting. However, also mingle
with people whose interests are different from yours; they may bring
a new perspective to your work.
conference is a highlight in the SNRS year, but engagement should
continue beyond the annual meeting. While RIGs meet in person at the
annual conference, many RIGs also hold periodic virtual meetings and
have active discussion boards which keep RIG members connected
throughout the year. SNRS committees meet regularly to accomplish the
organization's work. Outside of the annual meeting, engaged committee
members are involved in reviewing applications for SNRS grants and
awards, planning succession of SNRS leaders, preparing the Southern
Connections newsletter, updating the website, and many other
important activities. There are many opportunities for member
active, not passive. It implies a connectedness to the SNRS mission,
to other members, and to the larger world. Engaged members bring
energy and enthusiasm to SNRS. They participate in shaping the SNRS
priorities and activities. They are essential to accomplishing our
mission of advancing nursing research, and they are the impetus to
move the organization forward. I believe that the benefit each member
derives from SNRS is proportional to his or her level of personal
engagement. I hope you will choose to engage!
Serving SNRS, Cindy L. Munro, President
Senior Researcher Corner:
A Senior Researcher:
Linda Bullock, PhD, RN, FAAN
Linda Bullock is
the Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor of Nursing and the Associate
Dean for Research at the School of Nursing, University of Virginia.
After she obtained both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing from
Texas Woman's University, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Public
Health from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She returned to the
USA in 1997 as Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri,
Sinclair School of Nursing. In 2003 she was promoted to full Professor.
Her research was the first to provide empirical evidence of the
relationship between the abuse of pregnant women and the low birth
weight of their infants.
research on the health outcomes of abuse of pregnant women resulted in
the development and testing of an innovative nurse-delivered telephone
social support intervention to reduce stress-induced responses, such as
smoking in the women, and to improve developmental outcomes in
infants exposed to abuse. She has conducted multiple randomized
controlled trials with pregnant women and their children in Missouri,
with funding from both the National Institute of Nursing Research and
the National Institute of Child and Human Development. She worked with
the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to implement the
DOVE research study (NR09093) into home visiting programs in rural
Missouri and is now Co-Principal Investigator of the DOVE II study
(HD070771) with rural sites in Virginia and Missouri.
Dr. Bullock has
worked closely with politicians and State Health Departments,
addressing statewide policies and research agendas on intimate partner
violence. She is an active member in the Virginia Nurses
Association, the American Academy of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau
International, and the Nursing Network on Violence & Abuse
International. From 2006 to 2010 she was a standing member of the
Nursing Science Children and Family study section at the National
Institutes of Health.
shares her decision to become a nurse scientist and her advice to
nurses who aspire to become nurse scientists.
influenced you to become a nurse scientist?
My research has
come out of my clinical practice. As a labor and delivery nurse in a
large medical school affiliated hospital, I was curious as to why more
women who were Medicaid insured had poorer birth outcomes than
women who had private insurance. The disparities were
obvious and I wanted to know why! I think I have always been the kid
who would dismantle toys etc. to see how it worked - so I probably came
by this curiosity naturally.
advice would you like to give aspiring nurse scientists?
My best advice
is to not confine yourself to just nursing research/literature or even
health research. Take advantage of every opportunity to hear about
research, research methods and results from various fields. This will
help to broaden one's own repertoire and will make you a better
Interest Group Corner:
Davis Randolph, PhD, MPH, RN, CNE and
MacLeod Dyess, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Co-Chairs
Public Health/Health Promotion RIG
The mission statement of the community health research
interest group (RIG) is to support other nurses in their endeavors
to enhance community and public health research and nursing. This
RIG is committed to supporting relevant community based research aimed
at informing nursing science, practice, education and policy.
Most recently this RIG has been engaged in conversations and research
related to the implications for the evolving environment of healthcare.
Services provided within health care is changing related to
efforts to limit hospital acquired conditions, treatment and medication
errors, and re-admissions, as stimulated by financial penalties in the
Affordable Care Act. Current dialogue related to health care reform has
focused primarily on the changing finances of care, less attention is
being placed on practice settings for care delivery and this will
change. Anticipating the shift from an emphasis on acute care to an
emphasis on community health and population focused care and services
provides us with the opportunity to examine professional initiatives
and education. This RIG has investigated nursing education perspectives
with attention given to the community health core competencies, an
explicit crosswalk for community health/ public health professional
roles, inter and intra-professional collaboration as a necessary
approach for successful healthcare redesign and the importance of
translation research for communities.
Kelsick, MSN, RN, PhD Student
I am the Clinical Administrative Director in the
ambulatory setting at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to my employment
at MD Anderson, I built my career by working in various settings and
roles at the University of Chicago for more than 20 years. I earned my
graduate degree at Governors State University in Illinois and I am
currently pursuing my Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Texas Woman's
University in Houston, Texas. I am interested in exploring appropriate
nursing interventions for both formal and informal caregivers of
clients with Alzheimer's disease. I believe that because of the future
projected growth of the elderly population there must be strong and
supportive systems in place to meet the needs of both the caregivers as
well as the recipients of care.
I had the
opportunity to attend the 2014 SNRS conference in San Antonio, Texas as
a new member of SNRS and a first time conference attendee. It was an
unforgettable experience and was my first time attending a conference
that focused solely on nursing research! So many nurse scientists
concentrated in one area, under one roof, and having a shared
I have attended
many professional conferences but the SNRS conference was like no
other. The active participation encouraged by each session I attended
added much value to my learning. I had the ability to network and
receive valuable input regarding my phenomenon of interest from other
colleagues. Overall, on a scale of 1-10, I rate the SNRS
conference as a 10! It was great to be part of such a dynamic group of
nurse researchers and I am excited about attending the upcoming
conference in 2015.