Southern Connections Subcommittee
Editor's Note - Denise Linton, DNS,
It is my hope
that you were able to spend some time with family and/or friends over
the holiday season. I was able to spend time with my family, mentors,
and friends in Jamaica, West Indies, where I was born. One of my
plans was to reflect on a question that I have been asking myself;
how did my past prepare me for my present? The answers were apparent
during moments when I reminisced with my family and strolled or drove
along streets that I frequented during my childhood. I visited the
site of my kindergarten and elementary schools, the community library
that was located five minutes away from my home, and spent time with
my first grade teacher. Of course since this is many decades later
there have been many changes - my kindergarten school has been
renovated, elementary school relocated, and although the building
that housed the library still exists it is no longer a library, it is
a residence. I will continue to embrace the past but I will always
look forward to the future, and for this year I anticipate an
One of my
goals for this year is to disseminate the results of my 2014 research
activities; this is in keeping with the mission of our Society. What
are your plans regarding conducting research and disseminating
research outcomes in 2015? I hope that you attend our 29th annual
conference and be inspired in your journey as a nurse researcher.
L. Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC,
As I became
President of SNRS, I shared my desire that SNRS members would be
engaged, enabled, and energized. In the last newsletter, I discussed
the importance of member engagement. In this column, I'll focus on
how SNRS enables our members as researchers.
mission confirms that the organization "is committed to
facilitating the career development of nurses and nursing students as
researchers." Webster's Dictionary provides these definitions of
"enable": "to make (someone or something) able to do
or to be something," and "to make (something) possible,
practical, or easy." I think these definitions apply directly to
the benefits members receive from involvement with SNRS. In applying
the generic definition to SNRS specifically, I want SNRS to be key in
making members able to do research and to be researchers, and in
making research possible, practical, and easier.
SNRS annual conference centers on providing attendees with new
knowledge, skills, and collaborations to enhance their ability to
conduct nursing research. As we gather in Tampa, Florida, February
25-28, 2015, there will be multiple offerings designed to make
nursing research more possible, more practical, and easier.
Pre-conference workshops are excellent opportunities to explore an
area in depth and hone specific skills. This year, a record number of
workshops (seven!) are proposed!
poster sessions that focus on dissemination of completed research
have always been the mainstay of the SNRS annual conference.
Presentations of cutting edge research results enable attendees to
apply new findings to their own area of research. At the 2014 SNRS
conference, discussions among the SNRS Board, Deans, Directors, and
Senior Scientists indicated an interest in providing more "how
to" or "lessons learned" information about research
and career development. In response, the Board is piloting a new type
of session; the new "general sessions" are designed to
offer a forum for senior scientists to share guidance about career
issues, methodologic approaches, and other topics we think will
enable nurses and nursing students to become more effective
researchers. We will be interested in hearing from the attendees
whether these general sessions are useful and whether they should be
continued in future conferences.
is further enabled through interactions with peers. Networking events
and receptions at the annual conference are excellent opportunities
to catch up with old colleagues and develop new collaborations.
Research Interest Group (RIG) meetings are particularly rich
experiences, both at the conference and throughout the year.
support of our members is critical to sustaining the SNRS grants
which enable members to conduct research crucial to their research
career development. Because we are committed to the career
development of both nurse researchers and nursing students, providing
research funding for regular members and student members is a
priority. Research funding, targeted to nurse scientists, is
particularly important for new investigators; we are proud to be able
to fund two projects each year (one solely funded by SNRS, and one
funded jointly by Sigma Theta Tau International and SNRS). Two
dissertation grants are also awarded each year (one solely funded by
SNRS, and one funded jointly by the Council for the Advancement of
Nursing Science). We are actively seeking additional partnerships to
support research funding.
It is my hope
that every member of SNRS will be better able to do research-enabled-
as a result of their engagement in SNRS. I look forward to seeing you
in Tampa (my home town!) at the annual conference in February 2015!
Serving SNRS, Cindy L. Munro, President
Hernandez Leveille, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC
The SNRS 29th Annual
Conference is fast approaching! Please join us February
25-28, 2015 in Tampa. Florida. Saddlebrook Resort is the perfect venue
for our conference theme, "Conducting Research in Difficult Times:
Come Revitalize Your Research Spirit."
speaker is Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN. Dr. Woods is a
premier nurse scientist whose investigations of women's health and
health promotion have been substantially funded by NIH. She is Dean
Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Nursing and past
president of the American Academy of Nursing. Her pathway to
excellence and thoughts about revitalizing research will energize the
program is packed with sessions, symposiums, podium presentations,
poster discussions and poster sessions! A record number of
pre-conferences (seven!) are open for registration. General Sessions
are a new, exciting addition to this year's conference. Designed to
facilitate the career development of novice and mid-career researchers,
the General Sessions will feature presentations from our senior
scientists, mid-career scientists, clinical nursing researchers and
research interest groups. Unlike the research sessions, which focus on
dissemination of completed research, the General Sessions are designed
to provide opportunities for esteemed, seasoned SNRS scientists to
share their wisdom and support new and mid-career scientists.
In addition to
stimulating podium presentations, thought provoking poster discussion
sessions and inspiring poster presentations, there are also activities
designed to enhance informal communication and networking. The opening
reception promises to be spectacular! The ten SNRS Research Interest
Groups (RIGs) will meet during the conference, so members will have
opportunities to talk to like-minded colleagues in Aging/Gerontology,
Biobehavioral, Community Public Health/Health Promotion, Education,
Health Systems/Health Policy, Minority Health Research, Parent-Child,
Psychiatric/Mental Health¸ Qualitative¸ and Research in Clinical Settings
venue, Saddlebrook Resort, is the perfect place to relax, refresh, and
revitalize your research spirit. Saddlebrook is a full service luxury
resort, with five outstanding restaurants, 3 pools, two 18-hole Arnold
Palmer signature golf courses, 45 tennis courts, and a Sports Village
(Fitness Center and Elite Athletes Training Center). The Spa at
Saddlebrook is superb! The resort is located on a 480 acre Florida
nature preserve, and attendees will meet many Florida "natives"
on the tropical resort grounds, including beautiful birds, tiny
lizards, and alligators! Download the Saddlebrook nature guide by clicking
here for a preview of the flora and fauna you may
special activities are planned-aimed at revitalizing the over 500
researchers, clinicians and students who will attend the 29th annual
conference. Put your sandals and sunglasses on and join us in sunny
Florida, at the Saddlebrook Resort in February 2015! Come Revitalize
Your Research Spirit!
A Senior Researcher,
Teresa Kelechi, PhD, CWCN, FAAN
Dr. Teresa J. Kelechi is the David and Margaret Clare Endowed
Chair and a Professor in the College of Nursing, Medical University of
South Carolina (MUSC). She also is the Director of Recruitment, SUCCESS
Center, of the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA),
MUSC. Her practice is in a residential care facility, where she
provides foot care and geriatric consultation. Her education includes a
BSN from Kent State University, a MSN in Gerontological Nursing from
Case Western Reserve University, and a PhD in Nursing from the
University of South Carolina/Medical University of South Carolina. She
is a Certified Wound Care Nurse.
research focuses on venous leg ulcer (VLU) prevention. Her work
has resulted in an evidence-based, self-monitoring model using infrared
technology to detect elevated skin temperature of the lower leg, a
precursor to VLU development. She is presently testing a
self-management intervention in which a cooling cuff is placed around
the lower leg to determine efficacy of its VLU prevention capacity when
temperature is elevated. She has received funding from the National
Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) for this study and also for a
study of a wound powder applied to various types of wounds that develop
at the end of life. She has also received funding from multiple
external sources including Marine Polymer Technologies, the American
Nurses Foundation, and the Wound Ostomy Continence Society.
In addition to
her success as a nurse scientist, Dr. Kelechi excels as an
educator. Her awards for excellence in teaching include U.S
Professor of Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching and the Teaching Excellence Award and Educator-Mentor from the
Health Sciences Foundation at MUSC. Dr. Kelechi shared her career path
and counsel for young scientists in the following paragraphs.
influenced you to become a nurse scientist?
I was frustrated
as an advanced practice nurse and certified wound care nurse in not
having the skill set to conduct research. I had numerous
"questions" that I wanted to address in my clinical practice,
such as ways to objectively measure inflamed areas of skin that I
believed were at risk for ulcer development. I also mentored
students, both graduate, undergraduate and RNs who were taking a
specialty wound care certification course and recognized I needed a
terminal degree to augment my teaching with theoretical and conceptual
underpinnings. A faculty member, who was also a nurse scientist
at the College for which I precepted these students kept pushing me to
consider getting a PhD. I finally succumbed! So multiple
factors influenced my decision: a spirit of inquiry, needing to be a
"cut above" my students, and nudging from an esteemed nurse
scientist. I love intellectual challenges and jumped in with both
advice would you like to give aspiring nurse scientists?
Find that nurse
scientist who is in your specialty/field and has obtained grants and is
well published. Introduce yourself and become his or her "nurse
scientist in training." Write together, offer to collect
data, read his or her publications, offer ideas, invite him or her to
be on your dissertation committee EARLY, Skype or email frequently . .
. It is critical that you develop a relationship with a mentor very
early in your development as this individual, while very busy with
scholarship, teaching, administration and service, is very eager to
"grow" the next generation of nurse scientists in the field.
Interest Group Corner:
Batchelor-Aselage, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC
Happy New Year
to everyone at SNRS from the Aging RIG!
Time has flown
by and it's hard to believe that we are in the year 2015. I hope that
you enjoyed the holiday season; best wishes for a productive 2015.
Research Interest Group (RIG) put out a call for three awards that were
due December 15, 2014 and they will be awarded at the annual conference
in February 2015. I would like to extend a special thank you to the
colleagues who served as peer reviewers. The awards are for: (1)
Distinguished Dissertation Award, (2) Rising Investigator Award, and (3)
Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Research Mid-Career Award. Looking
ahead, please consider submitting at the end of 2015 for the 2016 award
cycle - the link to the awards criteria can be found by clicking here.
Also, please be
aware of a publication opportunity in Healthcare, a peer-reviewed,
open-access journal. Dr. Tracey Yap and I are serving as the Guest
Editors for a special issue focused on "Nursing Care of the Older
Adult." The focus of this special issue is original theoretical or
empirical work related to nursing care of the older adult. Topics
of interest include, but are not limited to: models of nursing care,
care of older adults with chronic conditions, nursing interventions,
concept analysis, literature reviews, research protocols, fidelity, and
innovative methods. Submission Deadline is June 30, 2015. Click here
for the Special Issue Link.
Jordan, RN, BSN, MPH - Emory University
to Shift Perspectives
as a registered nurse in a high volume labor and delivery unit in urban
Atlanta I became inspired to pursue my doctorate in nursing. During my
tenure I cared for a number of women presenting with complications associated
with high blood pressure and observed their birthing experiences at the
bedside. Sometimes these women are "prescribed" bed-rest in
the hospital for monitoring which affects their ability to be at home
caring for their family. Some women are enduring magnesium sulfate
administration that can create a haze around their birth experience as
well as delay breastfeeding initiation and bonding with their new baby.
This ripple is extended if the baby has to spend time in the special
care nursery as a result of being born pre-term or low birth weight.
Yes, on some
levels the goal of a healthy mother and baby are eventually achieved,
but I felt improvements could be made in caring for these developing
families. I would be in constant contemplation about what could be done
to help women both inside and outside of the hospital unit. When
was the last research done on the treatment plans we are using? What
new things are being tried to help these patients have a better birth
experience? And most importantly, what could have been done to prevent
these complications in the first place? It was evident that it was time
for me to approach nursing from another perspective.
I wanted to take
on the role of generating new knowledge with research that will inform
policy and evidenced based care of women so I decided to return to
school to become a nurse scientist. I am specifically interested in
expanding the research on chronic disease manifestations of pregnancy
related hypertensive disorders, biological markers for preeclampsia,
and preconception health interventions to help prevent preeclampsia.
With roots as a public health professional, this focus is a natural
progression of my career and inquiry as a nurse because it demands
emphasis on prevention and health promotion. I wholeheartedly want to
be a part of bringing reproductive justice to all women and expanding
research in these areas will do just that.