Southern Connections Subcommittee
Potts, Associate Editor
Cindy L. Munro,
PhD, RN, ANP-BC,
Cindy L. Munro, SNRS President
Nan Smith-Blair, President-elect
SNRS is an organization that thrives because of its
exceptional members. Members are the heart and soul of SNRS, and we
who are entrusted with leading the organization always have the
mission and membership front and center in our discussions and
decisions. SNRS Board members are elected for two year terms, and the
terms of Board members are staggered so that each year half of the
Board are newly elected. This provides both continuity and new ideas!
In February 2016, Cindy Munro's presidency will end, and
Nan Smith-Blair, the current president-elect, will take the reins as
the 2016-2018 president. Each new SNRS president is elected (to the
office of president-elect) two years prior to assuming the
presidency. This provides a wonderful opportunity for orderly and
stable transitions between outgoing and incoming presidents. The
bylaws describe three responsibilities for the president-elect. Most
importantly, the president-elect prepares to assume the
responsibilities of president. Two years may seem like a long time to
prepare, but it flies by! Second, the president-elect monitors and
oversees the SNRS Strategic Plan; this ensures that the new president
has an in-depth understanding of the mission and the plans to
accomplish it, and has had time to think about what new directions
and initiatives should be pursued. Third, the president-elect leads
special projects as assigned by the president and Board. As an
example, Nan is leading the planning for the SNRS 30th anniversary
celebration. In total, individuals elected as president pledge a
four-year commitment to leading SNRS.
Each president in SNRS's history has contributed to
strengthening the organization's leadership in nursing research and
to serving the membership. As we celebrate the 30th annual SNRS conference
in Williamsburg, Virginia, we will hear many stories of the legacy of
SNRS presidents. Cindy has framed her presidency around engaging,
enabling, and energizing SNRS members. Nan will move SNRS into its
third decade as a strong, vibrant, member-centered and
mission-focused force. The president-elect who joins the Board in
February 2016, in preparation for the 2018-2020 presidency, will
continue the long tradition of dedication to serving SNRS. Our future
is secure because SNRS has a great wealth of members who are willing
to serve, who are capable leaders, and who are invested in SNRS's
Every officer began as a member, and SNRS
accomplishments are grounded in the involvement and leadership of our
members. Please consider your own path to leadership in SNRS-it is a
wonderful opportunity to serve!
Cindy L. Munro, President and
Nan Smith-Blair, President-elect
SNRS 30th Anniversary Year-long Membership Drive
This year, SNRS will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the
Annual Conference in
Director of Membership
Williamsburg, Virginia, on February 24-27, 2016, with the
theme, A Solid
Legacy, A Bright Tomorrow: Bridging the Past and Future of Nursing
To help celebrate 30 years, the Board has voted to launch
a 30th Anniversary Year-long Membership Drive from February, 2016
through February, 2017.
At the conclusion of the membership
drive, the member who recruits the most new members will
year of free SNRS membership.
New members are those who have
- Never been
a member of SNRS before, or
their membership lapse for
more than 1 year
The greatest advantage for SNRS to have more members is
because there is power in numbers! Nurse researchers working together
are greater than they can ever be working apart.
Members who are committed to SNRS will help fulfill the
mission of the organization and enhance the richness and depth of the
research experience through mentorship, networking, innovation, and
health improvement for individuals, families, and communities.
We are very excited about the membership drive that will
be launched at our 30th anniversary in Williamsburg, Virginia. We hope
you will catch the excitement, too!
SNRS Director of Membership
Mona Newsome Wicks, PhD, RN, FAAN
Bio and Research Interest
Dr. Wicks is Professor of Nursing at the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing whose program of
research examines the impact of chronic illness on affected persons and
their family caregivers. Her research has focused largely on African
American family care-givers' physical and mental health, burden,
quality of life, and family functioning. Populations of interest
include family caregivers coping with a relative's End Stage Renal
Disease (ESRD), kidney transplantation, and Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD). She is site Principal Investigator for
an NINR-funded, peer-led self-management intervention trial designed to
improve asthma outcomes in teens with persistent symptoms. A consultant
for a Commonwealth of Virginia-funded grant focused on working
family caregivers, she has published in nursing and
interdisciplinary journals, served as lead author on two book
chapters testing her middle-range theory of family health, and
reviews manuscripts for nursing and interdisciplinary professional
journals. Dr. Wicks previously served as a permanent member
on NINR and NIMHD study sections.
What influenced you to become a
Pamela Hinds, former Director of Nursing Research at St.
Jude Children's Research, ignited my research passion by delivering a
guest lecture about her program of research in my master's research
course. I remember her excitement towards improving patient health
through theory-guided research, arousing me from exhaustion after a
12-hour night shift. I had burning questions concerning the family's
role in patients' chronic illness experiences that emerged from my own
nursing practice and was intrigued by the influence of this role on
family caregivers' health and wellbeing. Pam's influence inspired me to
begin my PhD in Nursing Science at Wayne State in Detroit,
What advice would you like to give
an aspiring nurse scientist?
To gain research experience, do not fear expanding your
interests beyond populations little-known to you. My original work
involved family caregivers of persons with COPD. An opportunity
arose with senior scientists to study persons with ESRD before and
after kidney transplantation. This willingness to expand my
knowledge base, to exercise my intellect in an unfamiliar,
understudied caregiver population and to network
appropriately allows me to live my passion as a researcher and
guide the development of nurses interested in improving
health through nursing research.
Interest Group Corner:
Corwin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Jallo, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, CNS
The mission of the Biobehavioral Research Interest Group
is to advance nursing knowledge related to the interactions between
biology and behavior in order to improve the health of individuals,
families, and communities. This RIG is a collaborative group of
researchers with a shared interest in studying the complex interactions
among biological, behavioral, social/cultural, and environmental
factors and their influence on health outcomes.
Some of our goals include:
provide a forum for dialogue related to biobehavioral research
interests. To that end, we have offered several Biobehavioral RIG
symposiums at the SNRS Annual Conference. For example, for the
29th Annual Conference in February of this year, we sponsored a
panel to discuss the addition of "omic" measures to
nursing research protocols. Topics presented by our esteemed
colleagues included genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, and
microbiomics. The previous year, in San Antonio, the Biobehavioral
RIG symposium included a panel of researchers discussing the
theoretical and measurement issues relevant to telomere
measure for biobehavioral science.
share resources, provide opportunities for collaboration, and
facilitate biobehavioral research. During our meetings at
the annual conference, we facilitate exchange of ideas as well as
share contact information. Members have expressed interest
in collaborating throughout the year. For example, members of
other Biobehavioral RIGs have collaborated on writing and
publications, provided mentorship to other members, and created
and sustained journal clubs for discussion of conceptual and
methodological research issues. At the 2016 meeting in
Williamsburg, we would like to formulate a plan to reach this goal
of collaborating with other members.
provide opportunities for education. In addition to the annual
meetings, members of the Biobehavioral RIG have discussed the
possibility of recording and posting webinars/webcasts throughout
the year. Such an avenue would allow us to engage with our
members and further disseminate the truly innovative and
cutting-edge work the SNRS Biobehavioral RIG members are doing to
improve health outcomes.
We hope to see you in February 2016 at the SNRS 30th
Annual Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia!!
Nancy Jallo, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, CNS
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
Elizabeth Corwin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research, Emory University School of
Marcy C. Purnell,
MSN, FNP-C, PhD
Given the varied and important research in which SNRS
student members are engaged, the task of selecting a single student's
work to highlight each quarter is a formidable challenge. However, the
Student Network is pleased to feature Marcy C. Purnell, MSN, FNP-C, PhD
candidate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for
the Winter 2016 Student Spotlight. Ms. Purnell is a Hal and Alma Reagan
Fellow, a fellowship awarded to outstanding graduate students working
in the area of causes and cures for cancer research at the UTHSC
College of Graduate Health Sciences. In addition to other awards
for her research, Ms. Purnell received the 2014 SNRS/CANS Dissertation
Award. Ms. Purnell's research is in the area of bioelectrodynamic
effects in cancerous and noncancerous cell lines, conducting in
vitro experiments on both human and mouse cancerous and
noncancerous cell lines.
In addition to numerous presentations, Ms. Purnell's work,
"Bioelectrodynamics: A New Patient Care Strategy for Nursing,
Health and Wellness," will be published in the 30th Anniversary
Edition of Holistic Nursing Practice in February 2016. Ms.
Purnell is scheduled to defend her dissertation in January and hopes to
secure future funding to move this research forward to human clinical trials.
She will begin her phase 1 safety trial in January 2016 at the
Department of Preventive Medicine, Clinical Trials Unit at the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Cathy Pantik, BA, BSN, RN, PhD/DNP(C)
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
At the time I am working on this Editor's Note, it is the
week between Thanksgiving and finals week at Georgia Gwinnett College.
I look forward to a long winter break filled with... building courses
and lesson plans for spring semester, and working on those scholarly
manuscripts that have been gathering dust since August. I feel
certain that most of you can commiserate!
By the time you actually read this, it is more likely
we'll be into the hustle and bustle of the New Year and the spring
semester, and you are probably wondering how that holiday break flew by
How often do our New Year's resolutions include something
about work-life balance or self-care? For me, it seems as though
I make the same commitment every January, yet find myself in the same
overextended and stressed-out mode by the following December.
The mental and physical toll of caregiving is
well-documented, and that toll extends beyond the caregiver to exert a
negative effect on those who are care recipients.
"Those who choose caregiving as a profession are
often able to "turn off" the caring... we do it at work, then
we go home and care for our friends and families."
And really, who would want to turn it off? We do, however,
have an obligation to ourselves, our families, our students, our
clients, and our colleagues to care for ourselves. Our well-being and
theirs is inextricably linked.
Florence Nightingale, in a letter to a friend (Cook, 1914,
p. 406) said, "...never lose an opportunity of urging a practical
beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters
the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself."
Friends and colleagues, in this New Year let me take an opportunity
to urge you toward a regular practice of self-care, however small.
Perhaps this year, the mustard-seed will germinate, root itself... and
grow into something wonderful, indeed!
Rebecca Green, DNS, RN, NCSN
Editor, Southern Connections
Assistant Professor, Georgia Gwinnett College
Reference: Cook, E. T. (1914). The life of Florence
Nightingale: Volume II. London: Macmillan and Company, Limited.