SNRS Mission: Advancing Nursing Research Message from the President

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As I start the second year of my term as President of SNRS, I am encouraged at the vibrant, engaged and energized organization that I have been asked to shepherd. I will outline some of the accomplishments of which I am particularly proud. Our 31st Annual Conference, “Grounded in Research: Academic and Clinical Partnerships Transforming Health,” brought together approximately 48% of our members from academic and clinical settings. New this year was a community town hall meeting at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas. The town hall was spearheaded by the Minority Health and Community Health Research Interest Groups. SNRS researchers shared their research on diabetes health and wellness and provided a bridge to engage the community stakeholders with research. The standing‐room‐only event demonstrated SNRS's commitment to our constituents and the interest of our stakeholders in how nursing research can affect their lives. This remarkable event certainly brought to life our vision of researchers transforming health and health care through nursing research.
As I reflect over the past year, I am reminded how our mission of advancing nursing research is integral to all that I and your board of directors do throughout the year. The governing board has worked diligently to complete our first position paper on research. I appreciate the initial work of Cindy Munro, SNRS Past President, and Demetrius Porche, President‐Elect, on this important manuscript. In the position paper, SNRS defines nursing research as “the generation of generalizable new knowledge to promote and improve human conditions and improve health care and health systems.” The SNRS mission is supporting both the conduct and dissemination of nursing research. Our organization is unique in that all scientific sessions at our annual conference are structured to report nursing research. Although literature reviews, concept analyses, and evidence‐based practice projects are important contributions to nursing practice, our organization has remained true to its mission to present leading research within our region. The SNRS position statement on nursing research will be used to guide strategic initiatives and program planning in all future events.
As president, I have represented SNRS on the Leadership Council for the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS). The CANS vision is to be recognized as the collective, national voice for nursing science. As part of the Leadership Council, SNRS plays an important role in CANS at the national level. The State of the Science conference is a national forum to disseminate nursing science. SNRS and CANS jointly fund a dissertation research grant yearly to support a student in the Southern region enrolled in a research‐focused doctoral program, to assist them in initiating a program of research to advance nursing science and practice.
Also at the national level, SNRS will have the honor of co‐hosting the National Nursing Research Roundtable (NNRR) with the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2018. The NNRR has met annually since 1987 as an opportunity for clinicians, scientists, educators, scholars, and policy leaders from research‐focused nursing organizations to discuss priorities in science, practice, and policy. This opportunity will provide the profession with creative and thoughtful ideas on moving the science of health care forward. I am delighted that SNRS will have such a central role in this conference.
Another important task of the governing board is to update the strategic plan for the organization. Strategic planning has long been used as a tool for transforming and revitalizing organizations. This plan focusses the board on the big‐picture strategies that SNRS will employ in order to reach our goals and objectives.
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