President's Message

SNRS Encourages You to Stay an Active Member!

Welcome Autumn! For many of our members, this is a time to begin a new year of teaching, research, practice, education, and service to our populations of need. We want all nurses to be actively involved in Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), including those who conduct original research, translational research, educational research, and those engaged in leadership in these endeavors. We especially welcome students from undergraduate to postgraduate education to become active members of SNRS because they are our future. For your Board of Directors, this is a busy time of year planning our 2024 annual conference, and all committees are actively participating in making this our best conference yet. A special Thank You needs to go to the Conference Planning Committee, led by our Vice-President, Dean Hychol Brian An, and committee chair Dr. Suzanne Prevost. This committee always works very hard to plan exceptional conferences for SNRS and we need to express our gratitude to them for the hard work they do all year long for an outstanding conference. 

SNRS is a strong, vibrant organization that is continually growing to meet our members’ needs. Our 2024 annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. is our 38th conference and its theme is Collaborating to Advance Nursing Research, Education, Leadership, and Practice. It will be our first conference in Charlotte, North Carolina hosted at the Le Meridien-Sheraton from February 21-23. We anticipate a strong attendance from all the North Carolina schools and colleges of nursing and health care institutions. Our 38th conference promises to be larger than our previous two and is approaching the number of presentations of our 2017 conference, our largest to date. We have many opportunities for sponsorship of our conference, and we encourage all colleges/schools of nursing, healthcare organizations, and nursing organizations to actively sponsor our conference because that is one of the best ways to reach talented nurses! 

Our conference is the time to share your research and meet new and returning members and host committee meetings. Be sure to submit abstracts for presentation. More information about abstract submission can be found on our SNRS website at We have nearly doubled the abstracts submitted over the previous year, and we have not yet reached the deadline! If you have not submitted an abstract yet, you can still submit during the second round of submissions. The second round of submissions is open from August 1 to October 1 and includes student posters. The Top Student Posters will be selected from this round so if you’re a student, be sure to submit your abstracts! To provide rigorous reviews of the abstracts, more than 70 members have become abstract reviewers! This is a wonderful response from our membership because last year we had less than 30 reviewers. Thank you to all our reviewers for answering the call!

We have outstanding Keynote speakers who have agreed to share their knowledge with us. They are Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing, and Dr. Deborah Jones, Senior Vice President and Dean of the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing. We are thrilled to have three outstanding nursing leaders, researchers, and influential trailblazers as our keynote speakers at the 2024 conference!

Lastly, our finances are in strong shape, and we are recovering from the decrease in our revenue and membership that occurred during the pandemic. We gained financial ground because of our successful conference in Orlando, FL in 2023. Our members’ dues are essential, so I encourage everyone to make sure that your membership is up to date! Please keep your dues current and encourage your fellow nurses to join and then continue with their membership in SNRS.

I hope to see all members in February 2024 in Charlotte, N.C.!


Elizabeth Reifsnider, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, PHCNS-BC, FAANP, FAAN

President, Southern Nursing Research Society

Upcoming Events

We are very excited for the upcoming 38th Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC, February 21-23, 2024. All individuals interested in advancing nursing science, including practicing nurse researchers and dedicated nursing science students and faculty are invited to attend. 

Conference Objectives

1) Explore historical, existing, and emerging nursing knowledge addressing the impact of social and structural determinants on individual, community, and population health.

2) Discuss the robust role nursing science has on understanding the impact of social and structural determinants on health.

3) Curate strategies to design, implement, and disseminate nursing science that promotes health equity and mitigates disparities.

Check the website for more information!

Last Call for Abstracts

Last Call for Abstracts - Deadline is October 1st

The Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference provides an opportunity for SNRS members to report ongoing and completed research as well as theoretical, conceptual, and methodological projects to colleagues and now Scholarly Projects as posters and podiums.

SNRS will accept submissions for the second call of Student/Latebreaker Posters in research and scholarly projects. The Top Student Posters will be selected from the Second Call of student research and scholarly project abstract submissions. You will receive an email in early November if accepted.

To begin the abstract submission process:

Click here to pay your $25 abstract fee via the SNRS online store. You must log into your account in order to complete the transaction in the online store otherwise you will receive an error. If you do not have an account on the SNRS portal, please create a new account. Once payment is submitted you will receive a link to the abstract site via your payment receipt.  

Find more information on submission guidelines here.

Call for Reviewers

The Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference provides an opportunity for SNRS members to report ongoing and completed research as well as theoretical, conceptual, and methodological projects to colleagues and now Scholarly Projects as posters and podiums.

The SNRS Program Committee is seeking Abstract Reviewers for the SNRS 38th Annual Conference.


  1. Current membership in SNRS
  2. Doctoral preparation in Nursing or a related field
  3. Published research findings within the past 10 years

Review period:

  • Second Call: October 8-29, 2023

Expected number of abstracts to be reviewed by each reviewer: 10

Please fill out the form below to submit yourself as a reviewer.

Submit Here

2024 Conference Sponsorship

2024 SNRS Annual Conference Sponsorships Now Available!

The SNRS Annual Conference is the focal point for those engaged in nursing research in the southern region. With support from industry partners and organizations like yours, we have been able to provide a unique forum for discussion and access to a variety of resources for every attendee. 

There are many opportunities for partnership including: sponsorship packages, exhibit booths, and advertising opportunities. Click here to view the full sponsor prospectus. If you have any questions regarding the conference sponsorships, please email

Thank You 2024 Annual Conference Sponsors!

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SNRS Member Awards

Call for Nominations for SNRS Member Awards 


Recognizing the distinguished research achievements of our members is one of the means by which the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) achieves its mission.

Please take this opportunity to nominate a colleague for one of the several research awards offered by SNRS:

  • Distinguished Researcher Award
  • Research in Health Disparities
  • Mid-Career Researcher Award
  • Clinical Researcher Award
  • Early Science Investigator Award
  • D. Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award
  • Research in Nursing and Health Authorship Award

Click here for more information and to begin the nomination process. Nomination packets for member awards must be received by October 31, 2023.

SNRS Board Elections

The 2024 Board of Directors Election is Open for Voting

The 2024 SNRS Board of Directors and the Succession Planning and Nominations Committee election is now open. Please take a moment to cast your ballot for the open positions. To learn more about the candidates and read their statements regarding serving on the Board click here.

Open Positions Include:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Director of Communication
  • Director of Development
  • Director of Grants
  • Succession Planning and Nominations Committee

Regular members, whether as individual members or institutional representatives, student members and retired members have voting privileges.

The election will be open from September 25th - October 16th. Please take a moment and read the candidates' statements and cast your ballot to ensure your voice is heard in electing the individuals who will lead the organization forward.

SNRS Research Grant

SNRS Research Grant Applications Due October 1st!


Apply now for the SNRS Research Grant of up to $7,500 in grant funds. The instructions and application are available on the SNRS website. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2023.

The purpose of the SNRS Research Grant Award is to support and promote new investigators in initiating or building a program of research, which advances nursing science and practice. Funds are available for quantitative and qualitative research on any topic relevant to the nursing profession. This award will fund research that is not being done for course credit.


Applicants for the SNRS Research Grant must meet the following criteria:

  • Current SNRS member (student or regular) when the application is received.
  • Persons who have received no more than a cumulative $30,000 research funding during the past two years.
  • Persons who have never served on a SNRS Research Grant as the Principal Investigator.

Learn more about the different SNRS research funding by clicking here.

Call for Volunteers

Would you like to increase your networking opportunities? Consider volunteering for a SNRS committee! Volunteers play a key role in the work of SNRS. There are currently 10 SNRS Committees to volunteer for. Click here to submit a volunteer interest form for a SNRS Committee.

SNRS Member News

Congratulations to the following nursing researchers who were inducted into the 2023 International Researcher Hall of Fame at the recent Sigma 34th International Nursing Research Congress in Dubai:

Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP, FAAN

Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Chatlos Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing, University of Central Florida, College of Nursing Orlando, Florida, USA 

Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Associate Dean for Research and PhD Studies, and David and Margaret Clare Endowed Chair, Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Ukamaka M. Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Gordon Keller Professor, University of South Florida, College of Nursing

Tampa, Florida, USA

Posthumous inductee to the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Researcher Hall of Fame:

Chao Hsing Yeh, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN

Professor and The Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Cizik School of Nursing

Houston, TX, USA

For more information –

Fall Member Spotlight

Modupe Adewuyi, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, CHES

Assistant Professor

Kennesaw State University, WellStar School of Nursing College of Health and Human Services

Katie Morales, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor

University of West Georgia School of Nursing

Dr. Modupe Adewuyi (Kennesaw State University) and Dr. Katie Morales (University of West Georgia) presented their sequential explanatory mixed-method study investigating the effectiveness of clinical approaches on pre-licensure nursing students' dementia care competence during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Sigma World Congress in Abu Dhabi.  The literature search for this study informed a subsequent study, Digital Approach to Dementia Care Education, a multisite study including Dr. Katie Morales and Dr. Cindy Johnson (UWG), Dr. Modupe Adewuyi (KSU) and Dr. Becky Gee (Middle Georgia State University), funded by the National League for Nursing Foundation & Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo Research Award ($15,708). 

Do You Have News to Share?

SNRS wants to hear about your accomplishments, grants awarded, articles published, research projects, and more. If it's important to you, it's important to us! 

Amanda Matthaei, BSN, RN received a $2,500 grant from the Tennessee Nurses Foundation (TNF) for her dissertation study called the Emotional Well-being of Family Caregivers of Individuals with Mental Illness. Ms. Matthaei is supported by her dissertation committee including Mona Newsome Wicks, PhD, RN, FAAN (chair), J. Carolyn Graff, PhD, RN, FAAIDD, Loretta 'Alexia' Williams, PhD, RN, Christie Manasco, PhD, RN, and Elizabeth A Tolley, BS, MS, PhD (statistician).

At the SNRS 2023 Annual Conference Christopher Smith PhD, MSN, RN, GCQM gave a podium presentation of the study titled "Beyond Men's Experiences: Developing

a psychometric scale to measure perceptions of men's fitness for professional nursing (FiNS-M)." The first manuscript has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Nursing Measurement. a pre-print of the accepted version is available by request through my ResearchGate.

Jaquetta Reeves, PhD,MS,BSN,RN,NP-C, has been offered a position as a Visiting Fellow in the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) located at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University School of Public Health.

Committee Updates


SNRS has launched a YouTube channel where members will be able to find videos on several informative topics. We recently launched two videos from Dr. Tara O’Brien, which discuss the important steps in creating an Academic Research poster and an Evidence-Based Practice or Quality Improvement poster.

Watch here:

Look for more videos coming soon on the PCORI grant and the SNRS grant application process!

RIIG - Community Public Health/Health Promotion

Welcome from Jean W. Davis, Chair of the Community Public Health/Health Promotion RIIG. Our RIIG mission is to support nurses and their work to enhance community public health/health promotion (CPH/HP) research aimed at informing nursing science, practice, education, and policy. We offer networking opportunities, peer support, and inspiration. We encourage everyone to participate–researchers, clinicians, academicians, and students. We welcome you to join the RIIG though the SNRS membership portal.


Become a partner today in shaping the future of nursing research through your contribution to SNRS. A financial gift provides benefits for both you as a donor and SNRS by helping to maintain financial security for those seeking to increase the science of nursing through research. There are a variety of ways that you can contribute financially to SNRS including SNRS Circle of Research Scholars and $23 for 2023. 

Click here to learn more about making a donation to nursing research or email

Coming soon the option to make monthly donations!


Renewal time is coming soon for 2024! Look for your membership renewal invoice coming late October/early November. We appreciate all your support this past year. We hope you will continue to stay involved in SNRS and attend the amazing conference we have in store for you in Charlotte, NC, February 2024. To make sure you are taking advantage of all your SNRS benefits, please click here

As always, if you have any questions about SNRS, please contact us at

Welcome New SNRS Members!

Marissa Abram

Modupeola Adebayo

Tara Albrecht

Rebekah Almond

LeeAnn Barfield

Hallie Bartlett

Amanda Bennett

Debra Bruns

Karis Casseus

Eunju Choi

Heather Cole

Elizabeth Coleman

Belinda Deal

Sharron Docherty

Dana el hajj

Kayla Everhart

Melissa Foster

Pamela Frable

Rachel Gambill

Kristin Gigli

Tyra Girdwood

Kawther Hamash

Sarah Hassan

Liam Hein

Noelle Herrier

Lauren Hicks

Shemeka Hill

Jenny Holcombe

Susie Jonassen

Jeeyeon Kim

Sohyun Kim

Ludmila Kosmari

Stephanie Large

Sunju Lindsay

Holly Madison

Amelia Malcom

Elizabeth Mizelle

Dawn Morris

Brittany Murley

Tristan Ortiz

Patricia Rojas-Guerrero

Dhruvangi Sharma

Lina Shu

Audrey Snyder

Kathleen Tenrreiro

Jessica Thompkins

Mayantoinette Watson

Canhua Xiao

Leslie Zimpelman

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