President's Message

Summer Happenings with Southern Nursing Research Society

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! For our own self-care and wellbeing, be sure to take time to relax and enjoy some rest and relaxation. Scholarship, research, writing, teaching, administration, leadership, and providing nursing care can be exhausting, and if we exhaust ourselves, we have nothing left to give to those who depend on us. So, enjoy some vacation time this summer!

June was Pride month and I’m proud of how diverse, inclusive, and accepting SNRS is. We have a diverse membership of both genders, multiple ethnicities, from multiple states within the SNRS region, and actually a number of members who live outside of the Southern region. Not only is SNRS diverse, we are also inclusive.

We welcome all nurses as members regardless of educational level who are committed to nursing research (both discovery and application) and scholarship, and we have a category of associate membership for non-nurses who are also interested in nursing research. We are expanding our membership to include nurses who apply research as well as conduct original, discovery research, because what good are significant research findings that can benefit health, if they are not applied to patient care? As SNRS members, we strive for equity in health care, in its design and delivery. More research is uncovering how unconscious bias permeates healthcare through algorithms that base healthcare choices on the features and behaviors of the majority population and are not facile enough to account for characteristics different from the majority. We endeavor to find instances of unconscious bias within our Bylaws and Policies and Procedures and discard them and we encourage our members to read our Bylaws and Policies and Procedures manuals (they are on the SNRS website) and let us know if any instances of bias are found.

Our SNRS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement includes these four actions:

  • Action 1 — Deliberately engage in communication with members of diverse nursing communities to collaborate for coalition-building to promote an inclusive society.
  • Action 2 — Enhance awareness of DEI at the individual, committee, and organizational levels.
  • Action 3 — Intentionally incorporate the practice of DEI in all aspects of the organization’s activities.
  • Action 4 — Intentionally elevate and accelerate the comprehensive integration of DEI into our strategic and operating plans by submitting comprehensive recommendations for change. 

Our DEI statement reflects the commitments and plans for works as of today. We recognize the urgency and demands for further strategies to identify areas to optimize DEI. SNRS is committed to continue this journey and incorporate its members’ needs by providing resources and implementing strategic plans. 

We are in full conference planning mode too. Our 2024 conference will be held at the Le Méridien-Sheraton Hotel, Charlotte, NC, on February 21-23, 2024 and we are actively recruiting sponsoring institutions. Sponsors receive significant recognition from SNRS, not only at the conference but also throughout the year. Our conference theme for 2024 is “Collaborating to Advance Nursing Research, Education, Leadership, and Practice” and with that theme, we are advancing our Society’s diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Our conference objectives are to:

  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. 

The conference is being planned to appeal to researchers, faculty, nurses in practice, students at the undergraduate and graduate level, translation and implementation scientists, and of course, our members. It is especially important for members to attend as we are contemplating changes in our Bylaws to increase our diversity and inclusion, and the Bylaws are the responsibility of the membership. We need to hear the members’ input on the Board’s proposals to enhance the operating efficiency of the Society as well. 

Abstracts for podium and poster presentations will be accepted in three categories: non-research projects; research projects, and scholarly projects. The non-research projects can concern topics such as research career trajectories, methodological challenges, senior scientist experiences, advice and theory, the process of conducting research in non-academic settings, the role of nurse scientists in clinical settings, the role of DNP prepared nurse in the practice setting, DNP/PhD collaboration, or best practices for nurse educators. Scholarly projects are defined as evidence-based practice or quality improvement project. We continue to welcome reports of completed and on-going research from pilot studies to multi-site clinical trials. 

We are also soliciting pre-conference workshops that will occur on Wednesday morning prior to the start of the conference at 1:00 PM. All information about abstracts, symposia, workshops and being an abstract reviewer are available on the SNRS website:

And lastly, our conference cannot continue without our abstract reviewers. Last year, the abstract reviewers performed a great service and there were too few of them. Everyone who has conducted and published research and has doctoral preparation can be a reviewer, and I hope many members will consider being an abstract reviewer. The more reviewers, the few abstracts each one has to complete!

I conclude with wishing everyone a summer to remember with only good experiences coming to mind in the future. 


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

President, Southern Nursing Research Society

Upcoming Events

Save the Date!

We are very excited for the upcoming 38th Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC. All individuals interested in advancing nursing science, including practicing nurse researchers and dedicated nursing science students and faculty are invited to attend. Abstracts are currently open and we hope that you will submit your research today. Registration will be coming out later this fall but we hope you will save the date and plan to attend the Annual Conference.


Check the website for more information!

2024 Conference - Open Call for Abstracts & Workshops

Call for Abstracts

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.

To begin the abstract submission process:

Click here to pay your $25 abstract fee via the SNRS online store. You must log in to 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.  

Now Accepting Proposals for Pre-Conference & Conference Workshops

The Southern Nursing Research Society is now accepting proposals for pre-conference and post-conference workshops for the 2024 Annual Conference.


The goal of the workshops at the Annual Conference is to provide educational opportunities in research for SNRS members and doctoral student members. Pre-conference workshops will be held on the morning of the first conference day, Wednesday, February 21, prior to the start of the Annual Conference sessions. Post-conference workshops will be held in the afternoon on Friday, February 23. These sessions are typically three hours in length with two to four speakers per workshop.


The workshops may focus on:

  • Specific populations (e.g. members of a RIIG, doctoral students, mid-career researchers);
  • Research skill acquisition (e.g. Publication, Grant Writing); or
  • Specific research challenges (e.g. Vulnerable populations, Building interprofessional teams, Multi-site studies).

To begin the submission process:

To begin your Pre/Post-Conference submission, click here to enter your information and you will receive a link to the submission site appearing on your receipt. You will be required to upload a copy of your receipt in order to complete your submission. Guidelines for pre/post-conference workshops can be found 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

Member News

Now Accepting Nominations

SNRS is seeking individuals who have been members of the Society for at least two years to serve on the 2024-2026 Board of Directors. Applicants should be passionate, enthusiastic, and energetic about the SNRS mission.

Available Officer Positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Three (3) Directors:
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Grants
  • Director of Development
  • Two (2) Succession Planning and Nominations Committee Members

Click here to see the open positions, descriptions and responsibilities.

American Academy of Nursing Announces the 2023 Class of New Fellows 

Congratulations to the following SNRS members who will be inducted during a ceremony on October 7th as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (alphabetically by state):

T. Robin Bartlett, PhD, RN – The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing

Trudy Gaillard, PhD, RN, CDCES, FAHA – Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Lisa Scarton, PhD, RN – University of Florida College of Nursing

Ladda Thiamwong, PhD – University of Central Florida College of Nursing

Nicholas Giordano, PhD, RN – Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Wendy Likes, DNSc, PhD, APRN-BC, FAANP – University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Katherine Newnam, PhD, NNP-BC, CPNP-PC, FAANP – University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing

Cindy Weston, DNP, APRN, CNS-CC, FNP-BC, CHSE – Texas A&M University College of Nursing

Janice Hawkins, PhD, RN, CNS-BC – Old Dominion University School of Nursing

Katherine Scafide, PhD, RN – George Mason University School of Nursing

SNRS Grant Recipients 

Congratulations to the SNRS 2023 Dissertation Grant recipient, Jeni Page, ACNP, RNFA, University of Texas Medical Branch, for her dissertation on - Telomere Length, Physical Activity, and Race-Specific Variations in Prevalence of Cardiometabolic Risk Factors: The Cardiovascular Health Study.

We would also like to congratulate the 2022 SNRS/NLN Grant Recipient, Helen Mills, MSN, RN, PCCN, University of Central Florida for her work - Using Simulation to Evaluate the Association Between Clinical Judgment and Emotional Intelligence in Undergraduate Nursing Students.

SNRS Grant Applications Being Accepted 

Applications are now being accepted for the SNRS/CANS Dissertation Research Grant (due September 1st) and the SNRS Research Grant (due October 1st).

Click here for more information.

Institute of Pediatric Nursing Survey 

SNRS members who identify as pediatric nursing professionals are invited to provide their opinions in a major workforce study. To chart a path for our specialty and optimal child health, the Institute of Pediatric Nursing (IPN), a committee of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), is exploring issues facing pediatric nursing professionals.

Your anonymous input in this important survey will support next steps to better understand challenges across roles, settings, subspecialties, geographic locations, and more. Experiencing and witnessing racism, microaggression, burnout, abuse, and moral distress will also be explored along with access to support when such incidents occur. Survey findings will drive collaboration and innovation to address the needs of the pediatric-focused workforce.

Take Survey

SNRS Member Spotlight

Pi-Ming Yeh, Ph.D., RN., Associate Professor, College of Nursing, East Tennessee State University

I have published 23 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in premier journals and 8 chapters in books related to nursing, family care-giver reactions, and psychological well-being. According to my study, spiritual well-being is an important variable related to psychological well-being.


Over the last several years I have received the Missouri Western Foundation Dr. James V. Mehl Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship (2017) and the Jesse Lee Myers Excellence in Teaching Award (2011). I also received four Marita G. Titler Conduct of Research Poster Awards (2015, 2017, 2018, and 2021) at a National Evidence-Based Practice Conference.  

Currently, I am the president of Epsilon Sigma at-Large Chapter and have done fifty oral and poster presentations at international and national conferences in Melbourne, Australia; Taipei, Taiwan; USA; and San Juan, Puerto Rico hosted by Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and other nursing societies.  


Some of my recent publications include:  

Pi-Ming Yeh (2023). The Journey from Drug Addiction to Drug Withdrawal after Participating Taiwan Christian Gospel Rehabilitation. The Journal of Nursing Research (Submitted on May 6, 2022) (Accepted on 10/6/2022) (Online publish first on May 29, 2023) (Formal published in August, Fourth Issue of 2023).  



Yeh, Pi-Ming (2023). A Testimony of Christian Drug Rehabilitation: Transformed by the Power of God. Journal of Christian Nursing, 40(3): p E36-E39, July/September, 2023. DOI: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000001084 

Pi-Ming Yeh, Lorna Moxham, Christopher Patterson, Carolyn Antoniou and Jennchang Liou (2023). The Comparisons of Psychological Well-being, Coping Strategies, and Emotional Problems between Taiwanese and Australian Nursing Students., The Journal of Nursing Research, 31(2), 1-13.  


Pi-Ming Yeh and Gavin Waters, Path Analysis testing the Development of Personality and Psychological Well-being Model, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 43(1) 2021, 25-35.  


Pi-Ming Yeh, The influences of family interaction and spiritual well-being on USA old-er people’s depression and anxiety., Healthy Aging Research, 7(3) 2018, 1-8. ISSN: 2261-7434 

Good News Highlights

Cheryl Smith-Miller, PhD, RN, UNC Hospitals

Congratulations to Cheryl Smith-Miller, Nurse Scientist and Dushun McCowan, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist for their recent research grant award from the DAISY Foundation.

Good News Highlights

Marlene Porter, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, University of Texas at Arlington, Baylor Scott & White Health-Temple

Marlene Porter successfully defended her dissertation titled "Work Engagement, Burnout, and Well-Being in Nursing Professional Development Practitioners".

Good News Highlights

Katherine Carroll Britt, PhD, MSN, RN, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Carroll Britt had the privilege of working with some amazing leaders in the nursing and aging field on two recently published guest editorials. Dr. Mary Naylor and Dr. Pam Cacchione, and Dr. Carroll Britt published an editorial on addressing the needs of aging adults by partnering with faith-based organizations in Research in Nursing & Health. This was prompted by monthly discussions by The Caregiving NOW initiative at the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at Penn School of Nursing of how they can support caregivers today and by the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers which reports on how public and private sectors can better support caregivers, mentioning faith-based organizations. Dr. Jill Hamilton and Dr. Carroll Britt published an editorial on ways to support the spiritual and religious practices of older adults with cognitive impairment and dementia in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Good News Highlights

Lovoria Williams, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, University of Kentucky

Published edited book: "Black Health in the South". The book, edited by Drs. Steven S. Coughlin, Lovoria B. Williams and Tabia Henry Akintobi provides the background on how social determinants of health has influenced the health of Black Americans. The book brings together writings from subject matter experts regarding research and interventions that advance health equity.

Good News Highlights


AAACN is excited to announce Susan B. Fowler, PhD, RN, CRRN, NE-BC, FCNS as the first official editor of The Journal of Ambulatory Care Nursing.

Dr. Fowler is a nurse scientist who has held numerous research-related positions in healthcare. She has a passion for writing and mentoring others in disseminate of scholarly and clinical work. Dr. Fowler was editor of Insight, the journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN), and has been a member of many editorial and manuscript review boards. She has been involved in several professional nursing organizations, holding leadership positions including president, secretary/treasurer, and chairperson.

The new journal is expected to launch in 2025. Expect to see additional communication as we seek editorial board members, manuscript reviewers, and announce a call for manuscripts later this year. We hope the membership is as excited as we are to further advance ambulatory care nursing by disseminating new knowledge, and research through our very own journal.

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Committee Updates

SNRS Committee Updates


SNRS recently launched a new YouTube channel! Members will be able to find videos on several informative topics including our first video from Dr. Tara O’Brien who discusses the important steps in creating an academic research poster.

Watch here:

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


Parent-Child Research Interest and Implementation Group 

The Parent-Child RIIG is committed to fostering the advancement of research for the care of children, parents, and families. We are dedicated to creating a supportive and collaborative environment that encourages the implementation of best practices, facilitates networking opportunities, and promotes the sharing of valuable information. RIIG members believe that nurses play a pivotal role in providing high-quality, evidence-based care by creating and disseminating nursing research. 


As a member of our RIIG, you are invited to actively participate in our initiatives. By joining us, whether you are a researcher, academician, bedside nurse, clinician, or student, you contribute to our collective efforts in advancing healthcare for parents and children. Within this community, we foster an environment of support, inspiration, and resources for all individuals interested in parent-child research. This year, we will continue our program offerings of webinars and panel discussions led by Parent-Child researchers on current research topics. If you would like to present a research topic, please email me at or Dr Merritt at Our plans for the future will be based on our fall meeting and membership surveys, so if you have any questions, suggestions, or topics you would like to explore within the realm of parent-child research, we are here to assist you. Together, we can make a difference and drive positive change in the care of parents and children!  

Carin Adams, Ph.D., RN, CPN (Chair)

Assistant Professor

Houston J. & Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing

Texas Woman’s University

Dallas, TX

Linda Merritt, PhD, RNC-NIC, CNE, FAWHONN (Co-Chair)

Associate Professor 

Quinnipiac University School of Nursing

North Haven, CT 


The Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) is experiencing significant growth, change, and increased diversity. The SNRS values knowing its diverse members' preferences and needs. We are asking SNRS members to participate in this very brief survey to help SNRS improve its processes and meet the needs of its members. The survey link and QR code are provided below:


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

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