President's Message

The State of SNRS 2024

The Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) held its 38th annual conference from February 21-23, 2024 in Charlotte, NC at the beautiful Le Meridien-Sheraton Hotel. I want to extend my sincere appreciation on behalf of the entire Board of Directors to the following Host School Diamond Level sponsors: Florida State University College of Nursing, University of Central Florida College of Nursing, UNC Charlotte School of Nursing, and UTMB School of Nursing. I would like to also thank the following Host School Gold Level sponsors: University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing, University of Florida School of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing, University of South Florida College of Nursing, and UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. We appreciate our Gold Partners: University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Auburn University College of Nursing, UT Tyler School of Nursing, and USC College of Nursing, our Silver Partners: UNC Greensboro School of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, East Carolina University College of Nursing, and Texas Christian University Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and our Bronze Partners: Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans, and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Finally, we are grateful to the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing for sponsoring our Annual Conference Tote Bag, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing for sponsoring our Badge Holder/ Lanyard, and University of South Florida College of Nursing for sponsoring the hand sanitizer.

We have been working with our management team at Association Conference Group (ACG) for almost two years now, and in that time, we have grown in sponsorships from $32,875 in 2022 to $137,549 in 2024! Our organization had 502 members in 2022 and now has 842 members. The top 10 states in terms of the number of members are Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Arkansas. Further, we had 304 registrants for our conference in 2022 and we had 450 in 2024. We received $137,540 in conference registrations in 2022 and in 2024, we received $195,921. In terms of assets, we have recovered from the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and are on solid financial ground again. We have seen great growth in our organization, and we extend our gratitude to the ACG leadership team for the hard work in assisting us with achieving our goals.

While we will review our Strategic Goals over the upcoming year to determine any changes that need to be made, at present our strategic goals remain to assure a robust and engaged membership, assure the financial stability of the organization, and increase organizational effectiveness. To lead these efforts, I was recently installed as President of SNRS, Mercy Mumba is now the President-Elect, Pamela Ashcraft is now the Secretary/Treasurer, Demetrius Abshire is the Director of Development, Ashley Rivera remains as the Director of Communications, and Vicki Loerzel remains as the Director of Grants. To complete our 2024 Board, we have Suzanne Prevost as our Vice President, Sara Davis as our Director of Membership, Kyungeh An as the Director of Career Development/Awards, and Miriam Ezenwa as Director of the Research Interest and Implementation Groups (RIIGs). Ann Hammack Johnson and Susan Letvak will join our Succession Planning and Nominations Committee

Our members have amazing talents that could benefit our organization, provide a venue to give back, network, build new connections, increase engagement, and a path to leadership within SNRS. We need each member to continue our success and growth – in short, WE NEED YOU! There are several committees to engage in as we cannot do the work without our membership. I encourage everyone to complete the SNRS Committee Interest form by clicking here and volunteer for this great organization today. The open leadership positions in SNRS for 2024 include Vice President, Vice President-Elect, Director of Membership, Director of Career Development/Awards, Director of RIIGs, and two open Succession Planning and Nominations Committee positions. If you are interested in one of these leadership positions and have been a member of SNRS for at least two years, please consider nominating yourself or someone else today. It is helpful for nominees to have been actively involved in SNRS and have experience serving on committees. If you would like to nominate yourself, please submit a completed consent to serve form with your CV and a brief (limit 200 words) campaign statement including a brief summary of your research experiences, your prior leadership experiences, and your reasons for seeking a leadership position in SNRS. All nomination packet materials can be received from and/or questions about nominations can be directed to Marti Rice at

The 39th annual conference will be held in Memphis, Tennessee on February 19-21, 2025, at the historic and beautiful Peabody Hotel. The SNRS Planning Committee and the Local Planning Committee are already working diligently to create a great conference experience for you and facilitate excursions so that you might be able to visit the National Civil Rights Museum, the legendary Stax Music Academy, the historic Slave Haven Museum, historic Sun Studio and/or Graceland. Come and enjoy the conference as well as all the food and entertainment that Memphis has to offer. Click here for a great preview of Memphis – I hope to see you there!!!


Charleen McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN

President, Southern Nursing Research Society

2024 SNRS Annual Conference Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 38th SNRS Annual Conference held February 21-23 in beautiful, downtown Charlotte, NC. Over 460 attendees joined SNRS for three days of sessions centered around the theme “collaborating to advance nursing research, education, leadership, and practice”. There were over 150 symposium presentations and over 170 posters presented in the three poster sessions. Our sincere appreciation to our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos for his presentations on Conceptualizing the Mechanisms of Social and Structural Determinants of Health: Future Directions for Nurse-led Mitigation of Health Inequity.

Thank you to all of our Diamond and Gold Host schools, sponsors, and exhibitors who helped to make the conference a success.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 39th SNRS Annual Conference, being held in Memphis, TN, February 19-21, 2025.

To view a brief slideshow of the conference click here.

For the full photo galleries:


-SmugMug (photo credit: Amy Hart, MA, Creative Photographic Director, UNC Charlotte)

Letter from Keynote Speaker, Dr. Deborah Jones

Unfortunately, one of our Keynote Speakers, Dr. Deborah Jones, was ill and unable to attend the conference. Please read the letter sent from Dr. Jones regarding her absence here.

Thank You!

Thank you to all who volunteered at the 38th Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC! Thank you to those who gave their time to review abstracts, review awards submissions, plan the conference program and moderate/monitor the sessions!

Our member volunteers are greatly appreciated!

2024 Annual Award Recipients

Award Winners:

Jean Wood Award: Pi-Ming Yeh, PhD, RN

Clinical Researcher Award: Susan Fowler, PhD, RN, CRRN, NE-BC, FCNS

Leadership Award: Tara O’Brien, PhD, RN, CNE

Distinguished Researcher Award: Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Midcareer Award: Jane Chung, PhD, RN

Early Science Investigator Award: Athena DF Sherman, PhD, PHN, RN, CNE

Health Disparity Award: Lisa Scarton, PhD, RN, FAAN

RINAH Award: Aoyjai Montomery, PhD, RN

Read the bios and statements from all the award winners here.

Student Poster Winners:

First Place: Hannah Hudson, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Second Place: Roxanne Chou, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Third Place: Kelsie Barta, Texas Woman’s University

SNRS Annual Conference Raffle Winner

Dr. Anne Turner-Henson, a past SNRS president, was chosen as the winner of this year’s 50/50 raffle at the SNRS 2024 Conference. She graciously donated all of her winnings to SNRS and all the proceeds will be used for nursing research. Thank you Anne for giving back to SNRS!

SNRS Board of Directors

Congratulations to our new 2024-2025 SNRS Board of Directors who were inducted at the 2024 conference!


Charleen C. McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN


Mercy Ngosa Mumba, PhD, RN, CMSRN

Vice President

Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, FAAN


Pamela F. Ashcraft, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC

Director of Career Development/Awards

Kyungeh An, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Director of Communication

Ashley Rivera, RN, PhD, Jonas Scholar

Director of Development

Demetrius Abshire, PhD, RN

Director of Grants

Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Director of Membership

Sara Davis, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC

Director of Research Interest & Implementation Groups

Miriam O. Ezenwa, PhD, RN, FAAN

SNRS New Editors

SNRS is excited to announce new editors for Southern Connections! The new Editor is Jyotsana Parajuli, PHD, MGS, RN, and the new Associate Editor is Ilana Logvinov, DNP, RN, CCRP. Our editors work hard to ensure that the newsletters go out on time and are held to high standards. Thank you both for your hard work on behalf of SNRS!

Jyotsana Parajuli

Ilana Logvinov

2025 Annual Conference Location

Save the Date for the 39th SNRS Annual Conference!

2025 Abstract Submissions

Call for 2025 Abstracts – Please note the new schedule for Abstract Submissions: 

Get your research ready for the call for abstracts for the 2025 SNRS Annual Conference. Keep an eye on your email and SNRS social media for the coming abstract submission cycle. This year – the primary abstract submission portal will open May 5, 2024, with a deadline of August 1, 2024. During this time, researchers of any level, including students, may submit abstracts for consideration for the following types of presentations: 

  • Completed Research (platform and posters),
  • Completed Evidence-Based Practice (platform and posters),
  • Research-Related Topics (e.g. methodology, special populations, mentoring, dissemination, etc.)
  • Symposia – (3 or more papers with a common theme)
  • Pre and Post Conference Workshops

The Late Breaker Submission cycle will open August 5, 2024, with a deadline of September 5, 2024. This second submission cycle is only for student projects, which may be completed or works in progress. Abstracts received during the second cycle, will only be considered for poster style presentations.

SNRS will also have a new abstract management system this year called SessionBoard. More information to come with the opening of the abstract submissions.

Website and Database Transition

SNRS New Website and Member Portal Coming Soon!

SNRS is implementing a new association management system called MemberLeap in the next couple of weeks. We ask for your patience as the new website is created and all our data is loaded into the new system. There will be a date when we will no longer be using the old system and we will notify you at this time. 

The new system will provide members with a user-friendly interface and an expanded member only area. 

If you have any questions on the new system, please email


Help Improve Mississippi Nursing Education



If you are a licensed nurse who has previously or currently resided in or have been licensed in Mississippi and have received an out-of-state nursing degree, you are being invited to participate in a research study entitled, “Investigating Factors Influencing Mississippi Nurses’ School Selection: A Comprehensive Study”. This study has been reviewed and approved by The University of Southern Mississippi Institutional Review Board [Protocol #24-0120]. To be eligible to win, all you need to do is fully complete the survey and provide an email for notification. Participation in the study is completely voluntary and should you decide to participate, be assured that all responses will remain confidential.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact principal investigator, LynLee Morgan, @


Follow this link to the survey:

CANS Membership

Join CANS to Advance Better Health Through Nursing Science!

Learn more about our nursing science partner, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) and the many benefits they offer to their members. 

All SNRS members receive a discount on a CANS membership. 

Click here for more information!

SNRS 2023 Research Grant Recipient

Congratulations to the 2023 SNRS Research Grant recipient, Mary Ann Leavitt, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, CHFN, from Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Her research, The development of flexible wearable sensors to alert for heart failure decompensation and reduce hospital admissions, Phase 2: Sensor Validation, will receive funding of up to $7,500 from SNRS.

SNRS/Sigma Doctoral Research Grant

SNRS/Sigma Doctoral Research Grant

Due APRIL 1, 2024


SNRS and Sigma have a strong and mutual interest in promoting nursing education research conducted by doctoral nursing students and have agreed to offer a joint award focused on the following goals:   

  • Select and award a meritorious nursing research dissertation proposal,
  • Increase the quality and quantity of nursing education focused research, and,
  • Support the advancement of the science of nursing education.

This is an annual award of $5000 to support completion of one nursing student's dissertation work. Funds for this award are provided by the SNRS and Sigma. The recipient also receives a one-year student membership from Sigma.

To learn more or apply for this grant, please click here.

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

SNRS Member News

Good News Highlights

Congratulations to Colette Onyeador, RN, BSN, BA, MS, University of Memphis, for her research, “Scope of Practice for Occupational Health Nurses: A Concept Analysis Based on Walker and Avant Methods” being published.

Congratulations to Jill Dapremont, EdD, RN, CNE, University of Memphis/Loewenberg College of Nursing for her new role as Inaugural Division Director, Family, Community, Health System Science. 

Congratulations to Todd Tartavoulle, DNS, APRN, CNS-BC, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, who had a manuscript published in Teaching and Learning in Nursing. The title of the manuscript is "The Impact of Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Thinking and Behavioral Attributes on Timely Progression".

Congratulations to Kim Larson, PhD, RN, MPH, FNAP, East Carolina University, who is a 2023-2024 Fulbright US Scholar to Poland. She worked with Polish nurses on developing intercultural nursing guidelines for refugees from Ukraine. 

Do you have good 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!

Please complete this this form to let us know about your good news so we can celebrate with you in a future newsletter, on our website, and via social media.


Committee Updates


Biobehavioral RIIG Spotlight

SNRS members are welcome to learn more about the Biobehavioral RIIG at their next meeting on Wednesday, April 10, from 1:30-2:30 PM EST. You do not need to pre-register, simply join the Zoom meeting by clicking here.

Call for Volunteers to Lead RIIGs Group 

The Qualitative Research and the Psychiatric/Mental Health RIIGs are in need of new chairs. If you are passionate about qualitative research or psychiatric/mental health please consider reaching out. Each group meets once a month or every other month to discuss the area of interest with a set of peers. If interested, please contact or check out the RIIGs on our webpage - 

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

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Career Center

Looking for a Job? Looking for a great candidate to fill a vacancy? Visit the SNRS Career Center to access jobs and candidates within the highly skilled nursing research profession.


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