President's Message

Winter Happenings with Southern Nursing Research Society

Our annual SNRS conference is quickly approaching! Abstract acceptances will be sent soon, and I hope everyone who is planning on presenting will be able to attend. Our valiant reviewers conducted over 1,100 reviews from at least 380 abstracts. This year, we have a new option for students to present and we have communicated this to the deans and directors of schools and colleges of nursing in the Southern region. Each school can conduct its own internal review for the students who want to present research at SNRS and can submit the top 4 abstracts. They will be accepted without additional review, and these presentations will be given their own designation of Rising Stars. Even if you did not submit an abstract, please remember that staying connected to your nursing research society is very important for your career as well as to build an active, strong community of nursing scholars across our Southern region.

During our 38th Annual Conference, February 21-24, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C., we will install our newly elected Board of Directors, whom the membership chose to lead the organization from 2024 to 2026. They are President: Charleen McNeill; President-Elect: Mercy Mumba; Vice President: Hyochol Brian An; Secretary/Treasurer: Pamela Ashcraft; Director of Career Development: Kyungeh An; Director of Communications: Ashley Rivera; Director of Development: Demetrius Abshire; Director of Grants: Vicki Loerzel; Director of Research Interest and Implementation Groups (RIIGS): Miriam Ezenwa; Director of Membership: Sara Davis; and Succession Planning and Nominations Committee: Ann Hammack Johnson

and Susan Letvak.

I am very pleased that the Board of Directors who were eligible to serve a second term decided to run again and some new Board members are second timers on the Board. This provides a great deal of continuity for our Board and helps us move forward with our strategic plan for creating a strong and diverse society of nursing researchers who are advancing and implementing improvements in population health. Besides being diverse in age, race/ethnicity, and gender, our Board is diverse in locale, with the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia represented! This illustrates the broad scope and inclusivity of the Society’s membership. 

We can all be proud of how well we represent our nursing colleagues who provide care, teach, and mentor our new nursing professionals, and conduct and implement the research necessary to reverse the troubling trends in our current healthcare, with increasing rates of maternal and infant morbidity and increasing mortality rates for all Americans. We have much to do to address these problems using our research and implementation education, but I know that nurses have the research knowledge, implementation skills, and access to the populations of need that it will take to correct these abysmal statistics. Be sure to attend the 38th Annual Conference of Southern Nursing Research Society to learn more from our exciting, innovative, and creative nursing colleagues who will share their results of research that is advancing the health of our population. 

Lastly, the Southern Nursing Research Society continues to need additional conference sponsors to offset the increased conference expenses due to inflation, and to provide critical research funding to our growing membership. If your school or college has not done so already, please consider becoming a sponsor at any level! 


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

President, Southern Nursing Research Society

Upcoming Events

Conference and Hotel Registration is Now Open!

We are very excited for the upcoming 38th Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC on February 21-23, 2024!

The SNRS Annual Conference is the focal point for those engaged in nursing research in the southern region and provides an opportunity for SNRS members to report ongoing and completed research as well as theoretical, conceptual, and methodological projects to colleagues. All individuals interested in advancing nursing science, including practicing nurse researchers and dedicated nursing science students and faculty are invited to attend. 

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 38th SNRS Annual Conference

Introducing the Keynote Speakers

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Wednesday, 2/21 at 1:00 p.m.

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14)

Thursday, 2/22 at 12:00 p.m. (video)

Deborah Jones, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN

Friday, 2/23 at 8:45 a.m.

Board Elections

Congratulations to our newly elected 2024-2025 SNRS Board of Directors!

The 2024-2025 SNRS Board of Directors will be inducted at the 2024 Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC, February 21-23, 2024.


Charleen C. McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN


Mercy Ngosa Mumba, PhD, RN, CMSRN

Vice President

Hyochol Brian Ahn, PhD, MSN, MS-ECE, MS-CTS, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN


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

Director of Career Development

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 Research Interest & Implementation Groups

Miriam O. Ezenwa, PhD, RN, FAAN

Director of Membership (1-year term)

Sara Davis, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC

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.

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See the current list of conference sponsors at the bottom of our annual conference page!

Conference T-shirts

2024 SNRS Annual Conference T-shirts!

New this year to the SNRS Annual Conference is a conference t-shirt! The t-shirt features the SNRS logo and is a Port & Company Core Cotton DTG Tee Revolutionary, 6-ounce, 100% cotton. 

Conference t-shirts are $15 and you can order one with your conference registration or by clicking here.

SNRS Membership Renewals

The SNRS Membership Renewal period for 2024 is open! All invoices have been sent to current members. We thank you for your past support of SNRS and hope that you will continue to help keep SNRS strong by renewing your membership. Your membership is vital in maintaining the health of our society as well as the broader nursing research community.

If you did not receive an invoice or have questions regarding your membership, please email

SNRS Associate Editor Wanted

Call for Associate Editor

SNRS is seeking a creative and energetic Associate Editor to join our Communications Committee. If you like to write and edit, this position may be for you. Do you aspire to become a journal editor someday and enjoy working with people? Then we want to hear from you!

This is a volunteer position with a term of two years, commencing in early 2026 (Term 2024-2026). If you would like to be considered for this position, please complete this form by February 1, 2024 and include a copy of your CV and a letter of interest. Note: You must be a member in good standing to be considered.

To learn more about the Associate Editor position, click here.

SNRS/CANS 2023 Dissertation Research Grant Recipient

Congratulations to the 2023 SNRS/CANS Dissertation Research Grant recipient, Mayra Sainz, from Emory University for her dissertation, “Identifying and leveraging multi-level factors to reduce structural barriers affecting Latinx dementia caregivers”. Mayra will receive a grant of up to $5,000 for her research. 

SNRS Doctoral Research Grant

SNRS/NLN Doctoral Research Grant

Due February 1, 2024


The Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) and the National League for Nursing (NLN) 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 NLN. The recipient also receives a one-year student membership from the NLN.

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

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

SNRS Dissertation Research Grant

SNRS Dissertation Research Grant

Due March 1, 2024

The purpose of the SNRS Dissertation Research Grant Award is to support doctoral students in the Southern region enrolled in research-focused programs as they initiate a program of nursing research to advance nursing science and practice. Funds are available for quantitative and qualitative research on any topic relevant to the nursing profession.

SNRS Dissertation Award for up to $5000. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2024.

Look for more information coming soon on the new grant submission process!

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

Member News

Winter Member Spotlight - Susan Welch, PhD

Dr. Welch is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in curriculum development and program evaluation, mentoring and faculty development, nursing faculty workforce, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

With the current emphasis on increasing numbers of Nurse Educators from marginalized groups, the National Academies of Medicine Future of Nursing report calls on nursing schools to address the Nurse Educator shortage from diverse populations to advance health equity and culturally congruent healthcare. Nationally, only 17.3% of full-time Nurse Educators are from Underserved Communities

Dr. Welch pursued and received the US Department of Labor grant to make a meaningful impact on nursing education and the nursing faculty workforce. The grant will increase the number of Nurse Educators from the current population of BSN-prepared nurses from Underserved Communities through partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and academic institutions with large nursing student populations from Underserved Communities.

SNRS Good News Highlights

Susan Fowler, PhD, RN, CRRN, NE-BC, FCNS

Dr. Fowler received a Florida Nurses Association (FNA) 2023 ICON Award in recognition of her contributions to FNA - special recognition award - at the 2023 FNA Annual Assembly in St. Augustine, FL on August 21, 2023.

Good News Highlights

Hudson Santos, RN, PhD, FABMR, FAAN

Landmark NIH grant awarded to University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. The $23.57 million grant will enable a multidisciplinary research team, led by the school’s Vice Dean for Research Affairs, Hudson Santos, to pioneer the first-ever Miami-ECHO cohort of parents and children.

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Leonie DeClerk, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Our manuscript 'Preceptorship and Telehealth: Nurse Practitioners' Perspectives" is now available online through the link below. This study and publication are the work of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) faculty, a BSN honors student, and PhD in Nursing Science students. The study was supported by the UAMS College of Nursing Intramural Grant Program.

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Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN

From College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina:

Dr. Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, interim dean David and Margaret Clare endowed chair, is a 2023 inductee into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Dr. Sharon Kozachik, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean for academics, who’s recent publication in the Journal of Emergency Nursing article “Recommendations for emergency departments care for persons with opioid use and opioid use disorders: An integrative review”

Dr. Kathy Lindell, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and Mary Swain endowed chair in palliative care health was selected to serve as the nurse expert on an interdisciplinary, national team that recently received a CHEST Foundation Research Grant to investigate “Sex hormones in pulmonary fibrosis.”

Dr. Susan Newman, PhD, RN, associate professor and assistant dean of PhD program in nursing science, Carrie Cormack, DNP, RN, associate professor and Marr distinguished professor in palliative care and Martha Sylvia, PhD, RN, associate professor will be inducted as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2023.

Jolly Joseph, MSN

Jolly's first article on Critical Thinking in student nurses is published.

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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 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. #SNRSGoodNews

Committee Updates

RIIG - Biobehavioral RIIG Spotlight

The mission of the SNRS Biobehavioral RIIG is to promote the advancement of nursing knowledge related to the interactions between biology and behavior in order to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities through research collaboration and dissemination, peer support to members, and educational opportunities. Our vision is to lead the transformation of health outcomes through nursing research utilizing state-of-the-art methodologies and approaches to examine complex clinical problems. Most recently, the Biobehavioral RIIG held a webinar with Dr. Nicole Carlson, Associate Professor at Emory University School of Nursing, who presented an introduction to metabolomics and a case study of metabolomic pathways and labor dysfunction. Come join us at this exciting time as we grow and develop the SNRS Biobehavioral RIIG!

Beth A. Pratt, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Florida Atlantic University 

Erica Davis, PhD, RN

Assistant Clinical Professor

Emory University School of Nursing


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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. 

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SNRS will be introducing new Institutional Membership packages and rates in 2024. These packages will offer our Institutional Members increased benefits and access to SNRS and its members. Stay tuned for more information!

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

New Member Welcome

Alexandra Armstrong

Amber Brown

Ana Lorena Hermosilla

Anita Stephen

Annelies Harrison

April Bryant

April Hutto

Ashleigh Yeager

Auburn University at Montgomery

Aylin Akca Sumengen

Brad Phillips

Bridget Hamilton

Bridgette Johnson

Brittany Feijoo

Carol Howe

Carolyn Kerns

Carolyn Sue-Ling

Charleston Southern University

Cheryl Giscombe

Cheryl Lee

Chloe Sawyer

Cory Salcedo

Dana R. Martin

Di Wang, MPH

Donald Johnston

Donna Timko

Emily Hauenstein

Faatimah Ali

Gaea A. Daniel

Gerald Klein

Harriet Omondi

Helen Condry

Ilana Logvinov

Jeni Fitzpatrick

Jennifer Bush

Jill Hamilton

John Whicker

Jonathan Hecht

Julie Schexnayder

Karen Arnold

Kathleen Page

Kathryn Coleman

Kavita Radhakrishnan

Kerry-Ann Dixon

Kim D. Jones

Kim Larson

Lee Bratcher

Lina Patel

Lisa Muirhead

Lisa Ranzinger

LynLee Morgan

Maria LePage

Matthew Byrd

Meghan Taylor

Melinda Hermanns

Michael Relf

Mini M. Jose

Nova Southeastern University

Pamela DeGuzman

Paula Christianson-Silva

Paule Joseph

Ragnhildur I. "Raga" Bjarnadottir

Sangwoo Ahn

Sarah Hathcock

Shannon Robinson

Steven Chasteen

Tashiana M. "Tash" Jackson

The University of Alabama

Tonya Herring

Ukamaka M. Oruche

UNC Charlotte - School of Nursing

University of Central Florida

University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Vanessa Pugh

Vivian Crowder

Yelizaveta Tolstokoraya

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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On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your participation in SNRS and have a wonderful holiday season!

Southern Nursing Research Society

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