SNRS 2010 Annual Conference
February 3-6, 2010
SNRS Leadership in Research Award
The Leadership in Research Award is to recognize outstanding leadership, contribution, or promotion of nursing and health care research. This award is bestowed by the SNRS Board of Directors.
The 2010 recipient is Dr. D. Patricia Gray, PhD, RN, FNAP was chosen as the 2010 Leadership in Research Award Recipient for her extraordinary service to SNRS and her far-sighted leadership that set the course for the organization to become the most dynamic and responsive of the regional research societies. As President, President-elect, Newsletter Editor, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and through service to our sister organization, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, she insured that research in the Southern region and beyond will continue to be vital force within the scientific community. Developing the infrastructure to insure that the next generation of nurse scientists will be able to share their research with others is a critical part of Dr. Gray’s legacy; many will be indebted to her for years to come.
SNRS Distinguished Researcher Award
The purpose of the SNRS Distinguished Researcher Award is to recognize the contribution of an individual whose established program of research has enhanced the science and practice of nursing in the Southern region.
The 2010 recipient is, Sandra B. Dunbar, RN, DSN, FAAN. Dr. Dunbar is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University. Dr. Dunbar has distinguished herself as an independent scientist, a valued collaborator on multi-disciplinary cardiovascular (CV) research projects and as a mentor to other researchers. She has made outstanding scholarly contributions to CV nursing science, particularly in the area of improving psychosocial and clinical outcomes in persons with cardiac dysrhythmias and heart failure. For over 25 years, Dr. Dunbar’s academic and research career has demonstrated scientific rigor and a commitment to improving the health outcomes of cardiac patients, particularly patients in the Southeastern United States. Dr. Dunbar has made a significant contribution to CV research by serving as a mentor to scientists in the early stages of their research careers. I have worked closely with Dr. Dunbar for over 10 years, first as a novice researcher who benefited from her mentorship and then as a faculty colleague and collaborator on research projects. I have found her to be one of the most generous scientists I have ever known. She graciously gives of her time, energy, and creativity to help others grow and develop as researchers, many of whom have remained in the Southern region. Quietly, behind the scenes, her gift of mentoring others extends her influence regionally, nationally, and internationally.
SNRS/John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award
The purpose of the SNRS/John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award is to recognize the contributions of an individual whose established program of research has enhanced the science and practice of geriatric nursing in the Southern region.
The 2010 recipient is Ruth M. Tappen, EdD, RN, FAAN. For more than two decades, Dr. Tappen has devoted her energy to research/ practice/teaching focused on geriatrics. As early as 1980, she was coordinating a Geriatric Nursing Curriculum. Her commitment to assuring that nursing students are prepared to care for an aging population is demonstrated throughout her vita. She uniquely merges her passion for gerontology education with research. Between 2004 and 2006, Dr. Tappen was the Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, a venue for practice, research and teaching within the umbrella of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Tappen opened the Center and established the programs in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Today, the Center is recognized for the excellent geriatric care provided to the citizens of South Florida as well as the research opportunities and the inclusion of students from many disciplines who wish to develop their expertise in geriatric care.
D. Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award
The purpose of the D. Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award is to recognize the contributions of a researcher who has enhanced the science and practice of nursing in the Southern region. The award is named n honor of the first SNRS President, D. Jean Wood, whose leadership set the course for the positive growth and development of the Society.
The 2010 recipient was Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP, Associate Professor of Family and Community Health Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University, for her Pilot Study of Cranial Stimulation for Symptom Management in Breast Cancer.
SNRS Award for Research in Minority Health
The purpose of the SNRS Award for Research in Minority Health is to recognize the contributions of an individual or group conducting and/or promoting research that has significance for improving the health care of minorities and other under-represented groups in the Southern region.
The 2010 recipient is Randy Jones, PhD, RN. Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. As an Assistant Professor, he has established a NIH-funded research program and has made contributions to the literature, particularly as it relates to research in minorities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Jones not only conducts minority-based research, but also promotes minority research to his students, mentees, and community leaders. He has involved several undergraduate and graduate students in his research projects to create interest and excitement in minority health research. He has consistently demonstrated evidence of outstanding scholarly contribution to minority health and knowledge.
Grants and Dissertation Awards
The 2009 STTI/SNRS Small Grant Award awards recipient was Karen Rice, DNS, APRN, BC, Director Nursing Research at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation.
Jada Brooks, RN, BSN, MSPH, from Duke University School of Nursing was the recipient of the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science/Southern Nursing Research Society Nursing Science Advancement Dissertation Grant Award. The title of her dissertation was, Interactions between Mothers and their Premature American Indian Infants.
The 2009 SNRS Small Grant awards was presented to Hee Ok Park, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, for her research on the Effect of Music on Agitation in Patients with Dementia According to the Severity of Dementia.
The SNRS Dissertation Award was presented to Martha Biddle, ARNP, CCNA, University of Kentucky College of Nursing. The title of her dissertation was A Dietary Lycopene Intervention in Patients with Heart Failure. (Photo unavailable)
Doctoral Student Poster Awards
1st Place—Cheryl Rogers, MSN, RN
2nd Place—Paul R. Clark, MSN, RN, MA
3rd Place—Christin Huff