On February 10, 2016, the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) held the inaugural Congressional Nursing Caucus with a reception that opened crucial dialogue as participants explored and discussed how American Nurses Heal the Nation through Science.

FNINR, the advocacy organization advancing the mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research, highlighted the work of nurse scientists -- some in attendance -- who investigate the health of individuals, families and communities aimed at disease prevention, lifestyle modification, symptom management, and more. High impact research exemplars were used to model the health and economic benefits informed through the science that nurses conduct.
FNINR President, Michael Bleich, thanked the Nursing Caucus Members and asked that Congress use the talents of nurse scientists for testimony on health-related issues, call out nursing when authorizing funds for health-related special initiatives (such as Alzheimers or cancer research), and to allocate additional funds to NINR. "Not only have we proven that the return-on-investment is strong for nurse-led studies, but NINR funding also links to the funding support needed to advance additional PhD students needed for team science and to advance the profession."

Keynote speaker, Bill Novelli, Professor at Georgetown University and Co-chair for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, eloquently spoke about how the NINR research priorities have contributed to society, citing nursing contributions to chronic disease management reducing health disparities.

Lively discussions and new partnerships were forged, made possible by sponsors Colleen Conway-Welch and Louise Woerner, whose unwavering support was acknowledged.

To view the handout provided to Congressional Nursing Caucus Members and staff, click here:
"American Nurses...Healing the Nation Through Science"
Bill Novelli FNINR Reception Remarks

Washington, D.C., January 27, 2017 - The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR), an independent nonprofit group that advocates for and advances nursing science in the name of promoting the health and well-being of all Americans, has announced the selection of fifteen Ambassadors to join the ranks of fifteen others currently filling this role. Ambassadors are selected from a national pool of applicants based on their abilities to advance public, health professions, and policy-maker awareness of the critical research agenda linked to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

These highly-qualified individuals, many of whom function in the scientific community, will focus specifically on educating Congressional leaders as to the high-impact and cost-effective treatments and quality of life enhancements that emanate from nursing science. Ultimately, the goal is to advance research funding to ensure the training of scientists at a time of major scientific breakthroughs and to promote the updated NINR strategic plan that specifies how nurse scientists improve the well-being of Americans across the human lifespan.
New Ambassadors are:

Donna Bliss, PhD, RN FAAN, FGSA
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Rosina Cianelli, PhD, MPH, RN, IBCLC, FAAN
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health

Mollie Cummins, MSN, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Utah College of Nursing

Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Tracie Culp Harrison, BSN, MSN, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
University of Texas at Austin

Deborah Kenny, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Victoria Menzies, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing

Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN
University of Washington School of Nursing

Jennifer Moore, PhD, RN
Institute for Medicaid Innovation

Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Susan Carol Saladino, PhD, RN
SUNY Downstate College of Nursing

Laureen Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN
The Ohio State University School of Nursing

Cheryl Taylor, PhD, RN, MN, FAAN
Southern University and A&M School of Nursing, Baton Rouge, LA

Diane Twedell, CNO, SE MN Region MCHS, DNP, RN, CENP, CNML
Mayo Clinic Health System

Linda Weglicki, PhD, RN, MSN
Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing
For a list of all FNINR Ambassadors, click here!

"We are exquisitely positioned to use science generated by highly-trained nurses to generate cures, reduce symptoms and side-effects, and promote health and well-being aimed at individuals, families, and communities, states Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of the FNINR."

"In the last year, we have had important conversations with key Congressional leaders who are understanding and valuing how nurses function as scientists, individually and on integrated research teams. With the large number of newly elected officials nationally and at the state level, the Ambassadors will join others, including our Board, to bolster awareness and action for those discoveries that save lives, advance health, and reduce costs."

FNINR is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources to support nursing research and help advance the mission of NINR. FNINR seeks to support research-based nursing practice by educating health care professionals, Congress, and other appointed and elected officials, as well as the public in general about the advances made through nursing research and its benefits to patients, families, the community and the delivery of quality health care.

Please address inquiries to: Susan H. Dove, FNINR Executive Director, at sdove@fninr.org or telephone FNINR at 703-444-5527.
The goal of the FNINR Ambassadors Program is to extend the reach of advocacy efforts for improving the funding and knowledge about the National Institute of Nursing Research.

The Ambassadors Program seeks to increase the awareness of nursing research in all communities and actively promote nursing research activities in NINR. The Ambassadors Program is designed to serve as a resource to state and national legislators about NINR's mission and endeavors and to actively advocate for increased funding for NINR activities.
What is the Ambassadors Program?
The FNINR Ambassadors Program is a group of committed individuals willing to serve as advocates of NINR. Chosen through an application process reviewed by the FNINR Advocacy Committee of the FNINR Board, these selected Ambassadors will work to influence Congress and advocate for the goals and vision of NINR. This elite designation will be limited to a group of 25, with peer networking and communication being an integral part of the Ambassadors Program.

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