President's Message

Dear MNRS Colleagues,

I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to serve as your President for the next two years. Since joining MNRS as a graduate student in 1983, I have enjoyed numerous benefits of membership - from socialization to the world of nursing science to career development and leadership opportunities. Perhaps most importantly, I have developed a network of amazing colleagues and friends who share my passion for the work we do, and even call it “fun”! I am grateful for this opportunity to pay it forward as I work to serve this great organization and its members who have given me so much.

MNRS is the premiere regional nursing research society because of you - our 1350 amazing members! I look forward to working with you, our incredibly dedicated Board Members, and our talented Association Headquarters staff. We will be actively engaged in strategic planning in October and will seek input from stakeholders about the future of MNRS. I know we can count on our members to share their perspectives on what is working well and what we could do better in the next few years.

We had an exciting time in Indianapolis with 991 members attending the 39th Annual Research Conference. “Innovations for Person-Centered Care” was a timely theme and we enjoyed hearing from distinguished nurse scientists such as Drs. Diane Wilkie, Ann Marie McCarthy, and Robin Newhouse. The Foundation raffle raised almost $7000 to support grants. Thank you, Dr. Kitty Buckwalter, for your outstanding leadership of the MNRS Foundation. Your service has been appreciated and you will be missed.

I am indebted to Dr. Linda Herrick for her mentorship and outstanding service as our President during the last two years. Under Dr. Herrick’s leadership, we accomplished a great deal. New opportunities for members included more appropriate and timely information about employment opportunities through paid advertisements in MNRS Matters and on the website.

For the first time, we connected members seeking employment with member organizations seeking employees at the conference. If you are seeking a new position or have positions open, be sure to check out the Careers page on the MNRS website. The Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) members bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to the Board. Your ideas and suggestions for improvement are always welcome and appreciated.

I have listed only a few highlights and a few people who are dedicated to making MNRS the best it can be. Without each of you - our volunteers - who lead and contribute to committees, task forces, and research interests groups and those who financially support the Foundation, review grants, conference abstracts, and award applications, we would accomplish nothing. We are indebted to our conference planning committee, chaired by Dr. Barbara Polivka, and the local planning committee and volunteers for assuring an incredibly successful conference. Thank you all for making this organization the most active and progressive regional nursing research organization.

I firmly believe that strong and effective volunteer/staff partnerships are the life-blood of MNRS and any organization that depends on the contributions of busy volunteers to make it successful. We are fortunate to have dedicated staff members at Association Headquarters who so effectively do all of the work behind-the-scenes to organize, run, and support the annual conference, quarterly meetings of the MNRS and Foundation boards, and the work of numerous committees, task forces and research interest groups. I look forward to working closely with Amy Barra, Samantha Adams, Alison Dufner, Alicea Coccellato, and Mike Dwyer at Association Headquarters as we move forward over the next two years to make MNRS even better.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve and lead this great nursing research society. Wishing you all a relaxing summer.

Susan M. Rawl, PhD RN FAAN
President, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)