President’s Message

Dear MNRS Colleagues,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve the mission and members of the Midwest Nursing Research Society.  I look forward not only to the next two years as President but also to the future of MNRS and the nursing research profession.

As a member of MNRS, there are a variety of opportunities for scientific development, networking, and leadership across the career continuum.  When I attended my first MNRS conference, I was inspired by the high quality research and networking opportunities which served as the impetus for my return year after year.  Over time, I became actively engaged in research interest groups and conference planning, leading to opportunities to serve on the MNRS board and now as your President.  Whether you are early career, mid-career or in a senior position, MNRS has something for you!  Each MNRS member is important and valued and we look forward to your participant in this premiere nursing research society.

MNRS continues to be the premiere regional nursing research society because of you – the 1,230 amazing members! Each year at the annual conference I am astounded by the research that our members are sharing.  The nursing science profession has an exponential impact because of you and your science.

MNRS is committed to growing to fulfill the needs of our members.  We are reinvigorating the strategic plan and working to expand our offerings to ensure the diverse MNRS community is supported in their research goals.  As members are at the heart of all we do, your continued input will be invaluable to us as we move forward.

We had a great conference in Kansas City with 895 attendees. “Nursing Research at the Forefront of Healthcare Crises” was a timely theme and we enjoyed our Keynote Speakers, Drs. Peggy Compton and Melanie Simpson, immensely. We are working to plan another wonderful nursing research conference outside the Chicago area in Schaumburg, IL April 1-4, 2020.  We invite you to submit your science, nominate an award recipient, apply for a grant, and attend the 44th Annual Research Conference to enjoy the full MNRS experience.  Additionally, this year’s meeting will launch new innovative presentation formats including 20×20 sessions and postcard presentation sessions. We hope you will mark your calendar and join us in Schaumburg.

The Foundation continues to grow to ensure nursing research has funding available to support developing nursing scientists. The fundraising at the 2019 conference raffle raised more than $10,000 to support grants for MNRS members and their research.  MNRS grants are highly competitive and seed compelling research projects.  Be sure to watch the MNRS website and social media accounts for updates on the impressive work of all our MNRS members.

Recent past presidents, Drs. Sue Rawl and Janean Holden, have often shared that strong and effective volunteer/staff partnerships are the lifeblood of MNRS. While we are fortunate to have dedicated staff members in the Executive Office who work behind-the-scenes to organize and run the operational side of the society, we depend on and appreciate the contributions of busy volunteers to make this society successful.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve and lead this great nursing research society. Have a restful and safe summer.


President, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)