President’s Message

Dear MNRS Colleagues,

On behalf of the Midwest Nursing Research Society Board of Directors, I want to thank the 1,230 dedicated members for ensuring that MNRS continues to be the premiere regional nursing research society. Each year at the annual conference, I am astounded by the research that our members are sharing.  Nursing research has an exponential impact because of you and your science.

As we carry this innovative trend into 2020, we cordially invite you to join us in Schaumburg, IL, a wonderful suburb of Chicago, for the MNRS 44th Annual Research Conference. The conference will take place April 1 -4, 2020. Additionally, we would like to thank the great state of Illinois and specifically our host schools University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, and Rush University.  This conference would not have been possible without the generous support of these schools and all the organizations who participate as sponsors, advertisers, and exhibitors.

I would like to extend my appreciation to the Program Planning Committee and volunteers who contributed countless hours and intense dedication to ensuring the success of the conference.  Under the leadership of Dr. Susie Breitenstein, the Program Planning Committee has organized a stimulating conference that will provide opportunities for attendees to hear about cutting-edge research and evidence-based practice, engage in thoughtful discussions, network with fellow nursing scholars, and learn about emerging research methods.

Highlights of the conference include paper presentations, poster discussions, and poster presentations that cover all nineteen (19) of the MNRS Research Interest Groups.  Additionally, we have Dr. Shannon Zenk from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dr. Kathleen Delaney Simpson from Rush University providing the opening and closing keynote presentations focused on the 2020 Conference theme: Advancing Nursing Research with Diverse Populations. MNRS will continue to provide outstanding career development guidance and learning opportunities for nurse scientists and scholars at all levels – from students and junior investigators to mid-career and senior scientists.

We encourage you to join us for the 2020 Annual Research Conference and take full advantage of opportunities to hear the latest in nursing research and network with old and new colleagues and friends.

Enjoy your stay in the great city of Schaumburg, the delicious Garrett’s popcorn, a Chicago-style hot dog, and all the benefits of attending the MNRS 44th Annual Research Conference!


President, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)