Acute & Critical-Care Across The Life Span


The purpose of this RIG is to foster collaboration among nurse-scientists and clinical scholars, and collectively contribute to the advancement of science that underpins the nursing care of acutely and critically-ill patients and their families across the life span and health-care settings. The reorganization of this section reflects current issues and trends affecting the care provided for these patients in the hospitals, long-term care facilities, transport/mobile ICUs, urgent care centers, and homes.

Who Should Join?

Nurse scientists, clinicians, nursing students

RIG Communication

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Meet the RIG Leadership for 2020 – 2021


Kelly Calkins, PhD, RN, CCRN
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center


Anna Krupp, PhD, RN, CCRN
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

Past Chair

Natalie McAndrew, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Grants Representative

Teresa Jerofke-Owen, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Marquette University

2019-2020 RIG Awards

Acute & Critical-Care Across the Lifespan:
New Investigator Award
Heidi Lindroth, PhD, RN
Indiana University, School of Medicine

2020-2021 Goals

1. Increase RIG membership
2. Increase award applications
3. Hold a Guaranteed Symposium on acute and critical care research challenges in 2020
4. Coordinate a Competitive Symposium for 2021
5. Distribute RIG newsletter twice a year
6. Tweet important RIG information
7. Provide mentorship in RIG through ‘Meet the Professor/Senior Scientist’ sessions at RIG meetings.

Overall/Long Term Goals

To engage members in the development, implementation, and dissemination of research and scholarships.

  1. Create a collaborative network among RIG members such as developing a directory of their area of science and population of interest (neonates, pediatrics, adults), current research projects, and professional affiliations.
  2. Cultivate new generations of scientists through mentor-mentee relationships.
  3. Engage members in scholarly dialogue to identify and address barriers and challenges in the development and implementation of research projects in acute and critical-care settings through guaranteed or competitive symposia.
  4. Recognize scholarly achievements among students, clinicians, faculty, and researchers.
  5. Support the mission, vision, and strategic directions of the MNRS.

RIG Minutes/Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Acute & Critical Care RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Acute & Critical-Care RIG Minutes from the 2020 Annual Conference
Acute & Critical-Care RIG Minutes from the 2019 Annual Conference

Acute & Critical-Care RIG Minutes from the 2018 Annual Conference
Acute & Critical-Care RIG Minutes from the 2017 Annual Conference
Acute & Critical-Care RIG Minutes from the 2016 Annual Conference