Nursing Education


To advance the science of nursing education

Who Should Join?

Those interested in discussing, disseminating, collaborating, and researching nursing educational teaching and learning strategies and pedagogies

RIIG Communication

Groupsite Community Networking Platform:


Meet the RIIG Leadership


Patricia Pence, EdD, RN
Assistant Professor, Illinois State University


Angela Andrews, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Past Chair

Jenny O'Rourke, PhD
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Loyola University Chicago

Past Chair

Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN, CHSE
Associate Professor/Associate Dean for Simulation, Loyola University Chicago

Grant Representative


A Note from your RIIG Chairs

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are doing well and looking forward to a much-needed summer break! The Nursing Education RIIG will host a quarterly NETT Meeting- Nursing Education Think Tank in June. The NETT meeting is a great opportunity to learn from and collaborate with fellow RIIG members. If you would like to present a research idea that you are working on, would like feedback on your research project, or would like to suggest a collaborative nursing education research topic, we would love to give you some time at the NETT meeting. We are allowing one hour for two presenters for the Zoom meeting. Each presenter will have about 30 minutes to present their research in a PowerPoint presentation. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting: Co-Chairs: Patricia Pence ( or Angela Andrews (
If you have not already done so, please create or update your profile on the MNRS Groupsite where we will post announcements about upcoming events, awards, symposium information, etc. Our RIIG site is Midwest Nursing Research Society (
All the best,
Patricia Pence, Assistant Professor, Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University,
Angela Andrews, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, Southern Illinois University,


2021-2022 RIIG Award Winners

The Nursing Science RIIG is proud to announce the following award opportunities to the RIIG membership:

Nominations are now closed and award recipients will be announced at the 2022 Annual Research Conference outside the Chicago area in Schaumburg, IL. If you have questions regarding the RIIG Awards, please be sure to email the RIIG Chair or contact the Executive Office at 615-432-0098 or


2021 - 2022 Goals

  1. Seminar, possible webinar,
  2. Increased use of GroupSite for collaboration and communication for multi-site research studies,
  3. Periodically RIG membership presentation of current research


Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Use trends in nursing education to formulate a research agenda to advance the science of nursing education

RIIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Nursing Education RIIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Nursing Education RIIG Annual Report from the 2021 Annual Research Conference
Nursing Education RIIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Research Conference
Nursing Education RIIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference