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Women’s Health and Childbearing

Purpose

The purpose of the Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG is to advance nursing science and transform nursing practice related to women’s health and areas associated with childbearing through the conduct, dissemination, and translation of impactful research.

Who Should Join?

The Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG is comprised of diverse nurse researchers and nursing students from the Midwest and beyond. Research interests in this section include but are not limited to women’s health throughout the lifespan, transitions associated with childbearing (e.g., antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care; breastfeeding; early parenting), and women-related health care policy.

RIG Communication

Listserv address: womenshealthandtransitionsinchildbearing@lists.mnrs.org
LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6540430

 

2018-2019

Meet the RIG Leadership

Chair

Juile Vignato, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iowa
julie-vignato@uiowa.edu

Chair

Diana Schadewald DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor,
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
schadewa@uwm.edu

Chair-Elect

Alexandra Nowak, PhD
Doctoral Student, The Ohio State University
nowak.136@osu.edu

Chair-Elect

Pam Wadsworth
Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
pamela.j.wadsworth@wmich.edu

Past Chair 

Carmen Giurgescu, PhD
Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
giurgescu.1@osu.edu

Past Chair 

Mckenzie Wallace, BSN, BA, RN, PhD student,
Case Western Reserve University
mkw47@case.edu

Grants Representative 

Susan Vonderheid, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Vonde@uic.edu

2018-2019 RIG Awards

Women’s Health and Childbearing:
Mid-Career Investigator Award
Adejoke Ayoola, PhD, RN
Calvin CollegeWomen’s Health and Childbearing:
Undergraduate Research Award
Rebecca Chema
Hope College
Women’s Health and Childbearing:
New Investigator Award
Julie Vignato, PhD
University of Iowa 

 

 


Overall/Long Term Goals 

Goals

  • To increase membership in the RIG and get members’ research findings distributed
  • Current members to invite their colleagues to join the RIG

3 Year Goals

  • To advance nursing science and transform nursing practice related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
  • To enhance the careers of nurse scientists conducting research in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
  • To promote collaborations among nurse scientists in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
  • To encourage nursing students with interests in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions to become nurse scientist

Recent Activities/ Highlights 

 

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Womens Health Childbearing RIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference

Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference

Member in the Spotlight

Mary Byrn, RN, PhD

It is an honor for me to discuss my involvement in MNRS and how this organization has helped develop my research career. I attended my first MNRS Annual Research conference in 2008 while I was working on my PhD in nursing at Loyola University Chicago. I was fortunate enough to have an abstract accepted for a poster presentation in the Student Poster Section. While I was at the conference, I attended my first Research Interest Group Meeting. It was inspiring to hear so many nurse researchers and the projects they were working on while I was at the meeting. I left the conference feeling energized and excited to continue working on my career in nursing research.

I have attended the MNRS research conferences every year since 2008. I continue to be encouraged by other members of MNRS to continue my research. At each conference, I attended the Research Interest Group Meeting for networking opportunities. While I was working on my PhD, other members of the RIG asked me to take on the role of chairing the section from 2011-2012. This was a wonderful opportunity to be more involved with the organization and develop my leadership skills.

My dissertation research examined depressive symptoms in women with and without gestational diabetes. I was fortunate enough to be awarded an MNRS dissertation research award to support my dissertation work. Receiving this award was an important event and provided me with positive reinforcement at the beginning of my research career. It was a wonderful experience to be mentored in writing the application and receiving the award was instrumental in completion of my project.

As a new faculty member who is learning to balance my love for teaching and research, MNRS continues to be a wonderful place for me to find mentorship, inspiration, and opportunities for expanding my research ideas.