The purpose of the Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG:
1. To advance nursing science and transform nursing practice related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
2. To enhance the careers of nurse scientists conducting research in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
3. To promote collaborations among nurse scientists in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions
4. To encourage nursing students with interests in areas related to women’s health and childbearing transitions to become nurse scientists
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.
Listserv address: firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6540430
Meet the RIG Leadership for 2020 – 2021
Alexandra Nowak, JD, BSN
Pam Wadsworth, PhD, RN
Emily Jones, PhD
Dalia Kahlil, PhD, RN
Juile Vignato, PhD
Diana Schadewald DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC
Susan Vonderheid, PhD, RN
2019-2020 RIG Awards
|Women’s Health and Childbearing:
Senior Investigator Award
Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP, FAAN
University of Central FloridaWomen’s Health and Childbearing:
Undergraduate Research Award
Alyssa Hannon, SRN
University of Kansas
|Women’s Health and Childbearing:
Graduate Research Award
McKenzie Wallace, BSN, BA, RN
Case Western Reserve UniversityWomen’s Health and Childbearing:
New Investigator Award
Yenupini Adams, PhD, RNC-MNN
Kennesaw State University
Overall/Long Term 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:
Women’s Health Childbearing RIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Research Conference
Women’s 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
December 2019: McKenzie Wallace, BSN, BA, RN
I am very excited and honored to discuss my involvement in MNRS and how MNRS has helped to develop my career and program of research. I attended my first MNRS conference in 2013 while I was an undergraduate student at The University of Iowa. I was very impressed by the amount of research presented at MNRS related to women’s health and childbearing. Attending the various presentations, meeting many of the scientists at MNRS, and networking with the various institutions, I caught the “research bug” and changed my career path to pursuing a PhD and research path rather than a DNP and clinical path after completing my BSN. At the 2014 conference, I was able to present my work through the Student Poster competition. It was also at the 2014 conference that I attended my first RIG meeting and saw the leadership opportunities available from RIG membership. Over the years of attending MNRS I have become more involved with the Women’s Health and Childbearing RIG assisting as an award and abstract reviewer and most recently serving as the co-chair of the RIG for the 2018-2019 year.
Through MNRS I have been able to collaborate with many of our amazing scientist to solidify my dissertation research questions and research design. My dissertation examines behavioral and biological determinants of inflammation during pregnancy and how they are related to the development of pregnancy complications. I expect to defend in July 2020 and continue to work with our amazing RIG members as I continue my research career.
What keeps me coming back to MNRS is the kindness and intelligence of our RIG members, high caliber science, and leadership development opportunities. I would not have pursued a research career without the formative experiences at MNRS during my undergraduate program. I hope to continue to see our membership grow and continue to collaborate with our outstanding women’s health and childbearing nurse scientists.
October 2019: 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.