Charlene (Charlie) Winters, RN, PhD
WIN President

Hello WIN members. In this message I am reporting on recent opportunities I had to represent WIN on the national stage. As President of WIN, I serve on the Leadership Council for CANS, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, an open membership entity of the American Academy of Nursing. Conceived as a partnership with existing research organizations and groups providing substantial research support, CANS serves as a national voice for nursing science in support of the development, conduct and utilization of nursing science. CANS is the sponsor of the national State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research and the Advanced Methods Conferences.  Members on the leadership team represent nursing organizations with a focus on nursing science and include the Presidents of the 4 regional nursing research organizations (WIN, MNRS, SNRS, and ENRS), representatives from the National Institute of Nursing Research (Deputy Director, NINR, DESP), the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), and the American Academy of Nursing (AAN Board of Directors Liaison), and elected members from CANS (Chair, Chair-Elect, Immediate Past Chair, Councilor of Finance and Records, and Councilor at Large). This past week the Leadership Council (photo below) met for 1 1/2 days in Washington DC for strategic planning that resulted in a draft of a new 3-year plan for CANS.

I also attended the National Nursing Research Roundtable (NNRR), an invited event hosted annually by Dr. Patricia Grady, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). This year’s co-sponsor was AACN, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, represented by Dr. Deborah Trautman, President and CEO.  The purpose of the annual meeting is to bring together individuals representing member organizations – nurse scientists, practitioners, and educators – to discuss and disseminate nursing research findings to strengthen nursing practice and improve client outcomes.  To that end, the theme for the 2017 NNRR was, Preparing Nurse Scientists for Sustainable Careers: Scientific Innovations and Transdisciplinary Collaborations. Participants of the NNRR included members of the CANS Leadership Council, representatives from professional nursing organizations (critical care, emergency, gerontology, oncology, palliative care, pediatric NPs, rehabilitation, wounds, and others), AACN, and NINR. The one-day meeting included presentations by Dr. Patricia Grady, Dr. Deborah Trautman, Dr. Antonia Villarruel, Professor and Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr. Patti Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine/NIH, and Dr. Kathleen Hickey, Associate Professor of Nursing at Columbia University who also delivered comments from Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor, Associate Professor, School of Nursing at Yale University. The presentations set the stage for breakout sessions where attendees discussed the following:

  1. What are the practice, education and policy implications of science innovations and transdisciplinary collaborations in sustaining the careers of nurse scientists?
  2. What strategies (through education, practice and policy) could NNRR organizations use to highlight the importance of science innovations and transdisciplinary collaborations in sustaining the careers of nurse scientists?

Key findings from the breakout sessions were reported to the entire group for additional discussion and clarification. The summary of recommendations will be shared with participants and participating organizations when completed. It was rewarding to see that the approach used for the NNRR is in line with the strategies WIN embraces to support its mission to bring together a diverse community of nurses in a shared commitment to advance nursing science, education, and practice to improve health outcomes.

Participating in both of these activities was invigorating and affirming. The partnerships reflected in CANS and at the NNRR confirmed the importance of and desire for a national voice for nursing science.