ENRS President, Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, FAHA, FAAN,
as published in Nursing Research.
Our 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference in March was outstanding! We are thrilled that 517 participants joined us for this year’s exciting virtual conference with the theme Generating Nursing Science to Meet the Needs of a Diverse Society. We extend our sincere appreciation to our annual partners and conference sponsors for their generous financial support and help in sustaining the Eastern Nursing Research Society.
Many thanks to our amazing Conference Planning Committee, chaired by President-Elect Dr. Jane Flanagan, as well as our expert abstract reviewers, abstract slotters, and ACG management team for their flexibility, creativity, and tireless commitment to ensure the success of our 33rd Annual ENRS Conference. We are incredibly proud of the work of our organization and our members this past year. Congratulations to our Outstanding Researcher, President’s, and Student Award winners who were announced at the conference! There is still time to enjoy the excellent presentations by top nurse scientists, mid-career researchers, and emerging scholars that will remain accessible on our virtual platform for three months. Continuing education credit is available for the recordings of the live and virtual presentations.
We are truly grateful for the ongoing support and dedication of our members as we continue to navigate these challenging times. We remember those we have lost this past year and stand in solidarity with individuals, groups, and communities from diverse backgrounds and experiences who have suffered as a result of the pandemic, systemic racial injustices, and health inequities.
While this has been a challenging year, I am happy to share that ENRS has grown even stronger as an organization. Thank you to our incredible 2020-2021 ENRS Executive Board, President-Elect Dr. Jane Flanagan, Treasurer Dr. Donna Nickitas, Secretary Dr. Carina Katigbak, and Members-At-Large Dr. Melissa O’Connor (Awards), Dr. Marilyn Hammer (Communications), and Dr. Lisa Kitko (Research Interest Groups [RIGs]), as well as our committees, RIGs, and members for their strong leadership. Their hard work this past year has enabled ENRS to thrive and advance our mission to promote innovative nursing science through our comprehensive strategic plan.
Over this past year, ENRS has not only reaffirmed our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we have acted. We have acted by creating our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Advisory Group led by Dr. Lisa Lewis and comprised of diverse members from academic and clinical organizations across the region. The IDEA Advisory Group has made substantive recommendations to the Board regarding membership, our organizational structure and branding, as well as our organizational climate and equity, that will further strengthen ENRS in embracing these important core values. We have also acted by providing forums for our members to network and engage with one another throughout the year to share their scientific work through our RIGs and regular webinar series in addition to offering enhanced membership and communication opportunities.
I look forward to continuing our excellent progress on our strategic initiatives with the 2021-2022 ENRS Executive Board, President-Elect Dr. Jane Flanagan, Treasurer Dr. Lisa Lewis, Secretary Dr. Allison Norful, and Members-At-Large Dr. Melissa O’Connor (Awards), Dr. Marilyn Hammer (Communications), and Dr. Lisa Kitko (RIGs). We thank outgoing Board members, Dr. Donna Nickitas (Treasurer) and Dr. Carina Katigbak (Secretary), and Membership Committee Chair Dr. Anne Mitchell for their service. We extend a warm welcome to our new Membership Committee Chair, Dr. Gaurdia Banister, who has been serving on the IDEA Advisory Group.
We look forward to continuing our collaboration to advance our ENRS vision to promote health through nursing science. I invite you to save the date for the 34th Annual Scientific Sessions in Providence, RI, on March 31st to April 1st, 2022.
Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, FAHA, FAAN
President, Eastern Nursing Research Society