President's Message

I want to thank the ENRS Board, committee members, the general membership, and the ACG team for all the support over this past year. ENRS  thrives because of all of you who are so committed to this organization. I appreciate the outreach from our membership during and after the conference. I am excited to share that our organization is growing. We have 1,120 members at this time!

At the conference, we discussed revitalizing our archives so that we can capture our history. Others have volunteered to serve in an advisory capacity to help us with ideas for growing our organization.  The leadership team will be meeting to discuss how we can move forward on these ideas and engage you as we move forward.

As president, I meet with the other regional nursing research leaders. I would like to update you on some ideas I have heard from the other regional groups that the board will be discussing. One is a Leadership Academy that the Southern Nursing Research Society has implemented as a way to develop future leaders. This is a new initiative for them, but it is one we are interested in learning more about so that we can adopt something similar. We think it has the potential to be a helpful tool for succession planning and to develop future leaders for this organization. Another idea is mock review for publications and for grants. This has the potential to be of great benefit for our members especially those who may not have robust teams at their institutions to guide them. An early thought from the board is that this may be conducted as part of a webinar. We are in the very early phases of discussing this, but we will keep you posted. I think it is important for you to know that we also want to hear your ideas and we appreciate your engagement in the organization. We are only an email or phone call away so if you have ideas, please reach out.

Another aspect of my role is to serve on the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) Advisory Board. This is an advisory board to the American Academy of Nursing. Our team is working on a brief historical overview of  CANS , which will highlight the accomplishment of the organization over the past 50 years. This will be published in Nursing Outlook. In other CANS news, registration for the 2023 Advanced Methods Conference is now open and the link to register can be found here. The conference: Biosocial Methods to Advance Health Equity will take place virtually on September 13, 2023.

Long term and new members alike might be wondering about how to be more active in ENRS. There are many ways to be involved in ENRS. We welcome all who are interested in the advancement of nursing science to join our community of scholars and to become engaged in ENRS. Please visit this page to join. A call for nominations will be launched shortly for key elected committee and board positions so please keep an eye on your email for this important announcement. Consider volunteering to be an abstract reviewer for the annual scientific sessions. Another option is to share your expertise through a webinar. Feel free to contact us at: [email protected]  

 Members are encouraged to join the Research Interest Groups (RIG), which represent all major areas of nursing research. The RIG members meet regularly to share their expertise and work together to advance nursing science. I encourage you to join a RIG. Visit the ENRS website at: for more information. Members enjoy free access to our ongoing webinar series, our online community forum, and Nursing Research, our official journal, along with discounted registration for our annual scientific sessions.

Our President-Elect Marie Ann Marino and the Conference Planning Committee are preparing for the 36thAnnual Scientific Sessions in Boston, April 4-5, 2024. Please save the date. A call for abstracts will be coming out in September.

Warmest wishes,

Jane Flanagan, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, FNI, FNAP, FAAN

President, Eastern Nursing Research Society