Nursing chair selected as FNINR ambassador

Cheryl Taylor, chairperson, Graduate Nursing Programs, and director, Office of Nursing Research, SU School of Nursing and Allied Health, was recently selected as an ambassador for the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR).

FNINR an independent nonprofit group that advocates for and advances nursing science in the name of promoting the health and wellbeing of all Americans, announced the selection of 15 Ambassadors to join the ranks of 15 others currently filling this role. Ambassadors are selected from a national pool of applicants based on their abilities to advance public, health professions, and policy-maker awareness of the critical research agenda linked to the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR).

These highly qualified individuals, many of whom function in the scientific community, will focus specifically on educating Congressional leaders as to the high-impact and cost-effective treatments and quality-of-life enhancements that emanate from nursing science. Ultimately, the goal is advance research funding to ensure the training of scientists at a time of major scientific breakthroughs and to promote the updated NINR strategic plan that specifies how nurse scientists improve the wellbeing of Americans across the human lifespan.

“It is humbling for me as to be chosen to represent nursing science and health care research for NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research as an ambassador. As a mentor to many students and faculty, and in the spirit of professional inter-subjectivity, my lifelong commitment to advance nursing and health care research is strengthened by this national appointment. Caring is truly the essence of nursing,” said Taylor.

Taylor, the Dr. Jewel and Dr. James Prestage Endowed Professor at SUBR, and fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, was recently reappointed by the National League for Nursing (NLN) to the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) to serve a third term as NLN consultant. She was also elected in 2016 by the prestigious American Academy of Nursing to serve as a member of the Fellow Selection Committee. Taylor also serves as an AACN/NLN Jonas Scholar Mentor for three Ph.D. nursing students and was elected by the NLN membership to their National Strategic Planning Committee.  At the statewide level, she is a member of the Louisiana Action Coalition Diversity Steering Committee and a member appointed by the Governor, of the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services Institutional Review Board.

FNINR is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources to support nursing research and help advance the mission of NINR. FNINR seeks to support research-based nursing practice by educating health care professionals, Congress, and other appointed and elected officials, as well as the public in general about the advances made through nursing research and its benefits to patients, families, the community and the delivery of quality health care.

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