Applications for ENA Nursing Diverse Voices Research Fellowship Due March 3

Applications for ENA Nursing Diverse Voices Research Fellowship Due March 3

The ENA Foundation’s new Emergency Nursing Diverse Voices Research Fellowship aims to increase diversity in nursing research.

In partnership with the Emergency Nursing Research Advisory Council and the Emergency Nurses Association Diversity, Equality and Inclusivity Committee, the ENA Foundation is accepting applications for the ENDVR Fellowship through March 3. The fellowship will better support and mentor emerging researchers who are members of underrepresented groups.

“The ENDVR Fellowship embodies two important foci for ENA including the important work of the DEI committee that began in 2019 and is in line with the Foundation’s efforts to increase the visibility of research grants,” said ENA Foundation Chairperson Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN. “It’s hoped that the ENDVR Fellowship will encourage nurses from underrepresented communities to undertake research projects that will reflect and address important issues in their communities.”

Selected applicants will attend and participate in research activities at Emergency Nursing 2022 in Denver; partner with a member of the Emergency Nursing Research Advisory Council who will serve as a mentor; develop a research project to be conducted locally; attend advisory council meetings; and present their results and findings at either Emergency Nursing 2023 or 2024. The fellowship may extend to two years as required.

“The Emergency Nursing Diverse Voices Research Fellowship is important because underrepresented nurses have been systematically excluded from research opportunities in nursing. This exclusion often means that critical perspectives are missing from the research that guides our practice,” said ENA DEI Committee Chairperson Anna Valdez, Ph.D., RN, FAEN, FAADN. “We are excited about this opportunity to work with and support diverse nurses who have an interest in emergency nursing research. I am looking forward to meeting and working with new fellows.

“I encourage diverse nurses to apply for the fellowship and want them to know that their voices and contributions to the profession are welcomes and valued at ENA,” Valdez added.

Click here to learn more about or apply for the Emergency Nursing Diverse Voices Research Fellowship.

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About the ENA Foundation

The ENA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is the philanthropic arm of the Emergency Nurses Association. The Foundation fuels the future of emergency nursing with a mission focused on providing academic scholarships and research grants to emergency nurses. Since 1991, the ENA Foundation has awarded approximately $5.3 million to more than 2,300 emergency nurses to help them earn degrees, expand their skills through continuing education and conduct research projects directly related to emergency nursing and led by nurse researchers.

Amy Nichols Appointed Academic Dean of UC Davis/Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Amy Nichols Appointed Academic Dean of UC Davis/Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Stephen J. Cavanagh, Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis  has appointed Amy Nichols, Ed.D., R.N., C.N.S., C.H.S.E., A.N.E.F. as the school’s associate dean for academics. Nichols has held the position on an interim basis since January of this year. 

In this role, Nichols continues to guide program leaders, overseeing the School of Nursing’s four graduate-degree programs and outcomes. She also supports faculty in their instruction of students, examines faculty workload, ensures the quality and approval of curriculum and collaborates with UC Davis campus units. 

Nichols has more than 30 years of academic experience and is emeritus faculty at San Francisco State University School of Nursing for her 20-plus years of service. 

Her academic interests include the preparation of new nurses as leaders in evidence-based practice, leadership, advocacy for diverse patient populations and change agents to support a strong nursing workforce. She also has extensive knowledge about the use of simulation-based learning and transforming curriculums using this methodology. 

As a clinical professor, Nichols serves as a specialty content expert in maternal child health and evidence-based practice for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing. She also teaches courses in improving quality in health care, primary health care and preparation for clinical practice in the Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner and Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies degree programs. Her background is in maternal-child nursing, women’s health, simulation pedagogy and leadership. 

“Dr. Nichols’ long career of advancing graduate education makes her the optimal person to drive our program organization, partner with faculty on career advancement and ensure our alignment with procedures for the accreditation process,” Cavanagh said. “I also rely on her expertise and input on strategic investments and resource allocation to meet the school’s academic mission.” 

Nichols also partners with the school’s other associate deans, especially Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Piri Ackerman-Barger, to implement inclusion enhancement plans and teaching plans for faculty as necessary. In keeping with the School of Nursing’s commitment to interprofessional education, she plans to work with the faculty leadership of the UC Davis School of Medicine. 

“This is an opportunity to for me to take on a leadership role in something that I’ve been committed to all my life. Now, I hope to have a larger impact on this incredible school,” Nichols said. “I’m committed to supporting the faculty who guide our students and help the school move forward.” 

Nichols also serves as chair of Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, is a member of the Leadership Transition Advisory Committee and formerly served as the school’s director of clinical simulation. She is an editorial board member for the Nursing Administration Quarterly and contributing editor for PSNet, an online resource in patient safety.  She is also a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education. 

Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Nichols taught as an associate professor of nursing for 20 years at San Francisco State University School of Nursing and adjunct faculty in University of San Francisco School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Nichols was also previously a nursing director for 10 years leading the Center for Nursing Excellence at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.