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  • USF College of Nursing faculty Members Presented Research at SNRS Annual Conference

    Faculty members from University of South Florida College of Nursing will present at the Southern Nursing Research Society’s (SNRS) 27th Annual Conference at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., Feb. 27 through March 2, 2013.

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    The SNRS conference, hosted byUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing, UAMS Medical Center, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will be focused on “Expanding Networks of Knowledge for Healthcare Innovations.”

    Dr. Denise Maguire, Elizabeth Kostas-Polston, Ponrathi Althingham, Constance Visovsky and Maureen Groer representing USF College of Nursing at SNRS booth

    Drs. Denise Maguire, Elizabeth Polston, Ponrathi Athiligam, Constance Visovsky and Maureen Groer representing USF College of Nursing at SNRS booth

    Cindy Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at USF College of Nursing, said the organization is the premiere nursing research society and the conference is essential for the College.

    “There are four nursing research societies in the country, and SNRS is the largest and the most active in terms of the membership and research initiatives,” Dr. Munro said. “It is vitally important that we [USF Nursing faculty] participate in the organization and its conference every year because it really is the voice of nursing research in the southern region.”

    The USF Nursing faculty members presenting at the SNRS conference include:

    Podium Presentations

    Ponrathi Athilingam, PhD, ACNP, FAANP, Assistant Professor and Concentration Director for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
    Cytokines and C-reactive Protein as Early Indicators of Cognitive Impairment in Persons with Heart Failure”

    “This is the first time I am attending and presenting at the SNRS, so I am excited, “said Dr. Athilingam.

    Maureen Groer, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Gordon Keller Professorship
    Toxoplasma gondii Antibody Titers in Women Veterans: Relationships with PTSD and Depression”  

    “This is the women veterans study being conducted by the Womens Health Research group that I lead,” Dr. Groer said. “I am happy to represent our team in this presentation.Toxoplasma gondii is present in a third of the world, and is a chronic asymptomatic infection, but may have behavioral effects such as depression and suicidality.”

    Monica Messer, RN, DNP, PhD, CWS, Adjunct Faculty
    Development of a Tool for Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment and Preventive Interventions in Ancillary Services Patients

    “I am grateful for the grant award and honored SNRS has accepted my research for presentation at their annual conference,” Dr. Messer said. “I look forward to the opportunity to tell what I think is an important story about a much ignored risk of pressure injury in patients undergoing ancillary procedures such as interventional radiology, cardiac and vascular procedures, and hemodialysis.”

    Laura Smith, PhD, FNP-C, RN, Postdoctoral  Scholar
    Predictors of Coherence in Typically Developing Adolescent Siblings of Individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder”

    Constance Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Community Engagement
    “Physical Activity, and Physical and Mental Health Among Survivors: The Breast Cancer Collaborative Registry Study”

    Poster Presentations

    Ponrathi Athilingam, PhD, ACNP, FAANP, Assistant Professor and Concentration Director for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
    “Cognitive Protection by Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors in Heart Failure”  

    Rasheeta Chandler,  PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor
    Black College Females and HIV Prevention Strategies:  The Essentials

    “I felt that SNRS was the perfect venue to debut this unique idea and I hoped that my peers would find it so helpful that they would consider using it in their future presentations,” said Dr. Chandler about her participation at SNRS. “I am excited! The type of research that I’m doing is what keeps me loving what I do. I think the marriage between creativity and science is refreshing.”

    Cecile A. Lengacher, PhD,RN, FAAN, Professor and BS-PhD Program Director “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Objective Sleep Quality among Breast Cancer Survivors, Preliminary Analyses”

    Denise Maguire, PhD, RN, CNL, Assistant Professor
    Validation of the Finnegan Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Tool: Short Form”

    “I am very excited about this poster!” said Dr. Maguire. “I just completed a “factor analysis” study of an instrument that has been used in the NICU since 1975 for infants exposed prenatally to narcotics. It’s going to revolutionize assessment in the NICU for infants who have Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, which is all over the news lately.”

    Elizabeth Kostas-Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Curriculum Development
     “An investigation of the effectiveness of molecular assays and sampling methods for the detection of oropharyngeal HPV infection”

    Invited Speaker

    Cindy Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation
    An Invited panelist for two sessions & Speaker for a Pre-Conference Workshop entitled: “Writing for Publication

    Dr. Munro, who has been an SNRS member for almost 20 years, was recently selected the organization’s President Elect. She will take over as President at the SNRS 2014 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. She will hold the presidency title Feb. 2014 through Feb. 2016.

    Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, dean of the USF College of Nursing and senior associate vice president of USF Health, will also attend the SNRS conference. Dr. Morrison-Beedy recently created a video, which can be seen below or the College’s YouTube Channel, to invite PhD students from across the country attending the conference to go visit the College of Nursing’s booth.


    SNRS, founded in 1986, is the leading nursing professional organization in the Southern region of the United States. The organization promotes the translation of nursing science through dissemination and utilization of research findings. This annual conference helps expand the networks of knowledge for healthcare innovations.

    For additional information about the SNRS conference and more visit the SNRS website. To view the full list of presenters visit the Onsite Program.