CANS Hosts 2024 State Of Science

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has a significant presence at this year's State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, taking place June 13 to 15 in Washington, D.C. SONHS is an event partner and sponsor.

"I am so proud to have our school contribute to and be so well-represented at the 2024 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research," said SONHS Dean and Professor Hudson Santos, Ph.D., RN, FABMR, FAAN. "This is the top nursing research conference in the nation."

The event is hosted every two years by the Council for the Advancement for Nursing Science (CANS), a signature initiative of the American Academy of Nursing. As chair-elect of the 2024 CANS National Advisory Council, Dean Santos was asked to give the "CANS Closing Remarks" on Saturday morning. "Our nursing science serves our patients through evidence-based practice, through the development of innovations, and, ultimately, by informing sound policy," he said.

SONHS students Judy Greengold, Alexa Parra, and Dalton Scott, members of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science program, were invited to present at the conference based on their ongoing research.

In the "Diverse Populations" category for podium sessions, Scott's presentation was titled "Intimate partner violence is associated with subsequent substance use among a nationwide sample of LGBTQIA+ people: Results from The PRIDE Study." The work is the result of a collaboration with some of his mentors on a manuscript related to the PRIDE Study, described on its website as "the first long-term national health study of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQIA+), or another sexual or gender minority." 

Parra represented SONHS in the Family Health category for podium sessions, delivering an address titled, "Cultivating Healthy Lifestyles: A Nurse-Led Intervention Study Targeting Hispanic Mothers and Children." Both Parra and Scott are recipients of the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award.

Greengold presented her poster "The Policy of Care: Understanding the Health Care Professional Lobbying Landscape." Later this month, she will present her work at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference in Nashville as well.

The State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research convenes nurse scientists from across the country in our nation's capital to explore pressing and timely research issues. The 2024 opening keynote was titled "AI, Informatics, and Nursing Science: Collaborating to Improve the Future of Health Equity." Other emergent topics at this year's event addressed social determinants of health, adaptive science on enduring health problems, and novel strategies to scale up nurse-led solutions. This annual event advances CANS' goal of Better Health Through Nursing Science and challenges participants to think boldly about how to strengthen their own work toward this endeavor, according to the event website. This year's conference was designed to align with the American Academy of Nursing's theme of "Envision" during its 50th anniversary arc and is centered on envisioning the future of nursing science.

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