Interview by Sarah Gluck
Describe your personal journey as a scientist: What inspired you to pursue science? Where are you in your career?
I was first inspired to be a nurse as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa. It is nursing that then lead me to become a scientist. I believe the nursing perspective is greatly needed as we find new, effective and innovative ways to address chronic illness.
How did you get involved with NRMN?
I became involved in NRMN through the recommendation of another nurse scientist who completed the NRMN P3 program a year or so earlier. She and my Associate Dean of Research were convinced this would be a good investment of time and they were correct.
What was it about NRMN that initially caught your interest?
The two aspects of the NRMN P3 that caught my interest were 1) the built-in accountability to support the grant writing process and 2) the opportunity to network and build relationships with junior faculty in other disciplines and across the nation. The program really delivered on these two points; I really appreciated the structure of the grant writing process and I plan to use this timeline for future writing projects. Plus, I made some great contacts and colleagues through the program and I plan to stay in touch with them as time goes on.
Which of NRMN’s programs did you participate in?
I participated in the NRMN P3 at the University of Utah. As I am four years into my first junior faculty appointment, the P3 program seemed to be the best fit and I met quite a few colleagues who were progressing through their first faculty appointment as well.
Describe your role in the program, and tell us a little about your experience in that role.
I just completed my time as a trainee in the NRMN P3. I loved the structure of the program and it really helped keep me stay on task with writing my grant. In addition, I learned some important content regarding formatting, selecting collaborators, tables/figures, etc. All knowledge that I am certain I will continue to use in my career as a nurse scientist.
How has your experience with NRMN changed the way you approach your career in the sciences?
Yes, NRMN P3 has greatly influenced my approach to grant writing. With the content shared, I feel very confident that I can keep on tackling my grant writing projects and I believe this program as contributed greatly to my future success.
If someone called you and asked, “Why should I become involved with NRMN?” how would you respond?
Absolutely! If you are lucky enough to be part of this program, you will certainly gain great insight into the grant writing process and connect with great colleagues.