Despite protests by over 4,300 nurses, and constructive interactions with NIH director Francis Collins, a dentist and a biologist have now assumed the interim leadership positions at NINR. The search for a permanent director is underway. Join our campaign for NIH to appoint a nurse as interim director as soon as possible!
Following our tweet-storm and the launch of our campaign on August 27, more than 4,300 nursing supporters have urged the National Institutes of Health to appoint a nurse to lead the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), instead of the dentist who assumed the interim director job on October 1. The NIH's second search for a permanent NINR director is underway. We urge everyone to continue watching and urging NIH to place a nursing leader in charge of NINR as as soon as possible!
The Truth provides more detail on how poor public understanding of nursing undermines the profession. This letter includes survey results showing that responding nurses overwhelmingly believe NINR should be led by a nurse
The Truth follows up and seeks a more rigorous search for a temporary NINR director who is a nurse
Please continue to apply pressure on the NIH Director to find an interim director who is a nurse. We believe that Dr. Collins now understands the nature of our concerns, but that a dentist is still in charge of NINR at least in part because of administrative constraints. We gather that federal rules require that the interim position be filled by a current NIH employee. But we urge Dr. Collins to consider the many other nurses at NIH, at least some of whom have advanced research degrees and could presumably fill the interim position, even if they would need some assistance with the administrative aspects of the job. Please join our campaign and circulate to colleagues, friends and family. Everyone has a stake in better public understanding of nursing. Thank you!
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