The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) announced the appointment of four new members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR), the institute's principal advisory board.

Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying diverse perspectives from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics. NINR, a component of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary federal agency for the support of nursing research.

The NACNR meets three times a year on the NIH campus to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct the second level review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups. In addition, the council reviews the institute's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities. The new members are:

Beverly Priefer, PhD, RN, the acting director of research and evidence-based practice programs in the Office of Nursing Services
at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is also a faculty associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. In
her current position, she oversees its national evidence-based practice initiatives including educational workshops, a facility consultation program, and an online resource center.

Colonel Michael L. Schlicher, PhD, RN, is the executive director for the military's TriService Nursing Research Program in Bethesda, Md. He previously served as the regional chief of nursing research for both the Pacific Regional Medical Command in Honolulu and the Southern Regional Medical Command in San Antonio. His research seeks to use aspects of nanotechnology to develop new nursing therapeutics for wound healing, pain control, and disease prevention. In addition to having several articles published in peer-reviewed journals, he authored a first edition book chapter in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Advanced Clinical Critical Care Nurse Textbook.
Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, is the dean, James R. Dougherty, Jr. Centennial Professor in Nursing and holds the Laura Lee Blanton Chair in Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stuifbergen is internationally known for her innovative research projects in health promotion for persons with chronic and disabling conditions.

Jennifer Temel, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, clinical director of thoracic oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, director of cancer outcomes research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, and co-leader of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Outcomes Research Program, Boston. Her research focuses on optimizing palliative and supportive care for patients with cancer and their families. She is also interested in enhancing patient-clinician communication and decision-making about end-of-life care.