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Niederhauser Named President of Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing Dean Victoria Niederhauser has been appointed President of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research board (FNINR).

The FNINR is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1993 whose mission is to strengthen and magnify the National Institute of Nursing Research’s impact in advancing nursing science. Nurse researchers are grounded in clinical nursing practice and focused on the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of patients. They recognize the illness and the presence of health risk factors affecting the overall well-being of individuals. FNINR’s fundraising and advocacy efforts through its Philanthropy and Ambassador Programs create awareness of the need for continued federal funding and cutting edge research that improves health and healthcare.

Niederhauser is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She joined the College of Nursing as dean in 2011. Prior to assuming her current position, she held various leadership roles at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene and held academic appointments at George Mason University and George Washington University.

Niederhauser said she is honored to lead the FNINR board.

“The span of research conducted nurse scientists funded by the National Institute of Health, from quality of life to improving health and healthcare, significantly impacts the well-being of individuals, families and communities living in our nation,” she said.

Niederhauser’s appointment began on January 13, 2023 and will run through December 31, 2024.


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