The State of SNRS 2024

The Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) held its 38th annual conference from February 21-23, 2024 in Charlotte, NC at the beautiful Le Meridien-Sheraton Hotel. I want to extend my sincere appreciation on behalf of the entire Board of Directors to the following Host School Diamond Level sponsors: Florida State University College of Nursing, University of Central Florida College of Nursing, UNC Charlotte School of Nursing, and UTMB School of Nursing. I would like to also thank the following Host School Gold Level sponsors: University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing, University of Florida School of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing, University of South Florida College of Nursing, and UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. We appreciate our Gold Partners: University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Auburn University College of Nursing, UT Tyler School of Nursing, and USC College of Nursing, our Silver Partners: UNC Greensboro School of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, East Carolina University College of Nursing, and Texas Christian University Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and our Bronze Partners: Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans, and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Finally, we are grateful to the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing for sponsoring our Annual Conference Tote Bag, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing for sponsoring our Badge Holder/ Lanyard, and University of South Florida College of Nursing for sponsoring the hand sanitizer.


We have been working with our management team at Association Conference Group (ACG) for almost two years now, and in that time, we have grown in sponsorships from $32,875 in 2022 to $137,549 in 2024! Our organization had 502 members in 2022 and now has 842 members. The top 10 states in terms of the number of members are Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Arkansas. Further, we had 304 registrants for our conference in 2022 and we had 450 in 2024. We received $137,540 in conference registrations in 2022 and in 2024, we received $195,921. In terms of assets, we have recovered from the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and are on solid financial ground again. We have seen great growth in our organization, and we extend our gratitude to the ACG leadership team for the hard work in assisting us with achieving our goals.


While we will review our Strategic Goals over the upcoming year to determine any changes that need to be made, at present our strategic goals remain to assure a robust and engaged membership, assure the financial stability of the organization, and increase organizational effectiveness. To lead these efforts, I was recently installed as President of SNRS, Mercy Mumba is now the President-Elect, Pamela Ashcraft is now the Secretary/Treasurer, Demetrius Abshire is the Director of Development, Ashley Rivera remains as the Director of Communications, and Vicki Loerzel remains as the Director of Grants. To complete our 2024 Board, we have Suzanne Prevost as our Vice President, Sara Davis as our Director of Membership, Kyungeh An as the Director of Career Development/Awards, and Miriam Ezenwa as Director of the Research Interest and Implementation Groups (RIIGs). Ann Hammack Johnson and Susan Letvak will join our Succession Planning and Nominations Committee. 


Our members have amazing talents that could benefit our organization, provide a venue to give back, network, build new connections, increase engagement, and a path to leadership within SNRS. We need each member to continue our success and growth – in short, WE NEED YOU! There are several committees to engage in as we cannot do the work without our membership. I encourage everyone to complete the SNRS Committee Interest form by clicking here and volunteer for this great organization today. The open leadership positions in SNRS for 2024 include Vice President, Vice President-Elect, Director of Membership, Director of Career Development/Awards, Director of RIIGs, and two open Succession Planning and Nominations Committee positions. If you are interested in one of these leadership positions and have been a member of SNRS for at least two years, please consider nominating yourself or someone else today. It is helpful for nominees to have been actively involved in SNRS and have experience serving on committees. If you would like to nominate yourself, please submit a completed consent to serve form with your CV and a brief (limit 200 words) campaign statement including a brief summary of your research experiences, your prior leadership experiences, and your reasons for seeking a leadership position in SNRS. All nomination packet materials can be received from and/or questions about nominations can be directed to Marti Rice at


The 39th annual conference will be held in Memphis, Tennessee on February 19-21, 2025, at the historic and beautiful Peabody Hotel. The SNRS Planning Committee and the Local Planning Committee are already working diligently to create a great conference experience for you and facilitate excursions so that you might be able to visit the National Civil Rights Museum, the legendary Stax Music Academy, the historic Slave Haven Museum, historic Sun Studio and/or Graceland. Come and enjoy the conference as well as all the food and entertainment that Memphis has to offer. Click here for a great preview of Memphis – I hope to see you there!!!



Charleen McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN

President, Southern Nursing Research Society