The Emergency Nursing Diverse Voices Research Fellowship program seeks to support and mentor beginning researchers who are members of underrepresented communities. Launched in 2022 through support from the ENA Foundation and in collaboration with the ENA DEI Committee, the ENR Advisory Council seeks to mentor the next generation of researchers by ensuring all voices are at the table.
Successful applicants will engage in an 18-month to two-year experience in identifying and answering clinically based research questions. Funding for hotel and travel to required meetings, registration for events, and grant funding for research projects up to $500 are provided by the ENA Foundation.
- Must be a licensed nurse or nursing student.
- Must be a member of an underrepresented community.
- Research line of inquiry must be applicable to the emergency care setting; it does not require that you are interested in researching specific communities or groups of patients.
Now accepting applications through Feb. 27 ENDVR Fellowship Application.
Meet the Inaugural Class of Fellows
Bailey Ferris is a certified emergency nurse with ten years of patient care experience from both nursing and paramedicine. With a diverse background in emergency care, patient advocacy and lived experience, Bailey is now working from both bedside and academic perspectives to expand equitable emergency care access for LGBTQIA+ patients. Bailey currently works at Texas Health HEB in Bedford, Texas. As a vocal member of the Diversity Action Committee within the hospital environment, and as a growing researcher within emergency nursing who is currently pursuing an MSN-Ed at Chamberlain University, Bailey is a rising voice in both patient care and nursing practice.
Roz King is the program manager for research in emergency medicine at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. She leads a team of research coordinators and project managers, assisting with grant acquisition, study design and management and quality improvement. Under her leadership, research funding for emergency medicine at UVM has increased by $3.3 million, now totaling more than $7 million. Ms. King also conducts her own research, with a focus on health care disparities, health equity and low barrier access to care. King’s work as part of this fellowship will focus on workplace violence. Data shows that health care workers are experiencing higher rates of violence-related injuries than other professions, with emergency department staff at the highest risk for injury. This study seeks to address the issue through the creation of a database that will allow for the characterization of violent incidents that occur in the emergency department, with a focus on the effects of racial concordance.
Victoria Nash is an emergency department clinical nurse educator at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In her role, she facilitates new hire orientation, employee onboarding, ongoing department education and policy development. She serves as a BLS, ACLS, PALS instructor with the American Heart Association, a TNCC instructor with ENA and teaches several courses for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital including charge nurse training, triage training and crisis intervention training. Victoria has over 12 years of experience in emergency care including time as a firefighter, first responder and more than seven years as an emergency department registered nurse. As an ENDVR Fellow, her goal is to increase the voices of LGBTQIA+ emergency nurses. Her research project seeks to better understand experiences of LGBTQIA+ emergency nurses including any support they receive or challenges they face while working in the emergency department. This study will be one of the first of its kind due to the severe lack of research regarding LGBTQIA+ health care workers. Victoria’s ENDVR project will help build a foundation for future research projects focusing on the LGBTQIA+ population and increase the voice of the LGBTQIA+ emergency nurse.