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The Pediatric RIG's purpose is to encourage networking among researchers either currently conducting or interested in conducting research involving children. Members can meet others doing similar research, benefit from the advice of distinguished researchers, and find or become a mentor.

Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Post research briefs of award recipients on the MNRS website.
  • Provide an avenue for collaboration and mentoring:
    • Learn about potential collaborators
    • Mentoring early researchers
  • Use One Hub to encourage membership contact between annual meetings. Use it as a second method to announce abstract due dates for appropriate conferences.

2018 Goals


  • Acknowledge achievements by honoring the 2018 Distinguished Researcher Award and Outstanding Dissertation.
  • Identify key RIG member actions to achieve 5-year goals to promote collaboration, provide mentorship, and increase nurses entering pediatrics

Future/5 Years...

  • Promote collaboration among investigators in the RIG
  • Provide mentorship for new/early pediatric investigators
  • Address the need to increase nurses entering pediatrics for practice and research
  • Acknowledge pediatric nurse investigators for their contributions to nursing science
    • 2018 Distinguished Researcher Award and Outstanding Dissertation
    • 2019 Award for Early Stage Researcher and Outstanding Dissertation
    • 2020 Distinguished Researcher Award and Outstanding Dissertation
    • 2021 Award for Early Stage Researcher and Outstanding Dissertation
    • 2022 Distinguished Researcher Award and Outstanding Dissertation

2017-2018 RIG Contacts 

Chair Cynthia LaFond


Barbara Giambra

Past Chair Cheryl Crisp

Grant Rep Sandy Hagstrom
Barbara Beacham


Member in the Spotlight
Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAAN

Dr. Jill Kilanowski is pediatric nurse practitioner, an educator, and nurse scientist conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Kilanowski earned her PhD from The Ohio State University: her dissertation titled, "Health Disparities in Itinerant Carnival and Migrant Children." Her community-based research examines unhealthy weight and agricultural safety education in Latino children of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. She developed low-literacy culturally-sensitive interventions for children and families. She completed a NIH KL2 award at Case Western Reserve University. She has received funding as an investigator from NIH, and various foundations. She has completed 20 research studies and is published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented internationally. In her long academic history she has served as faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Michigan State University, Capital University, Otterbein University, and Fairfield University in Connecticut. She is now Associate Dean for Graduate Program at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. Acknowledging her expertise, Dr. Kilanowski was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve as chair of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. In 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Recent Activities/Highlights 

  • Guaranteed Symposia 2016
    • Evaluation of a Community Campaign: Newborn Umbilical Cord Care
      Author(s): Susan M. Walsh, DNP, CPNP; Kathleen Norr, PhD; Healther Sipsma, PhD
    • Caring for Infants with Milk Soy Protein Intolerance: Challenges with Hypoallergenic Formulas and Reimbursement
      Author(s): Kari Wade EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
    • The Face of Diabetes: The Child's Perspective
      Author (s): Kathleen Elertson, DNP, APANP, CPNP,BC, RN; Shari Leisch. APNP, RN, CDE; Elizabeth K. Babler, PhD, PPCNP-PC, RN, CDE
    • A Retrospective Review of Child Abuse Screening in Children Less than 3 years of Age
      Author(s): Kelly S. Faclome, RN, MS, CNL; Suzanne Moody MPA; Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH; Richard A Falcone, MD, MPH
    • Neurobiology of Attachment: From Bench Proposals to Public Policy
      Author(s): Ashley Weber, PhD(c), Ms. RN: Tondi M. Harrison, PhD, RN; Deborah, Steward PhD, RN

2017-2018 RIG Awards being Offered

Opens: August 1, 2017
Closes:  November 10, 2017

Distinguished Researcher Award (Description)
Outstanding Dissertation Award (Description)

To apply, please email your application to the RIG Chair
Questions? Please email the RIG Chair

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

Click here to view the Pediatric RIG Minutes from the 2016 Annual Conference.

Click here to view the minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference.

RIG LinkedIn Page

To join the Pediatric LinkedIn page, click here.

RIG Listserv

A listserv is similar to a "group" email. When something is sent to the Listserv address, it is received by all subscribers assigned to the listserv. New and renewing members who choose to volunteer on a RIG will be automatically subscribed to the RIG's Listserv. Those who do not renew their dues with be automatically unsubscribed. The Listserv is updated weekly so it is always current.

RIG Group Pages

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