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NOTE: The former name of this RIG was that of Pain & Symptom Management.


The focus of the Symptom Science RIG is to advance nursing knowledge related to pain and symptom management. The role of nursing science is critical to assist health care providers to better understand, prevent and manage pain and other symptoms experienced by patients. The Symptom ScienceRIG is comprised of nurse researchers from around the Midwest. The RIG is fortunate to have diversity in its membership regarding years of experience studying pain and other symptoms, effectiveness of interventions, and the physiology of these phenomena. Members range from master's students to full professors. Many RIG members have current or prior funding including small and large grants, whereas others have never been funded, but serve as an important resource regarding pain and symptom-related issues.

Who Should Join?

  • Nurses with clinical experiences in symptom science and also have interest in research as it applies to the clinical practices.
  • Nurse Educators who teach students about pain and symptom management and who have interest in research as it applies to nursing or interprofessional undergraduate or graduate education, and who are interested in applying the interprofessional Core Competencies in Undergraduate Pain Education.
  • Nurse Research scientists who conduct pain and symptom management research through basic science, and clinical research.

Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Networking – to help connect members to others doing similar work and to connect junior faculty to potential mentors.
  • Continue to work on increasing communication outside of the annual meeting
  • Contribute to the scientific community annually through a competitive or guaranteed symposium.
  • Recognize the accomplishments of our members through two annual awards-this may include a senior, junior scientist, DNP, PhD and Undergrad student award which would alternate yearly.
  • Contribute to the MNRS foundation.

2015-2016 Goals


  1. Support the Grants Committee for grants pertaining to Pain and Symptom Management
  2. Review National Pain Strategies and provide public comment
  3. Prepare timeline for Guaranteed Symposium in 2017
  4. Communicate multiple times in the year for nominations of RIG awards

Future/3 Years...

  1. Guaranteed Symposium presentations

2016-2017 RIG Contacts

Chair Judith Schlaeger
Chair-Elect      Dawn Denny
Past-Chair Barbara St. Marie
Grant Rep Catherine Cherwin

Recent Activities/Highlights

New information coming soon!

2017-2018 RIG Awards to be Offered

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

Dissertation Award (Description)
Distinguished Researcher Award (Description)
New Investigator 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 minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference.

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

RIG LinkedIn Page

To join the Symptom Science 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

Click here to access member only group content