Who we are?
Currently the Board of FIRN consists of 5 Clinical Research Nurses who are working diligently to establish the organizational structure of FIRN and create fundraising opportunities that will allow us to fulfill our mission. The Officers of FIRN are a President, Secretary and a Treasurer. At least 80% of the members of the Board of Directors must be members of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses in good standing.
FIRN would like to open the opportunity for up to three additional CRNs to join the board. The board meets monthly for 1 1/2 hrs. via web based meeting platform. The positions would require attendance at these monthly meetings as well as follow-up on implementation of priority action plans discussed during the monthly meetings.
Potential Board and Committee member volunteers should demonstrate specific skills necessary to complete the work of the board and advisory committee through their CV and addressing the questions on the FIRN volunteer application form. The application should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Current Board of Directors
President: Shaunagh Browning MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Shaunagh Browning graduated from George Mason University with a BSN in 1988. She began work at Georgetown University Hospital immediately after graduation on an inpatient medical-surgical unit that included an inpatient diabetes treatment center. After two years on the floor Shaunagh became a certified diabetes educator and transferred to the outpatient endocrinology department where she educated and managed patients with diabetes. In addition, Shaunagh managed numerous clinical trials for the endocrinology, started the insulin pump program, and specialized in managing pregnant woman with diabetes.
In 1998 Shaunagh completed her MSN at Georgetown with specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She took on the role of clinical nurse specialist for Medtronic MiniMed, the insulin pump company, in 2000.
In 2003 Shaunagh returned to GUMC as the Nurse Manager of the Clinical Research Center. Shaunagh along with 4 other of her nurse manager colleagues began the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) in 2009. She has co-authored the Scope and Standards of Practice for Clinical Research Nurses (CRN) and assisted in gaining the recognition of the specialty practice of Clinical Research Nursing by the ANA in 2016. Shaunagh has developed the international liaison program for IACRN and has traveled internationally to provide education to nurses working with clinical research participants. She was awarded the “Distinguished Clinical Research Nurse Award” by IACRN in October 2016. (include headshot with this)
Treasurer: Nicole Hansen, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Nicole is a founding board member of Friends of International Clinical Research Nursing currently serving in the role of Treasurer. She was a founding board member of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses. She specialized in clinical research for 21 years, served as an IRB scientific reviewer for 10 years, served as a mentor for graduate students, and has been a guest lecturer locally and abroad. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree at Samuel Merritt College, earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Duke University and is ANCC Board Certified Nurse Executive. Nicole is currently a supervisor for the Ambulatory Case Management program at the University of California, Davis
Director: Margaret McCabe, Ph.D., R.N., P.N.P.
Margaret McCabe is the director of nursing research for medicine patient services at Boston Children’s Hospital. In this role she educates and mentors staff in the conduct of evidence-based practice (EBP) and clinical research. At the same time Dr. McCabe maintains her own program of research that focuses on using a biobehavioral framework to better understand the symptom of fatigue in children. Dr. McCabe holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at several schools of nursing. Dr. McCabe is a founding member of the International Association for Clinical Research Nurses. Through the course of her career Dr. McCabe has worked in roles providing direct patient care, managing care units for patients participating in clinical research, educating nurses and conducting independent research
Director: Mary Jane Williams, DNP, MPH, RN, NE-BC
Mary Jane Williams is the nurse manager of the Clinical Research Unit at the University of Wisconsin’s academic medical center in Madison Wisconsin. Dr. Williams career includes 19 years in clinical research. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) form Rush University – Chicago and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in 1999 from Tulane University – New Orleans, that included additional courses in research Design and Analysis at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Williams is a founding member of IACRN. She co-chaired the Scope and Standards of Practice Committee that recently gained ANA recognition of clinical research nursing as a specialty practice and included the writing group for IACRN and ANA co-publication, Clinical Research Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice.
At University Hospital, Dr. Williams serves on the Nursing Research and EBP Council, RN Research Practice Committee, UW Campus Human Subjects IRB, and is presently co-investigator on a research study entitled Nurses’ Perception of Nurse-Physician Collaboration and Patterns of Communication. Additionally, Dr. Williams has taught in the UW School of Nursing School undergraduate program and guest is a guest lecturer nationally and internationally
FIRN would like to open the opportunity for up to three additional CRNs to join the board. The board meets monthly for 1 1/2 hrs. via web based meeting platform. The position would require attendance at these monthly meetings as well as follow-up on implementation of priority action plans discussed during the monthly meetings.