Congratulations to the following Scholarship and Grant Awardees and Contest Winners!


Arthur Davis LPN to RN Scholarship


Julie-Anna Perkins, LPN

I would like to thank the Tennessee Nurses Foundation for the scholarship to help advance my education and career. I’m eager to start this new chapter and blessed to have received the support from the TNF. Thank you for all your help!

Amount received: $1,000






Maureen Nalle Memorial Graduate Nursing Scholarship

aimee-brown-2015-memorial-grad-schwebAimee Branch, BSN, RN, FNP-S

I want to express my genuine gratitude for being selected for the Maureen Nalle Memorial Graduate Nursing Scholarship. I am so appreciative of the Tennessee Nurses Foundation in their support of me as I complete my master’s degree at Tennessee State University in their family nurse practitioner program. Upon my graduation, in December 2016, I plan to continue furthering my education to get my doctorate of nursing practice and become an effective leader as a provider that strives to improve patient outcomes in the community and in the state of Tennessee. This monetary award allows me to focus more on my studies and community service. I thank you again for your generosity and support of my future endeavors. I promise to utilize my education to continue to work hard for my patients in the community, promote the profession of nursing and be instrumental in obtaining full practice authority for nurse practitioners in Tennessee and all over the United States. “When a person decided to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others. Caring for others with the love of God.”

Amount received: $2,000

Nursing Research Grants

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Carrie Plummer
Karen Hande
Eydie Cloyd


Eydie Cloyd, JD, MSN, PMHNP-BC,Karen Hande, DNP, APN-BC, and Carrie Plummer, PhD, APN-BC, have received TNF Grant Funding for their research project Mindfulness Centered Stress Reduction for Nursing Students. The TNF Grant is helping fund Phase II of the research project. This project is being conducted by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in collaboration with Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt.

Amount received: $3,990


Tennessee Action Coalition

The Tennessee Action Coalition has been well-supported by the Tennessee Nurses Foundation (TNF). The TNF initially supported a widely-viewed and well-received five-part webinar series titled Nurse Advocacy, Policymaking, and Full Practice Authority. On demand-viewing of the archived webinars continues. There have been over 600 unique participants for the series; many of participants have watched multiple webinars from the series. Ninety-two percent of the participants reported they were very satisfied or satisfied with the webinar they viewed.

We are now finishing phase 1 of a three-part economic impact analysis that was partially funded by the TNF, as well as an East Tennessee pharmacist, Tennessee APRN groups, Schools/Colleges of nursing, a regional TONE Council, and Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis. Phase 1 includes an extensive, integrated review of the economic impact of APRNs having full practice authority at both the state and national level.

Before we proceed with phase 2, we need to raise the remaining funds. Phase 2 of the study will include Tennessee-specific projections based on models developed from state and national results described in the phase 1 report. The results of phase 2 will be valuable in our work with members of the full practice authority task force, legislators during the next General Assembly, and other key stakeholders.

Amount received for both projects: $13,900


2016 Scholarly Writing Contest Winners

First Place: Amy Smith, MSN, RN, APN, FNP-BC
Runner Up: Cathy Yancey, RN

Click HERE for details and to read their manuscripts.