Greater Nashville Area

SOCRA Greater Nashville Regional Chapter

  1. The meetings will be conducted remotely via Zoom.
  2. . In order to register for the meeting please complete the following REDCap survey upon registration completion a meeting password and the link to the meeting will be sent to the email entered into the survey
    4. Actual attendance will be documented via emailing during or immediately following the meeting. Following the meeting:
    a. SOCRA members will be emailed a copy of the SOCRA attendance certificate
    b. Non SOCRA members track attendance via VUMC CME website and/or their own CE tracking method.
    c. A unique VUMC CME code will be provided during the May 22 meeting, the code is valid for 24 hours.

 Creating your research protocol: Your roadmap for scholarly work

Speaker: Elizabeth B. Card, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CPAN, CCRP, FASPAN, FAAN
Manager Research Projects, Clinical Research Nursing
Research Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Trials Office; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
May 16, 2024 │12 – 1 pm Central

As individuals working in healthcare, we may have questions about nursing practice or best practice in identifying or treating certain diseases. Formulation of a searchable practice question can guide us through our medical library in searching and synthesizing best and most current evidence. But sometimes our search in the evidence may identify knowledge gaps (lack of evidence). When we encounter this, it is an opportunity to generate new knowledge through research. The first step in conducting research is creating the research protocol. This document serves as the map to complete the project, answer the hypothesis or accomplish the study aim and also serves as the first draft/outline of your manuscript for publishing your research. This presentation will discuss elements to be included in research protocols and encourage participation in scholarly work.

Cameli M, Novo G, Tusa M, Mandoli GE, Corrado G, Benedetto F, Antonini-Canterin F, Citro R. How to Write a Research Protocol: Tips and Tricks. J Cardiovasc Echogr. 2018 Jul-Sep;28(3):151-153. doi: 10.4103/jcecho.jcecho_41_18. PMID: 30306017; PMCID: PMC6172884.


Contract Management and Negotiation

Speaker: John Plummer, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs – Contracts Management
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
May 22, 2024 │12 – 1 pm Central

Contract management and negotiation is a critical part of any research study. Contracts are an important mechanism to facilitate collaboration and related activities such as data or materials transfer. The goal is to enable a researcher’s work to happen, while protecting the researcher’s interest and the interests of the institution. The speaker will discuss:

  •  The importance of having a detailed scope of work, protocol, and budget
  •  Managing data and materials, including issues of origination and risks
  •  Common issues in negotiating research contracts


Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.
Financial Disclosures: Faculty and planners for this event have the following disclosures:

Name of individual / Individual's role in activity Name of commercial interest/Nature of relationship
Annette Oeser, MS, BS, CCRP Faculty: Nothing to disclose – 08/07/2023
Elizabeth B. Card, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CPAN, CCRP, FASPAN, FAAN Faculty: Nothing to disclose—03/25/2024
John Plummer, PhD Faculty—Nothing to disclose—04/19/2024

Attendance: Members and non-members welcome. Please bring your lunch. For directions, please contact .
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Chapter Chairpersons:

Wendy Lloyd
Phone: 615 936 7106

Annette Oeser