Cashion, BSN ’78, to serve as acting director of the National Institutes for Nursing Research

Carolina Nursing celebrates with alumna, Ann Cashion, BSN ’78, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has been named the acting director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). She will begin the role on September 1, 2018 following the retirement of Patricia Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has directed the Institute for 23 years. A nation-wide search for the next director will begin immediately.

Dr. Cashion currently serves as the NINR scientific director and acting deputy director and has been at NINR for over seven years. She is a well-known scientist and leader in the field of nursing science with expertise in genetic markers that predict clinical outcomes. Dr. Cashion has held leadership positions on several scientific boards and is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health.

“It’s thrilling to have a Carolina nurse of Dr. Cashion’s caliber leading this institution that is so important to the work we do as faculty and students engaged in research,” said Nena Peragallo-Montano, dean of the UNC School of Nursing and newly elected member of the NINR National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. “We know it is in highly capable hands, and I look forward to working with Ann in the weeks and months to come.”

Congratulations, Dr. Cashion!