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2020 IACRN Election of Officers

Candidate Information


Sheryl Forbes, MEd, BSN, RN, CCRP is a Senior Research Nurse at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Sheryl has worked as an oncology nurse at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for six years, three of which were spent in lymphoma research. She has extensive experience managing clinical trials in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma containing novel agents. In addition to practicing specialized nursing care, she is also actively involved as an elected representative in two Institutional nursing committees including the Nursing Practice Congress and the Clinical Research Nurse Committee. Her role as a representative includes evaluating clinical practice nursing standards, ensuring high standards of professionalism, and enhancing the specialty practice of the research nurse.

Sheryl received a bachelor and master’s degree from the University of Houston and a bachelor degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She is currently in candidacy for a PhD in nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston focusing her research on enhancing the understanding of the role of the oncology research nurse.

Member At Large

  • Tamara Kempken-Mehring, MSN, RN, CCRC has been an engaged member of IACRN since 2011. Currently the co-chair of the IACRN education committee (through December 2019), involved with the certification process, served on the scope and standards committee, co-author of the Clinical Research Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, and nominations committee (resigning to run for this position).

"During my time on the education committee I have worked with Complion to host IACRN webinars that address the educational needs of the CRN, been integral to the development of the IACRN Toolkit, and the IACRN Leadership Program. I have been a CRN for 23 years as a study coordinator, bedside CRN, and in a leadership position as the CNS for the UW-CRU. I would like to continue my growth as a CRN and work to engage IACRN members to advocate for this specialty, be a part of IACRN’s mission, vision, strategic planning and organizational growth. I feel the best way to do this is by holding a position on the IACRN Board of Directors."

  • Elizabeth Leonard, DNP, MSN, MBE, BSN has been a member of the IACRN for several years, attending the first 2008 IACRN meeting in Boston. Elizabeth is a CRN and has worked in clinical research since 2001. Additionally, she has written nursing research policy, including "Nursing Management of the Adult Research Patient" which was included into the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's nursing policy in 2007. 
"The IACRN would benefit from my expertise in clinical nursing, leadership skills, as well as my my good people and communication skills. So much has been accomplished since that meeting of interested professionals! I am in awe of the accomplishments of our devoted and hardworking leadership. In Boston, I felt a particular kinship to finding others who could understand my professional role. I do love this group and I love the mission of the IACRN. Now finished with academics, I would like to contribute my time and energy. I would like to see our membership increase and I would like to see a clinical research nursing certification soon."

Global Member At Large

Joby George, RN, RM, PDCDM currently works as a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator for Medanta - The Medicity Hospital.  

"I have had hands on experience in handling BA/BE and phases of Clinical Studies. Currently, I am handling clinical studies of Critical Care. My interest is not limited to point prevalence surveys and quality improvement projects. I also hold the position of Regional Faculty Lead of the Global Health Network based at University of Oxford, London. My special interest is capacity development among nurses. We have been successfully conducting workshops/seminars/journal clubs to explore and empower nurses. I'm sure holding the position of Global Member at Large would help to broaden the specialty, improve collaboration, and all the above would help showcase the role of Clinical Research Nursing to the world."

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