Principles of Participation

Approved: October 10, 2008
Edited: June 10, 2009

The Nursing Centers Research Network (NCRN) is a collaborative partnership among Nurse Managed Health Centers (NMHC) for the purpose of promoting practice-based research within and among national and international NMHC. The NCRN was launched as the Midwest Nursing Center Consortium (MNCC) in 2001 and was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in 2002. The NCRN name was made at an annual meeting of the former MNCC membership to better reflect the geographical distribution of our membership which expanded from the

Midwest to national, with the potential to go international. The NCRN is established as a PBRN with AHRQ and is a member of the Federation of Practice-Based Research Networks (FPBRN).

To promote practice-based research within and among national and international nurse managed health centers (NMHCs).

Work together for healthy communities through nursing center models of care.

The purposes of the NCRN are to:

  • Generate practice-based clinical research using a variety of models (multi-state and multi- university
  • Generate health systems research
  • Foster quality improvement
  • Support individual researchers committed to translational research and link them with mentors
  • Support data base development
  • Seek out and facilitate the involvement of all centers potentially affected by research conducted within the network
  • Involve member centers in defining how they will participate in research conducted within the network
  • Expand the research skills of researchers and practitioners in member centers
  • Partner with NNCC to use data to influence policy that advances nursing practice and meets societal health needs
  • Evaluate products and services related to research and practice
  • Disseminate findings from research conducted within the network to inform practice, future research, and policy development

Membership and Dues

Joint membership with NCRN and NNCC is encouraged.  A sliding scale will be available for annual membership.  Individuals may become members, but will pay dues at the lowest level of the sliding scale.

Nurse Managed Center Member

A new member center must complete an application. The NCRN Coordinator or designee will review the application and present application to the Executive Committee for final approval. Full acceptance gives the center voting privileges for the designated representative and the right to serve on the executive committee or research committee.

Individual Member

Individual members must have a shared interest in and commitment to research in nurse-managed centers. A potential individual member must fill out a membership application and indicate individual membership status. Individual membership is granted upon payment of dues. Individual members receive full membership benefits.

Membership Dues
Membership dues will be reviewed regularly.  Dues may be prorated based upon the date of application.

Member Benefits
Member benefits include:

  • Networking opportunities to design, conduct, and/or evaluate practice-based research in nurse managed centers
  • Endorsement for conducting research within NCRN member centers
  • Voting privilege
  • Opportunity for leadership position/committee membership within NCRN
  • NCRN Newsletters
  • Attendance at NCRN conferences and events at reduced rate
  • Access to all AHRQ PBRN Resources

Voting Privileges
Regardless of type of membership, each member agency or individual gets one vote.

Membership Assembly
All members of the NCRN are part of the membership assembly. Meetings may be held via conference call or face to face.

Fiscal Agent (Coordinating University)
The coordinating university and site of the NCRN office will be evaluated every 5 years by the membership.

Election of Officers
The members will elect officers which will compose the Executive Committee.

The following are the duties and responsibilities of the officers: 


  • Serves a 1-year term, following a 1-year term as Chair-Elect 
  • Serves as Chair of the NCRN  Executive Committee
  • Coordinates the administrative matters and business of the NCRN 
  • Serves as a representative of the organization
  • Calls meetings when necessary
  • Serve as ex-officio member at completion of 1-year term as Chair
  • Conducts the duties of the Network Director (see Addendum) in the event of vacancy


  • Serves a 1-year term as Chair-Elect followed by a 1-year term as Chair
  • Serves as a member of the Executive Committee
  • Performs the duties of the Chair in her/his absence


  • Serves a 2-year term 
  • Serves as a member of the Executive Committee
  • Is responsible for minutes of the Executive Committee and NCRN meetings
  • Serves a 2-year term
  • Serves as a member of the Executive Committee
  • Responsible for oversight and presentation of the budget

Immediate Past-Chair

  • Serves a 1-year term
  • Serves as a non-voting member of the Executive Committee
  • Chair of the Research Committee

  • Serves as member of the Executive Committee
  • Serves as liaison between the Research Committee and Executive Committee

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee, composed of the above officers, will meet with the NCRN network coordinator on a quarterly or as needed basis. The Executive Committee is responsible for the network budget and operations and makes recommendations to the membership for policy or action.  Nominations and elections will be the responsibility of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will appoint ad hoc committees.

Research Committee
The research committee is elected annually. The overall role of the research committee is to review and recommend proposals to executive committee for approval.

Given the encouragement of shared membership and mutual interest, NCRN and NNCC, to the best of their ability, will strive to have membership on each others board/executive committee.