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  • Award is dependent upon available funds and is intended to support attendance to any ENS symposium (annual or regional) while not covering all costs
  • The award will be presented at the completion of the annual national or regional symposium
  • Once successful, an applicant may not re-apply
  • Grants can only be used towards travel/transportation, and direct hotel costs only
  • Early ENS conference registration fee will be reimbursed in addition to the travel award
  • Expensed for travel, and hotel costs will be reimbursed (with receipt verification) up to the amount of the award 
  • Preference will be given to nurses delivering care to underserved populations without regard to subspecialty

Eligibility Criteria

  •  You must be a member (any level) of ENS or apply for two-year membership at the time of this application  
  •  You must NOT receive financial support from another source (such as place of work) for the claimed expenses 
  •  You must be able to demonstrate that attendance at the ENS symposium will impact your practice and patient care

Application Deadline  March 1 for June meeting, July 1 for Fall meeting

To apply  please complete the TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION 

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Michele Hall Mims RN4

1954 - 2020

Michele specialized in the pre- and post-operative care of adults requiring endocrine-related surgery, especially thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and was a Preceptor and Mentor in the Diabetes Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt, Tennessee.

She was an active member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) Middle Tennessee Group, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, Vanderbilt Medical Group Clinical Committee, Vanderbilt Professional Nursing Practice Program Central Committee, Vanderbilt Medical Patient Care Center Nursing Grand Rounds Planning Committee, and the local Red Hat brigade.                

Michele joined ENS 2014 and immediately volunteered and as the Chair of the Endocrine Nurse Society Program Planning Committee 2014 and remained until her demise in 2020.                                           

She is remembered for her compassion and dry sense of humor, able to see the funny side of everything, was always calm and controlled during episodes of confusion during around our annual symposia. Michele was passionate and exacting about the production of the ENS annual program, adhering to the vision of the Endocrine Nurses Society: ‘to promote excellence in the clinical care of patients through advancement of the science and art of endocrine nursing”, and for catering to the enjoyment of the audience.

The ENS travel grant, is renamed the Michele Mims Travel Award in her honor. 


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