Institutional Review Board (IRB)
What is the IRB?
The IRB is an Institutional Review Board made of members who participate in the FNU IRB Mission to: Protect the rights, dignity, welfare, and privacy of the human subjects in all research conducted on behalf of the university (regardless of funding) by adhering to the principles outlined in the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research report entitled, Ethical Principles & Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research ("Belmont Report") and the regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other applicable agencies. The Program is committed to advancing the ethical treatment of research participants, promoting the responsible conduct of research, and ensuring and protecting the rights of every human research volunteer.
The IRB achieves its mission by:
- Ensuring that all research involving human subjects receives required approvals before research activities are initiated
- Creating an environment at the university of respect for, and understanding of, the rights and welfare of research participants
- Educating the university community about federal, state, and university research regulations, policies, and practice pertaining to human subjects protection
- Conducting activities to enhance compliance within the requirements of the IRB.
A core purpose of Frontier Nursing University is to advance the well-being of the people in rural communities through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The areas of priority focus in the university’s academic plan include providing distinctive education for its students, facilitating cutting-edge research, and supporting outreach and engagement with the Frontier communities local and at large. The IRB of Frontier Nursing University is charged with the overall responsibility for the protection of human subjects in these research endeavors, regardless of funding source.
FNU IRB Members :
IRB Chair : Diane Y. John PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC
IRB Vice-Chair : Nena Harris PhD, FNP-BC, CNM
Research Committee Chair : Tanya Tanner PhD, MBA, RN, CNM, FACNM
Victoria Baker PhD, CNM, CPH
Anne Cockerham PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNE
Deborah Karsnitz DNP, CNM, FACNM
Laura Manns-James PhD (candidate), CNM, WHNP-BC
Lutheria Peters MPH (external-nonscientific member)
Melinda Webb DNP, APRN, NP-C
Brian M. Webster DNP, APRN, NP-C, FAWM
The FNU IRB encourages the FNU community to listen to each of the videos listed below. The videos are from reliable sources including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its subdivisions, OHRP (Office for Human Research Participants) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).