Accelerated BSN & PhD Students Selected for Deaton Scholar Program

Accelerated BSN students India Bloom and Jayde Sharp and PhD student Laura Remy were recently selected to participate in the Deaton Scholar Program (DSP) with the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development. As a scholar, they will receive peer-to-peer guidance throughout the spring 2018 semester from selected mentors to improve academic motivation, professional development and community involvement – as per their selected thematic interests. Congratulations, India, Jayde and Laura!

RSVP today for the 28th Annual Award Banquet & Alumni Reunion

The Sinclair School of Nursing and the MU Nursing Alumni Association cordially invite you to attend our upcoming events:

Awards Banquet
Friday, April 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Country Club of Missouri
1300 Woodrail Avenue
Columbia, MO 65203

Alumni Reunion
Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:30 a.m.
University Hospital


This event wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors! Thank you!
Platinum-level sponsors: MU Health Care and Truman VA 
Gold-level sponsor: CoxHealth
Silver-level sponsors: Boone Hospital Center, Citizen’s Memorial Healthcare, and SSM Health

SSON Launches Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) is now accepting applications for a one-year, distance mediated post-doctoral fellowship. The full-time fellowship will begin summer 2018 and will provide mentoring, research training, educational training, interdisciplinary research experiences, and professional and career development.

Applications are due April 1, 2018.


  • Mentorship from faculty with active programs of research
  • Research and educational training
  • Career development
  • Interdisciplinary research training and experience
  • Stipend, tuition support, research conference travel allowance, laptop and pilot project costs

Research productivity outcomes:

  • Mock review of pilot project
  • Presentation at one University of Missouri event
  • Presentation at one research conference
  • At least two first-authored journal manuscripts
  • Al least one grant application
  • Attendance at at least six lectures/seminars relevant to program of research


  • Completed research-intensive PhD or DNS doctoral degree
  • Substantive content or methodological match with SSON PhD research mentor(s)
  • Able to devote 100% effort to fellowship activities
  • Graduate of a nursing program which prepares graduates for professional licensure
  • U.S. citizen or valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551 (NIH Requirement)


Contact Vicki Conn, PhD, RN, FAAN, Potter-Brinton Professor & Associate Dean for Research, 573.882.0231,

You can learn more about the program here.

Goals and Growth

An active duty military officer, father of six and doctoral student in MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing, John Rossi is the walking definition of balance. Not only does he serve as a full-time military nurse, but he’s also an incredibly involved parent, sharing homeschooling duties with his wife, Nancy, for five of their six kids. Although some days can feel more chaotic than others, John has been a hard worker and goal setter for his entire adult life. So when he set his sights on finding a highly ranked graduate nursing program that would fit into his busy life, MU’s SSON climbed to the top of his list.

“Since I’ve started, I’ve seen nothing but excellence,” says John, who’s working toward his doctorate in psych mental health and family practice, with a minor in education. “Every experience has been a fulfilling one so far, and everything that I’ve been involved with at the university has allowed me to advance the next step in achieving my ultimate goal.”

Although John’s journey to the DNP program was a practical progression in hindsight, it’s a long way from where he started nearly two decades ago. John joined the military right out of high school in 2001 and spent nine years as an enlisted member of the U.S. Navy as a helicopter search and rescue swimmer. He enjoyed a successful career and a lot of opportunities, but the repeat deployments were becoming more and more difficult with his growing family at home.

“When it all came down to it, I didn’t want to deploy and be away from my family anymore,” says John, whose kids are now 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 1. “So I separated from the military and went back to school at Brigham Young University.”

It was at Brigham Young where John earned his nursing degree — a Bachelor of Science in nursing and gerontology.

“I quickly realized that life isn’t as simple as you think,” John says of deciding what was next after graduation. “I had always wanted to be an officer in the military, though, and now I had the ability. So I applied for commission in the Air Force to be a nurse.”

That was three years ago. Today, John is stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, just east of Dayton, Ohio, where he works full time as a nurse at Wright-Patterson Medical Center.

Back to school

It wasn’t long after starting his first full-time nursing position that John realized he wanted to return to school for his doctorate degree, which probably didn’t come as a surprise to those who know him well. John and Nancy, who have been married for 15 years, homeschool their children, with John teaching science and history and Nancy teaching the rest. Nancy also recently went back to school for her bachelor’s degree.

“Besides the military, we’ve been nothing but education and full steam ahead,” John says. “My ultimate goal is to retire in eight years from the military; then I’d like to have a small practice of my own and have my primary job be working as an educator who teaches at the university level.”  

John says the structure of SSON’s program itself has been a big factor in his ability to balance his various responsibilities — both the expected and unexpected.

“The DNP program is set up in such a way that it allows me to accomplish my goals in the time I need to do it in,” John says. “For me as a military member, my life can change at the drop of a hat, and the school as been nothing but supportive in this endeavor, making sure that if I deploy or something happens, we have a plan for what we need to do and, more importantly, a plan for what I can do when I get back to continue seamlessly with the program.”

He also notes a difference in his approach to nursing since beginning at MU.

“It really has focused my abilities and added emphasis to my previous education by giving me more content to work with,” he says. “I can already see what a better nurse I’ve become because of what I’ve learned through the program.”

‘The first step is starting’

John’s balancing of a full-time workload with family life and school means there are no 18-credit-hour semesters in the cards, and the path to the finish line is slow but steady. Taking a course or two at a time, he’s on track to graduate in May 2022. But it’s not a race — it’s about the end goal.

 “A graduate degree doesn’t happen overnight, but you take it one day at a time,” he says. “Commit to it, and then start the progress. You can figure out the ABCs and XYZs later. The first step is starting.”

Click here for more on the Sinclair School of Nursing’s DNP program, including entry pathways and areas of study

2018 PhD Student Fellowship Applications Open Now

The Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for two PhD fellowship programs.

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

The T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship provides financial support (stipend, tuition/fees, health insurance, travel to conferences), mentoring and research skill development opportunities to goal-directed, full-time nursing PhD students dedicated to pursuing a research career in health behavior science.  Applications are due February 15, 2018.  Applications can be found on the here. For questions, please contact T32 Program Director Vicki Conn.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars Fellowship

The RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program provides scholarships, mentoring and leadership development activities, as well as postdoctoral research support to build the capacity of this select group of future nursing leaders. 

Financial benefits of being a Future of Nursing Scholar include: tuition and fees waiver for 3 years; medical insurance for 3 years; research, books, travel, and conference support for 3 years; scholar stipend for 3 years. Additional information can be found here. Applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars positions can be found here.   Applications are due March 1, 2018. For questions, please contact RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program Director Deidre Wipke-Tevis.