Letter from the Dean – Spring 2017
There is no doubt that Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) impact health care. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was launched in 2012. Since that date we have had 89 graduates who are nurse practitioners in Pediatrics, Family, and Family Psych/Mental Health and other graduates are Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) in Adult/Gerontology and Pediatrics. DNP graduates for May and December 2016 total 36. Currently we have 215 students enrolled in the DNP program.
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The impact of these care providers is profound. They diagnose and treat health problems and enhance access to health care wherever they practice. They advocate for policies that promote health. They are members of multi-disciplinary teams planning optimal care and evaluating outcomes. They refer patients for care to other practitioners and provide care for persons throughout the life cycle.
In this issue, you will take pride in just a few examples of our advanced practice nurse graduates. Dr. Cyndy Mehrer cares for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders at our MU Thompson Center. Her respect for the uniqueness of each individual is reflected in her story enclosed. Her care for families of children with autism has enabled them to develop and have quality of life. Dr. Sara Landreth is an adult/gerotological CNS who brings comfort to families and persons at the end of life in her role in hospice care. Dr. Ashley Field Makowski is a family nurse practitioner who works in urgent care managing varieties of patient problems and performing minor procedures. Our $19.8 million grant from the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services has demonstrated that APRNs in nursing homes are effective in significantly reducing unnecessary expensive hospitalizations.
Although it is a challenge with the student’s schedule, we do have student nurses who are athletes. Marvel at Kira Larson, our MU volleyball star.
Also in this issue, review our alumni award winners for the 27th Annual Awards Banquet. Join us on April 21, 2017, for this celebration as we honor these awardees and Dr. Sandra Gambaro Shelley our Distinguished Friend of the School.
Most importantly maintain your pride in your Sinclair School of Nursing. We continue to choose greatness, manifesting excellence in all that we do. We need your support.
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