Elizabeth Monsees named Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Monsees, MSN, MBA, RN, CIC has been selected as a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar recipient for the 2016-2018 cohort of Jonas Scholars.

As a PhD student, she is studying strategies to understand and enhance registered nurse involvement in antibiotic stewardship. Additionally, Ms. Monsees recently has been selected to be part of a national workgroup comprised of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) to discuss nursing practice in antibiotic stewardship — clear evidence of her leadership in this area.

Elizabeth is mentored by Lori Popejoy, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing.

The goal of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Program is to increase the number of doctorally-prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide, as well as the number of advanced practice nurses providing direct patient care. Supported by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (Jonas Center), both programs provide financial assistance, leadership development and networking support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty and advanced practice nurses. As part of their scholarship experience, all Jonas Scholars attend the Jonas Nurse Scholar Conference, a three-day event in Washington, DC, designed to convene the current Jonas Scholars for networking, mentoring and educational opportunities with prominent nurse educators, executives and policy experts in the field.

New Building on the Horizon

In order to live up to the No. 1 ranking from the College Atlas Encyclopedia of Higher Education and to make room for growth, the Sinclair School of Nursing is planning a new building in the near future. Beginning architectural designs are in place, and fundraising has begun, with hopes of a new building in five years. 

SSON Building fund

The Sinclair School of Nursing’s new building is estimated to cost $55 million, and your gift will make a difference. Give now!

Project goals:

The new School of Nursing building will create an environment that will significantly leverage technology to enhance productivity in our core missions of instruction, research, service and economic development and provide space to increase the number of students served.

  1. Accommodate an increase in enrollment of 40 students per class and attract preeminent faculty and the required increase in staff to maintain accreditation.
  2. Provide an experiential and evidence-based learning environment.
  3. Create a synergistic research environment for faculty and research teams.
  4. Expand the Essig Simulation center and establish safe practices facilities with mock hospital and ambulatory settings.
  5. Institute an interdisciplinary center for research and innovation, emphasizing the merging of nursing, science, engineering and other disciplines to generate knowledge for nurses at the frontlines.  


May 2016 Graduates Receive Diplomas

With black caps and gown, various cords and apricot tassels, new graduates were a bundle of excitement as they waited to cross the stage. As their fellow classmates addressed them, students cheered and hollered and couldn’t wait to be handed their degree.

In all, the Sinclair School of Nursing conferred 153 degrees during its commencement ceremony May 13 in Jesse Auditorium. Fifty traditional students received their BSN along with 38 accelerated students, who will finish classes in July. Eighteen students completed the RN to BSN program.

On the graduate level, 10 students received their master’s degree, 36 completed a DNP and one received her PhD.

Judith Fitzgerald Miller, Dean, Sinclair School of Nursing, and Garnett Stokes, PhD, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs encouraged and celebrated the graduates. Dominic Chambers, traditional BSN candidate, Christyl Thurman, accelerated BSN candidate, and Sara Landreth, DNP candidate, addressed their fellow classmates.

Each graduate also received an apricot rose from Donna Otto, instructor of nursing and director of alumni relations.

Earlier in the day, 52 students, most of whom were graduates, were inducted into mid-Missouri’s Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau honor society.

As the new graduates go their separate way and enter the real world, we know they are well prepared to handle the challenges they will face. They are not just nurses, after all, but Mizzou nurses.

Graduate Receives MU Dissertation Discipline Award in Biological and Life Sciences

Jennifer Hulett, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, a 2015 graduate of the Sinclair School of Nursing’s PhD program, was honored at the the Graduate Awards Banquet Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Dr. Hulett received the MU Dissertation Discipline Award in Biological and Life Sciences for her dissertation research entitled “Impact of Religious and Spiritual Beliefs on Neuroendocrine Function and Health Outcomes in Breast Cancer Survivors.”

Her dissertation research involved exploration of relationships between and among spirituality, stress and neuroimmune biomarkers in breast cancer survivorship outcomes, an increasingly ‘hot topic’ in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). Dr. Hulett’s focus on neuroimmune biomarkers, breast cancer survivorship outcomes and PNI-based symptom intervention design comprises one of the priority program initiatives currently funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. 

During her innovative and rigorous dissertation research, Dr. Hulett reached out to MU collaborators for her research program, including CAFNR Fisheries and Wildlife, Health Psychology, Medical Pharmacology and Physiology, Human Development and Family Science, and Nursing.

The completion of this novel psychoneuroimmunological research has provided Dr. Hulett the opportunity to significantly extend her dissertation accomplishments through an appointment for a highly competitive post-doctoral fellowship at University of Utah in the NIH-funded (T32 mechanism) Interdisciplinary Training Center on Cancer, Aging and End-of-Life Care for 2015-2017. 

PhD Graduate Selected as May 2016 MU Doctoral Commencement Marshal

Pamela Ostby, PhD, RN, OCN, a 2016 graduate of the Sinclair School of Nursing’s PhD Program, was selected by the Office of Graduate Studies to be the Doctoral Student Commencement Marshal at the Doctoral Commencement Ceremony May 15, 2016.

As the Doctoral Student Marshal, Pamela got to wear a marshal’s sash, was the first doctoral student to enter the auditorium, her name appeared in the commencement bulletin in the list of marshals, and she was the first doctoral student to walk across the stage and receive her doctoral hood.

Dr. Ostby was advised and mentored by Jane Armer, PhD, RN, FAAN. At the Doctoral Student Commencement, Pamela was hooded by Deidre D. Wipke-Tevis, PhD, RN, Director of the PhD Program at the Sinclair School of Nursing.