Beloved SSON Staff Member Passes Away

It is with profound sadness that we announce that our beloved Thom Bowling, Executive Assistant Student Services, collapsed this morning, and after concerted resuscitation efforts in our MUHC Emergency Room, Thom was unable to be revived. This death comes as a shock to all of us. Thom just turned 59 and served the SSON for 13 years. He was the welcoming face for students and families in our front office and was so loved by all. Information about the memorial and where to send condolences will be forthcoming. 

2016-2019 NINR Funded T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellows Selected

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce Julio Loya, BSN, RN, CMSRN, of Marana, AZ, and Jennifer O’Connor, MSN, RN, CFCN, CNE, of Broken Arrow, OK, have been selected as National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship recipients for 2016-2019.

As a PhD student, Mr. Loya is studying behavioral interventions to engage Hispanic adults with type 2 diabetes in physical activity. Julio is mentored by Vicki S. Conn, PhD, RN, FAAN, Potter-Brinton Professor of Nursing.

As a PhD student, Ms. O’Connor is studying foot care self-management behaviors in aging adults. Jennifer is mentored by Deidre D. Wipke-Tevis, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing.

The Sinclair School of Nursing is one of five departments at MU with an NIH-funded T32 training grant. Moreover, the Sinclair School of Nursing is one of only 16 schools of nursing nationwide to receive an NINR-funded T32 grants.

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.

Specifically, this NINR-funded T32 training program focuses on health behavior science to prepare the next cadre of nurse scientists who will develop knowledge to change health behaviors that significantly improve public health. Upon completion of this pre-doctoral health behavior science training program, trainees will have the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous health behavior research, which will significantly contribute to efforts to reduce morbidity, mortality and health care costs by developing knowledge about effective strategies to improve health behaviors.

2016-2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Selected

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce Karen Cochran Clark, MSN, RN, of Baton Rouge, LA, and Meridith Noland Rice, MSN, RN, CNL, TNCC, of Tuscaloosa, AL, have been selected as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars recipients for the 2016-2019 cohort (Cohort 3).

As a PhD student, Ms. Clark is studying caregiver stress of grandparents raising their grandchildren. Karen is co-mentored by Lorraine Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Urmeka Jefferson, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing. 

As a PhD student, Ms. Rice is studying ways to address hypertension and other risk factors for hemorrhagic stroke among racial and ethnic minorities in rural community. Meridith is mentored by Todd Ruppar, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing is one of only 32 schools of nursing nationwide to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program will provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years.

In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended the country double the number of nurses with doctorates; doing so will prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health, promote nurse-led science and discovery and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses. The Future of Nursing Scholars program is intended to help address that recommendation.

“Since the release of the IOM report, enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased in an incredible 160% from 2010 to 2014. However, the increase of PhD enrollment has only been 14.6%. At RWJF, we are striving to grow the number of nurses with PhDs who will be prepared to assume leadership positions across all levels,” said Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing.

The number of nurses enrolled in PhD programs is not the only issue addressed by this program. The average age at which nurses get their PhDs in the United States is 46 — 13 years older than PhD earners in other fields. This program will proved an incentive for nurses to start PhD programs earlier, so that they can have long leadership careers after earning their PhDs.

“The Future of Nursing Scholars represent a group of students who are already making considerable contributions to the field,” said Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director. “These nurses are publishing their research and meeting with national leaders, while working at an advanced pace so that they can complete their PhD education in only three years.” Fairman is also the Nightingale professor of nursing and the chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Nursing PhD Graduate Receives Research Poster Award

Vanessa Lyons, a December 2015 PhD graduate, presented her dissertation research poster entitled “Checking Out Checklists: A Mixed Methods Study Comparing the Use of Surgical Safely Checklists in Rural and Urban Operating Rooms” at the Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) Surgical Conference and Expo in Anaheim, CA.

Her poster received the Attendee Choice Award for Research.

Congratulations to Vanessa on her award!