Alexander named Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics

October 9, 2018 – Sinclair School of Nursing Interim Associate Dean for Research, Greg Alexander, is among 17 other fellows to be formally inducted into the College during the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium next month.

Interim Associate Dean for Research, Greg Alexander, will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) on Nov. 4 at ceremonies during the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2018 Annual Symposium in San Francisco.

Alexander is one of 18 Fellows who will be inducted this year.

 “The election of ACMI Fellows represents the strength and diversity of informatics with recognition of 18 accomplished individuals who are national and international subject matter experts in the science of informatics as it relates to clinical care, research, education and policy,” said ACMI President Christopher G. Chute, MD, DrPH, of Johns Hopkins University. “It reflects the growing impact of the field in health care.”

“To be elected as a Fellow to the American College of Medical Informatics is a great honor,” Alexander said. “This designation given by my peers recognizes my ‘significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics.’ To have my work recognized by my peers in this way is the greatest reward I could have been given.”

  “I am thrilled that Dr. Alexander has received a significant honor, in recognition of his many accomplishments,” Dean Sarah Thompson, said. “Dr. Alexander is one of our many exemplary faculty here at the Sinclair School of Nursing. This award is a tribute to our collective strength.”

“Many ACMI fellows are pioneers in this field whose work in research, policy, education, etc. have made a lasting impression in healthcare and medicine,” Alexander said.
For a complete list of ACMI fellows go to: https://www.amia.org/acmi-fellowship

ACMI is an honorary College of elected Informatics Fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics and who have met rigorous scholarly scrutiny by their peers.

AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, comprises 5,500 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy and advancing the field of informatics.

Researcher retires after 32-year career

Dr. Vicki Conn has had an illustrious career spanning 32 years since her initial appointment as an assistant professor to the MU School of Nursing. She is a graduate of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, first with a Masters in Adult Nursing in 1981, followed by a PhD in Social-Psychology of Health and Aging. Conn served as the Distinguished Potter-Brinton Professor since 1995 and as Associate Dean for Research since 2002. Evidence of Conn’s impact on the University of Missouri, the Sinclair School of Nursing, and beyond, is found among many sources, including successful funding of millions of dollars in faculty and school support for research, her nearly 230 peer-reviewed publications (Scopus), her leadership as editor-in-chief of WJNR, and her successful mentoring of students and faculty who are now having their own impact in the world. 

Greg Alexander congratulations Vicki Conn on her career and work as a researcher at the Sinclair School of Nursing.

On Monday, August 13 after faculty and staff lunch, the School of Nursing had a retirement celebration for Dr. Conn. Greg Alexander, Interim Associate Dean of Research compiled a list of remarks from Conn’s colleagues, junior researchers and friends. Here are just a few of the comments submitted about Conn:

1. “Vicki has been an outstanding mentor. She has helped form the foundation of my experience as a nurse researcher. When I was first applying to PhD programs so long ago, I received lukewarm responses to my emails. But Vicki was so quick to respond and was genuinely interested in hearing about my ideas and my goals. This connection attracted me to the Sinclair School of Nursing and brought me to this institution that is so dedicated to developing the next generation of nurse clinicians, scholars, leaders. And thank goodness, because I had such a fulfilling experience at this school! I often look back at those first emails and phone calls between teacher and student and think about how lucky I was to meet and be mentored by Vicki. I carry that experience with me because it defines the critical impact of mentorship that has helped to shape my career today. I hope that I, too, can excel as a mentor for future students.”  

Greg Alexander reads through comments he gathered from Conn’s colleagues and friends.

2. “I have been lucky to work with Vicki for so many years – first as teacher and student, and as a colleague, but all the while as mentor and mentee. I appreciate her wisdom and guidance when building my research program. I know I can always receive an honest appraisal of my work that will lead to an improved finished product. I have received sage advice from her over the years, and I really cannot thank her enough for working with me. I have enjoyed our conversations, whether it be about research, career development, or even beer choices and travel! I will miss our regular conversations, but am so glad that I had the opportunity to work with her as our relationship has evolved over the years.”

3. “During Vicki’s tenure as the associate dean for research the school of nursing acquired a national reputation in terms of the research productivity and quality.  Vicki was an excellent mentor to faculty as they developed their programs of research and achieved national funding.  She became an international traveler during her time at MU.  I remember the trip to Belgium which was one of her earlier international trips.  The dean at that time said to her, ‘Oh, you’ve never been anywhere’, that certainly isn’t the case any longer.”

Conn proudly displays a wall clock and shares with the crowd that her home office will have a Mizzou theme.

4. “Another one! After 40 it’s just ‘Patch, Patch, Patch!!!!’ Also reflective of her humorous approach to keeping life and health in perspective!! Enjoy retirement with your family, Vicki, you deserve that!”

 

Look for an extended interview with Conn in the upcoming fall issue of Mizzou Nursing magazine.

Accelerated Student Welcome Breakfast

Sunshine filled the Weldon Webb classroom as 67 accelerated nursing students filed in with backpacks on and coffees in hand.

The Nursing Alumni Organization at the University of Missouri hosted the annual Accelerated Student Welcome Continental Breakfast on Friday, June 15.

Students mingled with School of Nursing faculty and leaders from Boone Hospital and MU Health Care. After breakfast, several leaders in nursing took turns speaking to the students and encouraging them in their studies.

Mary Beck, joint courtesy faculty and chief nursing officer, MU Health Care, was among those in nursing leadership in attendance.

 “One of the things I think is important about nursing is life-long learning,” Beck said. “Always take advantage of opportunities to continue your education and participate in continuing education events.”

 
Mary Beck, joint courtesy faculty and chief nursing officer, MU Health Care, center, enjoys breakfast with current accelerated nursing school students.

Associate dean for Academic Affairs, Robin Harris, also addressed the group and reminded the students that they can reach their goals.

“Know that we wouldn’t have said yes to your name if we didn’t think that you could do this,” Harris said.

Robin Harris, associate dean for academic affairs, reminded the students to “embrace every moment of this really fast paced program”.

 

The Accelerated BSN is an intense 15-month, on-campus option for students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a field other than nursing. Courses during the 15 months focus on developing nursing knowledge and skills needed to enter nursing practice upon graduation as a BSN prepared nurse.

Current accelerated class for 2018-2019. Sixty seven students have begun course work in the rigorous 15-month program.

 

Susan Devaney, Nursing Alumni Organization president, handed each student a black leather padfolio as a welcoming gift. The students then gathered for a group photo before heading back to class.

Go to our Facebook page to see more photos from the morning.

Sinclair School of Nursing Receives $3 Million Gift from University of Missouri Health Care

COLUMBIA, Mo. ― The Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri has received a $3 million gift from University of Missouri Health Care to help fund the renovation and expansion of the current School of Nursing building.

The renovation will transform the building, built in 1979, into a modern, state-of-the-art facility, with updated simulation labs and practice facilities, as well as an expanded research area. There also will be more classroom space, accommodations for distance learning, and lounge areas for students.

“We’re committed to the success of our partners at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing,” said Jonathan Curtright, chief executive officer for MU Health Care. “We’re honored to provide $3 million to help train more nurses for Missourians. We want our patients to receive the best care possible, and that means having top-notch nurses. We’re proud to partner with the school in this mission and are excited to see this project come to fruition.”

This investment in the Sinclair School of Nursing will support program expansion and enable a 30 to 40 percent increase in nursing graduates. In the current building, space constraints have contributed to the Sinclair School of Nursing having to turn away students. 

“We are so appreciative of the support and great relationship with MU Health Care,” said Interim Dean Roxanne McDaniel. “This investment in the school will allow us to admit more students and educate more nurses to work at MU Health Care and across the state of Missouri.”

The investment is an example of the confidence health system leaders have in the high quality of the MU nursing faculty who educate, mentor and inspire the next generation of nurses. The Sinclair School of Nursing ranks as the No. 1 nursing school program by College Atlas Encyclopedia of Higher Education.

The United States Department of Labor anticipates a 15 percent growth in registered nurses across the United States in the next eight years.

Being able to admit more students and graduate more nurses from the Sinclair School of Nursing will have an advantageous effect on the aging population in Missouri and across the U.S.,” McDaniel said.

The project is slated for completion in 2021.

For more information about the Sinclair School of Nursing academic programs, research teams and renovation updates, go to www.nursing.missouri.edu

 

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Sarah Thompson to lead Sinclair School of Nursing as new dean

University of Missouri Interim Provost Jim Spain announced June 11 that Sarah Thompson, associate vice chancellor of health professions and professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Denver, has been named dean of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. Thompson’s appointment will begin Aug. 1.

“Dr. Thompson is a proven leader who has spent her career helping to shape the nursing profession as a nurse, a teacher, a researcher, an administrator and a member of national organizations,” Spain said. “Her experience in nursing and with the health care system is valuable as she leads the Sinclair School of Nursing in developing students who will be the nurses of tomorrow in the state of Missouri and throughout the world. We are fortunate to have attracted Dr. Thompson to Mizzou as the next dean of the Sinclair School of Nursing.”

Thompson received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma, and she received both her master’s degree and doctorate in nursing from the University of Kansas. She joined the University of Colorado Denver in 2012 and has served as a professor, dean of the College of Nursing, and associate vice chancellor of health professions.

“I am excited and honored to be selected to lead the Sinclair School of Nursing, a program with a national reputation for excellence in research, preparing the next generation of nurses and providing health care leadership,” Thompson said. “I am looking forward to getting to know the students, faculty, staff, alumni and our many partners as we chart a course for the future while affirming our commitment to education, practice, research, service and extension.”

During Thompson’s five-year tenure as dean at the University of Colorado Denver, grants and contracts grew by 69 percent, including support from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and private foundations. Faculty at the College of Nursing grew from 87 to 150, and clinical revenue increased by 68 percent.

“Sarah brings a comprehensive understanding of health care systems and is passionate about the future of nursing,” said Kathryn Chval, dean of education at MU and chair of the search committee for the new dean of nursing. “She recognizes that nurses have the capacity to be innovators in health care and improve health care systems for the people and communities they serve. I have no doubt Dr. Thompson will play a critical role in expanding partnerships and collaborations with clinical providers, physicians, therapists, and social workers, to name a few.”

Thompson is a member of several organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing. She also has served on several task forces for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and she was the chair of a national task force appointed by AACN to examine the implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has received numerous honors for her research and leadership, having been named a John A. Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Niedfelt Distinguished Professor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The Sinclair School of Nursing, a leader in nursing education since its founding in 1920, has been led by Interim Dean Roxanne McDaniel since the beginning of the year.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Roxanne McDaniel who graciously came out of retirement to serve as interim dean while we conducted this search,” Spain said. “Her dedication to students and passion for the University of Missouri and the School of Nursing is obvious. The school has long history of success, and that high level of excellence continued under Dr. McDaniel’s leadership.”