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.

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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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Graduate Level Students Visit Campus

 

 

Nearly 100 graduate students are on campus this week for orientation into their areas of study. This gives our students the opportunity to meet the faculty members, their classmates, and gives them access to our advising staff. 

We also welcomed the very first class of RN-MSN students to the nursing program. 

The class met on campus June 4 and 5, 2018 at the Sinclair School of Nursing. Bottom Row from left to right: Shana Luebbering, Rachel Blomberg. Back Row: Tara Herweck, Katlynn Mueller, Sarah Musrove, Paula Allen-Thomas, and Heidi Baumgartner. 

 

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PhD Student Selected as Graduate Nursing Student Academy Advocacy Leader

Laura Remy was recently selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) as one of the 2018 GNSA Advocacy Leaders for the State of Missouri. Advocacy Leaders will participate in quarterly conference calls where they will receive support to become highly-skilled advocates and learn about the essential tools for effective advocacy at the local, state and national levels. The committee consists of 104 members, two from each state plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, who serve a one-year term with the possibility of serving an additional term.

In the Sinclair School of Nursing, Laura is a T32 Health Behavior Science fellow and is mentored by Maithe Enriquez PhD, RN, ANP-BC.

 

Students, Faculty and Alumni Represent SSON at MNRS Conference

The Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) showed off its research prowess at the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s (MNRS) 42nd Annual Research Conference. The SSON team gave 16 research presentations and took home three awards from the conference, themed “The Future of Nursing Research: Economic Realities and Creative Solutions.”

The team also took on new leadership roles. PhD alumna Briana Snyder was elected as co-chair of the MNRS Emerging Scholars Network (ENS) while current PhD student Jennifer O’Connor was elected ENS treasurer.

In addition to networking and presenting research, students, faculty and alumni networked with other professionals to discuss online course content and future research collaborations and work on research proposals and dissertation write-ups. The conference was held in Cleveland, Ohio, April 12-15.

Awards
  • Deidre Wipke-Tevis, associate professor and director of the PhD program, received the Honor A Researcher Award after being nominated by five of her current and former PhD students.
  • Tammie Gainey, a 2017 PhD graduate, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Physiology, Behavior, Genomics & Society Research Interest Group for her dissertation, “Pharmacogenetic Testing in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics.”
  • Tammy Rood, a 2017 DNP graduate, received the First Place DNP Student Poster Award for her poster, “A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Provision of Asthma Action Plans.”
Presentations
Name Presentation Title (type)
Dr. Greg Alexander, faculty

National Trends in Nursing Home Information Technology Sophistication and Relationships to Quality Measure (podium)

Jody Blankenship, PhD student Using Density Maps to Detect Variation in Depressive Symptoms among Senior Housing Residents (poster)
India Bloom, BSN student An Analysis of Emergency Department Use by Medicare Beneficiaries in South Dakota (poster)
Dr. Jo-Ana Chase, faculty Emergency Room Visits in Older Post-Acute Home Health Care Patients: Does Race/Ethnicity Matter? (podium)
Karen Clark, PhD student & RWJF FNS Identifying the Needs and Stressors Affecting the Physical and Psychological Health of Custodial Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (poster)
Tammie Conley, PhD student, RWJF FNS & Jonas Global Scholar Addressing Hypertension in Four Rural Dominican Bateyes (podium)
Dr. Laurel Despins, faculty Intensive Care Unit Nurses Use the Electronic Medical Record in Patient Deterioration Detection (poster)
Dr. Maithe Enriquez, faculty Keeping It Real: A CBPR Study (podium)
Rungnapha Khlewchaum, PhD student Systematic Review of Interventions to Improve Health and Well-Being among Caregivers with Elderly People (poster)
Poungkamon Krisanabud, PhD student

The Association between Symptom Severity and Physical Activity Interference among Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients: A Pilot Study (poster)

Beth Mettes, DNP Student & Jonas Global Scholar Intervention to Prevent Cataracts in a Vulnerable Population of Haitian Immigrants (poster)
Elizabeth Monsees, PhD student & Jonas PhD scholar Understanding Potential Barriers to Antimicrobial Stewardship by Pediatric Staff Nurses: The Link Between AHRQ Patient Safety Culture and Antimicrobial Stewardship Survey Results (podium)
Jennifer O’Connor, PhD student, T32 fellow & Jonas Global Scholar Prevalence of Foot Health Problems among Haitian Sugarcane Workers Living in the Bateyes of the Southeastern Dominican Republic
Dr. Lori Popejoy, faculty Reducing Hospitalization from MOQI Nursing Homes: APRNs Use of Root Cause Analysis to Reduce Hospitalizations (poster)
Meredith Rice, PhD student & RWJF FNS Effects of Role Modeling in Simulation on Student Anxiety (poster)
Dr. Tammy Rood, faculty A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Provision of Asthma Action Plans (poster)
Dr. Deidre Wipke-Tevis, faculty Impact of Age and Self-Reported Activity Patterns on Skin Microcirculation in Healthy Adults (poster)