Students and Staff Honored at Tap Day

Six members of the Sinclair School of Nursing family were inducted into the University of Missouri secret honorary societies. At the 90th annual Tap Day ceremony in Jesse Auditorium Friday, April 14, 2017, students and staff were inducted into honor societies including Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) and Rollins Society.

Three undergraduate students were inducted into societies.

Mary Grace Kelly, a fifth semester BSN student, was inducted into Mortar Board. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognized college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service. Gabrielle Vest, a sixth semester BSN students, and Alyssa Goldberg, an eighth semester BSN students were both inducted into ODK. Members of ODK are juniors and seniors, graduate students, and faculty and staff who demonstrate leadership achievements in one of five phases of campus life: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social and religious activities; and campus government; journalism, speech and mass media; or creative and performing arts.

Tipperat “Rose” Udmuangpia, a second year PhD student, was inducted into Rollins Society. The Rollins Society was established by the Graduate Professional Council in 1994 and recognizes graduate and professional students who have significantly advanced the well-being of self-defined communities beyond the scope of their academic work.

Faculty and staff were also included among the honorees. Tina Bloom, PhD, MPH, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, was inducted into Rollins Society. Laura Anderson, senior academic advisor, was inducted as an honorary member of Mortar Board.

These students and staff members are exemplar examples of the excellence
pursued at the Sinclair School of Nursing, and we are so proud of them! 

SSON Grads, Students and Faculty Honored at MNRS Annual Conference

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing had a large presence at the 41st Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference, held April 6-9, was themed, “Harnessing Big Data and Nursing Science to Improve Health,” and Sinclair School of Nursing graduates, students and faculty collectively received eight awards, one research grant and had 17 presentations.

The award winners:

  • Jo-Ana Chase, PhD, RN, Sinclair School of Nursing assistant professor and 2014 PhD graduate, received the 2017 Midwestern Nursing Research Society 2017 Gerontological Nursing Science Research Interest Group New Investigator Award.
  • Deidre Wipke-Tevis, PhD, RN, Sinclair School of Nursing and PhD Program Director, was recognized for her abstract, “Impact of Leg Elevation and Compression Bandaging on Skin Microcirculation in Healthy Adults,” which was selected as a Distinguished Abstract for the 2017 Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference.
  • Tammy Gainey, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Sinclair School of Nursing PhD candidate, received the Joseph and Jean Buckwalter Research Grant from the Midwest Nursing Research Society for her dissertation research proposal, “Pharmacogenetics Testing in Mental Health Clinics.” Tammie is mentored by Tina Bloom, PhD, MPH, RN.
  • Rebekah Flynn, Sinclair School of Nursing 2016 Adult-Gerontology CNS DNP graduate, received the 2017 Outstanding DNP Clinical Inquiry Project Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society Acute and Critical Care Across the Lifespan Research Interest Group for her quality improvement project, “Impact of a Supervised Ambulation Protocol on Fall Rates in an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.” Dr. Flynn was mentored by Dr. Deidre D. Wipke-Tevis, PhD, RN.
  • Melissa Wilson, Sinclair School of Nursing 2016 PhD graduate received the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society Acute and Critical Care Across the Lifespan Research Interest Group for her research, “Moral Distress: Values and Barriers Experienced by Critical Care Nurses.” Dr. Wilson was mentored by Dr. Greg Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN.
  • Jennifer Dine, Sinclair School of Nursing 2015 PhD graduate, received the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society Physiology, Behavior, Genomics and Society Research Interest Group for her research, “Characterization of a Novel Regulator and Predictors of Sensitivity to Trail Induced Apoptosis in Breast Cancer Cells.” Dr. Dine was mentored by Jane Armer, PhD, RN, FAAN at the Sinclair School of Nursing, and Stanley Lipkowitz, MD, PhD at the National Cancer Institute.
  • Marilyn Shepherd, Sinclair School of Nursing 2016 PhD graduate, received the 2017 Dissertation Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society Health Systems, Policy and Informatics Research Interest Group for her research, “Information Technology Use in Prediction of Rapid Response Episodes, Pressure Ulcer Status and 30-Day Readmission.” Dr. Shepherd was mentored by Drs. Deidre Wipke-Tevis and Greg Alexander.
  • Pamela Ostby, Sinclair School of Nursing 2016 PhD graduate, received the 2017 Dissertation Award from the Midwest nursing Research Society Pain and Symptom Management Research Interest Group on her research, “The Effectiveness of an Interactive Theatre Intervention on Improving Patient Adherence to Self-Management Regimens for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema.”
  • Leann McLaughlin, Sinclair School of Nursing FNP DNP student, received the second place ribbon at the DNP Student Poster Contest from the Midwest Nursing Research Society for her poster, “Improving Intimate Partner Violence Detection in the Primary Care Setting: Review of the Literature.” Leann is mentored by Drs. Shelby Thomas and Tina Bloom.

In addition to these winners, the Sinclair School of Nursing also had fifteen presenters. See the table below.

Name Presentation Title
Jennifer Dine Physiology, Behavior, Genomics and Society Outstanding Dissertation RIG award presentation
Rebekah Flynn Impact of a Supervised Ambulation Protocol on Fall Rates in an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Paul Jeffrey Guideline to Improve a Practical Nursing Program’s Admission Test
Leann McLaughlin Improving Intimate Partner Violence Detection in the Primary Care Setting: Review of the Literature
Jennifer O’Connor Leisure Time Physical Inactivity, Obesity and Diabetes in the Southern United States
Sabrina Orique The Effectiveness of Simulation on Recognizing and Managing Clinical Deterioration; A Meta-Analyses — Evaluating Situation Awareness: An Integrative Review
Pam Ostby
  • Pain and Symptom Management Outstanding Dissertation RIG award presentation
  • A Survey of Women with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema (BCRL): Identifying Effective Support Options
Lori Popejoy Breaking the Cycle of Transitions from Nursing Homes to Hospitals Using Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)
Marilyn Shepherd Health Systems, Policy and Informatics Dissertation Outstanding Dissertation RIG award presentation
Briana Snyder Views of Women with Dissociative Identity Disorder on Intimate Partner Violence
April Sun
  • The Impact of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema on Survivors’ Return to Work
  • Return-to-Work Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Literature Review
  • The Effects of Lymphedema on Self-Reported Physical Function among Breast Cancer Survivors: a Meta-analysis
Melissa Wilson Acute and Critical Care Across the Lifespan – Outstanding Dissertation RIG award presentation
Deidre Wipke-Tevis Impact of Leg Elevation and Compression Bandaging on Skin Microcirculation in Healthy Adults

Student Presents Poster at Pediatric Conference

Amanda Gingrich, senior nursing student, presented her poster, “Brightening the Future of Pediatric Patients with Veno-Occlusive Disease through Prevention” at the Society for Pediatric Nurses 27th Annual Conference at the Palm Beach Convention Center in Florida April 6-9, 2017. Amanda collaborated with Children’s Mercy Hospital nurses Elizabeth Hawkinson, RN, an MU grad and Amanda’s externship preceptor, and Bonnie Tecza, MSN, RN, CPN, the externship director.

This poster is an evidenced-based practice project completed during her summer nurse externship on the Oncology/Hematology/Bone marrow transplant unit. Her project focused on the medication Defibrotide in the treatment of Veno-Occlusive Disease (VOD), a complication of bone marrow transplants that leads to multi-organ failure and death. Amanda found promising efficacy in Defibrotide being administered prophylactically to prevent the transplant rejection complication of VOD. These findings have been shared with Children’s Mercy staff and Bone Marrow Taskforce Team as well as presented at the 27th Society of Pediatric Nurses conference.

DNP Students Practice Skills during On-Campus Days

While most of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum is online, occasionally, the students from all over the country make their way to the University of Missouri campus for on-campus days.

Level 2 students were on campus March 13-17, 2017 to practice and perform a variety of skills. While here, DNP students participated in a variety of activities in the Essig Clinical Simulation Learning Center and participated in some advanced learning classes at the Peachtree Conference Center in Columbia.

In the Simulation Center, the students participated in a variety of simulations, including intimate partner violence, chest pain, sports physicals and emergency room psychiatric assessments. Students also participated in various skill trainings, including central line insertions, lumbar punctures, IUD insertion, endometrial biopsies, splinting and microscopy.

For more information on the DNP program, visit our DNP pages.

Nursing Students Inducted into Mizzou ’39

Alyssa Goldberg, 8th semester nursing student, and Brittany Shollar, 7th semester nursing students were inducted into Mizzou ’39 February 27, 2017. Each year, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou ’39 Award to 39 outstanding seniors, who are chosen for their academic achievement, leadership and service to Mizzou and the community.

Alyssa is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and was 2016 Mizzou Homecoming Queen, Summer Welcome Leader and Student Coordinator and a member of the Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis Steering Commity. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Mizzou Women’s Club Lacrosse team and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society.

Brittany is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and is involved in many service organizations. She is the President of Best Buddies Mizzou, the External Chair of Relations for Tiger Buddies and a camp counselor for Camp Kesem, a recreational camp for kids of parents with cancer. She is also the Vice President of the University of Missouri Club Softball. She chose Gretchen Gregory, Instructor of Nursing, MS(N), RN as her mentor.

Congratulations to Alyssa and Brittany!