2017-2020 NINR Funded T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellows Selected

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce Laura Remy, MPH, RN, of Kansas City, Mo., and Maureen Varty, BSN, RN, of Washington, D.C., have been selected as National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded T32 Health Behavior Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship recipients for 2017-2020.

As a PhD student, Laura is studying the development of behavioral interventions to enhance the outcomes in vulnerable populations living with chronic health conditions, such as HIV. She is mentored by Maithe Enriquez, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing.

As a PhD student, Maureen is studying health behavior interventions related to improving transitional care for adolescents and young adults with chronic disease. She is mentored by Lori Popejoy, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing.

The SSON is one of five departments at the University of Missouri with an NIH-funded T32 training grant. Moreover, the SSON is one of only 16 schools of nursing nationwide to receive an NINR-funded T32 grant.

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, the 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

Student Selected as Future of Nursing Scholar

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce Neethu Arikupurathu, MSN, RN, NPP, of New Hyde Park, NY, has been selected as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars recipient for the 2017-2020 cohort (Cohort 4).

As a PhD student, Ms. Arikupurathu is studying use of technology to train school personnel and primary health care providers on identifying early signs of at-risk youth. Neethu is mentored by Tina L. Bloom, PhD, MPH, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing. 

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) is one of only 28 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. 

“The Future of Nursing Scholars program is making an incredible impact in real time. These nurses will complete their PhDs in three years, a much quicker progression than is typically seen in nursing PhD programs,” said Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director and the Nightingale professor of nursing and the chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Northwell Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare, Rush University Medical Center, Care Institute Group, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year. MU SSON received its grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with Northwell Health.

In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that 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. 

“We were pleased to see that enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased 160% from 2010 to 2014. However, we want to ensure that we also have PhD-prepared nurse leaders in faculty and research roles. In the same time period, PhD enrollment has only increased by 14.6%. The nurses funded through the Future of Nursing Scholars program will make important contributions to the field and be well-prepared to mentor other nurses,” said Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing.

The 51 nurses supported in this round will join 109 Scholars across the three previous cohorts. The program plans to add a fifth cohort that will bring the number of funded Scholars to more than 200 nurses. 

PhD Students Receive Prestigious Scholarships

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce PhD students Poungkamon “Mew” Krisanabud of Phitsanulok, Thailand, and Tipparat “Rose” Udmuangpia of Khon Kaen, Thailand, have been selected as P.E.O. International Peace Scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Ms. Krisanabud’s research interests are related to developing and testing nursing interventions to help prevent postoperative complications and improve the quality of care of Thai patients undergoing abdominal surgery for colorectal cancer. She is mentored by Deidre D. Wipke-Tevis, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing and PhD Director.

Ms. Udmuangpai’s research interests are related to healthcare providers’ perceptions regarding intimate partner violence screening among young pregnant woman in Thailand. She is mentored by Tina L. Bloom, PhD, MPH, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing.

The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for as much as $10,000 to selected international women for graduate study in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is an international organization with broad philanthropic and cultural aims and in interest in furthering education opportunities for women.

May Graduates Receive Their Diplomas

In their black Mizzou caps and gowns, an apricot tassel, honors cords and master’s hoods, the Sinclair School of Nursing graduates crossed the stage in Jesse Auditorium on Sunday, May 14 to receive their nursing degrees.

In all, the Sinclair School of Nursing conferred 180 degrees during its commencement ceremony. Sixty one traditional students received their BSN along with 44 accelerated students, who will complete their program in July. Twenty-two students successfully completed the RN to BSN program.

On the graduate level, nine students received their master’s in nursing, 44 completed their doctor in nursing practice degree and four earned their PhD.

Judith Fitzgerald Miller, Dean, Sinclair School of Nursing, and Garnett Stokes, PhD, University of Missouri Interim Chancellor and Provost for Academic Affairs, encouraged the students and celebrated with them. Dr. Pam Evans-Smith addressed the students who had had her as a professor in their academic careers.

Elise Tadros addressed her fellow BSN students, while Christopher Wilson spoke to his fellow accelerated students and Matthew Walker, his fellow graduate level classmates. As graduation was on Mother’s Day, many of their thanks and praise were directed toward the mothers in the auditorium.

After they walked across the stage toward their diploma, each graduate received an apricot rose from Donna Otto, instructor of nursing and director of alumni relations, who represented the Nursing Alumni Organization.

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.

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!