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!


BSN Students Study in Costa Rica

Over the January intersession, 20 undergraduate nursing students from all three BSN options — traditional, accelerated and the RN-BSN programs — participated a study abroad trip to Monte Verde, Costa Rica. These students were completing their community health clinical hours, required for all BSN students. The group visited a health clinic, a nursing home, a hospital and students provided health education to older members of two rural communities. Along the way, they enjoyed the beautiful scenery and incredible food. Students spent ten days living with a family in the Monte Verde region and were immersed in the culture. While some students knew some Spanish before the trip, all arrived home with a more extensive Spanish vocabulary. 

University Hospital Recognizes Student

Sam Phillips, 8th semester traditional BSN option student, received the “Great Catch” award from University Hospital. Sam provided emergency care to a patient who was choking while he was working as a nurse tech and is credited with saving the patient’s life. Sam was surprised by the prize patrol composed of hospital and school of nursing administrators and staff during a shift with his senior practicum preceptor Randy Vanskike. Photos by Justin Kelly.

Student Practices ‘Quick’ Medicine in Africa

Professors at the Sinclair School of Nursing do not often recommend taking a week off of classes and clinicals. But when senior Stephanie Oetting learned she had the chance to experience medicine in Africa, everyone knew she had to jump at the opportunity.

Oetting spent a week in October 2016 working alongside missionaries in medical clinics in five villages throughout the country of Madagascar. The trip was in partnership with Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Mercy Medical Teams, who sends regular medical mission trips throughout Africa. The team included nine Americans and three Madagascan doctors who partnered alongside a general surgeon.

Each day, the team traveled to a different remote village, where they would see between 400 and 570 patients each day. In these clinics, Oetting says the team performed “quick, down-and-dirty medicine.”

Many of the patients walked miles and miles to be seen by the Mercy Medical Team. The most common complaints reported by patients included headaches, abdominal pains and muscle aches. While most of these seemed minor, there were a few cases that really struck Oetting and made the trip “more real” to her.

“There was one child who came in with fluid leaking heavily out of his ears and so many that probably had colon cancer, but there was nothing we could do for them,” Oetting says. “Those cases were really hard.”

However, there were some cases that restored her hope. One was a two-year-old who needed surgeries on his wrist. The team was able to set him up with surgery in a nearby city. 


Lessons learned on this trip will help Oetting as she begins her professional career after graduating this spring. The biggest thing she learned, she says, was to focus on patient expectations rather than her own expectations.

“When you go on a mission trip, you have all these expectations of how much you can help,” she says. “But when I got there and saw how little we could do by Western medicinal standards, I was discouraged and wondered how much we were really helping. But then I remember that these patients wouldn’t spend their days walking to see these clinics when they are there twice a year if they weren’t helpful. I had to drop my own expectations.”