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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.

27th Annual Awards Banquet Celebrates SSON

Nearly 250 guests filled the Country Club of Missouri for the 27th Annual Awards Banquet and Alumni Reunion April 21, 2017. Alumni from all over the country joined Sinclair School of Nursing faculty, staff, students and their family gathered to celebrate the best of the Sinclair School of Nursing.

Students were recognized for excellence in the classroom and clinical settings. Faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching and research. The Nursing Alumni Organization recognized five honorable alumni who have spent their careers in the top of the nursing profession. Award winners are listed below.

Award Winner
Overall Excellence by a 7th Semester Student McKenzie Adam
Overall Excellence by an 8th Semester Student Mary-Margaret Washer
Overall Excellence by an Accelerated Student Rebekah Bade
Overall Excellence by an RN to BSN Student Carla Clapp
Overall Excellence by a Master’s Student Courtney Miller
Overall Excellence by a DNP Student Angela Story
Overall Excellence by a PhD Student Ginny Schulz
School Staff Award Sandra Dearlove
Excellence in Teaching Pam Evans-Smith
Excellence in Research Laurel Despins
Betty Crim Award for Faculty Enhancement Michelle Reams
Alumni Achievement Mindy Stites
Humanitarian Award Candy Neuner
Alumna of the Year Cay Casey
Honorary Alumna  Colleen Galambos
Citation of Merit Mei Fu
Distinguished Friend of the School Sandra Gambaro Shelley

Congratulations to all award winners!

Prior to the banquet, members of the Sinclair School of Nursing’s Nightingale Gift Society were celebrated at the annual induction and reception. New members were inducted into the prestigious society, and others were elevated to new levels of recognition. The society honors major donors for their gifts made to the school.

Following the banquet, Sunday, April 22, members of the class of 1967, ’77, ’87 and 2007 gathered for a reunion. They toured the University of Missouri Hospital and the Sinclair School of Nursing and gathered for lunch to reminisce about their time in nursing school.

Thanks to all who attended and helped put the event together. We are looking forward to next year. Be sure to check out facebook for pictures of all the events!

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