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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. 

SSON Helps Launch New Online Graduate Certificate in Participatory Health Research

The University of Missouri is working to increase the number of researchers who use a patient-centered and community-engaged approach to their work by launching a new online graduate certificate in participatory health research. 

“When researchers, community members, social welfare experts and health care administrators work as partners to conduct research projects, there is an increase in meaningful change and forward progress,” says Maithe Enriquez, SSON associate professor. “Former U.S. Surgeon General David Stacher has said this type of research methodology holds the key for getting to the root cause of health disparities.”

The program will create more health care professionals who are able to not only improve outcomes in their clinical setting, but also influence health care policy, Enriquez says.

MU is now accepting applications for the 100-percent online certificate program and classes begin August 21. GRE scores are not required for application.

In-Demand Skills

The 15-credit-hour program is designed for professionals in social work, nursing and public health who want to acquire research skills to expand and grow their careers.

Students in the online program will apply research methodologies that health care systems and health research institutions value most:

  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR): a partnership approach to research in which various stakeholders contribute expertise and share decision-making.
  • Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR): a methodology that involves health care consumers and caregivers, helping them communicate and make informed health care decisions together.
  • Clinical effectiveness research (CER): the direct comparison of health care interventions to determine which work best for which patients.

The graduate certificate can be taken in addition to a student’s current graduate program of study in medicine, public health, nursing, social work or other areas. In-service professionals who seek to enhance their skills also can enroll in the certificate program. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission.

“Students are going to pick up valuable skills and expertise in community-based, patient-centered and clinical effectiveness research,” Enriquez says. “They also can grow their professional networks while continuing their education, which is something all licensed health care professionals are required to do.”

 Four MU departments are working together to offer the course work for this online graduate certificate: the School of Medicine’s Family and Community Medicine, the School of Social Work, the School of Health Professions and the Sinclair School of Nursing.

Students who take two classes each semester can finish the 15-credit hour program in one year. 

For more information about the online graduate certificate in participatory health research, visit online.missouri.edu/participatory-health-research-graduate-certificate.

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!