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.
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.
One hundred sixty-eight senior BSN students from the traditional and accelerated options and ten faculty members attended the MONA Nurse Advocacy Day Tuesday, March 7 at the Capital in Jefferson City. Students and faculty worked across the curriculum to develop advocacy skills and identify evidence to support or oppose upcoming legislation.
The BSN faculty curriculum committee made the commitment as a faculty to prepare and support nursing students in a nurse advocacy event during their time at the SSON. The students prepared for Nurse Advocacy Day for weeks prior to the event by identifying evidence to support or oppose the upcoming health care bills.
Some of the bills addressed specifically were the Emergency 911 Bill, a texting and driving bill, the MO Health Net Structure bill and the Narcotics Control Act. Advocacy Days was an opportunity for the students to share their evidence and participate in the process of the “big voice.” The students were asked to identify their senator or state representative. In preparation, they were asked to identify an upcoming bill and oppose or support it, identify two main benefits, provide evidence to support their position, discuss the population and request an action.
While visiting the capital, 35 students were waiting for Sen. Caleb Rowden to finish his appointment with newly-appointed University of Missouri System President Mu Choi. Both President Choi and Sen. Rowden met with students for 20-30 minutes.
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!
Mark your calendar! The Mizzou family is coming together to make a difference like never before through the first-ever Mizzou Giving Day. From noon on March 15 to noon on March 16, support what you love about Mizzou and help us make our university a better place to learn and live.
You don’t have to wait to donate, though. You can give now to show your support for the Sinclair School of Nursing!