Nearly 200 Nursing Students Ascend Into the Ranks of Alumni

May 16, 2014

Columbia, Mo. — The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (MU SSON) celebrated commencement exercises Friday, May 16, 2014. The school awarded a total of 191 degrees at Jesse Auditorium inside Jessie Hall on the University of Missouri campus,

There were 136 BSN, 45 Accelerated BSN, 38 RN-BSN, 32 MSN, 18 DNP and 5 PhD graduates. Of the undergraduates, 24 graduated with honors: 10 cum laude, 3 magna cum laude and 11 summa cum laude; 88 were on the dean’s list.

Dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller presided over the ceremony and gave the main address. Student addresses were given by Jacob Wren, BSN candidate; Cassie Gallemore, accelerated BSN candidate; and jo-Ana Chase, PhD candidate. Each graduate also received a rose from the Nursing Alumni Organization.

Special faculty and student awards were given during the ceremony:

  • Nursing Student Council Outstanding Clinical Teaching Faculty Award
           
    • Hillary Claunch
  • Nursing Student Council Outstanding Classroom Teaching Faculty Award
           
    • Pam Evans-Smith
  • Nursing Student Council Outstanding Student Award
           
    • Lauren Bachman and Amanda Yung
  • Janet ‘Joy’ Thompson Undergraduate Student Award
           
    • Sam Urkov
  • Geriatric Excellence Undergraduate Student Award
           
    • Lauren Bachman

MU Sinclair School of Nursing graduation pictures are available on the school’s Flickr page.

Sigma Theta Tau Induction-15

The Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Iota chapter inducted new members prior to the graduation ceremony May 16. Pictures from the Sigma Theta Tau induction pictures are available on the school’s Flickr page.

SSON Ranked Best Program in the Nation

April 28, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo – The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) was rated as the best nursing school program in the country by CollegeAtlas.org. The school is dedicated to making its students the best educated and most qualified nursing students by the time they graduate.

SSON has always been helping aspiring students and education minded professionals make better, more informed choices by providing them with relevant, reliable and up-to-date information about college and higher education opportunities.

SSON is dedicated to discovering new knowledge and implementing best practices in teaching, research and service. Our students get the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest and most-innovative researchers in the world. They not only learn how to care for patients, but they do so with the latest technology. By the time our students graduate, they are a cut above the rest.

The school is committed to preparing nurses at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels to meet care needs of the citizens of Missouri and the world. Our degree opportunities include: a bachelor’s degree, an online RN to BSN option, an accelerated BSN program, a master’s program, a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), and a PhD degree. Our students can be assured they will be nurses before they graduate.

Collegeatlas.org is an online publication that ranks colleges based on four things: affordability, academic quality, accessibility, and NCLEX-RN board exam pass rates. You can click here to see the entire list.

Rose Porter Dedicates Trees and a bench to the SSON

Aug. 26, 2014

The first kindness trees on the University of Missouri campus are now located just outside of the Sinclair School of Nursing. They were dedicated by nursing dean emerita, Rose Porter, PhD, RN. Rose served as the dean of the school from 1999 to 2008.

Her and her husband, Mike, say the university and city of Columbia have given them such great lives, they needed some way to say thank you. Their solution were to dedicated trees and benches around campus.

“We want this space to become a symbol of compassion and kindness, a campus of understanding of creating a community of caring and love for one another,” Porter said.

The mindset behind the trees and benches comes from a long history of dealing with students. It all started with former chancellor Brady Deaton’s wife, Anne, and her vision of planting a grove of trees to honor children harmed because of mental illness. After the tragedy in Sandy Hook, Anne and fellow nursing alumna, Suzanne McDavid, kicked the project into high gear. That grove of trees is now planted at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia.

However, Rose wanted to expand the grove to the university. The theme of all of her trees is a powerful motto she is a firm believer of, “A single act of kindness can change a life forever.”

“That’s a very powerful statement, and how apt it is that it’s being planted at the school of nursing because who know better than a nurse of how important it is to reach out with kindness,” McDavid said.

Rose says the motto came from a story about a middle school student that was going to commit suicide. He ultimately decided against it when someone showed an act of kindness towards him.

“That was very touching. Then after spending two years as interim dean at the college of education did I ever become aware of the mental health needs in our schools. That’s where it really, really hit me,” Porter said.

Rose and her husband are dedicating a total of 6 trees and two benches. She says the areas where they reside, are not their space, but they’re a special place of healing, rest and kindness for everyone.