Dozens Gather For Fifth Annual Dean’s Dinner

May 29, 2015

About 50 friends of the school gathered at the Country Club of Missouri for the 5th annual Dean’s Dinner on April 23, 2015. The event was graciously hosted by Brian Neuner and Richard Miller. Attendees listened to dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller talk about the wonderful work going on at the school and how it is one of the best on campus. There were also some students from the BSN and Accelerated BSN programs to talk with everybody about what the school is like and what their future plans in nursing are. Everyone was treated with a gourmet dinner that was paired with wine.

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Hundreds Celebrate Friends, Alumni, Faculty and Staff at Annual Banquet

May 29, 2015

About 250 people came to support the accomplishments of Sinclair School of Nursing students, faculty, staff and alumni. The 25th Annual Nursing Banquet and Awards Ceremony was one of the best yet. The room was constantly filled with standing ovations, tears and laughter throughout the event.

However, the message of the night came from MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

“I’ve got a chance to know people who are part of the organization, who are products of the organization, who are currently in the organization, students and that’s the real measure,” Loftin said. “The quality of people you have and have had at the Sinclair School of Nursing, is really an extraordinary collection of people.”

That was never more apparent than the outstanding individuals who won awards. Each demonstrated high academic standards, outstanding clinical skills, caring qualities as well as strong leadership. Each winner has proven they are the epitome of who walks through the halls at the school on a daily basis. The school looks forward to developing more outstanding individuals to make changes and become the future of healthcare.

Student award winners:

  • RN-BSN: Joseph Johnson
  • Accelerated BSN: Alberto Baltazar
  • Seventh Semester: Marina Steinhauer
  • Eighth Semester: Elly Barton
  • MS(N): Abbie Bredeman
  • PhD: Pam Ostby
  • DNP:  Nancy Birtley

Faculty and staff award winners:

  • Staff: Donna Connot
  • Faculty Teaching: Gina Oliver
  • Betty Crim: Lea Wood

Alumni award winners:

  • Alumna of the Year: Yaowarat Matchim
  • Alumni Achievement: Ausanee Wanchai
  • Honorary Alumni: Cheryl Bausler
  • Citation of Merit: Winnie Fritz
  • Humanitarian: Jan Beckett
  • Distinguished Friends of the School: Priscilla and Oz Koeplin

190 Students Graduate from No. 1 Nursing School in the Country

May 29, 2015

190 nursing students from the nation’s no. 1 nursing school in the country (College Atlas Encyclopedia of Higher Education) walked across the stage at Jesse Auditorium to finish out their careers as student. They were awarded their degrees from the University of MIssouri Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON).

There were 53 traditional BSN, 47 accelerated, 38 RN-BSN, 28 MS, 23 DNP, and 1 PhD. Of the undergraduates, 26 graduated with honors: 7 cum laude, 8 magna cum laude and 8 summa cum laude.

Dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller presided over the ceremony and gave the main address. MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin also addressed the crowd and conferred the degrees. Student addresses were given by Joseph Riojas, BSN candidate; Kirsten Wilford, Accelerated BSN candidate; Abbie Bredeman, MS(N) candidate. Each graduate also received a rose from the Nursing Alumni Organization that was handed out by Donna Otto.

Special faculty and student awards were given during the ceremony:

  • Nursing Student Council Outstanding Clinical Teaching Faculty Award
    • Hillary Claunch
  • Nursing Student Council Oustanding Classroom Teaching Faculty Award
    • Sherri Ulbrich
  • Nursing Student Council Outstanding Student Award
    • Emily Blocker
    • John Marrin
  • Janet ‘Joy’ Thompson Undergraduate Student Award
    • Jade Summerville
  • Geriatric Excellence Undergraduate Student Award
    • Shannon Keith

As students go in their spearate directions, the SSON knows they are well prepared to handle whatever is thrown at them. When people read that they graduated from the SSON, they know they’re not just a nurse, but a MIZZOU NURSE!

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PhD Student Wins Poster Presentation

April 20, 2015

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing PhD student, Collene Becker found herself at the top of her category at this years MNRS conference. The conference was held in Indianapolis April16-19.

Each year nursing schools around the country take part in the conference. Each school can select up to 3 students to represent their school’s BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs in the MNRS Student Poster Exchange and Competition. The Student Poster Exchange and Competition is a highly attended and much respected part of the conference.

There were three categories for posters at this year’s conference:

  1. Research
  2. Evidence-based Projects
  3. Evidence-based Literature Review

In the PhD category, Becker claimed first place for her project Meta-Analysis of Risk Factors Contributing to Surgical Patient Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU). View all of the winners.

Dean Miller Named One of Most Influential Deans in Country

March 20, 2015

The Dean of the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, Judith Fitzgerald Miller, PhD, RN, FAAN, was named as one of the most influential nursing school deans in the U.S. This ranking was released by the Texas based company Mometrix Test Preparation.

Mometrix devised a system in which ‘points’ were awarded to each Dean based on a wide variety of data, including awards, ‘Top 10’ rankings, NIH funding, NCLEX passing percentage, and much more.

“Any recognitions received are due to the quality of our faculty, staff and students.  Together we can do great things here.  We have tremendous potential to transform nursing education, our entire discipline through  research and all of health care,” Dr. Miller said. “[Faculty and Staff’s] accomplishments have been tremendous, beyond that of most schools of nursing.  From the bottom of my heart I thank you for the faculty and staff’s work here, their dedication to this school and to their students.  Thank you for all of their efforts to make us better each day.”

Dean Miller went on to say that she continue to “give my all” to the school and continue to strive to reach new heights.

View the entire list.

Faculty and staff threw Dean Miller a surprise celebratory party.

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