Sinclair School of Nursing – In the News

During the past several weeks, students, faculty, and the nursing program as a whole gained the interest of local media outlets. 

First, Yang Li, a postdoctoral fellow spoke to KOMU about the model she has developed to help psychiatrists better understand their female post-traumatic stress disorder patients.

Li began her research about women and PTSD while she was a doctoral student at the University of Michigan.

Li said her research focused on two stress-related hormones, cortisol and oxytocin. These two hormones would work together when stress occurs. 

“We hypothesized that if those two stress-related hormones work well and interact well, women would be more resilient to stress,” said Li. “Otherwise, they would be more likely to have PTSD.”

See the full article on KOMU

Next, BSN Program Director, Sherri Ulbrich, was interviewed by KRCG on Monday, May 6, to address how the Sinclair School of Nursing is working to educate more nurses and combat the national nursing shortage. 

“We’re really combating it from two different standpoints: increasing our student enrollment as well as increasing the number of nurse educators,” Ulbrich said.

As for increasing student enrollment, Ulbrich said the school has to turn away students because the program has outgrown its building. The University of Missouri Board of Curators recently approved a $30 million plan to replace the building.

See the full video here 

Verna Adwell Rhodes Endowed Professorship

Friday, May 3, friends, family, former students and faculty from the Sinclair School of Nursing filled the Jesse Rotunda for the announcement and celebration of the establishment of the Verna Adwell Rhodes Endowed Professorship in Nursing. 

In honor of Rhodes’ achievements, service and generosity, her family and friends have come together to give $1 million to establish the professorship which will help attract and retain influential research faculty in the School of Nursing.

Verna Adwell Rhodes’ career as a nurse, professor and researcher has taken her around the world. Her dedication to improving the field of nursing also has helped put the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing on the map in the field of oncology nursing. Friday was a culmination of a dazzling career to celebrate Verna’s accomplishments. 

Latha Ramchand, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at MU greeted the crowd on Friday speaking of the impact Jim and Verna Rhodes have had on the university, former students, and the Sinclair School of Nursing. 

Dean Sarah Thompson also addressed the crowd and thanked the Rhodes family for their generosity. “Verna’s impact on thousands of students over three decades has left an indelible mark on nursing researchers and professionals throughout the country,” Thompson said. “This professorship will allow the school to attract nursing research faculty who will continue to add to the Sinclair School of Nursing’s international prestige and renown.”

Mei Fu, Associate Professor with Tenure NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University, and former student of Verna’s also spoke at the announcement. As an undergraduate student, Mei Fu received the Verna Rhodes Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship for $500. This news came just days before the start of the semester and Fu explained that that money helped her buy all her textbooks for the semester. 

“Verna epitomizes every quality of a nursing scholar as well as human kindness,” Fu said. 

Click here for the full press release from the MU News Bureau.