DNP On Campus Days

More than 30 DNP students from all areas of study were in Columbia March 9- 13. Students spent the first two and a half days on campus practicing physical assessment skills and clinical skills such as biopsy, nerve block, foreign body removal, motivational interviewing, and assessment of confusion and substance use. Experts spoke to students on diabetes management, care of the eye, and Second Victim.

For the second half of the week, students attended the Advanced Practice Assessment and Skills Workshop providing an opportunity to network with Nurse Practitioners from around the state including some of our alumni. Participants had an opportunity to learn Basic and Advanced Suturing skills, biopsy, incision and drainage, and nerve block. Expert speakers presented on a variety of topics related to pediatric, mental health, aging, and emerging topics on medical marijuana, LGBTQ and self-care.

         

 

Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference

The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) held its 43rd Annual Research Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on March 27-30, 2019. The theme for the 2019 conference was “Nursing Research at the Forefront of Healthcare Crises”.

A premier nursing research society, the mission of MNRS is to advance science, transform practice and enhance careers through a network of scholars. As one of the co-host schools for the conference, the Sinclair School of Nursing played a big part in making the conference a success. SSON graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, alumni, and faculty gave more than 30 research presentations at the conference and three will received awards! Specifically, Dr. Yuanlu Sun received the Dissertation Award from the Self-Care Research Interest Group (RIG); Dr. Donna Prentice received the Graduate Student Award from the Acute & Critical Care Across the Lifespan RIG, and Dr. Kimberly Powell received the Dissertation Award from the Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG. 

Moreover, our faculty, alumni and students were actively involved in the organization of the event. For example, Drs. Maithe Enriquez and Deidre Wipke-Tevis were on the MNRS Local Planning Committee. Professor Emeritus Vicki Conn PhD, RN is the editor of the society’s journal—Western Journal of Nursing Research. PhD alumna, Dr. Briana Snyder, is co-chairing the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), a collaborative network of students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career nursing professionals that connects scholars at different levels of study and provides expanded opportunities for engagement and leadership within MNRS. Additionally, PhD candidate, Jennifer O’Connor, is currently the treasurer of the ESN. 

The Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, affiliated with SSON, was one of the sponsors for Emerging Scholars Network Lunch & Learn which focused on “Career Planning for Doctorally-Prepared Nurses”. Additionally, to celebrate our research successes and introduce our new Dean, Dr. Sarah Thompson, the SSON hosted a reception for our students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and alumni who attended the conference. 

Effectively Treating Hypertension in Underserved Communities

Associate Professor, Maithe Enriquez has partnered with the Dominican Light a Candle Foundation, Kansas City non-profit Dominican Republic Medical Partnership and American non-profit Jonas Philanthropies to pilot a hypertension care program in underserved communities of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. So far, the results of this program indicate that it is both effective and sustainable.

 Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a major health concern worldwide, affecting an estimated 31 percent of the world’s population. Low and middle-income countries, such as the Dominican Republic, are disproportionately affected.

“Communities of migrant workers in the Dominican Republic have limited access to health care and healthy food, and so they end up eating lots of sugar and salt, which increases their risk of cardiac issues,” Enriquez said. “We coordinated with local communities to bring these people free screenings and treatment.”

This program, known as the Jonas Batey Hypertension Program, brought care to four bateyes, which are rural sugarcane settlements that often lack running water, electricity, proper sanitation and convenient access to health clinics or medication. The local foundation visited each community four times per year, providing screenings, multivitamins and a three-month supply of blood pressure medication to those in need at each visit. Though the program is still ongoing, it was evaluated by Enriquez and her colleagues after a one-year period.

The evaluation showed that among 813 participants who had participated in the program continuously for at least one year, 243 were diagnosed with hypertension and treated.

Click here to read the full News Release from the MU News Bureau.  

Recent PhD Grad wins $40,000 Research Award

Recent PhD graduate, Elizabeth Monsees, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Antibiotic Stewardship Program Manager at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, was awarded the 2019-2020 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award for her work in integrating nurses into antibiotic stewardship processes.

 

Elizabeth’s project, titled “Frontline Stewards: Antibiotic Engagement Tool,” leverages her previous work to test the implementation and evaluate the effectiveness of a nurse-developed Antibiotic Engagement Tool (AET).

Nurses are uniquely positioned to deploy stewardship strategies across the health care continuum by optimizing the timely administration and discontinuation of antibiotics, obtaining cultures before antibiotics are administered, identifying potential changes from intravenous delivery routes to oral therapy to avoid line complications, and providing education to ensure antibiotic adherence. Results from this study will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention for scalability and sustainability.

APIC’s Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award Program provides career development opportunities for highly qualified individuals to plan, implement, and develop a written report for a research project demonstrating value and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.

Congratulations Elizabeth!

Health Sciences Research Day 2018

The Sinclair School of Nursing was well-represented at the MU Health Sciences Research Day on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  Nursing PhD students presenting their research included Reem Al Alawi, Rungnapha Khiewchaum, Christiana Oyewusi, Donna Prentice, and Erin Tallon.

For the first time in the history of the Sinclair School of Nursing, we also had three Nursing Postdoctoral fellows showcasing their research: Dr. Kayla Herbell, Dr. Yang Li, and Dr. Rusen Ozturk. 

Their research addressed a wide range of important health care topics, including allostatic load (chronic stress), cardiovascular health, family caregiving, hypertension, intimate partner violence, mental health, nursing student success, and pulmonary embolism.  Dean Sarah Thompson, presented awards to one nursing PhD student and one nursing postdoctoral fellow for their outstanding research abstracts.

Nursing PhD candidate Donna Prentice, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM (center) pictured with her PhD mentor, Dr. Deidre Wipke-Tevis (right), and Dean Sarah Thompson (left).  Donna’s winning abstract was entitled “Does Adding End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide (EtCO2) to the Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Diagnostic Process Increase Accuracy and Harm Avoidance?

Nursing Postdoctoral fellow Yang Li, PhD (right) is pictured with Dean Sarah Thompson (left). Yang’s winning abstract was entitled “Exploring the Optimal Allostatic Load Scoring Method in Women of Reproductive Age”.

 

 

Health Sciences Research Day provides an annual forum for MU undergraduate, medical, nursing and health professions students, as well as pre and postdoctoral trainees, to showcase their research. Students displayed their work in the School of Medicine’s Acuff Gallery and Patient-Centered Care Learning Center at the day-long event. 

Health Sciences Research Day is sponsored by the MU School of Medicine, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, MU School of Health Professions, MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.