Only Missouri School to Achieve Status as a National Student Nurses Association Stellar School

Missouri Nursing Student Association (MONSA) held its annual convention in St. Louis on Thursday and Friday, October 25 & 26.

The Sinclair School of Nursing had seven enthusiastic Student Nurse Association members attend the conference, along with Faculty Advisor, Donna Otto.

The students, from left to right are: Liz Kimsey, Emma Scroggins, Marielle Allen, Hannah Jolly, Paige Wallis, Grace Optican and Taylar Dayton.

During the convention, Junior, Liz Kimsey was elected MONSA President and Emma Scroggins Northern District Director.

They will proudly represent the Sinclair School of Nursing as they serve their 2018-19 term in office.

The MONSA Convention October 16 & 17 2019 will be held in Columbia. This will be an excellent opportunity for Sinclair to really showcase who we are!

“Our students work very hard to reach the goals established at the local level,” Otto said. “It is wonderful to see them recognized at the state and national level for their efforts.”

Laura Remy – Opinion Piece in Columbia Tribune

 

Current PhD student, Laura Remy published her thoughts on the EPA rollbacks with the Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper. 

As a nurse, I know that having access to clean air to breathe and clean water to drink is essential for human health. That is why it is so alarming that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is rolling back vital clean air and water safeguards, putting the health of millions of Americans at risk. Since the formation of the EPA, and due to regulatory efforts to clean up our air, land and water, great progress has been made. However, rollbacks threaten to halt this progress.

Over the past five decades, EPA programs have helped reduce lead pollution by over 90 percent. This means fewer children with permanent neurological harm and a greater chance to succeed in school and life. Similarly, regulations under the Clean Air Act are estimated to realize $2 trillion in benefits by 2020.

However, there is still work to be done. Children and families in Flint, Michigan, and Kansas City are still getting sick from toxic lead pollution.

Read the full article published by the Columbia Tribune on Friday, Oct 26, here

Alexander named Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics

October 9, 2018 – Interim Associate Dean for Research, Greg Alexander, will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) on Nov. 4 at a ceremony during the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2018 Annual Symposium in San Francisco.

Alexander is one of 18 Fellows who will be inducted this year.

 “The election of ACMI Fellows represents the strength and diversity of informatics with recognition of 18 accomplished individuals who are national and international subject matter experts in the science of informatics as it relates to clinical care, research, education and policy,” said ACMI President Christopher G. Chute. “It reflects the growing impact of the field in health care.”

“To be elected as a Fellow to the American College of Medical Informatics is a great honor,” Alexander said. “This designation given by my peers recognizes my ‘significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics.’ To have my work recognized by my peers in this way is the greatest reward I could have been given.”

  “I am thrilled that Dr. Alexander has received a significant honor, in recognition of his many accomplishments,” Dean Sarah Thompson, said. “Dr. Alexander is one of our many exemplary faculty here at the Sinclair School of Nursing. This award is a tribute to our collective strength.”

“Many ACMI fellows are pioneers in this field whose work in research, policy, education, etc. have made a lasting impression in healthcare and medicine,” Alexander said.
For a complete list of ACMI fellows go to: https://www.amia.org/acmi-fellowship

ACMI is an honorary College of elected Informatics Fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics and who have met rigorous scholarly scrutiny by their peers.

AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, comprises 5,500 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy and advancing the field of informatics.

Researcher retires after 32-year career

Dr. Vicki Conn has had an illustrious career spanning 32 years since her initial appointment as an assistant professor to the MU School of Nursing. She is a graduate of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, first with a Masters in Adult Nursing in 1981, followed by a PhD in Social-Psychology of Health and Aging. Conn served as the Distinguished Potter-Brinton Professor since 1995 and as Associate Dean for Research since 2002. Evidence of Conn’s impact on the University of Missouri, the Sinclair School of Nursing, and beyond, is found among many sources, including successful funding of millions of dollars in faculty and school support for research, her nearly 230 peer-reviewed publications (Scopus), her leadership as editor-in-chief of WJNR, and her successful mentoring of students and faculty who are now having their own impact in the world. 

Greg Alexander congratulations Vicki Conn on her career and work as a researcher at the Sinclair School of Nursing.

On Monday, August 13 after faculty and staff lunch, the School of Nursing had a retirement celebration for Dr. Conn. Greg Alexander, Interim Associate Dean of Research compiled a list of remarks from Conn’s colleagues, junior researchers and friends. Here are just a few of the comments submitted about Conn:

1. “Vicki has been an outstanding mentor. She has helped form the foundation of my experience as a nurse researcher. When I was first applying to PhD programs so long ago, I received lukewarm responses to my emails. But Vicki was so quick to respond and was genuinely interested in hearing about my ideas and my goals. This connection attracted me to the Sinclair School of Nursing and brought me to this institution that is so dedicated to developing the next generation of nurse clinicians, scholars, leaders. And thank goodness, because I had such a fulfilling experience at this school! I often look back at those first emails and phone calls between teacher and student and think about how lucky I was to meet and be mentored by Vicki. I carry that experience with me because it defines the critical impact of mentorship that has helped to shape my career today. I hope that I, too, can excel as a mentor for future students.”  

Greg Alexander reads through comments he gathered from Conn’s colleagues and friends.

2. “I have been lucky to work with Vicki for so many years – first as teacher and student, and as a colleague, but all the while as mentor and mentee. I appreciate her wisdom and guidance when building my research program. I know I can always receive an honest appraisal of my work that will lead to an improved finished product. I have received sage advice from her over the years, and I really cannot thank her enough for working with me. I have enjoyed our conversations, whether it be about research, career development, or even beer choices and travel! I will miss our regular conversations, but am so glad that I had the opportunity to work with her as our relationship has evolved over the years.”

3. “During Vicki’s tenure as the associate dean for research the school of nursing acquired a national reputation in terms of the research productivity and quality.  Vicki was an excellent mentor to faculty as they developed their programs of research and achieved national funding.  She became an international traveler during her time at MU.  I remember the trip to Belgium which was one of her earlier international trips.  The dean at that time said to her, ‘Oh, you’ve never been anywhere’, that certainly isn’t the case any longer.”

Conn proudly displays a wall clock and shares with the crowd that her home office will have a Mizzou theme.

4. “Another one! After 40 it’s just ‘Patch, Patch, Patch!!!!’ Also reflective of her humorous approach to keeping life and health in perspective!! Enjoy retirement with your family, Vicki, you deserve that!”

 

Look for an extended interview with Conn in the upcoming fall issue of Mizzou Nursing magazine.

Accelerated Student Welcome Breakfast

Sunshine filled the Weldon Webb classroom as 67 accelerated nursing students filed in with backpacks on and coffees in hand.

The Nursing Alumni Organization at the University of Missouri hosted the annual Accelerated Student Welcome Continental Breakfast on Friday, June 15.

Students mingled with School of Nursing faculty and leaders from Boone Hospital and MU Health Care. After breakfast, several leaders in nursing took turns speaking to the students and encouraging them in their studies.

Mary Beck, joint courtesy faculty and chief nursing officer, MU Health Care, was among those in nursing leadership in attendance.

 “One of the things I think is important about nursing is life-long learning,” Beck said. “Always take advantage of opportunities to continue your education and participate in continuing education events.”

 
Mary Beck, joint courtesy faculty and chief nursing officer, MU Health Care, center, enjoys breakfast with current accelerated nursing school students.

Associate dean for Academic Affairs, Robin Harris, also addressed the group and reminded the students that they can reach their goals.

“Know that we wouldn’t have said yes to your name if we didn’t think that you could do this,” Harris said.

Robin Harris, associate dean for academic affairs, reminded the students to “embrace every moment of this really fast paced program”.

 

The Accelerated BSN is an intense 15-month, on-campus option for students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a field other than nursing. Courses during the 15 months focus on developing nursing knowledge and skills needed to enter nursing practice upon graduation as a BSN prepared nurse.

Current accelerated class for 2018-2019. Sixty seven students have begun course work in the rigorous 15-month program.

 

Susan Devaney, Nursing Alumni Organization president, handed each student a black leather padfolio as a welcoming gift. The students then gathered for a group photo before heading back to class.

Go to our Facebook page to see more photos from the morning.