Nursing PhD Graduate Receives Research Poster Award

Vanessa Lyons, a December 2015 PhD graduate, presented her dissertation research poster entitled “Checking Out Checklists: A Mixed Methods Study Comparing the Use of Surgical Safely Checklists in Rural and Urban Operating Rooms” at the Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) Surgical Conference and Expo in Anaheim, CA.

Her poster received the Attendee Choice Award for Research.

Congratulations to Vanessa on her award!

Elizabeth Monsees named Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Monsees, MSN, MBA, RN, CIC has been selected as a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar recipient for the 2016-2018 cohort of Jonas Scholars.

As a PhD student, she is studying strategies to understand and enhance registered nurse involvement in antibiotic stewardship. Additionally, Ms. Monsees recently has been selected to be part of a national workgroup comprised of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) to discuss nursing practice in antibiotic stewardship — clear evidence of her leadership in this area.

Elizabeth is mentored by Lori Popejoy, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing.

The goal of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Program is to increase the number of doctorally-prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide, as well as the number of advanced practice nurses providing direct patient care. Supported by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (Jonas Center), both programs provide financial assistance, leadership development and networking support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty and advanced practice nurses. As part of their scholarship experience, all Jonas Scholars attend the Jonas Nurse Scholar Conference, a three-day event in Washington, DC, designed to convene the current Jonas Scholars for networking, mentoring and educational opportunities with prominent nurse educators, executives and policy experts in the field.

May 2016 Graduates Receive Diplomas

With black caps and gown, various cords and apricot tassels, new graduates were a bundle of excitement as they waited to cross the stage. As their fellow classmates addressed them, students cheered and hollered and couldn’t wait to be handed their degree.

In all, the Sinclair School of Nursing conferred 153 degrees during its commencement ceremony May 13 in Jesse Auditorium. Fifty traditional students received their BSN along with 38 accelerated students, who will finish classes in July. Eighteen students completed the RN to BSN program.

On the graduate level, 10 students received their master’s degree, 36 completed a DNP and one received her PhD.

Judith Fitzgerald Miller, Dean, Sinclair School of Nursing, and Garnett Stokes, PhD, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs encouraged and celebrated the graduates. Dominic Chambers, traditional BSN candidate, Christyl Thurman, accelerated BSN candidate, and Sara Landreth, DNP candidate, addressed their fellow classmates.

Each graduate also received an apricot rose from Donna Otto, instructor of nursing and director of alumni relations.

Earlier in the day, 52 students, most of whom were graduates, were inducted into mid-Missouri’s Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau honor society.

As the new graduates go their separate way and enter the real world, we know they are well prepared to handle the challenges they will face. They are not just nurses, after all, but Mizzou nurses.

Graduate Receives MU Dissertation Discipline Award in Biological and Life Sciences

Jennifer Hulett, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, a 2015 graduate of the Sinclair School of Nursing’s PhD program, was honored at the the Graduate Awards Banquet Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Dr. Hulett received the MU Dissertation Discipline Award in Biological and Life Sciences for her dissertation research entitled “Impact of Religious and Spiritual Beliefs on Neuroendocrine Function and Health Outcomes in Breast Cancer Survivors.”

Her dissertation research involved exploration of relationships between and among spirituality, stress and neuroimmune biomarkers in breast cancer survivorship outcomes, an increasingly ‘hot topic’ in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). Dr. Hulett’s focus on neuroimmune biomarkers, breast cancer survivorship outcomes and PNI-based symptom intervention design comprises one of the priority program initiatives currently funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. 

During her innovative and rigorous dissertation research, Dr. Hulett reached out to MU collaborators for her research program, including CAFNR Fisheries and Wildlife, Health Psychology, Medical Pharmacology and Physiology, Human Development and Family Science, and Nursing.

The completion of this novel psychoneuroimmunological research has provided Dr. Hulett the opportunity to significantly extend her dissertation accomplishments through an appointment for a highly competitive post-doctoral fellowship at University of Utah in the NIH-funded (T32 mechanism) Interdisciplinary Training Center on Cancer, Aging and End-of-Life Care for 2015-2017.