December 2020 Virtual Graduation Celebration

CONGRATULATIONS! Sinclair School of Nursing has some really fun things in store for you on our Commencement Celebration page. You’ll be able to:

  1. Link to commencement.missouri.edu to see what campus is doing.
  2. You can sign the commencement guest book!
  3. Download fun fillable pages to post or make your own memory sheet.
  4. Download fun stickers and Facebook banners to support your nursing grad.
  5. See our featured Outstanding Graduate, ALEXANDRA KICKERT
  6. Find your name on our virtual program. 
  7. Follow what we are posting and sharing on our social media sites.
  8. Graduate Flipbook will be posted and graduate names will scroll at 3 P.M.! 

  CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PAGE!

foam finger imageWe hope you have a wonderful day of celebration. Our graduates have worked so hard and deserve so much. All of us at SSON are proud of you and cheering you on until we can meet in person again.

MU School of Nursing Trailblazers Impact Senior Care During Global Pandemic

Article by BioNexus|KC 
See original article here.

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A good partnership is often greater than the sum of its individual parts. For Dr. Amy Vogelsmeier, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri (MU) Sinclair School of Nursing, and Dr. Lori Popejoy, Associate Dean for Innovation and Partnerships and Associate Professor at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, their research symbiosis has been a major driver in improving elder care across the state of Missouri. Since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, they have turned their work towards preparing and equipping nursing homes to better protect the health and safety of residents and employees. By focusing on the nursing home patients most at risk during the pandemic, their impact is exponential and reaches both patients and their caretakers.

Because of their shared experience in nursing, Vogelsmeier and Popejoy can create and lead better process changes for elder care in hospitals and nursing home facilities. They each have their own areas of interest. Vogelsmeier has worked to highlight the unique contribution of registered nurses in nursing homes and identify and implement best medication safety practices. For Popejoy, her focus is on care coordination, transitional care, and discharge planning.

Working collaboratively through the Missouri Quality Initiative Program (MOQI), a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) funded innovation project, they studied the influence of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and improvement of nursing home systems of care delivery on reduction of avoidable hospitalizations. Both have also been part of the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) since its inception in the late 1990s. QIPMO is a collaboration between the Sinclair School of Nursing and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services supporting nursing facilities by providing access to Gerontological nurse experts, guiding best practices to improve care delivery and outcomes for nursing home residents.

At the beginning of the pandemic, limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) was the biggest concern for nursing home staff.  Working in collaboration with QIPMO, “We were able to collaborate with various community organizations to help QIPMO distribute more than 3,000 face shields to nursing homes throughout the state,” Popejoy said. The challenge went beyond PPE though, as nursing home residents were being isolated more often, reducing or eliminating opportunities to dine in groups, share social activities, or invite outside visitors inside the facilities.

Between the MOQI and QIPMO, 500 Missouri nursing homes were provided with guidance and support for staff and administrators to navigate and implement changing COVID-19 infection control practices to better protect their residents. “The main goal of our response effort was to make sure nursing home residents are staying as safe as possible during this very traumatic and challenging experience,” Popejoy said.

With some their MOQI colleagues, the duo has developed a business called NewPath Health Solutions that works to carry forward innovations developed from the School of Nursing to continue after federal and grant funding support has ended.

Other projects Popejoy and Vogelsmeier are involved in are envisioning the use of healthcare technology. Vogelsmeier is excited by a future in which registered nurses and APRNs play a significant role in improving the future of safe senior care. Popejoy’s role at MU as the Associate Dean of Innovation and Partnerships helps advance technology such as sensor-based technologies across settings. “It’s hard to keep health system innovation functioning and moving, so this role was developed to keep projects moving forward when there is no longer grant funding to keep these projects alive,” Popejoy said.

The two of them have been long-time friends and colleagues likely in part because their strengths and weaknesses are complementary. “My ability to be strategic and Lori’s ability to be creative and think outside the box work together to get it done,” Vogelsmeier said. Both enjoy living in central Missouri, being outside with their families, and traveling.

The impact from COVID-19 was an immediate concern for both of them. “When we first heard about the disease in Washington state, my heart sunk thinking about how bad it could be,” Popejoy said. “It was like watching a tsunami coming and people were oblivious until it hit and then suddenly were lost as to what to do next,” Vogelsmeier recalled. “Almost like it didn’t exist until it hit the crisis point.” However, as the country has gotten further into the pandemic, these two have seen improvements. “Everything we know about this disease is constantly changing as we gear up to help them face these challenges, but the problems seem to be somewhat more manageable now,” Vogelsmeier said.

For both professors, the drive to improve senior lives and the careers of nurses across Missouri is motivation enough but faced with a once in a century pandemic, they both have responded. Between the state quality care initiatives and support programs and the outreach during COVID-19, Vogelsmeier and Popejoy’s impact is bigger, together.

 

Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) Selected as a Health Quality Innovator of the Year

Award recognizes QIPMO’s dedication to improving health in Missouri

Columbia, MO —November, 19 2020—Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO), has been recognized as a 2020 Health Quality Innovator of the Year. The Health Quality Innovator Awards are sponsored by the Health Quality Innovators’/Health Quality Innovation Network’s (HQIN) during their annual recognition program. This year, health care providers and organizations receiving this award are being honored for their innovative approaches or technologies to address COVID-19. 

QIPMO quickly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by helping nursing homes in Missouri understand volumes of information as it was disseminated about the virus and help nursing homes implement actions to keep residents and staff safe. The group immediately went virtual, increasing the frequency of its statewide Administrator Support Group and DON Support Group meetings to understand and assimilate new guidance and regulations regarding COVID-19. The QIPMO team distilled information into manageable learning sessions and held open forums for nursing homes to ask questions and share experiences. These statewide virtual meetings focus not just on regulation but also on broader aspects affected by the pandemic such as staff and residents’ health and safety, both physically and mentally. “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the caregivers of this state,” replied QIPMO Leader Nicky Martin MPA, LNHA about the impact the team is making on the state.

The QIPMO team has been at the educational and informational forefront of this fight, doing whatever it takes to get information where it needs to go. The weekly webinars have, since March 2020, had over 10,000 attendees. QIPMO nurses and coaches have created assessment tools recommended in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes, reporting algorithms, tools for practical clinical management of COVID-19, mental and emotional staff support, and a variety of other resources available for free at www.nursinghomehelp.org. To date, the QIPMO team has fielded nearly 10,000 phone calls and emails from nursing homes since COVID-19 hit our state, providing answers and reassurance.

The team currently consists of five registered nurses and three licensed administrator coaches employed to assist in nursing home consultations throughout Missouri. Nurses and coaches field calls and emails, provide educational in-services to disseminate best practices, and do on-site visits, creating connections that go beyond regulatory compliance while also serving as colleagues and experts in long-term nursing care. In 2019, the QIPMO program provided over 750 site visits to over 400 skilled nursing facilities in the state and made over 600 different facility contacts.

“Our 2020 Health Quality Innovators are on the front lines of COVID-19,” said Donald A. Glozer, MHA, FACHE, President & CEO of Health Quality Innovators (HQI). “They are finding innovative solutions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus while ensuring the safety and well-being of their patients, residents, staff and communities.”

For administrators and directors of nursing, QIPMO has been called their “ace in the hole.” Exhausted, afraid, bogged down with regulations and a shortage of PPE, staff in our long-term care homes know they can always call on QIPMO to provide clarity, emotional support, and whatever PPE can be located to be delivered to their door. Nursing homes are not like hospitals or clinics—they don’t have vast support systems for staff or logistics—they are all-in-one businesses who literally have lives depending on them. QIPMO gives those caregivers someone to depend on. During the past few months, QIPMO staff have delivered everything from goodie bags and PPE to virtual hugs via texts and numerous hours of simply listening.

“We’re incredibly proud for the QIPMO Program to be recognized as a Health Quality Innovator of the Year. This is truly a collaborative effort among an incredible team of people working to provide answers and reassurance to long-term care providers in Missouri which facilitates improved quality care and outcomes for long-term care residents in Missouri’s nursing homes,” says QIPMO’s founder Dr. Marilyn Rantz, RN, PhD, FAAN, Curators’ Professor Emerita at the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri.

To learn more, please visit https://hqin.org/hqi-announces-2020-health-quality-innovators-of-the-year/ 

For More information about the Quality Improvement Program of Missouri, visit, https://nursinghomehelp.org/qipmo-program/

About HQIN

Led by Health Quality Innovators and its quality improvement partners, the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, HQIN is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia. To learn more visit https://www.hqin.org

 

Mizzou Alumni Association Names 2020 Faculty Alumni Award Winners

 
MIZZOU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NAMES 2020 FACULTY ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS

We are so pleased to announce that three out of the twelve award winners are MU Sinclair School of Nursing alumni! 

Original article by MU Aliumni Association posted November 20, 2020

The Mizzou Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Faculty-Alumni Awards. 

“We are honored to recognize Mizzou’s best and brightest, both in and out of the classroom,” said Todd McCubbin, MAA Executive Director. “It is the combined efforts of our world-class faculty and accomplished alumni that make this University such an incredible place, both for our scholars and our community at large.”

First celebrated in 1968, these awards recognize the achievements of Mizzou’s faculty and alumni. Faculty are considered for their work as teachers, administrators and researchers, while alumni are considered for their professional accomplishments and service to Mizzou.

“We look forward to celebrating these incredible Tigers and their accomplishments,” said Robin Wenneker, MAA President. “It’s a wonderful reminder of the talent we find ourselves surrounded by every day on this campus and the impressive Tigers in our alumni community. Mizzou is truly fortunate.”

November 20, 2020 would have been the date of their official induction at the Faculty-Alumni Awards ceremony. Instead, recipients will be recognized for their stellar contributions at a later date. Today, Mizzou is proud to share the list of recipients. 

“Each of these individuals has contributed to the success of our university and community through their excellence in teaching, research, leadership and service,” said Dr. Mun Choi, UM System President and MU Chancellor.

“With their support and guidance, Mizzou continues to strengthen its role as a national, public, AAU institution of the highest caliber. On behalf of Tigers everywhere, I want to thank our outstanding awardees for their hard work and commitment.”

Visit Mizzou.com/FAA for more details on each of these award winners.

The recipients of the 2020 Faculty-Alumni Awards are as follows:

65th Annual Distinguished Service Award

61st Annual Distinguished Faculty Award

  • R. Wilson Freyermuth
    • John D. Lawson Professor of Law; Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, School of Law

2020 Faculty-Alumni Award Recipients

Virtual Campaign Celebration

Over the last five years Sinclair School of Nursing has been part of a campaign to raise money for various efforts such as the construction of their new state of-the-art facility, student scholarship support, research endeavors, and more. The goal was $10 million dollars and during this time, due to the amazing support of donors, a total of $17,636,904 was raised. 


From this, 14 new active endowments and 2 planned endowments for student scholarships were formed. In total, 2,129 donors gave to support this campaign and 807 of them were SSON Alumni. 

If you would like to view the recorded presentation, please click here

We are humbled and proud of all the student support to thank and show appreciation to our donors.  As you will see in this presentation,the students always add a special component to any event that we host.  You can’t help but grin ear-to-ear while listening to them.  They make the School of Nursing so proud!