Chelsea Howland selected as 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award recipient

July 27, 2021

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Chelsea Howland, a PhD candidate in the Sinclair School of Nursing was recently selected as a 40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award recipient by the Illinois Nurses Foundation. The award recognizes 40 registered nurses from Illinois who are younger than 40 who are positively impacting health care and the nursing profession.

The peer-nominated award recognizes Illinois nurses who demonstrate exemplary professional practice along with community engagement and/or advocacy on behalf of the profession and those we serve. Howland will receive her award at a ceremony in September.

Spirituality can promote the health of breast cancer survivors

MU study finds link between forgiveness, congregational support and neuroimmune biomarkers.

June 23, 2021
Story contact: Brian Consiglio, 573-882-9144,

Throughout her 20-year career as a nurse practitioner, Jennifer Hulett noticed survivors of breast cancer would often express gratitude for being alive and mention God or a divine acknowledgement that had improved their health and well-being.

Now an assistant professor at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, Hulett is researching the benefits of spirituality on improving immune health and reducing stress, as well as the chances of cancer reoccurrence, among breast cancer survivors.

In a recent study, Hulett collected and froze samples of saliva from 41 breast cancer survivors at MU’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. She identified breast cancer survivors’ reports of practicing forgiveness and receiving positive social support from their congregation or other social support network were linked with two specific biomarkers, alpha-amylase and interleukin-6. The findings lay the foundation for further examining the role spirituality plays in the health and well-being of both cancer survivors and individuals managing chronic disease.

“Breast cancer survivors are often a highly spiritual group given the trauma they have been through, and we found they often have more positive spiritual beliefs in a loving God or higher power rather than a punitive, punishing God,” Hulett said. “This confirmed what I had previously experienced anecdotally as a nurse. Breast cancer survivors would often express gratitude and contribute their health and well-being to a higher power, and they tended to have better health outcomes as well.”

Hulett’s research builds off previous findings indicating positive spiritual beliefs are associated with healthier levels of cortisol, a biomarker commonly associated with stress, among breast cancer survivors.

“Cortisol and stress suggest chronic inflammation, and anything we can do to lower levels of stress and inflammation will have a good effect on a patient’s longevity, health outcomes and reduced risk of reoccurring disease,” Hulett said. “We often hear about diet and exercise in promoting physical health, but we rarely hear about the importance of managing stress, and all three are connected with well-being.”

One in eight women develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, and previous studies show chronic stress in breast cancer survivors is linked with increased inflammation and risk for cancer reoccurrence.

This is a photo of Jennifer Hulett.

Jennifer Hulett is an assistant professor
at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

“We know cortisol is linked with stress, and elevated levels of the immune biomarker interleukin 6 suggests inflammation,” Hulett said. “By first finding out which biomarkers are meaningful to look at, we can then see how they are potentially influenced by various spiritual or mindfulness practices aimed at reducing inflammation.”

Hulett’s research sets the foundation for future research that evaluates the effectiveness of spiritual and mindfulness interventions, including daily prayer, mediation, yoga and relaxation, on health outcomes among cancer survivors and individuals with chronic disease.

“We already know these interventions improve mental health, but they might also improve physical health as well, and we can try to prove it by looking at these physiological biomarkers,” Hulett said. “These spiritual interventions are what nurses can use at the bedside to quickly implement if they see patients struggling to cope with their illness. Any evidence-based solutions we can equip nurses with will help improve patient health outcomes, and that is where these mind-body interventions can play a role going forward.”

“Associations between religious and spiritual variables and neuroimmune activity in survivors of breast cancer: a feasibility study” was recently published in Supportive Care in Cancer. Funding for the study was provided by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Donor Fund.

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Spirituality can promote the health of breast cancer survivors

Gift Narkthong and May Narasri selected for international peace scholarship

June 9, 2021

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University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing students Natsayakarn “Gift” Narkthong and Pawena “May” Narasri have been selected for a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a nonprofit organization that has helped more than 116,000 women pursue educational goals by providing nearly $400 million in educational assistance.


Jamie Morton receives research grant from the Midwest Nursing Research Society

June 14, 2021

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Jamie Morton, a University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing PhD student and health behavior science pre-doctoral fellow, recently received the 2021 Joseph & Jean Buckwalter Research Grant from the Midwest Nursing Research Society.

The grant will support her dissertation research project entitled “Exploring Perinatal Prescription Opioid Use and Misuse in Rural Settings.”

The purpose of this grant is to support the research development of budding scholars in the Midwest region, especially those with interests in cancer and depression.

Mizzou Nursing Spring Magazine

The Spring 2021 edition of the Mizzou Nursing magazine is fresh off the presses. It covers many interesting stories of our alumni, how the Sinclair School of Nursing has pulled together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and partnerships across Missouri to support those in need. Please click HERE to download your digital copy.