Alexander Wins National Health Informatics Award

 

Gregory Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean of research at University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing, has been awarded the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics joint 2020 Nursing Informatics Leadership Award.

This annual award is given to professional nursing leaders who conduct groundbreaking research in the health informatics field through optimizing health engagement and outcomes in relation to access and improved technology. Alexander, whose research interests include information technology effects on the quality of care in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, will receive the national award at the annual conference in March.

“Greg is transforming the landscape of information technology in the health care setting, and this award recognizes his hard work and dedication to the field,” Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Sinclair School of Nursing said. “His research translates into better care and outcomes for the aging population, something our school is proud to be leaders in.”

Grant award presented to doctoral student, Michele Kennett

 

This cross-sectional study of the four universities in the University of Missouri system will compare perceived differences in research climate across institutions and subunits within institutions.  The survey, the Survey of Organizational Research Climate (SOuRCe), is a validated tool designed to assess the organizational climate for research integrity in academic institutions.  This study is funded by theDepartment of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity. The population to be surveyed from each university includes all graduate students, tenured/tenure-track faculty, post- doctoral fellows, and all research personnel. These data will provide valuable information about employees’ perceptions of the research climate.  By better understanding subunit similarities and differences, targeted educational interventions and organizational change initiatives can be developed within institutions to promote research integrity. 

Sinclair School of Nursing – In the News

During the past several weeks, students, faculty, and the nursing program as a whole gained the interest of local media outlets. 

First, Yang Li, a postdoctoral fellow spoke to KOMU about the model she has developed to help psychiatrists better understand their female post-traumatic stress disorder patients.

Li began her research about women and PTSD while she was a doctoral student at the University of Michigan.

Li said her research focused on two stress-related hormones, cortisol and oxytocin. These two hormones would work together when stress occurs. 

“We hypothesized that if those two stress-related hormones work well and interact well, women would be more resilient to stress,” said Li. “Otherwise, they would be more likely to have PTSD.”

See the full article on KOMU

Next, BSN Program Director, Sherri Ulbrich, was interviewed by KRCG on Monday, May 6, to address how the Sinclair School of Nursing is working to educate more nurses and combat the national nursing shortage. 

“We’re really combating it from two different standpoints: increasing our student enrollment as well as increasing the number of nurse educators,” Ulbrich said.

As for increasing student enrollment, Ulbrich said the school has to turn away students because the program has outgrown its building. The University of Missouri Board of Curators recently approved a $30 million plan to replace the building.

See the full video here 

DNP On Campus Days

More than 30 DNP students from all areas of study came to 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.