To the Sinclair School of Nursing family,
Today we face a changing world with the impact of COVID-19. As each day brings new realities, anxiety and fear are normal. We all share concerns regarding ourselves, family and friends. Nurses are once again called to the frontline. I am humbled by the commitment of our profession.
Here at Sinclair School of Nursing we remain committed to:
- The health and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students
- Excellence in education for all our students
- Service to our community
I appreciate everything you have done to this point and I know we will continue to work together to meet tomorrow’s challenges.
Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
S215 School of Nursing
Columbia MO 65211
573 882 0278
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.”
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.
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
Friday, May 3, friends, family, former students and faculty from the Sinclair School of Nursing filled the Jesse Rotunda for the announcement and celebration of the establishment of the Verna Adwell Rhodes Endowed Professorship in Nursing.
In honor of Rhodes’ achievements, service and generosity, her family and friends have come together to give $1 million to establish the professorship which will help attract and retain influential research faculty in the School of Nursing.
Verna Adwell Rhodes’ career as a nurse, professor and researcher has taken her around the world. Her dedication to improving the field of nursing also has helped put the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing on the map in the field of oncology nursing. Friday was a culmination of a dazzling career to celebrate Verna’s accomplishments.
Latha Ramchand, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at MU greeted the crowd on Friday speaking of the impact Jim and Verna Rhodes have had on the university, former students, and the Sinclair School of Nursing.
Dean Sarah Thompson also addressed the crowd and thanked the Rhodes family for their generosity. “Verna’s impact on thousands of students over three decades has left an indelible mark on nursing researchers and professionals throughout the country,” Thompson said. “This professorship will allow the school to attract nursing research faculty who will continue to add to the Sinclair School of Nursing’s international prestige and renown.”
Mei Fu, Associate Professor with Tenure NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University, and former student of Verna’s also spoke at the announcement. As an undergraduate student, Mei Fu received the Verna Rhodes Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship for $500. This news came just days before the start of the semester and Fu explained that that money helped her buy all her textbooks for the semester.
“Verna epitomizes every quality of a nursing scholar as well as human kindness,” Fu said.
Click here for the full press release from the MU News Bureau.