Recent PhD Grad wins $40,000 Research Award

Recent PhD graduate, Elizabeth Monsees, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Antibiotic Stewardship Program Manager at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, was awarded the 2019-2020 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award for her work in integrating nurses into antibiotic stewardship processes.

 

Elizabeth’s project, titled “Frontline Stewards: Antibiotic Engagement Tool,” leverages her previous work to test the implementation and evaluate the effectiveness of a nurse-developed Antibiotic Engagement Tool (AET).

Nurses are uniquely positioned to deploy stewardship strategies across the health care continuum by optimizing the timely administration and discontinuation of antibiotics, obtaining cultures before antibiotics are administered, identifying potential changes from intravenous delivery routes to oral therapy to avoid line complications, and providing education to ensure antibiotic adherence. Results from this study will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention for scalability and sustainability.

APIC’s Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award Program provides career development opportunities for highly qualified individuals to plan, implement, and develop a written report for a research project demonstrating value and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.

Congratulations Elizabeth!

Health Sciences Research Day 2018

The Sinclair School of Nursing was well-represented at the MU Health Sciences Research Day on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  Nursing PhD students presenting their research included Reem Al Alawi, Rungnapha Khiewchaum, Christiana Oyewusi, Donna Prentice, and Erin Tallon.

For the first time in the history of the Sinclair School of Nursing, we also had three Nursing Postdoctoral fellows showcasing their research: Dr. Kayla Herbell, Dr. Yang Li, and Dr. Rusen Ozturk. 

Their research addressed a wide range of important health care topics, including allostatic load (chronic stress), cardiovascular health, family caregiving, hypertension, intimate partner violence, mental health, nursing student success, and pulmonary embolism.  Dean Sarah Thompson, presented awards to one nursing PhD student and one nursing postdoctoral fellow for their outstanding research abstracts.

Nursing PhD candidate Donna Prentice, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM (center) pictured with her PhD mentor, Dr. Deidre Wipke-Tevis (right), and Dean Sarah Thompson (left).  Donna’s winning abstract was entitled “Does Adding End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide (EtCO2) to the Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Diagnostic Process Increase Accuracy and Harm Avoidance?

Nursing Postdoctoral fellow Yang Li, PhD (right) is pictured with Dean Sarah Thompson (left). Yang’s winning abstract was entitled “Exploring the Optimal Allostatic Load Scoring Method in Women of Reproductive Age”.

 

 

Health Sciences Research Day provides an annual forum for MU undergraduate, medical, nursing and health professions students, as well as pre and postdoctoral trainees, to showcase their research. Students displayed their work in the School of Medicine’s Acuff Gallery and Patient-Centered Care Learning Center at the day-long event. 

Health Sciences Research Day is sponsored by the MU School of Medicine, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, MU School of Health Professions, MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.

 

 

Only Missouri School to Achieve Status as a National Student Nurses Association Stellar School

Missouri Nursing Student Association (MONSA) held its annual convention in St. Louis on Thursday and Friday, October 25 & 26.

The Sinclair School of Nursing had seven enthusiastic Student Nurse Association members attend the conference, along with Faculty Advisor, Donna Otto.

The students, from left to right are: Liz Kimsey, Emma Scroggins, Marielle Allen, Hannah Jolly, Paige Wallis, Grace Optican and Taylar Dayton.

During the convention, Junior, Liz Kimsey was elected MONSA President and Emma Scroggins Northern District Director.

They will proudly represent the Sinclair School of Nursing as they serve their 2018-19 term in office.

The MONSA Convention October 16 & 17 2019 will be held in Columbia. This will be an excellent opportunity for Sinclair to really showcase who we are!

“Our students work very hard to reach the goals established at the local level,” Otto said. “It is wonderful to see them recognized at the state and national level for their efforts.”

Alexander named Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics

October 9, 2018 – Interim Associate Dean for Research, Greg Alexander, will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) on Nov. 4 at a ceremony during the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2018 Annual Symposium in San Francisco.

Alexander is one of 18 Fellows who will be inducted this year.

 “The election of ACMI Fellows represents the strength and diversity of informatics with recognition of 18 accomplished individuals who are national and international subject matter experts in the science of informatics as it relates to clinical care, research, education and policy,” said ACMI President Christopher G. Chute. “It reflects the growing impact of the field in health care.”

“To be elected as a Fellow to the American College of Medical Informatics is a great honor,” Alexander said. “This designation given by my peers recognizes my ‘significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics.’ To have my work recognized by my peers in this way is the greatest reward I could have been given.”

  “I am thrilled that Dr. Alexander has received a significant honor, in recognition of his many accomplishments,” Dean Sarah Thompson, said. “Dr. Alexander is one of our many exemplary faculty here at the Sinclair School of Nursing. This award is a tribute to our collective strength.”

“Many ACMI fellows are pioneers in this field whose work in research, policy, education, etc. have made a lasting impression in healthcare and medicine,” Alexander said.
For a complete list of ACMI fellows go to: https://www.amia.org/acmi-fellowship

ACMI is an honorary College of elected Informatics Fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics and who have met rigorous scholarly scrutiny by their peers.

AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, comprises 5,500 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy and advancing the field of informatics.

Researcher retires after 32-year career

Dr. Vicki Conn has had an illustrious career spanning 32 years since her initial appointment as an assistant professor to the MU School of Nursing. She is a graduate of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, first with a Masters in Adult Nursing in 1981, followed by a PhD in Social-Psychology of Health and Aging. Conn served as the Distinguished Potter-Brinton Professor since 1995 and as Associate Dean for Research since 2002. Evidence of Conn’s impact on the University of Missouri, the Sinclair School of Nursing, and beyond, is found among many sources, including successful funding of millions of dollars in faculty and school support for research, her nearly 230 peer-reviewed publications (Scopus), her leadership as editor-in-chief of WJNR, and her successful mentoring of students and faculty who are now having their own impact in the world. 

Greg Alexander congratulations Vicki Conn on her career and work as a researcher at the Sinclair School of Nursing.

On Monday, August 13 after faculty and staff lunch, the School of Nursing had a retirement celebration for Dr. Conn. Greg Alexander, Interim Associate Dean of Research compiled a list of remarks from Conn’s colleagues, junior researchers and friends. Here are just a few of the comments submitted about Conn:

1. “Vicki has been an outstanding mentor. She has helped form the foundation of my experience as a nurse researcher. When I was first applying to PhD programs so long ago, I received lukewarm responses to my emails. But Vicki was so quick to respond and was genuinely interested in hearing about my ideas and my goals. This connection attracted me to the Sinclair School of Nursing and brought me to this institution that is so dedicated to developing the next generation of nurse clinicians, scholars, leaders. And thank goodness, because I had such a fulfilling experience at this school! I often look back at those first emails and phone calls between teacher and student and think about how lucky I was to meet and be mentored by Vicki. I carry that experience with me because it defines the critical impact of mentorship that has helped to shape my career today. I hope that I, too, can excel as a mentor for future students.”  

Greg Alexander reads through comments he gathered from Conn’s colleagues and friends.

2. “I have been lucky to work with Vicki for so many years – first as teacher and student, and as a colleague, but all the while as mentor and mentee. I appreciate her wisdom and guidance when building my research program. I know I can always receive an honest appraisal of my work that will lead to an improved finished product. I have received sage advice from her over the years, and I really cannot thank her enough for working with me. I have enjoyed our conversations, whether it be about research, career development, or even beer choices and travel! I will miss our regular conversations, but am so glad that I had the opportunity to work with her as our relationship has evolved over the years.”

3. “During Vicki’s tenure as the associate dean for research the school of nursing acquired a national reputation in terms of the research productivity and quality.  Vicki was an excellent mentor to faculty as they developed their programs of research and achieved national funding.  She became an international traveler during her time at MU.  I remember the trip to Belgium which was one of her earlier international trips.  The dean at that time said to her, ‘Oh, you’ve never been anywhere’, that certainly isn’t the case any longer.”

Conn proudly displays a wall clock and shares with the crowd that her home office will have a Mizzou theme.

4. “Another one! After 40 it’s just ‘Patch, Patch, Patch!!!!’ Also reflective of her humorous approach to keeping life and health in perspective!! Enjoy retirement with your family, Vicki, you deserve that!”

 

Look for an extended interview with Conn in the upcoming fall issue of Mizzou Nursing magazine.