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Oncology Nursing Foundation Celebrates the Importance of Mentorship in Nursing

Connie Henke Yarbro, RN, MS, FAAN, is Adjunct Courtesy Faculty, Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Founding Editor of Seminars in Oncology Nursing.  She is one of four founders of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) in 1975, and founded the Oncology Nursing Foundation to support nurses both nationally and internationally.
 
Yarbro had the opportunity to get involved in the  US and Internationally to addressed the numerous challenges of our profession over the years. “It was rewarding to work with nurses and help them aspire to becoming involved in oncology nursing.  In 1975 cancer nursing research was just really beginning, as was education in nursing schools. I started Seminars in Oncology Nursing 35 years ago and was able to mentor oncology nurses to be editors and authors. Today, oncology nurses are having a major impact with the research on patient care, survivorship etc.  These nurses, like Mei Fu, are mentoring the next generation of oncology nurses.
 

The Oncology Nursing Foundation announces the recipient of the 2020 Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award is Mei R. Fu (Qiu), PhD, RN, FAAN. Dr. Fu is a Barry Family/Goldman Sachs Endowed Professor in the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College in Massachusetts. She will join an upcoming conversation on the importance of mentorship in cancer nursing on June 15, 2020, at 4 pm EST via a webinar.

The Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award was established to recognize and support excellence in oncology nursing mentorship in the name of a founding member of the Oncology Nursing Society and Foundation, Connie Henke Yarbro. “Mei has gone above and beyond in many ways as a nurse scientist to inspire others in her field. She has committed to nurturing professional development in students both nationally and internationally,” said Oncology Nursing Foundation president, Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN®, NEA-BC, FAAN. “Her assistance with educational pursuits, research, grant funding, and multicultural engagement is extraordinary.”

“From my mentors, I learned the most important quality of a wonderful mentor is the mentors’ trust in our ability when we had very little confidence in and limited vision for our nursing career, but they foresaw our potentials and encouraged us to go forward and beyond. It is their trust in our ability and personalized guidance that made us successful in our career.” Said Dr. Fu.

An Oncology Nursing Society member for more than 25 years, Dr. Fu is an internationally and nationally recognized nurse scientist, researcher, and educator, with a scientific focus on cancer-related symptoms and the management of chronic illnesses. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a senior fellow of geriatrics of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Oncology Nursing Foundation, and the Avon Foundation, among others. Dr. Fu’s research has been recognized with an Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Nursing Research Award and an International Lymphology Association Young Investigator Award.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be selected as the recipient of the 2020 Oncology Nursing Foundation Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award. I am blessed to have many talented oncology nurses and nurse scientists working with me along this wonderful journey,” said Dr. Fu. “I cherish this wonderful recognition from the Oncology Nursing Foundation and will continue to dedicate my time to mentor nurses for years to come.”

MU develops program to prepare for alternative care site staffing

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri is helping to lead a statewide effort to retrain and deploy retired nurses and other health care providers to alternative care sites (ACSs) for recovering COVID-19 patients. The coordinated response ensures that staff would be immediately available to assist whenever the need may arise.

The state has designated a site in Florissant and, if needed another possible site in the St. Louis area, Kansas City or Springfield to handle recovering COVID-19 patients and those with chronic conditions such as cardiac and pulmonary problems and diabetes. These sites ensure more hospital beds are available for patients who need higher levels of medical intervention and care.

Staffing these alternative care sites was an urgent challenge. About 800 retired nurses and other health care professionals, with and without active licenses, immediately answered the statewide call to volunteer. The varied group — from those long gone from nursing to those who had recently left the field — all required some level of vetting and retraining to prepare them to care for patients at these sites, said Shirley Farrah, assistant dean for Nursing Outreach at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

The Missouri governor’s office turned to the University of Missouri to provide that high-quality training — and to do so in record time.

Within days, MU Health Care, the MU School of Medicine and MU Extension Nursing Outreach, along with Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) leaders, coordinated a response.

The training needed to be online and streamlined, with additional on-site training by DMAT clinical staff once at the ACS. The curriculum had to cover essentials such as vital signs, oxygen administration, EKG testing and early recognition of declining patient status. Most important, all trainees have to be drilled in meticulous handling and wearing of personal protective equipment.

Clinical nursing educators from MU Health Care’s Center for Education and Development had recently developed their own mostly online training program for clinic nurses in inpatient medical-surgical settings. The clinic nurses were among 800 MU Health Care staff members receiving specialized training, including front office staff, unit clerks and others who were also trained for performing nonclinical COVID-19-related duties such as helping with meal delivery, transport and other needs.

With input from DMAT, MU educators swiftly adapted this program to alternative care site needs. MU Health Care reached out to Elsevier/Mosby, a publisher of nursing education materials, and arranged complimentary access to these resources for the ACS nurses. Should sicker patients need to be assigned to these sites, nurses would also have access to online training that covers more complex nursing skills.

Dena Higbee, executive director of simulation at the School of Medicine and School of Nursing, identified other training resources around competencies such as detecting early warning signs of a patient’s deteriorating condition. The MU Mobile Simulation Van, approved as a mass casualties training unit, would also be available for on-site training, if needed.

Since the initial request from the state, nearly 300 nurses have been or will be vetted by DMAT and assigned to the appropriate level of training based on licensing status and nursing experience, Farrah said.

“The situation remains very fluid regarding statewide need,” she said. No additional staff has been called to the Florissant site at this time.

“And we are ready,” Farrah added. “The level of rapid response, coordination and collaboration among state, university, health care and extension leaders was heartening. It demonstrates that we have the will, desire and capacity to bring the right experts and resources together to help our state and fellow Missourians in this and any crisis if we face it together.”

The MU training response was coordinated by the Sinclair School of Nursing (Shirley Farrah), School of Medicine (Kathleen Quinn, Dena Higbee) and MU Health Care (Stephanie Hunt, James Parsons), with MU Extension Nursing Outreach and Community Health assistance.

Writer: Katherine Foran

VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT 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. Students, Faculty and Staff can record and leave well-wishes on our Flipgrip program.
  3. You can sign the commencement guest book!
  4. Download fun fillable pages to post or make your own memory sheet.
  5. Download fun stickers and Facebook banners to support your nursing grad.
  6. See our featured Outstanding Graduate, Hannah Fortner
  7. Find your name on our virtual program. 
  8. Follow what we are posting and sharing on our social media sites.

  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.

 

 

Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale

Affectionately known as “the lady with the lamp,” Nightingale remains a role model for nurses in the 21st century. Her care of soldiers during the Crimean War is legendary, and her thoughts on nursing, ethics and various other topics still resonate today in her published works and letters.

Timeline of important moments in Nightingale’s life:

  • May 12, 1820 —– Nightingale experiences a “Christian calling” to become a nurse while living at Embley Park in Wellow, England.
 
  • Feb. 7, 1837—– Nightingale begins to visit hospitals.
 
  • 1844 —– Nightingale becomes the leading advocate for improved medical care in the infirmaries through the reform of the so-called Poor Laws.
 
  • December 1844 —– Nightingale declares her intention to become a nurse. She visits St. Vincent de Paul Sisters of Charity convent, where she learns nursing theory.
 
  • 1845 —– Nightingale makes her first visit to Protestant Deaconess at Kaiserwerth, which cared for the poor and later became a training school for nurses and teachers.
 
  • 1850 —– Nightingale spends three months training as a sick nurse at Kaiserwerth.
 
  • 1851 —– Nightingale accepts a job as post of superintendent at the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in Upper Harley Street, London.
 
  • Aug. 22, 1853 —– Nightingale arrives in Turkey with 38 nurses and is stationed at Selimiye Barracks in Scutari (Istanbul).
 
  • 1854 —– Nightingale nurses British soldiers through outbreaks of cholera and typhus fever.
 
  • 1855 —– A public meeting to give recognition to Nightingale for her work during the war leads to the establishment of the Nightingale Fund for the training of nurses.
 
  • Nov. 29, 1855 —– After every patient had returned to Britain, Nightingale follows. She meets with Queen Victoria at Balmoral and tells her about the defects in military hospitals and needed nursing reforms. Nightingale plays a central role in the establishment of the Royal Commission on the Health of the Army.
 
  • Aug. 7, 1856 —– After collapsing, Nightingale is sent to Malvern, a healthcare resort, where she is put on bed rest for exhaustion.
 
  • August 1857 —– In her report “Notes on Matters Affecting the Health of the British Army,” Nightingale creates statistical charts to show the number of men who died from the conditions in the hospitals compared with those who died from their wounds.
 
  • 1858 —– Nightingale is elected the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society and becomes an honorary member of the American Statistical Association. Nightingale’s 136-page introduction to nursing titled “Notes on Nursing” is published.
 
  • 1860 —– Nightingale’s attention turns to the mortality and sickness rates of British troops and citizens in India. She gathers statistics and recommends sanitation procedures.
 
  • 1860 —– The Nightingale Fund is used to set up the Nightingale Training School at St. Thomas’ Hospital.
 
  • July 9, 1860 —– The first trained Nightingale nurses begin work at the Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary.
 
  • May 16, 1865 —– Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and Nightingale open the Women’s Medical College.
 
  • 1869 —– Queen Victoria honors Nightingale with the Royal Red Cross.
 
  • 1883 —– With the help of the County Council Technical Instruction Committee, Nightingale organizes a health crusade in Buckinghamshire.
 
  • 1892 —- Nightingale is bedridden again, but continues to work on hospital plans.
 
  • 1896 —– Nightingale becomes the first woman to receive the Order of Merit from King Edward VII.
 
  • 1907 —- Nightingale passes away at age 90 in London. She is buried in the graveyard at St. Margaret Church in East Wellow, Hampshire, England.

Sources: Florence Nightingale Museum, Encyclopedia Britannica

Information found at Nurse.com

Florence Nightingale was a trailblazer and champion for the nursing profession. Her efforts established some of the first modern schools of nursing, and even now, her name is synonymous with compassion and philanthropy.

Our Nightingale Society members share that dedication and reverence for the education of nurses. Today, on what would have been Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday, we thank them for their support and ongoing commitment to the future of the Sinclair School of Nursing.If you would like to become a Nightingale member, please consider here.

2020 Virtual Awards Banquet

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing us to cancel this year’s annual awards banquet, we invite you to view a virtual presentation of our award nominees and recipients. Please take a moment to read about our award winners here.

We hope you will make plans to attend next year’s banquet so we can celebrate our school and the wonderful achievements of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Stay healthy and safe until we can gather together again.

Sincerely,

Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor