About 50 friends of the school gathered at the Country Club of Missouri for the 5th annual Dean’s Dinner on April 23, 2015. The event was graciously hosted by Brian Neuner and Richard Miller. Attendees listened to dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller talk about the wonderful work going on at the school and how it is one of the best on campus. There were also some students from the BSN and Accelerated BSN programs to talk with everybody about what the school is like and what their future plans in nursing are. Everyone was treated with a gourmet dinner that was paired with wine.
About 250 people came to support the accomplishments of Sinclair School of Nursing students, faculty, staff and alumni. The 25th Annual Nursing Banquet and Awards Ceremony was one of the best yet. The room was constantly filled with standing ovations, tears and laughter throughout the event.
However, the message of the night came from MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.
“I’ve got a chance to know people who are part of the organization, who are products of the organization, who are currently in the organization, students and that’s the real measure,” Loftin said. “The quality of people you have and have had at the Sinclair School of Nursing, is really an extraordinary collection of people.”
That was never more apparent than the outstanding individuals who won awards. Each demonstrated high academic standards, outstanding clinical skills, caring qualities as well as strong leadership. Each winner has proven they are the epitome of who walks through the halls at the school on a daily basis. The school looks forward to developing more outstanding individuals to make changes and become the future of healthcare.
Student award winners:
RN-BSN: Joseph Johnson
Accelerated BSN: Alberto Baltazar
Seventh Semester: Marina Steinhauer
Eighth Semester: Elly Barton
MS(N): Abbie Bredeman
PhD: Pam Ostby
DNP: Nancy Birtley
Faculty and staff award winners:
Staff: Donna Connot
Faculty Teaching: Gina Oliver
Betty Crim: Lea Wood
Alumni award winners:
Alumna of the Year: Yaowarat Matchim
Alumni Achievement: Ausanee Wanchai
Honorary Alumni: Cheryl Bausler
Citation of Merit: Winnie Fritz
Humanitarian: Jan Beckett
Distinguished Friends of the School: Priscilla and Oz Koeplin
University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing PhD student, Collene Becker found herself at the top of her category at this years MNRS conference. The conference was held in Indianapolis April16-19.
Each year nursing schools around the country take part in the conference. Each school can select up to 3 students to represent their school’s BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs in the MNRS Student Poster Exchange and Competition. The Student Poster Exchange and Competition is a highly attended and much respected part of the conference.
There were three categories for posters at this year’s conference:
Evidence-based Literature Review
In the PhD category, Becker claimed first place for her project Meta-Analysis of Risk Factors Contributing to Surgical Patient Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU). View all of the winners.
The Dean of the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, Judith Fitzgerald Miller, PhD, RN, FAAN, was named as one of the most influential nursing school deans in the U.S. This ranking was released by the Texas based company Mometrix Test Preparation.
Mometrix devised a system in which ‘points’ were awarded to each Dean based on a wide variety of data, including awards, ‘Top 10’ rankings, NIH funding, NCLEX passing percentage, and much more.
“Any recognitions received are due to the quality of our faculty, staff and students. Together we can do great things here. We have tremendous potential to transform nursing education, our entire discipline through research and all of health care,” Dr. Miller said. “[Faculty and Staff’s] accomplishments have been tremendous, beyond that of most schools of nursing. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for the faculty and staff’s work here, their dedication to this school and to their students. Thank you for all of their efforts to make us better each day.”
Dean Miller went on to say that she continue to “give my all” to the school and continue to strive to reach new heights.