Nursing Students Complete Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies students DeNesha Johnson (top) and Jasmin Guzman were among 14 minority scholars from colleges and universities across the country to complete the second annual Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute (BHLI).  

The BHLI is an intense, two-year, professional development program, founded by retired  Truman Medical Centers president and chief executive officer John Bluford as a way to use his more than 40 years in healthcare to help develop the next generation of leaders. Truman Medical Centers are a clinical affiliate of UMKC.

Bluford said the institute is modeled after Harvard University’s mid-career executive management programs with the intent of exposing undergraduate scholars to high-level leaders from healthcare, business, education and other fields.

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Win a $25 UMKC Bookstore Certificate – Summer Semester Students only

*** Win a $25 UMKC Bookstore Certificate***

 

Summer Semester Students: We value your constructive feedback to continuously improve our courses in the SoNHS. Previous student evaluations have influenced textbook changes, assignment modifications, and other course revisions.

This summer, in the hopes of getting your valued feedback, we are drawing names for bookstore gift certificates! Ten, $25 certificates to the UMKC bookstore will be available for students who participate. Simply complete all of your end-of-semester summer course and instructor online evaluations and you will be eligible for entry into the drawing. The evaluation site will open very soon (you will be notified via email) and will remain open until Friday, August 22nd.

If you have any problems accessing the site, please follow the email instructions and let us know as soon as possible. We will draw names the week of August 25th and notify the ten lucky winners!

Questions? Contact Kit Smith at smithkv@umkc.edu or, if Kit’s out of the office, Judy Jellison at jellisonj@umkc.edu — thank you!

 

*** Win a $25 UMKC Bookstore Certificate***

10th Annual Clinical Jump Start – August 18

UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies 10th Annual Clinical Jump Start (CJS) will take place on Monday, August 18, 2014 at UMKC’s Health Sciences Building, 2464 Charlotte Street in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. All students in the accelerated and pre-licensure programs are required to attend CJS to prepare for clinical coursework. Be sure to periodically check your UMKC e-mail and UMKC School Nursing and Health Studies website during your summer break for specific details and possible updates. If you have any questions and/or concerns about Clinical Jump Start, contact Onekia Franklin via email at: deleono@umkc.edu.

CPR Class Sign-Up

 

Pre-licensure & Accelerated Class of 2015 Action Item

Pre-licensure Class of 2016 Action Items

Pre-licensure Class of 2017 and Accelerated 2016 Action Items

 

 

Celebration of life for beloved faculty Judy Hileman

Judy Hileman

Judith Caroline Hileman passed away at her home Monday morning, July 7 at the age of 72 after battling Leukemia for two years.

Judy is predeceased by her father, Orville Willis, her mother, Caroline Willis, her brother Dr. James Charles Seeley and her sister Janet Seeley, sister in law Anita Seeley, brother in law David Hileman and her niece Jennifer Seeley and nephew Tommy Hileman.

Judy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Phil Hileman I. They were married in Miami, Oklahoma on May 4th, 1962.

Judy is lovingly remembered by her sister Sue Luken and her husband Jerry, their son Rob, her brother in law Duane Nigus and her sister in law JoAnne Hileman and her sons, Philip A Hileman II and his wife Christina and Keil E Hileman II and his wife Amy, Grandchildren, Lane Claire Hileman, Suzanna (Zuzu) Caroline Hileman, Katherine Aulana Hileman, Alexia Judith Hileman, Anna Nicole Karakoussis, Anthony Nicolaos Karakoussis, and Evan Nicolaos Karakoussis, and great grandchildren Nikolaos and Keira and her Niece Annie Caroline Stanley and her husband Chris, their children, Max and Mia and her nephew James Charles Seeley II and spouse Maria Louisa Villalta, her niece Beth Kalberg and her husband Chris and their son Michael, nephews Durwin Nigus and wife Pam and their sons Trevor and Nathan and Philip Nigus and wife Chonita and son Isaac and daughter Cheyenne.

Judy was born in Horton, Kansas on June 20th, 1942. She graduated from Hiawatha Kansas High School in 1960 and went on to earn a Nursing degree from St Luke’s School of Nursing and a Masters in Nursing from the University Of Kansas and a PhD and APRN from The University of Kansas in 1990. She developed a research tool that has been used by more than 100 researchers in 18 countries to aid in research related to cancer. Judy worked in many areas of Nursing beginning as an Aide in the Hiawatha Hospital as an 8th grader and ending her career teaching at The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies for the last 24 years. She turned in her grades for her last 8 classes with 163 students just 7 weeks before her death.

Judy loved reading, camping and gardening and all of nature’s beauty. Her grandchildren were a special light in her life. She loved teaching and her students to a person. She always said that her two favorite areas of nursing were hospice and teaching. She and the hospice nurses who cared for her during her final days traded stories about hospice experiences. Judy loved and respected all of God’s creatures and was never heard to use the word hate.

There will be a celebration of Judy’s life service at The Overland Park Presbyterian Church at 8029 Overland Park Drive on Saturday, July 19th at 10:30 followed by a luncheon. Visitation prior to the service.

The burial of her ashes will take place at a later date at a small family gathering. Judy’s wish was that in lieu of flowers or cards she wanted donations to go to The Student Assistance Fund at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.

UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies
Attn: Michael D. Johnson
Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte
Kansas City, MO 64108

 

SONHS Faculty-designed teaching model featured on Health and Human Services rural assistance website

Two SONHS faculty, Jo Klaassen and Anita Skarbek, who developed a rural-focused teaching model called Learning Exchange Reverse Demonstration (LERD) have been asked if the model can serve as a resource to rural health partners via a Health and Human Services Rural Assistance Center’s Innovative Ideas website. The model, which was piloted in our own RN-BSN program is the instructional methodology used for teaching our on-line Health Assessment course. The pilot study results were published in December, 2013 in the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care.

Dr. Ward-Smith Coauthors Study on Nurses’ Bias of the Overweight

Nurse practitioners responding to a survey admitted a critical and biased attitude when dealing with overweight and obese patients.

Researchers at the University of Missouri (Kansas City, USA) interviewed 358 nurse practitioners at the 2012 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) national conference. The 19-item, study-specific survey used a 6-point scale to grade responses, ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree; no neutral response was provided. Overall, 94% of respondents were women; 1% were underweight; 51% were normal weight; 38% were overweight; and 10% were obese. Another 22 people failed to disclose their personal weight. About 77% of the respondents were Caucasian, 9% were African American, 5% were Asian, and 5% were Hispanic.

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Dr. LaFevers Recognized by American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates, recipients of the prestigious American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2014 State Award for Excellence, were honored at an awards ceremony and reception held in June during the AANP 2014 National Conference in Nashville.

David LaFevers, assistant clinical professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, was recognized for his State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence.

The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner (NP) in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice. In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of the NP.

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SoNHS Awarded $928K in Tuition Grants

The second grant is also from HRSA, which awarded $307,695 for a loan forgiveness program for doctoral students who agree to assume faculty positions at any accredited U.S. nursing school after graduation; UMKC matched that grant with an additional $34,188. The grant amount this year has increased 10 times from the previous year.

To prepare UMKC doctoral graduates to assume faculty positions, each recipient will take six credits of graduate nursing education coursework as part of their required curriculum for the doctoral degree.

“We are so pleased to be recognized for our ability to prepare the nursing faculty of the future through this grant and our outstanding array of nursing education courses,” said Cary, principal investigator on the grant. “With the current and pending nursing faculty shortage in Missouri and the nation, this federal workforce initiative at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies will help forge a solution. When faculty positions are filled and expanded, the number of students who can be admitted to schools of nursing can increase, and the quality of the educational experience is enhanced with appropriately prepared faculty.”

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Newest Issue of STARS (Student’s Achievement in Research and Scholarship) Now Available

May 30, 2014

See what your fellow students at the School of Nursing are up to in the latest issue of STARS!

This semi-annual publication (summer and winter) highlights the scholarship accomplishments of your student peers, and also provides introductory and contact information in case you are interested in participating in scholarship activities yourself.

By scholarship we mean professional and systematic activities that advance the teaching, research, and practice of nursing. Whether you were aware of it or not, you’ve probably seen or heard about professional scholarship through faculty/student publications, presentations, and/or research. Because of the importance of scholarship activities to the development of the nursing profession, we want to encourage an academic environment in which you see and learn about (or better yet, participate in) professional scholarship.

STARS is intended to inform you about student scholarship activities in the School of Nursing, acknowledge students’ accomplishments in nursing scholarship, and alert you to available scholarship opportunities.

I hope you enjoy this new issue, and that you’ll let me know if you have any scholarship activities of your own that should be included in future issues!

Dr. Kit Smith

NIH Awards $2.585 Million Grant to SoNHS for Kidney Transplant Medical Adherence Study

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2.585 million grant to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies for a study on methods to help adult kidney transplant recipients stay on their vital medication.

Cynthia Russell, professor at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies and a global leader in transplant adherence research, is the primary investigator on the grant.

“Medication non-adherence in the U.S. is a $300 billion problem. Though they have received the ‘gift of life,’ about 75 percent of people with a kidney transplant struggle to take transplant medicines on time every day for the life of the transplant. Without these critical medications, the kidney will not survive,” said Russell, president of the International Transplant Nurses Society. “We are testing a very promising and innovative intervention called SystemCHANGE, which has been shown to be effective with difficult-to-change behaviors like exercise.”

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