Saturday, January 16, 2021

Over $5M to School of Nursing and Health Studies

The School of Nursing and Health Studies was awarded over $5 million from eight sources.

The awards will help with clinical services, student research programs, grants and scholarships.

Approximately $550,000 of the scholarship awards are for undergraduates and $500,000 are for graduate students – equaling over one million dollars for student scholarships. Along with the scholarships, there are new programs for undergraduate and graduate students to help them excel in their career field.

“That’s great to hear we got that much,” said Reggie Stovall, a senior majoring in Health Sciences. “I think the funding benefits me by giving me the opportunity to get a more hands-on-experience in regards to clinical research and to get a better understanding of the health sciences field. The process would’ve benefited me a lot financially with a scholarship if I was entering UMKC right now as a freshman.”

Ann Cary, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, said the scholarships will alleviate already high loan burdens.

“If I were a student,” Cary said, “I’d want to pick out one of the top 10 colleges to go to for my career choice and affordability value. So I think this is great for us.”

Along with scholarships, two student research grants were established. One research project (A Pilot RTC for Medication Adherence in Older Kidney Transplant Patients) allows students to test older kidney transplant patients documented as not correctly taking prescribed drugs and gain research in order to improve on the outcome of patients who have taken drugs that suppress the immune response correctly. The second student research grant (Technology Delivered Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Young Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Partners) is for a project aiming to improve relational, psychological and physical stress among young breast cancer survivors and their life partners.

Two clinical services are now in full effect, as well. One is the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning, which is to ensure healthcare practitioners have the knowledge skills and attitudes to provide effective and high quality family planning clinical services. The second is the Fostering the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Services clinical service program. This service will allow community-based primary healthcare delivery while facilitating professional collaborative practice with the School of Social Work and provide learning opportunities for nursing and social work graduate students.

Finally, there are three programs or traineeships for students. First, the Nurse Faculty Loan Program provides financial support to nursing students who intend on becoming nurse educators. Second, the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program funds traineeships for nurse anesthesia students who intend to seek positions in rural, health profession shortage areas, medically underserved areas, or military or veteran populations. Lastly, the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship aids 15 students (three students in the masters of nurse practitioners field and eleven students in the doctorate of nurse practitioners field) in their enrollment, progression and graduation to work in communities with documented deficits in access to primary care.

Recently, the School of Nursing and Health Studies was recognized in the top 10 list of colleges for its affordability value by the U.S. News and World Report.

Junior CeiLa Kitchen, a nursing major, suggested other improvements could be made to assisting Nursing and Health Studies students.

“I think it’s great they got those awards to help us out,” Kitchen said, “but they should also focus on incorporating more information pertaining to passing the [National Council Licensure Examination] and better books to help us correlate with the [Assessment Technologies Institute] so that we’re actually passing and understanding the material.”

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