State Board of Nursing Approves Increase in Number of BSN Students by 25!

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Good news!  The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies BSN program has been approved by the State Board of Nursing to increase enrollment by 25 students in the BSN program.  If you are interested in beginning the nursing program in the Fall 2017 semester, please contact Ms. Emily Jefferies at 816-235-1710 today!  You can also call the Student Services Office directly at 816-235-1700 for more information!


Request for Comments Regarding Missouri State Board of Nursing Site Visit

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies (SoNHS) is hosting a Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN) site visit scheduled on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.   Written and signed third-party comments regarding the program’s qualifications to increase enrollment will be accepted by the MSBN until Friday, April 21, 2017.   Please direct all comments to Bibi Schultz, Director of Education, at:

Bibi Schultz, RN, MSN
Director of Education
Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO  65102-0656

SoNHS Collaborates on $3.2 Million NIH Grant to Fund Novel Mobile ICU Recovery Program

Being discharged from an intensive care unit is good news for a patient. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies are working to make sure it stays that way.

Intensive-care unit survivors are often overlooked for follow-up care. But two million of the five million Americans admitted to ICUs annually have or develop acute respiratory failure that often can lead to long-term cognitive, functional and psychological impairments known as post-intensive care syndrome.

Researchers believe a specialized recovery program, delivered in the patient’s home, can reduce the incidence of this syndrome among those discharged from ICUs.  A $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute funds the implementation and evaluation of a novel mobile critical-care recovery program by researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies.

This multidisciplinary research team anticipates that the outcome of this five-year trial could lead to the adoption of mobile critical-care recovery programs that could make a difference in the quality of life for intensive care survivors nationwide.

“This is an opportunity for clinicians to assist ICU survivors with reaching their highest potential of recovery,” said Sue Lasiter, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor at UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies and co-investigator on the grant.

“This program is key for ICU survivors who have a hard time getting transportation to healthcare providers or who don’t feel well enough to travel to an ICU survivor clinic,” Lasiter said. Instead of risking rehospitalization and increased health care costs due to lack of post-hospital care, the mobile critical-care recovery program takes healthcare to the patients where they’re most accessible: At home.

Each patient in the trial will be followed for 12 months, significantly longer than previous studies of ICU survivors. During that year, the mobile care coordinator will visit ICU survivors every two weeks with support from a multidisciplinary team including an ICU physician, a geriatrician, a neuropsychologist and an ICU symptom management nurse. Lasiter is the only nurse member of the support team.

The research team will meet on a weekly basis to develop and continually revise a personalized recovery plan that incorporates patient and caregiver goals. Lasiter says her mobile critical care recovery program has two unique benefits:  the team is composed of critical care specialists who are familiar with the problems these patients frequently encounter; and the team involves the patients as members of their own care- planning team.

“This makes it truly patient-centered,” Lasiter said.

Lasiter joined the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies in August 2016 from Indiana University.

“Having a doctoral-level nurse scholar, Dr. Sue Lasiter, as an essential member of this research team affirms the value of an interprofessional approach to researching interventions which can improve care outcomes for our patients,” said Ann Cary, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.


UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Ranks in Top 25 for Fifth Year in a Row

Top 25 National RankingThe University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies ranked in the Top 25 of the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth year in a row.

UMKC’s No. 21 ranking, released today, is the highest of any university in Missouri. Last year, UMKC also ranked high at No. 23.

“UMKC online graduate nursing programs are consistently among the best in the country,” said Ann Cary, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, who was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “UMKC was a pioneer in distance learning in nursing because we saw the need to offer busy professionals a high-quality but convenient way to access advanced degree programs to further their careers and meet the needs of an evolving health care system.”

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies has been offering online graduate programs since 2002. The school’s pioneering program is designed to offer classroom-quality instruction with the reach and convenience of web-based learning. Online students are expected to participate in online discussions as if they are present in the classroom. Technology allows two-way communication in real time via multiple modes, including webcams, microphones and/or simply typing comments. Students also experience on-site learning through summer institutes where they are required to attend clinical training or dissertation work sessions, and deliver presentations to classmates and faculty.

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Dean Cary Receives Federal Honor

Ann Cary, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The national advisory council — comprised of up to 23 members including students, practicing nurses and educators — advises and makes recommendations on policy matters on nurse workforce, nursing education and nursing practice improvement. The committee members serve overlapping four-year terms, meet at least twice a year and issue an annual report to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“I am extremely humbled and honored by this appointment,” Cary said. “Nurses serve a critical role in the health care of all people across the country. It is crucial to keep making improvements to patient and population care in Kansas City and nationwide.”

Cary became dean at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013. During her tenure, the school has secured more than $20 million in federal grants for research, nursing workforce and practice, all targeted at improving care in underserved areas. In 2015, a grant, KC HealthTracks, was received to create improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum and experiences for students from 11 under-resourced Kansas City area high schools. A collaboration with the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and KC STEM Alliance, the goal is to prepare students for higher education and career paths in healthcare.

Also during Cary’s deanship, U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies in the Top 25 for its online graduate programs.

An alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, Cary has served on the board of directors and as a fellow for the American Association of Colleges and Nursing; president of the Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; the Primary Care Policy Fellows Alumni Association; and the Association of Community Health Educators. She currently serves on the boards of Truman Medical Centers, the Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City and the Bluford Health Care Leadership Institute. She is also Chair Elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors.

Before becoming dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, Cary was director of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing. Cary received a BSN from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and PhD from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.