Remembering Dr. William David LaFevers


William David LaFevers, clinical assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies and an advocate for his profession, died Feb. 15 after a sudden, brief illness. He was 55.

A memorial will be held 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 10 at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Nebraska Room, in Springfield, Missouri. The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is holding a memorial from 11 a.m. to noon March 14 at Diastole Scholars’ Center.

LaFevers joined UMKC in 2010, and since 2016, he served as director of the school’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. He received a diploma in nursing from Burge School of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwest Baptist University, and MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice from UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.

“Dave was a kind, gentle person who was willing to take on any task,” said Ann Cary, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. “Students loved him, as did the faculty and staff at the school. He was equal parts nurse practitioner-clinician, published scholar, educator, collaborator and policy advocate for nursing practice and patients. We will miss his ‘can-do’ attitude at the school and university.”

LaFevers was recognized with national and state nursing awards. In 2015, the American Association of Colleges in Nursing chose him as one of eight nurse educators nationally for its Faculty Policy Intensive cohort. In 2014, he received the American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence for Missouri. He also was selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

LaFevers served in leadership positions in the Missouri Nurses Association, including chair of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Special Interest Group and chair of the Northwest Region.

LaFevers is survived by his wife, Jan, an adjunct faculty member in the UMKC School of Education, and their daughter, Abby LaFevers Ayers.

“He felt that everyone was family and every moment was a teachable moment,” Jan LaFevers said. “Bringing value to any situation was his purpose.“

School of Nursing and Health Studies Achieves High National Ranking Sixth Year in a Row

Image text: Ranked 18 Best Online Nursing Program, U.S. News and World Report

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies ranked No. 18 among the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs of 2018 by U.S. News & World Report, earning at least a Top 25 ranking for the sixth year in a row.

UMKC’s ranking, released today, is the highest of any university in Missouri and the surrounding states of Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma. In 2017, UMKC also ranked high at No. 21.

“The School of Nursing and Health Studies faculty, staff and students are to be commended for the achievements in our online nursing programs,” said Ann Cary, dean of the school. “In addition, we are supported by the vice provost for online learning, Devon Cancilla, and his team for efforts to bring the best infrastructure possible to our learning experiences for our students. We are committed to unrelenting quality in programming now and in the future.”

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is a pioneer in distance-learning programs, offering online advanced degree programs since 2002. The programs offer busy professionals a high-quality but convenient way to further their careers and meet the needs of an evolving health-care system.

Online students are expected to participate in online discussions as if they are present in the classroom. Technology offers multiple modes of communication in real time and asynchronous exchanges. Students also experience on-site learning with faculty and classmates through annual clinical institutes and dissertation work sessions.

UMKC offers a variety of online graduate nursing tracks, including BSN to Doctoral, MSN to Doctoral, master’s degrees and post-masters certificate tracks in the following:

U.S. News began ranking online education in 2012. The categories include faculty credentials and training; student engagement; admissions selectivity; peer reputation; and student services and technology. U.S. News began their data comparisons with more than 500 institutions that had accredited graduate degree programs in nursing. Among the ones that replied, 159 said they offered online graduate nursing programs. The number of online nursing programs is continually growing nationwide.

SoNHS Launches New ACPNP Program

The University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies (SoNHS) is pleased to announce a new Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP) Program. The expertise of local faculty will provide the needed context to frame the essential content and clinical experiences related to management of the acute care pediatric clients. All theory course work is taken online with expert faculty and all clinical practicum arrangements will be set up for students, with the help of their faculty, in their state of residence.

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US DHHS Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) Awards UMKC SoNHS over $500,000 for 2017

Congratulations to Dean Cary, PI for the continuation of the US DHHS Nurse Faculty Loan Program award (NFLP), 2017! For 2017-2018 the School of Nursing and Health Sciences has over $500,000 to distribute to doctoral and masters nursing degree seeking students who plan to be future nurse faculty. The NFLP is a wonderful opportunity for graduate nursing students who wish to educate the next generation of nurses. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers who graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. The loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing.

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New Undergraduate Public Health Degree

School of Nursing and Health Studies program addresses growing workforce demand

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators unanimously approved a new Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies. The school hopes to admit new students into the major, which focuses on urban public health, for the fall 2017 semester.

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