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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A Horse, Of Course

Nursing PhD student Sharon White-Lewis, with Sweet Pea, researches equine therapy for arthritis patients

Sharon White-Lewis earns a fair share of double takes as she’s driving her blue Mini Cooper with Sweet Pea’s head sticking out the passenger window.

“Is that a horse?” employees ask White-Lewis, a Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, when she pulls up to drive-thru windows.

Sure is. Sweet Pea is her 175-pound miniature palomino. At 27 inches tall, this 7 year old attracts smiles and attention most anywhere she goes — especially when she’s wearing sneakers. White-Lewis, director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an associate professor at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences, takes Sweet Pea to hospitals, hospice centers, domestic violence shelters, retirement communities and inpatient mental health facilities for children and adolescents.

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Unlike Any Other in the Nation

UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies and nine other leading Kansas City health-care institutions team up to create UMKC Health Sciences District

aerial photo of the new UMKC Health District

With a collaboration unlike any other in the nation, many of Kansas City’s leading health-care institutions announced that they have agreed to align more closely to form the UMKC Health Sciences District. The newly created district combines the unique expertise and services of 10 partners to spur research and community outreach in service of the Kansas City region and beyond. (more…)

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

Nursing students with stethoscopes

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!