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.


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!


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