Mock Disaster Very Real for UMKC Nursing Students

Students at Missouri Hope

For Julie Miller, treating 65 patients in three hours in a makeshift medical tent really brought home the importance of being prepared when faced with the unexpected. Miller, a UMKC nursing student, recently participated in Missouri Hope, a national emergency preparedness event held each year at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Presented by the Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education, the $2.4 million immersion exercise prepares students and professionals to manage a community’s needs when disaster strikes. Complete with patient actors, students are challenged with emergency scenarios including a water rescue and several mass casualty situations. They also participate in a high-ropes course, designed to help train for patient transports when steps or elevators are unavailable due to building damage or power outages. Continue reading

New UMKC Public Health Program

Kinzie Aulgur
Kinzie Aulgur, a student in the new UMKC public health program, completed a capstone project on UMKC Women’s Center programs. Photo by Bryce Puntenney

Educating practitioners focused on prevention

The University of Missouri-Kansas City took another step forward in shaping the future of health care. In the fall, it welcomed the first class of students into the new Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program.

The goal is to integrate public health into the community and improve health outcomes for the population at large. The new program is based at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. While a nurse or doctor will treat individuals, public health professionals look at prevention measures that can help people stay healthy. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over the past century, public health efforts are responsible for 25 of the nearly 30 years of improved life expectancy.

UMKC Public Health Program Director Joseph Lightner sees great value in all health care students getting a taste of what public health has to offer.

“Medicine alone can’t solve all the problems,” he said. “Public health brings everyone to the table and having all disciplines interact is the only way public health issues will get solved.”

Prevention plays a big role and that is primarily what drew public health student Kinzie Aulgur to the program. She was initially pursuing a path in nursing, but it was her experience in hospitals that began to change her thinking.

“So many of the people in the hospitals were sick due to preventive diseases and I wanted to do something to help them avoid the hospital altogether,” said Aulgur. “I wanted to go directly to the source, and when I heard about the public health program at UMKC, I knew it was a perfect fit.”

Recently, a group from the program; including Lightner and another one of his students, Krunal Bombaywala; attended the American Public Health Annual Meeting. The national conference is the largest for public health professionals with nearly 13,000 attendees.

Joey Lightner and Krunal Bombaywala
Joey Lightner, director of the UMKC public health program, talks to student Krunal Bombaywala. Photo by John Carmody

Lightner said these experiences can be instrumental in a student’s career path. When he was an undergrad at Kansas State University, one of his faculty members suggested that he present their research at a large national conference.

“That trip was the reason that I applied to graduate school and started a career in research,” said Lightner. “Learning from experts in the field and gaining exposure to the newest research is essential to getting the next generation of public health practitioners and researchers excited about research and advocacy. Doing so will contribute toward the goal of making UMKC the premier undergraduate research institution for public health.”

According to Lightner, the program works to get its students doing the work of public health right away. The goal of the program is to get boots on the ground working on public health outcomes immediately.

The culmination of the program is the capstone course, where seniors in the program choose what public health entity they’d like to work with and then effectively evaluate their processes and design thinking. The students do the work that consultants in the field would perform. They provide the entity the data from their research and gain valuable real world experience.

Aulgur was able to incorporate her capstone project into the work she was doing as the gender violence prevention intern at the UMKC Women’s Center. She is evaluating the effectiveness of the programs that the Women’s Center provides and looking at ways to get more students involved with the center. Once she’s finished with her research, she’ll present that data directly to the Women’s Center leadership.

That research component is critical throughout the program, not just during the capstone course. A number of the public health students will be presenting their research at upcoming UMKC Undergraduate Research Symposium on a number of innovative topics that cover a wide array of issues. The students will present on racial justice in the courts and incarceration system, the link between sodium intake and cardiovascular disease, and e-cigarettes usage, among other interesting topics.

Bombaywala says public health’s focus on the entirety of the health care spectrum is making him a more well-rounded health care provider. He plans to pursue a career in dentistry but appreciates how his pursuit of a public health degree is giving him a deeper understanding of the health care system as a whole.

“As a future dental student, the public health program has provided me a perspective beyond just clinical,” said Bombaywala. “I’ve been able to collaborate with a variety of health care providers so I will have a better understanding of the entirety of the health care issues my future patients may be facing.”

From Trauma Nurse to CEO

John Stevens - Alumni Awardee

School of Nursing and Health Studies selects John Stevens to receive Alumni Award

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni with an awards celebration. In 2019, the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is honoring John Stevens (D.N.P. ’12) with their Alumni Achievement Award.

From serving as a trauma nurse in the U.S. Army to his current role as CEO and clinical director of deNovo Health, a multi-discipline healthcare practice, John Stevens has held nearly every position in nursing. He recently took a moment to reflect on his career path.

You’ve started several successful businesses. Where does your entrepreneurial spirit stem from?

I am not a nurse that became an entrepreneur, I am an entrepreneur that just happens to be a nurse. I think entrepreneurship was intrinsic to my nature. People often think that a successful business is a straight line from point A to point B but it’s really a constant process of assessment, intervention and response.

Of all your nursing positions, which ones did you love? Which were challenging?

I honestly cannot think of a position or assignment that I did not like but the place where I felt most effective was my years spent in hospice. The dying process can be such a beautiful and peaceful time if all the chess pieces are in the right order.

What are your favorite books?

Getting Real, Ten Truth Skills You Need to Live an Authentic Life by Susan Campbell

Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

What advice do you have for students who’d like to follow in your footsteps?

Be ready for school. Be in the right mental place and be prepared to make the sacrifices to accomplish the goal of education.

About the UMKC Alumni Awards

Stevens will be honored at the 2019 UMKC Alumni Awards on March 15. Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships. In the last decade, the Alumni Awards events have raised more than $1 million in scholarships and immediate aid for students.

Nursing and Health Studies Students Recognized at Awards Reception

Graduate Assistance Fund

Fifteen School of Nursing and Health Studies students were honored at the 2019 UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund (GAF) Awards Reception held on March 7.

Across UMKC, 70 women received support gifts totaling $72,241.

The nursing awardees and their respective projects were:

Kristina Collins (DNP)
Project: Using Education to Improve Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake Among Adolescents

Carol Crisp (Ph.D.)
Project: MoCHI: An RCT. MBSR for military women’s chronic pelvic pain

Julia Crouch (DNP)
Project: Disseminate the results of my DNP project at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners annual conference in March of 2019

Kelly Dickerson (Ph.D.)
Project: Exploring MicroRNA as a Biomarker for Multiple Sclerosis (EMBleMS) Study

Tria Doner (DNP)
Project: Present DNP project which involves educational care binders or caregivers of infants with prenatal exposure to methadone

Patricia Endsley (DNP)
Project: School nurse workload.

Megan Gibbons (Ph.D.)
Project: Advanced Directive Community Education Initiative

Mary Gregory (Ph.D.)
Project: Parental perceptions of impact on self and family functioning when having a child with congenital heart defect.

Nicole Mandacina (DNP)
Project: Implementation of Home Monitoring in the Elderly to Decrease Blood Pressure

Eunice Mutisya (DNP)
Project: Carry out a Doctorate Nursing Practice evidence based project on the use of Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH diet and exercise to lower blood pressure

Paula Prouhet (Ph.D.)
Project: The Influence of Nurses’ Attitudes, Beliefs, and Biases of Families on Family-Centered Care Delivery in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Grounded Theory Approach

Michele Santilhano (DNP)
Project: Support my feasibility study for an online intervention to reduce youth anxiety

Carly Shaw (DNP)
Project: Phone Call Reminders for Pediatric Influenza Vaccination

Anna Short (DNP)
Project: Impact of Self-Management on Disability and Self-Efficacy in Adults with Chronic Migraine

Debra Sims (Ph.D.)
Project: The ADEPT Study: A randomized pilot study of the effect of adolescent dads’ education & parenting training on parenting self-efficacy & participation in parenting cares

Heath Sciences students take part in IPE healthcare reasoning competition

IPE HCR Winners
Winners of the 2019 UMKC Interprofessional Education Healthcare Reasoning Competition (front row) Anthony Spalitto, School of Pharmacy; Dylan Schwindt, School of Medicine; Becca Stockhausen, School of Nursing and Health Sciences; Louis Sand, School of Medicine, with School of Medicine Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. Back row are event organizers Jordann Dhuse, School of Medicine, Stefanie Ellison, M.D., School of Medicine IPE coordinator, Paig Charboneau, School of Medicine, and Michael Scott, School of Pharmacy.

Four teams of students from the UMKC health sciences schools took part in the third-annual UMKC Interprofessional Education (IPE) Healthcare Reasoning competition on March 2 on the health sciences campus.

The team of nursing student Becca Stockhausen, medical students Louis Sand and Dylan Schwindt, and pharmacy student Anthony Spallito took home the first-place award. The second-place team was made up of medical students Diana Jung and Sahaja Atluri and pharmacy students Ashley Ragan and Andrew Yates.

It was a tremendously worthwhile event for Stockhausen. “This event was by far one of my favorite IPE events,” she said. “I had such a wonderful experience and I hope to spread the word on how much you can learn from it.”IPE Competition

Stockhausen said she tapped in to what she learned in her Critical Care class to help her team secure a victory. Her knowledge of lactate levels was critical to her group’s successful diagnosis of their patient.

This year’s event had teams manage a patient case in which they had to decide what tests to order, then use the test results to answer clinical questions. The teams were judged on interprofessional teamwork, communication, case progression/problem-solving, diagnosis and treatment.

“It was a close competition and every team did very well,” said Stefanie Ellison, M.D., School of Medicine IPE coordinator. “I was impressed with their ability to manage the patient case interprofessionally.”

Deans from the UMKC health sciences schools, Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., School of Medicine, and Russ Melchert, School of Pharmacy, served as judges in the final round. Faculty members from the health sciences schools also served as judges throughout the competition.

The event is planned each year by a group of UMKC medical and pharmacy students. School of Medicine students Jordann Dhuse and Paige Charboneau, and School of Pharmacy students Michael Scott and Joseph Bredeck planned this year’s event and the patient cases.

Organizers work to modify the competition each year to improve the overall experience for students. The group modified this year’s cases and developed Google Classroom as an electronic medical record for students to receive test results and images.

At least two different schools were represented on each team in the two-round, case-based competition. Eight medical students, seven pharmacy students, one nursing and one dental student took part in the competition.

One team from Washington University in St. Louis withdrew at the last minute because of weather concerns. Ellison said event organizers hope to expand the competition into a local and even a regional event in the future with local teams from outside of UMKC as well as beyond Kansas City.