SoNHS New COVID-19 Course Offering for Fall 2020

The School of Nursing and Health Studies is offering a new course for the fall 2020 semester. This 3-credit hour course will cover etiology, epidemiology, preparedness and response from COVID-19.

Students will learn about disease transmission, populations which are most affected and why, and local state and federal response.

Click here to read more about the course or log-in to pathway to enroll.

Recent Publications Highlight Nursing Schools Researchers’ Work

It has been a fruitful spring for researchers at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, whose work has been published in journals and a new book.

Professor Cynthia L. Russell, Ph.D., R.N., who leads an interprofessional team in transplantation research, was a co-author of two published studies: “Variability in Practice Patterns Regarding Protective Isolation Measures After Heart Transplant,” in the American Journal of Infection Control, and “Validation of the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) Short Form Scale in Heart Transplant Recipients: the International Cross-Sectional Bright Study,” by BMC Health Services Research.

Assistant Professor Carli Zegers, Ph.D., APRN-NP, FNP-BC, was a co-author of “Developing Tomorrow’s Nursing Leaders: How The Future of Nursing – Campaign for Action Promotes Leadership,” a chapter in the book Advanced Practice Nursing Leadership: A Global Perspective.” The book highlights global Advance Practice Nursing leadership and includes case studies on leadership from around the world, mentioning UMKC in Zegers’ chapter.

And the research of Katie Huhmann, DNP ’19, “Barriers and Facilitators to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Somali Immigrant Women: An Integrative Review,” was published by the Oncology Nursing Forum.

Congratulations to Our Spring 2020 Graduates

The 252 members of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Class of 2020 received their degrees Sunday with online pomp and circumstance. The unprecedented online event was made necessary as a safeguard against spread of the coronavirus, and the school made sure each graduate was honored.

Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal offered congratulations and said the Class of 2020 had “proven your ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and to excel.” Provost Jennifer Lundgren followed with brief remarks before Interim Dean Joy Roberts introduced the roll call of degree recipients.

This semester we graduated 59 Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, 49 Bachelor of Health Sciences students, 5 Bachelor of Science in Public Health students, 78 Master of Science in Nursing students, 52 Doctor of Nursing Practice students, and 9 Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing students.

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Faculty Member and Ph.D. Candidate Receive Honor Society Awards

Sue Lasiter, associate professor and director of the School of Nursing and Health Studies Ph.D. program, and Patricia Endsley, a current Ph.D. candidate at the school, received top awards from Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, during a virtual award ceremony in April.

Lasiter, Ph.D., R.N., received the Daisy Faculty Award, established to celebrate nursing teachers’ commitment to, and inspirational influence on, their students. Among the award criteria are enthusiasm, personal interest in students, fair and unbiased treatment of all learners, and excellence and professionalism in teaching and nursing. She was nominated by her colleague, Matthew Chrisman, Ph.D., assistant professor, and endorsed by Debra Sims, a Ph.D. candidate.

“I am humbled by being nominated by a colleague and student and chosen by the UMKC chapter for this highly respected award,” Lasiter said. “It is truly an honor.”

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