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Apr 27, 2012
Innovative agreement makes it easier for RNs to earn advanced degrees
KU School of Nursing and Butler Community College collaborate for online RN-to-BSN program

Mar 27, 2012
Peltzer knows what makes a small-town health center thrive
KU School of Nursing instructor identifies a model for success at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas

Meyer Recognized with Teaching Award

Mary Meyer (image)

Mary Meyer, RN, MS, APRN, is named recipient of the 2012 Phyllis Keeney Lawrence Teaching Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates a superior record of teaching performance, makes significant contribution to curriculum development, and utilizes innovative approaches in teaching.

Other Updates

Changes in the Master of Science in Nursing Program PDF document (image)

KU School of Nursing faculty keep a close watch on nursing quality across the nation

LaVerne Manos photo

Grant Awarded for Innovative Project by School of Nursing Researcher

E. LaVerne Manos, DNP, RN-BC, has been awarded a 3-year, $998,006 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to focus on developing an interprofessional, collaborative practice model within an acute care pediatric unit at The University of Kansas Hospital. Read More

Carol Smith

KU Faculty Member Receives Research Award

Nancy Dunton, PhD, FAAN, has been awarded the Research Mentor Award by the AcademyHealth organization's Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues. This award recognizes Dr. Dunton's contributions, as a senior scientist, to the career development of young investigators who are engaged in research focused on interdisciplinary health services research on nursing issues. The mission of this group is to support the development of health services research that focuses on nursing practice, workforce and delivery of care.

Carol SmithCongratulations!

Carol Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at the KU School of Nursing was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 2, in Brisbane Australia. Among other things, Sigma Theta Tau considers "integrated scholarship in the researcher's area of specialty and a significant and sustained level of achievement in nursing research which has had broad national and/or international impact on the profession, patients, families, community or policy." Read More

Jun 14, 2012
New Study Uses Technology to Help Families Caring for Alzheimer's Patients

Nursing faculty member Kristine Williams, RN, PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, works to help family members providing care for their loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

May 21, 2012
How a Robotic Baby Helps Students Train for Real-life Situations

In the simulation center, KU Medical Center students train for real-life situations.

Historic Agreement in Nursing Education Collaboration

Registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., can now continue their training and earn bachelor of science in nursing degrees at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, thanks to a new agreement between KU and Butler. Full release

School of Nursing BSN Honors Students and Mentors 2012 (photo)

The University of Kansas School of Nursing Honors BSN graduates presented their final research projects to an audience of fellow students, faculty and guests in Reike Auditorium on April 30, 2012. Each of the eleven honors students completed a research project, working with a faculty mentor over their senior year. These projects ranged from "Effects of Intravenous Coenzyme Q10 Following Hemorrhagic Shock" to "Is there an App for That? A review of Apps for Adults with Special Needs." Geri Neuberger, RN, EdD is the coordinator of the BSN Honors Program.

Julia Albin
Michael Banh
Taylor Buckler
Elaine Davis
Thu-Nhi (Stephanie) Huynh
Michelle Jantzen
Elaina Knowles
Yara Neilsenshultz

Kacie Pauls
Annemarie Slaven
Alexandra Martin


Mentor - Elaine Domian, PhD, APRN-BC, FNP
Mentor - Vincent Staggs, PhD
Mentor - Moya Peterson, RN, APRN, PhD
Mentor - Nancy Dunton, PhD, FAAN
Mentor - Edna K. Hamera, PhD, APRN
Mentor - Debra Ford, PhD
Mentor - Janet D. Pierce, DSN, APRN, CCRN
Mentors - Carol Smith, RN, PhD FAAN
   and Marjorie Bott, RN, PhD
Mentor – Martha Baird, PhD, APRN, CTN-A
Mentor – Phoebe Williams, RN, PhD, FAAN
Mentor – Marjorie Bott, RN, PhD

2011-2012 Clinical Excellence Awards Announced

Each year, students in the School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science program are nominated by faculty members for their excellence in clinical practice. The “Clinical Excellence Awards” for 2011-12 were presented by Dean Karen Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, on April 2 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Level II awards were presented to the following outstanding students in nursing of adults, pediatric nursing, or mental health nursing:

Julia Albin
Micheal Banh
Andrea Bontrager
Amy Penny
Maria Semjenow
Merica Schreiner
Maria Truong

Reese Fauser
Jessica Glaser
Franny McShane

Level III awards went to these students for excellence in critical care nursing or population-based care:

Taylor Buckler
John Diederich
Brande Dietrich
Franny McShane
Emalie Murdoch
Amy Penny
Amber Vieux
Narda Moran
Sarah Hodnick
Kelsey Horton
Leanna Lorfing

Special Recognition as Clinical Excellence Award at Level I, Level II and Level III was awarded to Franny McShane and Amy Penny.

New Nightingale Ceremony honors
incoming nursing students

On Aug. 19, the KU School of Nursing hosted its inaugural Nightingale Ceremony for incoming undergraduate students. The purpose of the event, which was generously underwritten by the Kansas University Nurses Alumni Association, was to instill the history and significance of the profession of nursing in the School’s newest members.

Each of the 104 new students recited an Oath of Commitment and was welcomed into one of four Academic Societies, which were named in honor of luminaries of the School: Pearl Laptad, S. Milo Hinch, Henrietta Froehlke, E. Jean M. Hill. Students also received copies of Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing and a customized pin commemorating Academic Society membership.

Plans call for the ceremony to be held at the beginning of each academic year. Along with the School of Nursing, both the KU School of Medicine and the KU School of Pharmacy hold annual transitional ceremonies that mark entrance to those respective health professions.

Other Updates

Changes in the Master of Science in Nursing Program PDF document (image)

KU School of Nursing faculty keep a close watch on nursing quality across the nation

Faculty News

Carol Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Kansas School of Nursing professor, is 1 of 14 nurse researchers to be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in August. more

Lauren Aaronson, RN, PhD, FAAN, University of Kansas School of Nursing professor and deputy director of the KU Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, was elected treasurer of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Board of Directors. more

Sharon Kumm, RN, MN, CCRN, University of Kansas School of Nursing associate professor, was recently appointed as the School’s ambassador with the National League for Nursing (NLN). Her term will run May 2011 through April 2013. Kumm has been with the KU School of Nursing since 1992. more

Changes in the Master of Science in Nursing Program

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KU School of Nursing faculty keep a close watch on nursing quality across the nation

Butler Community College, KU School of Nursing collaborate on plan for associate degree RNs to earn advanced degrees

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KU School of Nursing touts benefits of e-textbooks /

A Nurse Need Never Forget -

In Memory: Catherine Cole, PhD, RN; Michael Wajcman, RN

Nursing students, faculty staff help others in Kansas City during the holiday season

Kimberly Negrete, CNM, RN, one of the first graduates of the KU Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, featured in Kansas City NursingNews

KU School of Nursing faculty members inducted as AAN Fellows

Kansas Action Coalition Updates

Silver City Health Center earns national recognition for patient-centered care

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