Children's oncology nurse advances career through RN to BSN program

Jori Derner has shaved her head twice. And it wasn't for punk rock or an edgy 'do. She did it in support of her patients atSt. Louis Children's Hospital, where she is a nurse in the pediatric hematology/oncology ward. Her head was one of many shaved for St. Baldrick's Foundation's effort to raise money for childhood cancer research.  Read more!

Mary Ann Lee Endowed Lectureship in Oncology Nursing

Mary Ann Lee Endowed Lectureship in Oncology Nursing presents Brenda Nevidjon's presentation on Compassion Fatigue: Being Resilient in Oncology Nursing.  Read more!

Congratulations to the 2014 Jonas Center Scholars

Veterans Healthcare Program Scholar

Mark Bird, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN has 17 years of clinical and organizational leadership experience in a wide variety of healthcare settings including large academic medical centers, community hospitals and multi-hospital systems. He is currently employed as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology/Transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His professional work experience also includes roles as staff nurse, nurse educator, clinical director, chief flight nurse and advanced practice nurse. Mark's DNP project will focus on care coordination and transitional care of veterans with new cancer diagnoses. Care coordination can help veterans understand and make sense of the effects of cancer on their lives and lead to better quality of care and improved patient outcomes.

Veterans Healthcare Program Scholar

Andrea Farwell, CEN, FNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner currently practicing in southern NJ, with a special clinical passion for diabetic management and women's healthcare. Prior to becoming a family NP, she worked as an emergency room nurse, during which time she obtained certification in emergency nursing. She is married to an Air Force pilot, and has taken a particular interest in the healthcare of veteran women. Andrea is a recently enrolled DNP student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and plans to study the barriers that are unique to military women in regards to breastfeeding for at least 12 months, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Veterans Healthcare Program Scholar

Brandie Stiles, PMHNP is a PhD student at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her program of research is focusing on post-traumatic stress disorders, social networking and the veteran population. She currently practices full time as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Centerpointe Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and teaches graduate nursing in the mental health nurse practitioner program at Saint Louis University.

Nurse Leaders Scholar

Julie Varnes is a nursing instructor at St. John's College in Springfield Illinois. Ms. Varns' commitment to nursing education began 20 years ago as a faculty member in a practical nursing program. She has expertise mentoring surgical technologists, baccalaureate nursing students, and medical students, and her extensive clinical practice includes medical and surgical nursing. Ms. Varns has taught Perioperative nursing, Pathophysiology, and Nursing Research, and presently serves on the college's Research and Evaluation Committee. She is a PhD student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her area of research interest is obesity, with a focus on bariatric surgery patients and the psychosocial adjustments they face following surgery.

Nurse Leaders Scholar

Kimberly Waltrip, APRN-BC worked in general, progressive, and intensive care areas at Vanderbilt Medical Center as a neuroscience staff RN, then as an advanced practice nurse for Vanderbilt Neurosurgery before transferring to a faculty position. She was a clinical instructor and lecturer for BSN and MSN students at Belmont University and Vanderbilt University. Her professional experience includes staff positions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as a Clinical Educator for the neuroscience progressive and intensive care areas, and as a Patient Safety Quality Improvement specialist in the Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management. She continues in a nurse expert role, reviewing neuro and critical care issues in her part-time work as a legal consultant. Kimberly has served on various hospital committees and task forces, developing standardized patient care protocols and documentation for nursing staff, policies and procedures, physician order sets, patient and nursing education materials, and curriculum redesign for nursing orientation, working toward goals for safer clinical practice, performance and quality improvement, and increased staff recruitment and retention rates. She is a PhD student in the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Her research interest is low back pain and related musculoskeletal disorders of the lumbar spine.

2014 UMSL College of Nursing Fact Sheet

In a convenient, printer-friendly pdf to take on the road
with you to conferences and events, the 2014 College
Fact sheet has the latest information about our student
enrollment, faculty, and academic programs.

Fact Sheet

Congratulations to Amy Thomas, the Des Lee Collaborative Vision scholarship award winner Fall 2014

Dr. Kathie Records, Hubert C. Moog Endowed Professor in the College of Nursing, has awarded a Des Lee Collaborative Vision scholarship for Fall 2014 semester to Amy Thomas. Ms. Thomas.  Ms. Thomas is a 2nd year graduate student in the College of Education’s Higher Education program. Ms. Thomas has worked with Dr. Records in her DLCV activities by conducting literature reviews, forming an advisory committee for research activities, and constructing foundational documents for informed consent, recruitment, and retention. Ms. Thomas will continue to assist with these and other activities related to research projects and implementation of a research seminar in the Fall semester. Ms. Thomas said, “I am very grateful for this scholarship, and look forward to my continuous learning under Dr. Records’ guidance”.

The DLCV Scholarship is awarded to talented students who are interested in pursuing studies in areas that are supported through the DLCV. Students are selected from those in good academic standing and who have a mentoring relationship with the endowed professor. The Des Lee Scholarship Program supports students who are interested in learning about the St. Louis community and how to work collaboratively to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our region.

For further information on research, scholarship, or community engagement activities around maternal newborn health, please contact Dr. Records by phone (314) 516-6076 or email

Elizabeth McIntosh and Jerry Durham Alumni Endowed Lecture in Nursing Science

November 5, 2014
JCP Auditorium
Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN
Beerstecher-Blackwell Term Professor and Dean Emeritus at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Will be discussing "Quality and Safety: Where We've Been and Where We're Going"
The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested, and may be done online.

Dr. Cronenwett

Join us for the UMSL Health Research Seminar Series

November 19, Dr. Thomas Meuser, Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Gerontology Program, presenting: "Medical Evaluation of At-Risk Older Drivers: Predictors of Clinical Safety Ratings & On-Road Outcomes" at JC Penney 202.

The series provides opportunities for faculty and students interested in health research across the University to interact, learn and explore avenues for collaboration.

Congratulations to  Anne Fish, PhD, RN, FAHA

Kingdom House 2014  Volunteer Impact Award recipient.

Her commitment to caring for and empowering others is what originally drew her to nursing, and also brought her to the Christmas Shop and Kingdom House. She has worked at the Give-Away since 2003, and enjoys volunteering her spare time to the mission to help people achieve better lives.

Congratulations to March of Dimes student award winner Anna Corbin, who was honored with all of finalists at a reception October 25.