Join us for the UMSL Health Research Seminar Series

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

All events are from 12 - 1 p.m. Light refreshments are provided.

October 22, Dr. Robert Paul, Professor and Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Dept. of Psychology, presenting: "Impact of Early Life Stress on Brain Structure and Function" at the Kathy J. Weinman Center Auditorium (South Campus)

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

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2015 BSN Preview Day

Please join us for our annual BSN Preview Day at the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis! We will be offering two opportunities on Saturday, January 31st for prospective students to learn about our Pre-Licensure BSN Options. Please click here to learn more, and to submit your RSVP.


Michael Bovier, MSN, RN

With over 27 years of experience in direct patient care, with clinical expertise in surgery and high-risk cardiology, he joins the College of Nursing following completion of his Master of Science in Nursing Education degree at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

Kristen M. Economon, MSN, RN, CCRN

She is an alumna of the College of Nursing, having earned both her MSN in Nursing Education and her BSN from UMSL. Economon joins the faculty following more than eight years of service in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She brings valuable experience from a variety of roles in the unit, including leading pediatric clinicals for UMSL while earning her advanced degree.

Melissa L. Ehmke, MSN RN

She joins the College of Nursing with over 19 years of experience in multiple academic healthcare settings. Ehmke has a strong background in classroom instruction, educational methodologies, simulation lab facilitation and community education. Ehmke earned her BSN at Deaconess College of Nursing and her MSN in Nursing Education from UMSL.

Roberta Lavin, PhD, APRN-BC

joins the College of Nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas where she served as Professor and Coordinator for the FNP program. Prior to that, she was Chair and Professor of Nursing and Health at Clarke University in Iowa. She has a distinguished career in the US Public Health Service and is one of the country’s leading nurse experts in emergency preparedness and response. She has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest decoration for the public health service commission corps. Dr. Lavin earned her PhD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and her nursing and advanced practice education at the University of Tennessee. She also holds a Masters in emergency/disaster management from the American Military University.

Mary E. Sharpe, MSN, RN, BS, CFCP

Sharpe has been an adjunct faculty member of the College of Nursing in addition to her school nurse and nurse consultant positions in the St. Louis area. She has been a certified fertility care practitioner for Mercy Hospital since 2000, and prior to that she worked in geriatric patient care settings and neurosurgical ICU. Sharpe earned her BSN at University of Illinois at Chicago, her BS in mathematics also from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her MSN from University of Missouri–Kansas City.

2014 UMSL College of Nursing Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

Congratulations to Anne Fish!

Congratulations to associate professor Anne Fish, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has been chosen as the Kingdom House 2014 Volunteer Impact Award recipient, for her continued dedication to the Agency and its Christmas Shop Give Away program.

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

Doctoral Preview Day!

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Pursuing your education means more than furthering your career. With an advanced degree in nursing, you have opportunities to...

  • Transform the delivery of health care
  • Improve health care outcomes
  • Impact the development and implementation of health care policy
  • Improve health disparities between populations
  • Promote heath and disease prevention

Thank you to everyone who attended the Preview Day and discussed overviews of the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. We hope to see you again soon!


Kudos to Sue Kendig, MSN, RNC, WHCNP, JD

Kudos to Sue Kendig, MSN, RNC, WHCNP, JD, who is the first nurse appointed to the Missouri Health Connection Board of Directors. The board is planning and implementing processes for a secure health information network for the State of Missouri that will ensure patients, providers, physicians, hospitals another healthcare organizations have access to medical record information to improve patient care and increase efficiency.

Dr. Kathie Records

UMSL Health Research Seminar Series

Dr. Kathie Records, Hubert C. Moog Endowed Professor, from the College of Nursing will be the inaugural speaker for the UMSL Health Research Seminar Series. Her topic: “Asking Interdisciplinary Questions to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes.” The event will be held January 22, from noon to 1:00 pm  at the Kathy J. Weinman Centre auditorium (South Campus).

Cheers for Dawn Garzon!

Dawn Garzon was appointed by the president to represent NAPNAP to the National Child and Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP) Coordinating Committee. Postpartum depression is the next topic of interest for this cross-disciplinary organization. We know Dawn’s contributions of time and expertise to this important organization are appreciated.

Kudos! Sue Kendig

UMSL College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Sue Kendig was named a 2013 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year at the gala on November 9, 2013 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri. Kendig received the honor for her work in women’s health. Approximately 700 people attended the gala which raised more than $125,000 for March of Dimes.

Have news and announcements to send us? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Gina Mason.