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  • January - December 2011

Congratulations to Margaret B. Kennedy (Betsy) RN, MSN, a Doctoral Student for receiving funds from the National League for Nursing for her proposal titled, "Fostering Developmental Networks for Mentorship of Nurse Faculty: Connections that Count". The goals of this study are to explore methods to enhance faculty development, retention and satisfaction as key elements in preparing nurses of the future and the therefore foundational for translation and implementation of scientific discoveries.

Congratulations to PhD student, Melissa Ferdinandi, RN, MSN, FNP. Melissa has been selected to receive the Gamma Omicron at-Large Chapter New Investigator Award for her study titled, "Sources of Resilience Identified by Adolescents with a Combat-deployed Parent". The award was presented May 24 at the annual Chapter Business meeting.

Congratulations to Tiffany Williams, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC for receiving a full scholarship to attend the 9th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Looking at America in A Global Context Summer Workshop held June 20 - 25, 2011 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The goal of the workshop was to provide the attendees with a comprehensive approach to the issue of health disparities and a broad knowledge base of the bio-psychosocial approach in addressing health disparities.

Kris Elmore and Ashleigh McCall, both second semester students enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, have been selected to receive scholarships from the Tri-County Black Nurses Association.

Congratulations to Debbie C. Bryant, MSN for being selected for the MUSC Student Leadership Society! Debbie is a graduate of the MUSC College of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing degree program and this May, will be among the first four graduates of the recently initiated Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.

Kari Wilson, Class of May 2011 is the recipient of the inaugural Ruth Jaqui Skudlarek Scholarship. Kari was selected based on input from faculty members Deborah Williamson, DHA, RN, MSN, CNM, Tiffany Williams, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, and Treva Mardis who taught her in the community setting.

Bridgette Copeland is the recipient of the Earl B. Higgins Scholarship. This scholarship is part of the MUSC Office of Student Diversity Annual Achievement in Diversity Award Presentation and Reception. Bridgette is a first semester student enrolled in the Accelerated BSN degree program.

Vy Nguyen, a fourth semester student in the BSN degree program has been awarded the Palmetto Gold Scholarship. She has an outstanding GPA and was recently invited to join Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Omicron Chapter.

Accelerated BSN degree student, Jameela Goudarzi, has been selected to receive the MUHA Scholarship for the Class of May 2012. Jameela earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston with a major in biology.

  • January - December 2010

Jill Marie Monfre, a PhD student, was awarded a $10,000 from The Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society Center for Clinical Investigation funded by the Molnlycke Health Care for her study titled, "Intrusiveness of Pain Associated with Chronic Infected Wounds". Jill's mentor is faculty Teresa Kelechi, PhD, GCNS-BC, CWCN.

Robin Evans Matutina, a doctoral student, has been awarded the Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Omicron at-Large Chapter New Investigator Award for her study titled, "Educational Interventions for Middle School Students to Improve the Perception of Nursing as a Future Career Choice". During her research, Robin was mentored by faculty Teresa Kelechi, PhD, GCNS-BC, CWCN and Martina Mueller, PhD.

Debbie C. Bryant, a DNP candidate, was awarded a $10,000 Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice ant the MUSC from the American Cancer Society. She is among an elite group of health and research professionals selected to receive this grants.

Shelley Grosso, a third semester student enrolled in the BSN program has received the Summerville Medical Center Berlin G. Myers Scholarship. 

Sarah M. Francisco is the recipient of the Earl B. Higgins Scholarship. This scholarship is part of the MUSC Office of Student Diversity Annual Achievement in Diversity Award Presentation and Reception. Sarah is a first semester student enrolled in the Accelerated BSN degree program.

Anthony Consonery is the recipient of the Medical University Hospital Authority Patron Scholarship. Anthony began the Accelerated BSN program this past January.

Kathryn Holahan, a fourth semester student in the Accelerated BSN degree program, will receive a Palmetto Gold Scholarship at the Annual Gala scheduled for April 24 in Columbia.

Abby Benda, Christina Blackwell, Cori Bowker, Katie Chamberlain, Devyn Feil, Journey Henderson, Kera Jenkins and Amanda Oswald, students from the Population-Focused Nursing course (Fall 409), submitted an abstract for a student poster presentation for the 2010 Association of Community Health Nurse Educator's Conference held in June in Arlington, VA. The title of the presentation is "Happy Feet in the Homeless Population at Crisis Ministries". Cindy Hudson, DNSc, RN PHCNS, BC is the instructor for this course.

Congratulations to Heather Boyd, a first semester student enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. She is the first recipient to receive the Marianne T. Chitty Nursing Scholarship.

Josh Medlin, a first semester student enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program has been selected to receive the Barter Scholarship.

Jan Alison Miller has been awarded the Samuel Steinberg Scholarship which is awarded to a student who attended Trident Technical College and is pursuing a degree in the MUSC College of Nursing. Alison is a first semester student enrolled in Accelerated BSN Program.

Audrey Hayes, also a first semester student enrolled in the BSN degree program has been selected to receive the Elsie Morgan Nursing Scholarship.

Kathleen "Kat" White has been selected to receive the MUSC College of Nursing inaugural Roper-St. Francis Patron Scholarship. This full tuition scholarship awarded to an incoming Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program requires the student to work for Roper-St. Francis Hospital for one year following graduation and licensure as a registered nurse. In her essay for admission, Kat wrote that "working alongside a PhD-prepared nurse on a research team gave me insight into the value and versatility of a doctoral degree in nursing". Her goal is to become a valued scholar, clinician, and researcher.

Robin Matutina, PhD student, has passed the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing Nurse Certification Exam and was awarded the credentials RN-BC. This is her third national certification and will be added to her other certifications as a Certi­fied Pediatric Nurse (CPN) as recognized by the Pediatric Nurs­ing Certification Board and a Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON) as recognized by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Congratulations, Robin.

  • January - December 2009

Congratulations to Melissa Aselage! Melissa has received $12,000 in funding for her proposal entitled, “A Web-based Dementia Feeding Skills Training Module for Nursing Home Staff.” Melissa is a MUSC College of Nursing doctoral student, as well as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington School of Nursing. The grant money came from the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing J. Richard Corbett Charitable Trust. Melissa will use the monies to fund her mentored and dissertation research.

On November 12, the Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Omicron At-Large Chapter held their induction at the Basic Sciences Building Auditorium. Robin Matutina, doctoral student, was the recipient of the Founder’s Award. Jessica Cleveland, Elspeth Dyal, Rebecca Freeman, Robin Matutina, Monica McCrackin, Claire Vernon, and Kara Weatherford were inducted.

Congratulations to MSN student, Mia Barron who was part of the Clinical Nurse Scholars program. Mia completed a “special topics” elective with associate professor, Lynne Nemeth last spring with the objective of writing a grant proposal. Last month, Mia’s proposal, “Unlocking the Mystery of Lupus and Cardiovas­cular Health,” was funded by the Daisy Foundation. CON gradu­ate, Winnie Hennessy assisted Mia with some revisions on behalf of the University hospital. This award can only be granted to a hospital nurse at one of the Daisy Foundation hospitals. Kudos to Mia for this amazing achievement.

Brian Conner, a second year PhD student, received notifi­cation of funding for $1,500 from the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation towards his pilot study on prevention of hospital-acquired, catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

PhD student, Melissa Aselage was selected as a 2009 – 2011 John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Scholar. This pre-doctoral fellowship was awarded to her based on her grant entitled, “Alleviating Mealtime Difficulties in Older Adults with Dementia.” Congratulations, Melissa!

MSN student Cathy Mulloy was inducted into the MUSC Student Leadership Society at the annual Student Leadership Banquet on April 15. She is the first College of Nursing student to be selected for this prestigious campus group. She received a $2,500 scholarship.

Lucy Megginson, a PhD student, was also recognized by MUSC Gives Back for her volunteer service to a community-based health clinic in Rome, Georgia. She is the first on-line student to receive this honor.

Mia Barron, MSN student and clinical nurse coordinator in the Progressive Care Unit/Heart and Vascular Center at the MUSC Medical Center, submitted a proposal to the Daisy Foundation’s J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects. The proposal entitled, “Unlocking the Mystery of Lupus and Cardiovascular Health,” will assess knowledge of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk factors among minority populations in communities in South Carolina with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).

Students Recognized at SNRS: These CON doctoral students are representative of the students that attend SNRS. They are bright, articulate, and excited about what they will contribute to nursing science and nursing research.


 
 
 

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