Congratulations: IU School of Nursing faculty and staff accomplishments

The following accomplishments have been recognized in other places and at other times. We share them here to demonstrate that, together, IUSON's faculty and staff make incredible contributions in so many areas.

January 2015
  • Nikki Benbow received the IUSON Staff Council Scholarship for spring, 2015 and graduated in May with her MPA in Public Management.
  • Lisa Carter-Harris was competitively selected to present her research at the 2015 American Society of Preventive Oncology conference.
  • Rachel Cooper and Neil Craney were competitively selected to present their student research at the 2014 Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention in Las Vegas.
  • Kris Dreifuerst has been competitively selected to receive the Advancement of Science Award from the Nursing Education Research Section of Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) for her commitment to promote nursing education and nursing education research.
  • Springer Publishing Company announced the 2014 American Journal of Award Winners. IUSON’s own Janet S. Fulton and Brenda L. Lyon, along with Kelly A.Goudreau of the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, White City, Oregon, were the First Place Winners (#1 AJN Book of the Year) for their book: “Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice, Second Edition.”
  • Amy Knopf’s paper, “This is the medicine:” A Kenyan community responds to a sexual concurrency reduction intervention”, pgs. 182-191, was featured in the January 2015 Social Science and Medicine Special Issue on Social Networks, Health, and Mental Health.
  • Mikyoung Lee recently had two abstracts accepted to the International Council for Nurses International Conference 2015. The conference was held June 19-23, 2015 in South Korea. Lee, M., & Palakal, M. “An Innovative Way to Extract Nursing Big Data from Nursing Narrative Notes and to Improve Nursing Sensitive Outcomes by the Development of the Automated Map ping Tool.” Lee, M., Kerley, D., Kim, B., Jones, J., McDaniel, A., & Weaver, T.
  • Meg Moorman presented at the IUSOM Med Talks on Saturday, January 17th. The title of her talk was "Visual Thinking Strategies: How to Improve Your Observational Skills." Moorman was also chosen to be in the STTI Reflections on Nursing Leadership end-of-year sampler. Cure for fuzzy thinking?
  • Ukamaka Oruche was selected as the diversity keynote speaker at the prestigious International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, 8th Annual Psychopharmacology Institute and 17th Annual Conference in March at The Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle Washington. The title of her presentation is “At-Risk Children: Collaborating with Families and Communities to Promote Equitable Mental Health Care.”
  • The following students represented the IUSON by presenting posters at the 2015 MNRS Conference: Elaina Weiss, Paige Nichols, Chelsea Tabor, Lavleen Samra, Hannah Miller, Shannon Colter, Mitchell Knisely, Tamara Otey, and Lorie Davis.
February 2015
  • Sharron Crowder and Peggy McLaughlin (IUPUI) and Debbie Judge and Angela Opsahl (IUPUC) who were competitively chosen for the inaugural cohort as Fellows in the Early Career Teaching Academy.
  • Chia-Chun "CC" Tang, a graduate student pursuing her PhD in nursing science at IUSON has been selected as the first recipient of the Richard and Kaye Woltman Endowed Fellowship in Health Communications for the 2014-15 academic year in recognition of her endeavors in palliative and end-of-life communications.
  • Mary Beth Riner received the 2015 Susan Buck Sutton Faculty & Staff Award.
March 2015
  • The team of Sue Hendricks, Julie Lamothe, Deb Stiffler, Betsy Lee, and Judith Halstead  presented an abstract (with a podium and poster presentation). The project, sponsored by a HRSA NEPQR grant, “Cultivating Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Environments in Rural Primary Care Clinics,” won first place at Indiana University School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Patient Safety Council, Patient Safety Day 2015.
  • Rose Mays was honored with a 2015 Maynard K. Hine Medallion during this year’s IUPUI Alumni Leadership dinner.
April 2015
  • The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists elected Peggy Barksdale president of its board of directors. She is a clinical nurse specialist at Community Health Network in Indianapolis and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University School of Nursing.
  • The IU School of Nursing was proud to present Drs. Richard and Diane Billings with the 2015 Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the annual, campus-wide Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Janet Carpenter for being elevated to Distinguished Professor.
  • Andrea Cohee successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Predicting Fear of Recurrence and Depressive Symptoms with the Social Cognitive Processing Theory in Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Partners."
  • Marianne Craven successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Processes Used by Nursing Faculty When Working with Underperforming Students in the Clinical Area: A theoretical Model Derived from Grounded Theory.”
  • Sharron Crowder, Diane Von Ah, and Joan Haase received Prestigious External Award Recognition (PEAR) at the IUPUI Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation in April.
  • Jennifer Embree and Meg Moorman were competitively selected to attend the 2015 NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat in Denver, CO. The Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat, sponsored by the NLN Chamberlain Center and Pocket Nurse, took place the weekend of June 26–28, 2015 at the Magnolia Hotel Denver.
  • Desiree Hensel has been selected to receive the Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research.
  • Susan Hickman is the 2015 recipient of the Bantz-Petronio Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) faculty award.
  • Mitchell Knisely was selected to participate in the NIH Summer Genetics Institute.
  • Mitch Knisely, Esther Smith-Howell,Jennifer Milata and Susan Storey were selected for the Elite 50 from IUPUI. 
  • Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presented the President’s Medal for Excellence to Rose M. Mays in honor of the numerous contributions she and her late husband, William G. Mays, have made to the university.
  • Angie McNelis received the prestigious International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) 2015 Education Award at the annual conference held in Seattle, WA.
  • Julie Meek received the Alpha Chapter Excellence in Leadership award during the STTI Alpha Chapter Induction Ceremony.
  • Ukamaka Oruche presented the Diversity/Equity Keynote Address and plenary session titled, “At-Risk Children: Collaborating with Families and Communities to Promote Equitable Mental Health Care” at the 17th annual conference of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN).
  • Robin P. Newhouse, a University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty member known nationally for her research of innovative methods to improve the quality of care delivered to patients, has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2015.
  • Susan Storey successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Malglycemia and Health Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.”
  • Jingwei Wu successfully defended his dissertation.
  • Rhonda Schwindt was competitively selected as a Mack Fellow from the Faculty Colloquium on Teaching Excellence at IUPUI.
  • Rebecca (Becky) Guilkey, PhD Student and adjunct faculty in CHS was competitively select-ed to receive the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Research Grant for her dissertation proposal titled, “The trajectory of adult post-craniotomy brain tumor pain over the postoperative period.” She will receive $5,000 towards completing her dissertation research proposal. Her mentors are Drs. Von Ah, Draucker, Carpenter, Stone, and Kroenke.Rhonda Schwindt.

May 2015
  • Cindy Bemis graduated from University of Southern Indiana (USI) with her DNP.
  • Ukakama Oruche has been selected from over 80 submitters to present her abstract "Identifying Genetic Variants in Adolescents with DBD" at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) 2015 Special Topics Conference: Emerging Areas of Family Health Research Across the Lifespan in October 2015 in Washington, DC.

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