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Jerrihlyn McGeeSeptember 16, 2019

Jerrihlyn L. McGee, clinical assistant professor, has been named vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion effective Monday, Sept. 16. In her new role, Dr. McGee will serve as the chief diversity officer and will lead and coordinate diversity-related initiatives on the three KUMC campuses and chair the vice chancellor's diversity cabinet. She will develop and oversee programs, services and initiatives designed to enhance the organization's cultural competence and the successful recruitment, professional development and retention of students, faculty and staff from diverse and under-represented population groups.
Dr. McGee will continue in some capacity in her role as faculty and program director for graduate leadership programs in the School of Nursing.

Salina HEC

August 29, 2019

The Salina Health Education Center is expanding by 15,871 square feet to allow the School of Nursing in Salina to add more students. Since the campus opened to nursing students in 2017, the class size has grown from 8 students to currently 18 and is expected to reach up to 24. Read the story here.

August 12, 2019Kelly Bosak

Four faculty members at KU Medical Center will receive the 2019 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Awards, selected by a committee of Medical Center faculty and students.  Kelly Bosak, associate professor will be recognized at the KU Teaching Summit Aug. 22. Congratulations! Read the full article here.

LaVerne ManosMay 2019

LaVerne Manos, DNP, RN-BC, FAMIA became a member of the Inaugural Class of AMIA Fellows.

This program recognizes members who apply informatics skills and knowledge within their professional setting, who have demonstrated professional achievement and leadership, and who have a sustained commitment to the betterment of AMIA. Members are now authorized to use the letters FAMIA (Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association) in connection with their professional activities where balancing the needs of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and others working within clinical informatics settings, with the needs of professionals working in public health, clinical research, and other areas where informatics is applied to practice.

April 2019Midwest Nursing Research Society logo 

Midwest Nursing Research Society conference.

The KU School of Nursing hosted the 43th annual Midwest Nursing Research Society conference on March 27-30, 2019, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Kansas City. Nearly 900 nursing scholars and students attended from 36 states and five countries.

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February 2019The new Associate Dean for Research at KU School of Nursing, Barbara J. Polivka, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

New associate dean for research joins KU School of Nursing.

The University of Kansas School of Nursing has a new associate dean for research. Barbara J. Polivka, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, joined the KU School of Nursing on February 1.

Polivka comes to KU from the University of Louisville School of Nursing, where she had been professor and the Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair in Nursing Research since 2012. Before that, she had been on the faculty of The Ohio State University College of Nursing since 1999.

Polivka was offered the associate dean for research position at the KU School of Nursing after a national search following the retirement of her predecessor, Marjorie Bott, Ph.D., RN., in 2018. Bott, who joined the KU School of Nursing faculty in 1990, became associate dean for research in 2003.

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September 17, 2018Lisa Larson Achievement 

Lisa Larson, Ph.D., RN, assistant dean of academic affairs and clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing - Salina, has been selected to receive a Woman of Achievement award in the category of Workplace. The award is sponsored by the Greater Salina Community Foundation. This award recognizes women with visionary leadership who make specific professional contribution, innovations, inventions and/or are engaged in strategic problem solving. Read more about the Women of Achievement.

September 7, 2018Nancy Barr Fox 4

Nancy Barr interviewed by KMBC Fox 4
Nancy shared what it was like to be a patient at The University of Kansas Hospital, while also working at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She was also featured in the article, "When the Nurse Becomes the Patient." Read here.  

August 15, 201897% Pass Rate

School of Nursing spring graduates achieved a 97% first-time pass rate on their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The 2018 national average pass rate is 89.54%, so this was an achievement worthy of celebration.

August 8, 2018Jill Peltzer

Ten faculty members at the University of Kansas will receive distinguished teaching awards Aug. 16 at the KU Teaching Summit. Jill Peltzer, assistant professor of nursing, is among five faculty members at KU Medical Center who will receive a Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, which is selected by a committee of faculty and students. The award recognizes a demonstrated teaching ability of a clearly superlative nature.

"The recipients of these awards have demonstrated an outstanding capability to help our students reach their full potential," said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. "Through their exceptional teaching, they have earned the esteem of their students and their peers. They should be deservedly proud of their contribution to the important work of our university." Congratulations, Jill! 
Read the article here.  

June 22, 2018Salina Campus

The Salina campus of the University of Kansas School of Nursing is officially open. Learn more about the new Salina Health Education Center.

April 18, 2018

M Bott, L AaronsonThis past week faculty and students attended the 42nd Annual Midwest Nursing Society Research Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio. Two faculty members received special recognition by the Midwest Nursing Society Research Board of Directors. Lauren Aaronson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (right) was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award while Marge Bott, Ph.D., RN (left) was honored with the Distinguished Service Award.

February 26, 2018Moya Peterson

The editors of Ingram's magazine have named Moya Peterson, Ph.D., APRN, clinical associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, one of their Heroes in Healthcare for 2018. This award recognizes health care providers in the Kansas City area who go above and beyond the call of duty contributing both to their institutions and to the health care industry in general. The award honors Peterson's work creating and directing the Adults with Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. With the exception of a Chicago-area clinic that serves only patients in Illinois, Peterson's clinic is the only one in the Midwest for adults with Down syndrome. It's the only one created and directed by a nurse practitioner.

November 15, 2017Fort Scott Community College

A partnership between the Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) Nursing program and the KU School of Nursing has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

October 20, 2017Karen Wambach

Karen Wambach, Ph.D., was awarded the prestigious Chancellors Club Teaching Professorship. Her focus on breastfeeding and lactation research has received worldwide recognition for her teaching and scholarship in this area, as well as attracted many graduate students focused on this area of research.

October 2, 2017Nelda Godfrey

Nelda Godfrey, Ph.D., RN, associate dean of innovative partnerships and practice in the School of Nursing, has been appointed to the Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board of the American Nurses Association (ANA). This 10-member advisory board makes policy recommendations to the ANA on ethics and human rights issues relevant to nursing practice, education, research, and administration. 

August 22, 2017Janet Pierce

Janet D. Pierce, Ph.D., the Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor in Nursing for the KU School of Nursing, was named a University Distinguished Professor for her significant and sustained contributions to research, scholarship and teaching at the medical center. Dr. Pierce is pictured with her mentor, Kathleen Dracup, RN, Ph.D., dean emerita and professor emerita at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing.

July 28, 2017Center of Excellence designation

The School of Nursing has once again earned a Center of Excellence designation! The National League for Nursing offers the Centers of Excellence program as a way to recognize schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and invested resources over a sustained period of time to distinguish themselves in a specific area related to nursing education.

July 12, 2017Lisa Larson

Lisa Larson, RN, MSN, clinical assistant professor, native of tiny Highland in far northeast Kansas, is the first assistant dean of academic affairs at the new University of Kansas School of Nursing campus in Salina. Lisa has lived her entire life in Kansas, working as a staff nurse in three community hospitals, as a nurse in two school districts, including Salina, and as a nurse educator in a baccalaureate nursing program at a local university. Lisa is especially well-suited for leading a program that focuses on providing nurses for the rural areas of Kansas.

April 21, 2017Vicki Hicks

Vicki Hicks has been recognized twice in the last month. In March he received the 2017 International Healthcare Preceptor Award from the Institute for International Medicine and just yesterday, the individual EVC Diversity and Inclusion Award which recognizes leaders who are KUMC in creating a culture and environment, characterized by inclusion and respect, in which the very best education, discovery and healing can take place.

May 16, 2017

In an effort to attract and educate professional nurses in rural parts of Kansas, the KU School of Nursing announced today it is partnering with Salina Regional Health Center to open a new campus location in Salina, Kansas.

January 6, 2017Tammy Peterman

Tammy Peterman, a graduate of the KU School of Nursing, and now executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at The University of Kansas Hospital, is part of the 2016 class of American Academy of Nursing Fellows. She is the only nurse from Kansas honored in this year's class!

December 13, 2016

The second class of students in the new KU Community College Nursing Partnership is graduating!

November 22, 2016Jill Peltzer

Jill Peltzer, Ph.D., received the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Clinical Educator/Academic Educator award.

September 14, 2016Martha Baird

Congratulations to Dr. Martha Baird for being named a Fulbright Specialist! The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkage between U.S. scholars and professional and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The specialist can participate in three grants over a 5-year period.

August 17, 2016Nursing Student

Nursing students across Kansas will now be able to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) without leaving their home communities. Four Kansas community colleges are joining with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in a groundbreaking nursing education model that allows students to simultaneously earn their Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) and BSN.

Accreditation approval was received this week for Butler, Hutchinson, Johnson County and Neosho County Community Colleges, which join Kansas City Kansas Community College as participants in this unique program with the University of Kansas School of Nursing, now known as the Partnership Model, this fall. In May, two students from Kansas City Kansas Community College became the first pioneers to complete essentially the pilot program in the model, and they are both now employed as registered nurses by The University of Kansas Hospital.  

July 1, 2016

Three new directors for the graduate programs have been named. They will assume their new duties effective Friday July 1, 2016. Jerrihlyn L. McGee, DNP, RN, CNE is the new Leadership Program Director. She earned her DNP from KU School of Nursing in 2014. Her DNP capstone project focused on workplace bullying. Dr. McGee's teaching is in leadership courses such as Professionalism in Advanced Nursing Practice, Organizational Foundations for Leading Change, Leadership Practicum and Preparing for Doctoral Leadership. Jerrihlyn has held many leadership positions in clinical practice settings, all of which complement her work at KU.

Dr. Cara Busenhart is the new Advanced Practice Program Director. She earned her Ph.D. from KU School of Nursing in 2014. Her dissertation focused on competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. Dr. Busenhart's teaching is primarily in the midwifery courses, as she also is the Program Director for Nurse-Midwifery Education. In her advanced practice role, Cara is a clinical provider in several areas, including KU Hospital Labor/Delivery, JayDoc Prenatal Clinic and Maternal Options that Matter. Dr. Karen Wambach is the new Ph.D. Program Director. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and has been teaching in the KU School of Nursing Ph.D. Program for almost 20 years. Dr. Wambach's research is focused on breastfeeding promotion, particularly among vulnerable childbearing populations. Karen directs the BSN Honors Program and has chaired 13 dissertations and been a member of another 11 dissertation committees. With this diverse background in teaching and mentoring doctoral students, Karen is the ideal person for developing the new Ph.D. Program Director position.

September 26, 2017

Godfrey appointed to American Nurses Association ethics advisory board

Marynell Dyatt Reece

Nelda Godfrey, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, associate dean of Innovative Partnerships and Practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, has been appointed to the Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board of the American Nurses Association. This 10-member advisory board makes policy recommendations to the ANA on ethics and human rights issues relevant to nursing practice, education, research, and administration. 

The board is also responsible for maintaining and revising the Code of Ethics for Nurses. First devised in 1950, this code serves as a guide for the country's 3.6 million registered nurses to carry out their responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession. Nurses face many ethical issues during their careers, including those related to end-of-life care, patient safety, and personalized medicine.  

"Dr. Godfrey will be a great asset on the ANA's Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board  because of her extensive work in health ethics, particularly as it relates to nursing," said Sally L. Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the KU School of Nursing.  

Godfrey, who was also recently elected to the ethics committee of the American Academy of Nursing, has worked in the field of ethics her entire career, serving on hospital ethics committees, teaching ethics courses, and publishing extensively on the subject, including co-authoring the book The Making of Nurse Professionals: A Transformational, Ethical Approach in 2011.  

Advisory board members serve two-year terms, after which they are eligible for re-appointment. 

KU rises to No. 19 in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of online nursing master's degree programs

Feb. 13, 2017

The University of Kansas School of Nursing's online master's degree program took a major leap into the top 20 in the latest Best Online Graduate Programs rankings released recently by U. S. News & World Report. KU's program jumped from 31st nationally a year ago to No. 19 in this year's overall rankings. And it is No. 13 among public universities.

"It's exciting for the KU School of Nursing to be recognized nationally," said Sally Maliski, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, dean of the KU School of Nursing. "The credit goes to the outstanding work that our faculty and students are doing."

KU received the highest ranking of any school in the metropolitan area and the state of Kansas. The University of Missouri-Kansas City tied for the 21st spot with the University of Southern Indiana. In Kansas, KU was also tops with Fort Hays State University next after jumping from No. 95 a year ago to No. 29. Story

Nelle T. Dyatt Nursing Scholarship established with gift from KU alumna

Jan. 11, 2017

Marynell Dyatt ReeceA $100,000 estate gift from the late alumna Marynell Dyatt Reece will provide funds for the Spencer Museum of Art, a nursing scholarship and the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.The estate gift will be used to fund the Marynell Dyatt Reece Spencer Museum Fund and the Nelle T. Dyatt Nursing Scholarship, which is named in honor of Reece's mother. It also provides an unrestricted gift to the Dole Institute of Politics. Since Reece's death in July 2016, donors have given additional gifts in her and her late husband's memory to fund the H.W. (Bill) and Marynell D. Reece Memorial Plaza landscaping project at the newly renovated Spencer Museum. Her support for the School of Nursing grew from her mother's career as a nurse. Nelle Taylor Dyatt was in the inaugural graduating class of nurses in 1909; there were four students in the class. Story

Tammy Peterman named a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing

Jan. 6, 2017

Tammy PetermanTammy Peterman, MS, FAAN, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at The University of Kansas Hospital, is part of the 2016 class of American Academy of Nursing Fellows. She is one of approximately 2,400 nurses in the Academy out of nearly 4 million nurses nationwide to receive this honor, and the only nurse from Kansas honored in this class. The American Academy of Nursing Fellows serves the public and the nursing profession by creating and executing knowledge-driving and policy related initiatives in order to advance and improve America's healthcare system. 

A native of Stockton, Kansas, Peterman has worked at KU Hospital since her graduation from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She started as a nurse and moved through the ranks before being named chief nursing officer in 2001; in addition, she accepted executive vice president and chief operating officer responsibilities in May 2007. Peterman holds a master's degree in nursing, as well as a certification in advanced nursing administration. She was named the 2006 Distinguished Nursing Alumna by the Kansas University Nurses Alumni Association.  Story

New Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

October 18, 2016

The KU School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs is now the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The new office will be headed by Dr. Pam Barnes as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. This enhancement will leverage the skills and talent of staff to assist the school with data analysis to better understand enrollment and retention patterns. This change will also efficiently manage enrollment and make data-based decisions as the school moves forward. The office will continue to be located in the School of Nursing G020.

Nelda Godfrey and Cynthia Teel accept new associate dean roles with the School of Nursing

June 27, 2016 Drs. Godfrey and Teel

Dr. Godfrey has been named associate dean for innovative partnerships and practice, a new position that will identify and facilitate partnership development and create sustainable program growth for the School of Nursing. In her new role, Dr. Godfrey will also oversee faculty practice and the shared curriculum partnership program.

Dr. Teel has been named associate dean for academic affairs, bringing together our undergraduate and graduate academic affairs operations. This combined role will enhance opportunities for graduate and undergraduate faculty to work, learn and research collaboratively, potentially resulting in innovative teaching and learning strategies, new programs and educational research.Dr. Godfrey most recently served as associate dean for undergraduate programs. With expertise in philosophic inquiry, professional ethics and virtue ethic, she has served as associate dean and faculty since 2008. Her research interests include theory development and research in the area of professional identity formation.

Dr. Teel most recently served as professor and associate dean for graduate programs. A member of the KU faculty since 1993, Dr. Teel is an editorial board member for the Journal of Nursing Education, coordinator of the Kansas Advanced Practice Collaborative and co-lead of the Kansas Action Coalition.

Elaine Domian, Ph.D., selected for the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching AwardElaine Domian

June 16, 2016 

Elaine Domian, Ph.D., clinical associate professor, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Domian was chosen by a committee of faculty and students for her outstanding contribution to the University and her students through excellence in classroom teaching.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate is commissioned as officer in Navy Nursing Corps

May 19, 2016 

For the first time in recent memory, a University of Kansas School of Nursing graduate has been commissioned as an active military officer.

Gunnery Sgt. Justin Williams, who received his diploma last weekend from the KU School of Nursing, was commissioned as Ensign Justin Williams in the United States Navy during a ceremony in the School of Nursing Atrium.

"We are very proud of Justin and his accomplishments in the School of Nursing, said KU School of Nursing Dean Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. "He has been an exemplary student leader."  

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First two students to graduate from KU-Community College Nursing Partnership shared-curriculum program

May 6, 2016 

Makayla Dunn and Nichole ArmintroutNot long from now, Makayla Dunn and Nichole Armintrout will be walking down Campanile Hill alongside their fellow graduates in the University of Kansas' annual commencement.
While the two will no doubt blend in with the other excited graduates, it's likely none of their peers in the procession will recognize them as true pioneers.

As the first graduates in the newly created Kansas University-Community College Nursing Partnership's (KUCCNP) shared-curriculum program, Dunn and Armintrout are blazing an academic trail that will be closely watched by the health care industry nationwide as it seeks to address the need for more nurses with baccalaureate degrees. 

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KU nursing students take part in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
February 23, 2016

Six students from the University of Kansas Medical Center participated in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Feb. 18 in Topeka. The annual event showcases student projects from the state's eight public four-year institutions of higher learning before an audience of state lawmakers.

The School of Nursing had two individual participants, while the School of Health Professions was represented by two two-member teams.

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Nursing professor retires after 40 years at KU Medical Center
May 15, 2015

Neuberger retirement reception University of Kansas School of Nursing faculty, staff and students came together a couple times this week to formally recognize the career accomplishments of Professor R. Geraldine "Geri" Neuberger, Ed.D., APRN, who is retiring after 40 years at KU Medical Center. 

At a retirement reception held in her honor Monday, Neuberger received praise and gifts from her colleagues and Karen Miller, dean of the School of Nursing and senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at KU Medical Center.  Also in attendance were members of Neuberger's family, including her husband, John S. Neuberger, Dr.PH, a professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KU Medical Center. (Photo gallery.)

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Army sergeant talks about plans after graduating from KU School of NursingRoss Scallan
May 6, 2015

Nursing may be a second career for Ross Scallan but the U.S. Army sergeant says helping people has always been a part of his life.

 "I started volunteering in a hospital at age 13 and loved it," the Greensboro, N.C., native says. "There is no greater thing in life than positively impacting another human being and to know you are making a difference."  

Scallan completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program through the Army's AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program and will receive a commission in the Army Nurse Corps after passing the NCLEX boards in June. 

Click here to read more about Scallan and two other KU Medical Center students who graduated in May.

Peltzer selected for School of Nursing teaching award
April 24, 2015

University of Kansas School of Nursing assistant professor Jill Peltzer, Ph.D., APRN-CS, has been selected to receive this year's Phyllis Keeney Lawrence Teaching Award.The selection was announced on Friday by Karen Miller, Ph.D., RN, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at KU Medical Center and dean of the School of Nursing.   "Congratulations Jill on being an inspiring educator," Miller said. Read more.

For other news about faculty recognition, visit the Faculty Awards Page.

Spring KU Medical Center showcase features students who traveled to India
April 23, 2015

Three University of Kansas Medical Center students who traveled in the past year to India as Robinson Scholars shared their research and insight from their clinical experiences with faculty, staff and students who attended the spring 2015 International Education Experience Showcase.

The showcase, sponsored by the Office of International Programs, featured poster exhibits by about 20 students from the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. Read more.

Nursing clinical instructor creates tool for nurses to manage bullying
April 1, 2015

University of Kansas School of Nursing clinical instructor Jerrihyln McGee has seen first-hand the impact bullying can have on hospital nursing staff. So she wanted to research and develop a management tool that could help nurses and nurse leaders better deal with the pervasive problem.

 "As a new graduate nurse I experienced workplace bullying, and as a nurse leader I witnessed and received complaints about bullying," says McGee, who has worked as a nursing director for an area hospital and as a nurse manager, charge nurse and staff nurse. "Fortunately, I was able to manage those situations; however, everyone is not so lucky."  Read more about McGee and other presentations at the 2015 Student Research Forum.

Chancellor, Dean sign new off on KU-community college nursing program
March 16, 2015

Chancellor, Dean Miller at signing ceremony The University of Kansas-Community College Nursing Partnership has launched a shared curriculum program that offers students a new way to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing at KU.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Ph.D., and Karen Miller, Ph.D., senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at KU Medical Center and dean of the School of Nursing, signed a memorandum approving the new program at a ceremony held on the KU Medical Center campus. Read more.

KU School of Nursing Graduate Programs Rank No. 20 by U.S. News & World Report
March 11, 2015

The University Of Kansas School of Nursing ranks No. 20 on the U.S. News and World Report's 2016 list of Best Graduate Schools at public universities, and the School of Nursing master's degree program garnered a No. 16 spot among public universities on the 2016 edition of Best Online Programs in the country.

In all, 44 KU graduate programs appear in the "Best Graduate Schools" rankings, more than all other Kansas universities and colleges combined.  Read about the other KU programs that were ranked.

Doctoral nursing student wins award at Graduate Research Summit
Feb. 17, 2015

A research poster by School of Nursing doctoral student Teresa A. Kilkenny was chosen for the BioKansas award at this year's Graduate Research Summit at the Capitol. 

Kilkenny was selected for her poster on "Developing and Implementing a Circumcision Multimedia Decision Aid: A Quality Process Improvement Project." which she presented at the summit held Thursday, Feb. 12, in Topeka. Judges from academia and industry identified two students from each school to win $500 prizes from BioKansas and from their school. Read more

Nursing students present research at Capitol
Feb. 13, 2015

Three University of Kansas School of Nursing seniors shared their research posters with the public and legislators this week at the 2015 Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. They were among the 12 KU students who participated with peers from other Kansas Board of Regents public four-year universities.

Read more and see the list of all KU presenters.

Last modified: Sep 24, 2019