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School of Nursing Alumni Newsletter

Spring 2011

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) alumni publications are published biannually by the Division of Public Affairs. The publications highlight education, clinical practice, alumni, and research for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Health Related Professions.

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Dr. Lisa Haynie treats 2-year-old KaMaria Amos with her mother, Jameneqwa Graves, at the UNACARE clinic in March. Haynie is the co-principal investigator for the $1.5M HRSA grant recently awarded to the clinic.
Dr. Lisa Haynie treats 2-year-old KaMaria Amos with her mother, Jameneqwa Graves, at the UNACARE clinic in March. Haynie is the co-principal investigator for the $1.5M HRSA grant recently awarded to the clinic.

$1.5M federal grant will enable nurse-run clinic to see more patients

Since its opening in the late 1990s, the School of Nursing's UNACARE clinic has become a medical home for many residents of Jackson's midtown neighborhood, who visit the clinic regularly to manage their diabetes, seek prenatal care or just to get a flu shot.

The Dean's Corner

As this newsletter reaches you, nurses across the nation are gathering to reflect on the recent Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The authors of the study identified a number of barriers that may prevent nurses from responding effectively to our evolving health care system.

Trial-by-fire simulation

A sedated patient is getting a check-up from a pair of nursing students when he suddenly quits breathing. One student grabs an AMBU bag and ventilates him while the other injects a dose of Narcan to counteract a potentially fatal overdose of morphine. Their instructor stands back and watches.

Scientists study diseases, drugs in SON's research lab

Dr. Laree Hiser has been a School of Nursing faculty member since 2002, but she's not a nurse. Hiser is a scientist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and she spends much of her time conducting research in the school's basic science lab. Hidden away in an unassuming nook of the nursing school's basement, the lab is the only one of its kind in the south and ranks among a handful across the nation.

MNA honors Dr. Edrie George-Royals

After her distinguished career as a nursing educator, Dr. Edrie George-Royals literally sailed into the sunset. She was dean of the School of Nursing at UMMC from 1974 until her retirement in 1989. She was a member of the nursing faculty from 1966 until her appointment as dean. Two months after her retirement, she sailed with her new husband to the Bahama Islands, the first of many voyages they took together on the trawler Sunshine II.

Evers continues UMMC support

Jan Magee Evers and her late husband, Dr. Carl G. Evers, have a history with the University of Mississippi Medical Center that stretches back to 1956. In the decades since, the couple has left a legacy of giving that continues to grow.

$1.1M grant helps to grow new RN-to-MSN program

Nursing students at Hinds Community College now have a springboard to launch them toward a master's degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, thanks to a new grant-funded program in the School of Nursing.

Message to alumni

Greetings from over 4,000 University of Mississippi School of Nursing alumni. We are an integral part of many health-care facilities, educational institutions and research venues in Mississippi as well as around the country. In its 61 years of existence, the nursing alumni chapter has supported the School of Nursing in many ways.

Class notes

Sandra West, president of the nursing alumni chapter, welcomes Dr. Kim Hoover, dean of the School of Nursing, at a recent MDA event.