Newswise — Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) recognized recent accomplishments and honors for faculty, students and alumni.

International recognition

Loyola faculty member Leann Horsley, PhD, was named lead nurse planner for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning, which promotes research and disseminates evidence-based practice standards for clinical simulation. She has been a member of the research committee and has now been asked to assume a three-year commitment to ensure the quality of its educational programming.

Postdoctoral fellow Lindsey Garfield, PhD, was selected for a Sigma Theta Tau International Research Grant to support her ongoing study “Perinatal Depressive Risk in African American Women: Early Life Adversity and Epigenetic Proinflammatory Phenotype."

National recognition

Loyola faculty member Patricia Friend, PhD, APN-CNS, AOCN, AGN-BC, is the recipient of a newly created certification in Advanced Genetics Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Friend chaired the panel that developed the credential to attract nurses into the growing genetics/genomics specialty, notably for cancer care.

Loyola faculty member Nadine Parise received a national certification as an inpatient OB RNC from the National Certification Corp. for nursing specialty expertise and commitment to quality care.

Statewide recognition

Dietetic Internship students traveled March 25 to Springfield for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Day . They raised awareness for their profession and urged legislators to support HB3340, which would incentivize the purchase of fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets.

Student recognition

Rebecca Ray, a student in the combined Master of Science in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship program, received the University’s 2015 Graduate School Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement to Promote Social Justice. Ray was honored for her work to help underserved populations at Loyola’s Community Nursing Center and through the Grand Family Challenge, a community-based health program with personalized lifestyle interventions for families.

Research recognition

Loyola faculty members Karen Saban, PhD, Linda Janusek, PhD, and colleagues were funded for their research "The Effects of Mindfulness on Sleep and Cognition in Women Veterans" by the VA Office of Nursing Service. This study leverages their ongoing mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) randomized clinical trial to evaluate objective and subjective measures of sleep as well as a cognitive assessment to detect cognitive changes associated with MBSR.

Loyola faculty member Mary Byrn, PhD, RN, received a $25,000 grant award for "Can Vitamin D3 Improve Cognitive Function in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes?”, an NIH-supported study.


Loyola faculty members Margaret Kraft, RN, PhD, and Ida Androwich, RN, PhD, and Loyola Health System Management graduates Jennifer Bredemeyer, MSN ’09, and Julie Kenney, MSN ’08, are chapter authors of Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge, 3rd Ed. (2014). They also received second place in the AJN 2014 Book Award for Information Technology and Social Media.

Loyola graduate Helen Agomo, DNP ’13, and Loyola faculty member Pam Andresen, PhD, and Deepa Deshmukh published Be wise: Implementing a lifestyle intervention to reduce stroke risk in low-income midlife women, Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, February 2015.

Loyola faculty member Regina Conway-Phillips, PhD, published Spirituality in nursing practice in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Vol 4.3 (2014) E1-E3.

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