Newswise — MAYWOOD, Ill. (July 7, 2014) – Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing recognized recent accomplishments and honors for faculty, students and alumni.

Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, professor and director of Niehoff’s PhD program, received a HRSA Grant for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program for 2014-2015. This grant will provide funding to PhD and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) students who request support through this program and commit to becoming a full-time faculty member in Loyola’s school of nursing after completing their degree requirements.

Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, APN, assistant professor and the director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program at Loyola, received the Hill-Rom/Celeste Phillips Family-Centered Maternity Care Research Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Dr. Tenfelde was honored for her research to reduce symptom burden for women with pelvic floor disorders. The award was presented at AWHONN's annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

Anne Marie Hilmer, MSN ’14, a graduate of Loyola’s family nurse practitioner program, has been accepted as the first nurse practitioner (NP) fellow at the Jane R. Perlman Fellowship for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in Emergency Medicine at NorthShore University Health System. She will begin this fall.

Students and recent graduates of Loyola’s Infection Prevention Programs were honored recently at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology’s (APIC) 41st Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Scientific sessions focused on research about a variety of infectious diseases and evidence-based protocols for infection prevention in hospitals, home care, long-term care and the community. Highlights included:

Marcelina Wawrzyniak, MSN ’13, BSN ’08, RN, received the New Investigator Abstract Award for her project: "Significant improvement in CLABSI rates following routine use of disinfection caps on all access ports: Better safety, better resource utilization." Wawrzyniak is an infection preventionist at Loyola University Health System.

Julie Pruyn, MSN ’13, RN, received the Blue Ribbon Abstract Award for her project: "Reducing the frequency of immediate-use steam sterilization: A strategic and collaborative approach."

Amelia Bumsted, BS, RN, CIC, a DNP in infection prevention student, presented: "Utilizing design partnerships: Leveraging the electronic health record to improve population surveillance, reduce risk and facilitate regulatory compliance."


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