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Baylor Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop Diabetes Mobile Health App for Use in India
An interdisciplinary team of Baylor University researchers – from nursing and business information systems to art and video game design – and physicians from Bangalore Baptist Hospital in Bengaluru, India, were awarded a 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant from the U.S. India Education Foundation (USIEF) to develop a diabetes mobile health app to boost awareness and educate those in India who are most at risk for diabetes. To read the full story click here.


Healthcare Simulation Week -LHSON Virtual Reality Simulation Research
Dr. Kelly Rossler is paving the way for simulation research at LHSON. She studies the effectiveness of simulation-based teaching strategies on improving interprofessional education and collaborative practice among nurses and healthcare professionals. In partnership with Boise State University, Dr. Rossler recently completed testing the effectiveness of a low-cost virtual reality system that allows nurses to realistically work with patients and equipment in a virtual environment. Currently, she is conducting a study to compare simulation teaching modalities to transition newly licensed nurses into practice. Dr. Rossler is also working with Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD, Assistant Director for the Center of Evidence Based Simulation at Baylor Scott and White Health to develop studies on an immersive virtual reality-based experiential learning simulator to improve medication administration, on the use of virtual simulation technology for prevention and early diagnosis of skin cancer, and on the effectiveness of virtual reality simulation on fire safety skills among students. During National Simulation Week in late September 2018, Bianca Castro, anchor and health reporter with KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reported on Dr. Rossler's research and our simulation lab, and the story was aired on more than 100 NBC affiliates throughout the country. To watch the news clip, please click here.


LHSON Awarded Excellence in Educational Research by STTI
LHSON is proud to share that on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Dr. Shelby Garner and Dr. Erin Killingsworth were called to the stage at the 29th International Research Congress of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. They received the 2018 Excellence in Educational Research Award, awarded by the Sigma Theta Tau International, Melbourne, Australia. The award was given for an abstract and presentation entitled: "The Effectiveness of Simulation Education on Improving Self-Efficacy Towards Teaching Among Nurse Educators in India." The entire team of authors included: Shelby Garner, PhD, RN, CNE; Erin Killingsworth, PhD, RN, CNE; Leena Raj, PhD (c), RN; and Martha Bradshaw, PhD. An open access article disseminating the full study was also published in International Nursing Review, the official journal for the International Council of Nurses or by clicking here.  Also in attendance from LHSON were Drs. Tanya Sudia and Deborah Petty. To wach a video highlight click here

From left to right: From LHSON, Drs. Deborah Petty,  Shelby Garner, Tanya Sudia and Erin Killingsworth.


From left to right: Dr. Elizabeth Madigan, CEO, STTI; Dr. Erin Killingsworth, LHSON; Dr. Shelby Garner, LHSON and Dr. Beth Baldwin Tigges, President, STTI.

Baylor Connections – Dr. Lori Spies, Louise Herrington School of Nursing
KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR), July 13, 2018
Audio: On this week’s episode of Baylor Connections, host Derek Smith interviews Lori Spies, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor and missions coordinator at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, who was awarded a Fulbright Global U.S. Scholar Award to participate in global health research projects in India, Vietnam and Zambia. As she’s built and grown a missions program that has enabled Baylor Nursing students to serve around the globe, Spies shares how nursing, global health and service go hand-in-hand. Baylor Connections is a weekly radio program/podcast that introduces the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education. « Read More »

Additionally, Dr. Spies was featured in BaylorProud and Nursing Notes published by Johnson&Johnson. To read the article please click here (plus, to listen to a podcast of her interview click here). 


2nd Annual LHSON Celebration of Scholarship Day
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in conjunction with Eta Gamma Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International presented the 2nd Annual LHSON Celebration of Scholarship Day on May 1, 2018. To watch the video click here


LHSON Graduate Selected for Fulbright to India
Recent Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing graduate Amanda Ward Braswell, B.S.N. ’17, of Carrollton, Texas, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright grant to India. She is among three Fulbright recipients this spring and Baylor’s 52nd Fulbright recipient since 2001. To learn more click here or click here


8th Annual Grant Writing Seminars
The Baylor University Office of the Vice Provost for Research is hosting the following grant writing seminars for Baylor faculty in 2018. Click here to learn more.


Inauguration Ceremony in India of New Simulation Education & Research Centre
LHSON extends its congratulations to Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India regarding the grand inauguration ceremony of its new Simulation Education and Research Centre. Over a year ago USAID awarded Dr. Shelby Garner with Baylor University LHSON $652,800 to partner with BBH. The grant funded the construction of a 4-story building with a state-of-the-art Sim Center for nurses and other health professions including housing for 48 nurses at BBH.


Dr. Kelly Rossler Received INACSL Poster Presentation Award
LHSON attended the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conference in June 2017. There were over 160 posters representing simulation projects and research from around the world. Kelly Rossler's poster presentation was awarded 2nd place. Her poster entitled, Readiness to Transition: Integrating Human Patient Simulation into a Nurse Internship Program, highlighted Kelly's research with new graduate nurses transitioning to practice. In addition, Erin Killingsworth and Kelly both gave podium presentations.


Research Fellowship, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning
Announced in February 2016, Dr. Kelly L. Rossler, RN, CHSE, Assistant Professor and Simulation Laboratory Coordinator at LHSON was selected to receive a Research Fellowship by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL). The unique web-based 12-month research fellowship is limited to six novice rsearchers and designed to develop future leaders in simulation research. The program is comprised of monthly webinars from experts, extensive reading and writing, with guidance on the best practices and processes of conducting simulation research. 

Pictured above: Dr. Kelly L. Rossler

Sixth Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and First Colloquium on Chronic Illness Care - Award Presented to Dr. Sudia
In early March, Dean Conroy, Dr. Sudia, Dr. Riley, Dr. Faucher, Professor Voreis and Dr. Garner all traveled to Hong Kong. They attended the Sixth Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and First Colloquium on Chronic Illness Care. The organizer was The Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and LHSON was a co-organizer. Congratulations to Dr. Tanya Sudia who was selected as the 1st place winner for the Best Presentation Award for her presentation on Ethical Considerations Amid Emerging Global Health Challenges.


LHSON Receives 2015 Leadership in Undergraduate Research Award
LHSON was honored to have received the 2015 Leadership in Undergraduate Research Award from Baylor University Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (BU URSA), Office of the Vice Provost for Research in Waco, Texas. The prestigious award was presented to Dr. Shelley Conroy and Dr. Shelby Garner on April 22, 2015. LHSON was recognized for initiating multiple individual and team opportunities for hands-on undergraduate research, including field schools and international projects. LHSON has set an example for others in richness, diversity and service orientation of the undergraduate opportunities offered.

Pictured above: Dr. Shelley Conroy (far right) accepts the award from BU URSA. (Dr. Garner not pictured)