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The School of Nursing provides quality nurses to serve North Carolina. The SON offers BSN, MSN and PhD tracks. The SON is expanding its efforts in human patient simulation, psychiatric-mental health nursing and geriatric nursing.

In addition, global nursing has taken hold at the SON. Each year, an increasing number of students participate in a clinical experience abroad. Students have traveled to Guatemala, Honduras, Uganda, Oaxaca and many other locations. The list of countries continues to grow with the expanding interest among the students.

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RANKINGS

  • U.S. News & World Report: tied for fourth for Best Graduate School Rankings in 2011
  • NCLEX: 96 percent passed on the first try between January 1 through September 2011

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

  • Traditional BSN program (6 Semesters)
  • Accelerated BSN program for those with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees (4 Semesters)
  • MSN program with advanced practice and healthcare systems specialties
  • Post-MSN option in advanced practice specialties
  • PhD program in nursing science
  • Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships

STUDENTS AND FACULTY (Fall 2011)

Students

  • BSN: 379
  • MSN: 274
  • Post MSN: 24
  • PhD: 45

Total enrollment: 722

Faculty

  • Tenured or tenure-track: 43
  • Fixed-term Research/Clinical: 98

PRIMARY RESEARCH INITIATIVES

The School of Nursing is known for its high-quality innovative research programs, which are concentrated in five areas:

  • Preventing and managing chronic illness and other major health threats
  • Reducing health disparities
  • Improving healthcare quality and patient outcomes
  • Understanding biobehavioral and genetic bases of health and illness
  • Developing innovative ways to enhance science and its clinical translation

RESEARCH FUNDING FOR 2010-2011

  • $4.0 million

FUNDED STUDIES INCLUDE:

  • Reducing depressive symptoms in low-income mothers
  • Decreasing health-related stigma in adults with sickle cell disease
  • Observing parental feeding responsiveness in the development of early-childhood obesity
  • Creating interventions supporting breast cancer survivors coping with uncertainty
  • Integrating qualitative and quantitative research findings
  • Helping women prisoners reduce HIV risk after release
  • Analyzing the relationship of nurse staffing and hospital financial performance to quality of care
  • Partnering children and their parents to manage weight
  • Helping older African American cope with surviving cancer after diagnosis and treatment
  • Studying the relationship between sleep disturbances and cognitive decline in the elderly
  • Improving the nursing work environment
  • Promoting end-of-life decision making preparation
  • Quality and safety education for nurses
  • Enhancing physical activity for colon cancer survivors
  • Evaluating the organization of Hospice care for children
  • Examining brain tumor symptoms cluster formation

PRIMARY SERVICE INITIATIVES

  • 71 CE programs to 3,010 participants in 2010-2011 through the School of Nursing’s Center for Lifelong Learning
  • 65 NC AHEC Continuing Education (CE) programs at all nine AHEC regions of the state for a total of 316 hours of programming
  • 372 hours of technical assistance in the form of direct consultation and support to health care professionals in five of the nine AHEC regions