Giscombe joins SON alumni as Great 100 Nurse in NC

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Giscombe, LeVine Wellness Professor, for being selected to the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. She joins eight SON alumni on this year’s list: Dr. Martha Bramlett, BSN ’75 Laurie Cain, BSN ’82 Katelyn Keith, BSN ’10 Katherine Sabo, BSN ’08 Meredith Shermer, BSN ’97 Timothy Werlau, BSN ’10 Jennifer Woody, BSN ’04, MSN ’09 Laurie Zone-Smith, BSN ’86 Our sincere congratulations to all of these amazing nurses! Thanks for your sterling work in our profession — we’re proud to claim all of you!

Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship to Double

The School of Nursing is excited to announce the expansion of the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship with the help of the Ross family and their generous donation. Funding for the endowed professorship will double, with the goal being to increase funds to $1 million. The professorship is currently held by Victoria Soltis-Jarrett. Established by Carol and Coleman Ross in 2013, the fund supports psychiatric-mental health nursing to increase access to care and ensure delivery of the highest quality of that care. The Ross’ sought to fill the gaps that exist … Continued

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Havens Receives UNC SON Alumni Association President’s Award

In honor of National Nurse’s Week, Carolina Nursing is highlighting five spectacular nurses — one for each day of the work week — who were recently honored with School of Nursing Alumni Association awards. Congratulations to Professor Donna Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, who was recently awarded the SON Alumni Association President’s Award in acknowledgement of her sterling contributions to the UNC School of Nursing and its alumni. Dr. Havens’ career has included a rich blend of roles in nursing practice, academe, administration, and research. She has been a tenured professor … Continued

Coleman Named Honorary Alumna of the Year

Former SON faculty member, Valerie Coleman, has been named the SON Alumni Association’s 2017 Alumna of the Year for her outstanding service in the arena of maternal child health. Presently the program director for Family Life Education and Lactation services at VCU Health, Valerie’s nursing career spans four decades of providing excellent care to mothers and infants, particularly in the area of feeding. Valerie is a Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Childbirth Educator, and a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators. She was the team leader for the Best … Continued

Yahner BSN ’07 Receives Carrington Award for Community Service

Congratulations to Tracey Yahner, BSN ’07, who recently received the SON Alumni Association’s 2017 Carrington Award for Community Service. The award recognizes individuals who have given remarkable service to the community, state or other beneficiary organization, and who have reflected favorably on the School of Nursing as a result of their remarkable service. Tracey perfectly embodies the spirit of the Carrington Award. While at UNC and after, Tracey participated in UNC mission teams that did on-site relief work in Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At school, she also served as nursing co-coordinator … Continued

Dawson BSN ’06, MSN ’14 Receives SON Alumni GOLD Award

Hats off to Gretchen Dawson who was recently named the SON Alumni Association’s 2017 Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award. The GOLD Award recognizes the recent graduate who has made outstanding contributions to the School, profession, community or nation. Gretchen is a 2006 BSN with Honors and 2014 MSN graduate of Carolina Nursing. She has been an oncology nurse for over 10 years with experience in solid tumors, hematologic malignancies, and stem cell transplant. In 2014 upon graduation from the Master’s program, Gretchen was chosen as one of three nurse … Continued

McCauley BSN ’71 Named 2017 SON Distinguished Alumna

The UNC SON Alumni Association recently conferred the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award on Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN (BSN ’71). McCauley is the sixth dean of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, which has risen steadily in rankings under Dr. McCauley’s leadership and is now 4th among nursing graduate programs according to U.S. News and World Report. The award commends graduates for their outstanding service in the area of nursing, either through their scholarly efforts, their promotion of health care, or their tireless service to the field of nursing. Dr. … Continued

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Patricia D. Horoho to Speak at SON Commencement, Receive UNC Doctor of Laws

The UNC School of Nursing is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for 2017’s spring commencement will be Retired Army Lieutenant General and SON alumna Patricia D. Horoho. Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center on Chapel Hill’s campus. Horoho will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University during the full campus ceremony on Sunday. In December 2015 Lieutenant General (Retired) Patricia D. Horoho completed her 4 year tour of duty as the first female and … Continued

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Alum de la Guerra Supports SON Military Initiatives with Scholar Award

Rizza de la Guerra’s grandfather was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. Her husband Karl served in the Air Force for ten years. And so it’s with this service in mind that Rizza and Karl decided to give back to veterans by creating The Karl L. and Rizza H. de la Guerra Veteran Health Scholar Fund. Rizza graduated from the School of Nursing with a BSN in 1986. Now, she sits on the School’s Foundation Board of Directors, and chairs the Board’s Corporate and Foundation Relations Committee. Her … Continued

Announcing the M. Vivian Baker Expendable Fund for Graduate Student Support

Before Nora Warshawsky earned her PhD from the UNCSON in 2011, she was a multi-tasking full-time graduate student who taught for four years in the classroom and clinic, served as graduate student representative to the University, pursued her own research, traveled to professional conferences and cultivated an off-campus network of like-minded colleagues. It wasn’t easy, but Warshawsky hopes to make it easier on the next generation of nurse scholars by creating the M. Vivian Baker Expendable Fund for Graduate Student Support. Named in honor of Warshawsky’s aunt, this gift provides financial … Continued