Join us for the 2nd Annual Astrike Symposium!

Please join the SON community on Tuesday, May 24 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. in the Genome Sciences Building for the 2nd annual Charles and Colleen Astrike Symposium in Healthcare Solutions, presented by the UNC School of Nursing and the Hillman Scholars for Nursing Innovation. The symposium was established by the family of Charlie and Colleen Astrike to honor the lives and memory of their parents and to inspire high-level discussion about patient safety among nurses. Their motivation is highly personal: following Colleen’s hospitalization in 2012, the family struggled to get the nurses or doctors in charge of her care … Continued

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SON Recognizes Alumni and Donors at Spring Event

The SON hosted its annual Alumni Award and Donor Recognition Ceremony on a beautiful spring Saturday in April. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the School gathered in Chapel Hill to celebrate the achievements of colleagues and classmates, and to offer thanks for the generosity of donors who make critical professorships, scholarships, facility upgrades and much more possible for the School through the SON’s Foundation. Interim Dean Donna Havens presided over the event, which included a welcome by president of the SON Foundation, Bill Self, and remarks by alumna Susan … Continued

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The Nurturer and the Researcher

Nicoleta Constantin BSN ’07 is part of a generation of Romanians that found opportunities outside of Romania after the fall of communism. In her life in the United States, she has performed groundbreaking biochemistry research in the lab of Duke Nobel Prize winner Paul Modrich, but she found her calling when she became a pediatric nurse at North Carolina Children’s Hospital. by Zach Read – zachary.read@unchealth.unc.edu Anti-government protests broke out in the city of Timișoara, in western Romania, on December 16, 1989. Within days, they spread across the country, including … Continued

Categories: Alumni, Education

Alumna Madigan Appointed UNC Hospitals’ Chief Nursing Officer

Our sincere congratulations to SON alum and adjunct professor Dr. Cathy Madigan, ’14 DNP, as she completes her first month on the job as chief nursing officer and senior vice president at UNC Hospitals today. Dr. Madigan took over the role of CNO on February 1, after serving thirteen years at UNC Hospitals, first as director of cardiac services, and later as vice president of nursing and associate chief nursing officer. Cathy takes over from Mary Tonges, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, a long time friend and supporter of the UNC School of … Continued

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Global Perspective, Local Touch: Alum Minh Nguyen ’10 Featured by UNC School of Medicine

More than a decade ago, Minh Nguyen came to the United States as a high school exchange student. He has since followed a path to the UNC School of Nursing, a nursing position in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at UNC Medical Center’s renowned North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, and the UNC School of Medicine, where today he is training to become a physician. Please click here to read more of the terrific feature by Zach Read of the UNC School of Medicine.

Categories: Alumni, Global Health, News

SON Organizations Host 3rd Annual Mentor Mixer

The Third Annual Student and Alumni Mentor Mixer was held on Saturday, February 6 at Carrington Hall. Twenty-eight alumni and 80 students were in attendance. The alumni brought knowledge from UNC Healthcare, Duke, the VA and more in specialties as diverse as oncology, education, psych mental health and public health. Interim Dean Donna Havens offered words of welcome followed by comments from Dr. Bev Foster and Kathy Moore. Students and alumni then broke off into smaller discussion groups based on areas of interest to allow time for networking and focused question and answer sessions. The mixer … Continued

Categories: Alumni, Students

Giscombe Named to Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Professorship in Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness

Congratulations to Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, who was named the first Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness effective January 1, 2016. Melissa BSN ’77, MSN ’81 and Harry LeVine, long-time friends and supporters of the UNC School of Nursing, have long been interested in wellness, quality of life, workplace health, and well-being. In 2000, the couple established the SON’s LeVine Wellness Program, encouraging faculty and staff to engage in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and weight control. Faculty … Continued

You’re Invited: Alumni and Student Mentor Mixer

Become a Mentor The School of Nursing Office of Alumni Affairs and the SON Undergraduate Student Governance Council invite you to take part in the Second Annual Alumni and Student Mentor Mixer on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Carrington Hall at 10:00AM. This event is part of the Council’s “Get Hired” series, which focuses on transitioning students to professional careers. All alumni and students are invited to sign up to be mentors or mentees! The mixer will be a time of networking, giving the students the opportunity to meet SON … Continued

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Thomas N.P. Johnson III Establishes War Heroes’ Nursing Scholarships

The School is so pleased to announce the War Heroes’ Nursing Scholarships Fund, generously established by Thomas N.P. Johnson III to support five named merit scholarships for graduate or undergraduate nursing students at the UNC Chapel Hill. The inaugural recipients of these scholarships all participate in SON’s newly formed military student group. Of his generosity Tom explains that he first understood the important contributions of nurses during his service as a Vietnam-era medic in the U.S. Air Force, an experience that would shape his later interest in supporting nursing education. The UNC Chapel … Continued

SON Alumni Association Holds Annual Meeting

On Friday, November 6, the School of Nursing hosted its annual Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill. The day-long meeting was presided over by President-Emeritus, Roulhac Johnson, BSN ’00. The 26-member Board received a State of the School report from Interim Dean Donna Havens, participated in an introductory exercise with Moss+Ross, the School’s capitol campaign consultants, and deliberated over matters ranging from alumni awards to future events to public relations. “It’s always inspiring to get this group together,” said Katisha Paige, executive director of … Continued

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