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

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SON Receives Prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Grant to Prepare PhD Nurses

Sizeable matching private donations from School alumna Carolyn London BSN ’56 and the Carl Swisher Foundation help bring grant to North Carolina. The UNC School of Nursing is one of only 32 schools of nursing nationwide to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program will provide financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years. The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to … Continued

A Powerful Nurse—Fay Casell Smith (1959–2016)

Today we learned of the passing of Ms. Fay Casell Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, one of our treasured preceptors. Since 2008, Fay faithfully and effectively taught many of our graduate students in our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program.  In her one-on-one teaching Fay guided students as they connected their coursework with their care of patients. She was beloved by every student and faculty member whom she encountered. “Fay Smith was a cut above the rest—both as a nurse and as a person,” said Elaine Harwood, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, assistant … Continued

Categories: Education, News

Doula Course Student, Sarah McShane, Wins TEDxUNC Contest, Will Be Student Speaker

Sarah McShane, a student in Assistant Professor Rhonda Lanning’s RN, MSN, CNM, LCCE, IBCLC APPLE’s service-learning course, won the recent campus-wide competition to become the student speaker at the 2016 UNCxTED event.  Sarah, a senior Chemistry and Biology double-major at UNC, has plans to attend medical school in the future. She enrolled in Lanning’s interdisciplinary service-learning course in the fall 2015 where she became a birth doula and now volunteers as a doula with UNC Birth Partners, a program Lanning founded and coordinates at NC Women’s Hospital. The topic for this year’s … Continued

Categories: Education, News

Van Riper Interviewed by University of Navarre School of Nursing

Late in 2015, Marcia Van Riper PhD, RN, FAAN was hosted by the University of Navarre School of Nursing in Pamplona Spain as a participant in the Fulbright Specialist Program. While there, they conducted the following thoughtful interview. We publish it here with their permission. We would be more efficient and provide higher quality care if we took the time to listen to our patients and their families so we could understand what is most important to them. —Professor and Nurse Marcia Van Riper (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) visited … Continued

Lanning, SON Students Partner with Doulas for Hands-On Education and Service

Assistant Professor Rhonda Lanning RN, MSN, CNM, IBCLC was recently highlighted in a story released by the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for developing a unique model of education and care. Lanning, who runs the Birth Partners volunteer doula program at UNC Hospitals, offers the APPLES service-learning course “Supporting the Childbearing Family” that brings together volunteer doulas and students for an immersive, hands-on educational experience. Please read more about Lanning’s innovative approach and the School of Nursing students who are participating here.

Sherwood Receives AJN Book of the Year Award

Congratulations to Associate Dean Gwen Sherwood PhD, RN, FAAN, who recently received second place in the Professional Issues category of the American Journal of Nursing’s 2015 Books of the Year Awards for Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of QSEN & Reflective Practice Implementation, a text she co-edited with Sara Horton-Deutsch. The book is a follow up to Dr. Sherwood’s well-regarded Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes, which likewise won an AJN Book of the Year Award in 2012.      

RN Refresher Program Approved for 26th Year

For the 26th consecutive year, the North Carolina Board of Nursing has approved the RN Refresher Program, directed by Mary Schuler, EdD, RN, CNE, and designed to assist Registered Nurses in their return to the workforce. The program consists of 24 online modules, many of them designed by SON faculty, and takes approximately 3 to 18 months to complete, depending on the individual student and whether they also participate in the clinical portion of the program. The program is a collaboration between the North Carolina AHEC program, the University of North Carolina … Continued

Categories: Education

INACSL-CAE Fellowship Comes to SON

The School of Nursing is pleased to host to the second cohort of INACSL-CAE Fellows. The INACSL CAE Fellowship is designed for new simulation educators, existing simulation educators who need additional support, and directors overseeing a simulation center. The course is experiential and interactive in nature and utilizes seminars, discussion groups, plenary sessions and “hands on” activities to deliver course content. The Fellowship is a three-part program consisting of webinars, workshops, and mentoring. The cohort will consist of 30 participants and three facilitators, who are simulation experts with five or more … Continued

Categories: Education, Teaching

MSN & DNP Students: N799 Elective Offered Spring 2016

Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care Settings (3 credits) This course introduces graduate students in the health professions to the models of integrated healthcare and specifically the concepts of incorporating behavioral health screening, brief interventions and treatment protocols for primary care settings. The concepts will be presented, discussed and critically analyzed towards the development and implementation of best practices in the graduate student’s clinical settings. This is an elective course at the UNC-CH School of Nursing for MSN and DNP students. Key themes are: integration of behavioral health; integrated healthcare; co-location … Continued

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