SON Ranks #1 in ABSN Programs

The UNC School of Nursing takes the top spot among US nursing schools offering accelerated BSN programs, according to, a website devoted to helping prospective students make informed decisions about furthering their nursing education. According to editor, Tim Otto, the rankings were calculated based on net cost, the school’s graduation rate, and admission selectivity as reported by the US Department of Education. “At TopRNtoBSN we are committed to helping people make informed decisions about their education,” said Otto. “In this ranking we sought to highlight programs that have good … Continued

Categories: Education

Roscigno Receives 2016 Student Undergraduate Teaching Award

Hats off to Assistant Professor Cecilia Roscigno, PhD, RN, CNRN  for receiving a 2016 Student Undergraduate Teaching Award! Recipients were selected from nominations made by undergraduate students for “demonstrated teaching excellence, success in positively affecting a broad spectrum of students both in and outside of the classroom, and creation of a dynamic learning environment.” A letter from the Executive Branch of Student Government stated “The [Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards Committee] received many qualified nominations this year, but your nomination stood out among the rest.” Excerpts from her nominations … Continued

Freund Creates Fund to Support Nurse Practitioner Program History

When the SON’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program launched in 1970, it was not only the first NP program in the state, but was also among the first FNP programs in the country. Dean Emerita Cynthia Freund, who was heavily involved in the early days of the program, recently created a new fund to support work to preserve and document this important milestone in SON history. “The NP program was a very significant development for the School and is an important contribution to the School’s legacy,” explains Dr. Freund, PhD, … Continued

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 – 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

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

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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.