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

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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

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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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Center for Lifelong Learning Earns Accreditation with Distinction

Congratulations to Sonda Oppewal and the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) team, Susan Snyder, Ariel Adams and Kayj Okine, for being awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The commission granted the CLL accreditation for four years, from Oct. 26, 2015 to March 31, 2020. To check out the latest CLL continuing education offerings, please see their calendar here.

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Williams Applies Innovations to Quality and Safety Education

To increase students’ emphasis on and application of quality and safety, Assistant Professor Megan Williams, MSN, RN, FNP has introduced her BSN candidates to patient safety using a Narrative pedagogy approach. The students were required to read Josie’s Story and participate in a one hour facilitated book club. The book is the inspirational chronicle of how a mother—and her unforgettable daughter—are transforming the face of American medicine. An added bonus was that the book’s author, Sorrell King, participated in a one hour live Q & A session with the class … Continued

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Cheryl Woods Giscombé Named Macy Faculty Scholar

Assistant professor Cheryl Woods Giscombé, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHNP, has been named one of five 2015 Macy Faculty Scholars by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. This award includes salary support over two years, which Dr. Giscombé will use to develop an innovative educational institute that provides clinical experiences that strengthen the ability of pre-professional students to provide care to people who face mental health disparities. The Macy Faculty Scholars program aims to accelerate reforms in health professions education in Schools of Nursing and Medicine to accommodate the changes occurring in … Continued

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DNP and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs gain CCNE accreditation

The UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing is pleased to announce that its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Post-Graduate APRN certificate programs have received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The accreditations are effective from Oct. 6, 2014, when the first onsite evaluation occurred, and extend to June 30, 2020. The DNP program of study builds upon baccalaureate education and expands current MSN education to prepare nurses for clinical leadership and hands-on advanced practice. Graduates of the DNP program receive preparation in such key areas as … Continued

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School of Nursing in top 20 for new stat-based rankings

The UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing placed 17th in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School Master’s Program rankings, which for the first time are based on statistical data rather than the peer assessment ratings used in the past. The master’s programs for 246 nursing schools were ranked based on detailed statistical data collected about students, faculty, and research funding. For the peer assessment category, less than half a point separated UNC from the highest scoring school. Carolina’s low student-to-faculty ratio of 4:1 and affordability stand … Continued

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