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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The SON Co-Sponsors International Conference on Chronic Conditions

For the third year in a row, the SON is sponsoring the International Conference on Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions, which will be held on February 25-27 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting is designed to enhance knowledge and medical practice surrounding the management of chronic conditions at the national and international level. Hosted by Ramathibodi School of Nursing at Mahidol University, the organizers will bring together a wide range of chronic-care experts from around the globe. Associate Dean for Strategic and Global Initiatives Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, and … Continued

First Class of DNP Students Set to Graduate

The first five students in the SON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program will graduate on December 14. The students comprise the first class of DNP students to graduate since the SON began accepting applications to the DNP program in 2013. Each student defended a DNP project in which they conducted quality improvement or a practice improvement project. The practice problems they chose to address reflect the diversity of experience and interests each student has brought to the program. Heather Boykin, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, pursued her interest in improving … Continued

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SON in the News: BSN Class of 2016 Shares “Lessons Learned”

Fourteen BSN students in the Class of 2016, shared some lessons they learned from their clinical rotation in an article for The lessons were collected and made into an article by clinical instructor Elizabeth Stone. “This was my first semester as a clinical instructor for brand new nursing students during their first clinical rotation,” she wrote in the article. She expected she would have to keep her students focused on the positive, but “What I didn’t expect was the wisdom that these students would share at the end of their … Continued

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