Beeber Appointed to HHS Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee

Assistant Dean and Professor Linda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN has been appointed to the US Department of Health and Human Services Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), which was established in March 2017 and reports to Congress and federal agencies on issues related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance. Beeber joins 13 other non-federal public committee members in comprising the ISMICC, as well as senior leaders from 10 federal agencies including HHS, and the Departments of Justice, Veterans Affairs, and Education, among others. The non-federal members represent mental health researchers … Continued

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Cronenwett named Living Legend by American Academy of Nursing

Professor and Dean Emerita Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, was announced one of five Living Legends today by the American Academy of Nursing.  She will be honored at a special ceremony held in Washington DC during the AAN’s policy conference on October 5. Please see the Academy’s official announcement below. Most sincere congratulations to Dr. Cronenwett on this well-deserved honor. *** American Academy of Nursing Designates  Five Nurses as Living Legends, the Academy’s Highest Honor  Academy will Honor Living Legends at Annual Policy Conference in October Washington, DC (August 11, … Continued

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Giscombe joins SON alumni as Great 100 Nurse in NC

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Giscombe, LeVine Wellness Professor, for being selected to the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. She joins eight SON alumni on this year’s list: Dr. Martha Bramlett, BSN ’75 Laurie Cain, BSN ’82 Katelyn Keith, BSN ’10 Katherine Sabo, BSN ’08 Meredith Shermer, BSN ’97 Timothy Werlau, BSN ’10 Jennifer Woody, BSN ’04, MSN ’09 Laurie Zone-Smith, BSN ’86 Our sincere congratulations to all of these amazing nurses! Thanks for your sterling work in our profession — we’re proud to claim all of you!

Alexander Tapped to Lead UNC’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Hearty congratulations to Dr. Rumay Alexander, the SON’s Director of Inclusive Excellence, who will become Carolina’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion effective August 1. The formal announcement was made yesterday by Vice Chancellor Felicia Washington and reads as follows: Dear Carolina Community: I am pleased to share with you that effective Aug. 1, Dr. G. Rumay Alexander will be filling the vacant position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion following a University-wide search. Rumay’s leadership in diversity and inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill is well-known across campus. Rumay has been serving … Continued

Soltis-Jarrett Awarded $1.1M from HRSA to Advance Mental Health Nursing in NC’s Rural Areas

With $1.1 million in new funding from the Human Resources and Services Administration, Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett and the UNC School of Nursing will help meet the pressing psychiatric-mental health needs of rural and underserved populations of North Carolina. The funding will be used to partner with Goshen Medical Center, North Carolina’s largest rural Federally Qualified Health Center, to educate 12 new primary care nurse practitioners (NP) to implement integrated (mind/body) health care for patients in NC’s rural and underserved counties. “An exciting outcome of this new project is that it will … Continued

Zomorodi to Direct New Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative for UNC Health Affairs Schools

UNC Health Care announced today that a $1.5 million grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust will establish a new UNC Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative, giving UNC health professions students interprofessional clinical experiences in rural areas of North Carolina. SON Associate Professor Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL will serve as director of the effort. Reposted from the UNC Health Care Newsroom Kenan Charitable Trust Awards $1.5 million to UNC Health Affairs Schools Media contact: Phil Bridges, 984-974-1152, phil.bridges@unchealth.unc.edu Chapel Hill, N.C. — July 5, 2017 — The William R. … Continued

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Anderson Named Kenan Distinguished Professor

Sincere congratulations to Associate Dean for Research, Ruth Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN, who was named a Kenan Distinguished Professor on July 1.  “A distinguished professorship is one of the most prestigious and visible honors that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can bestow upon a member of the faculty, and it is a symbol of the value your colleagues have placed on your research and scholarship” said James W. Dean, Jr., Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University in notifying Dr. Anderson of the honor. “We are delighted … Continued

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HRSA Awards SON $2M to Support MENTORS Program

The UNC School of Nursing is delighted to announce new HRSA grant funding in the amount of $1,997,082* over four years to support a key program developed and directed by Associate Professor Shielda Rodgers entitled Meeting Educational Needs Through Optimization of Retention Strategies for Students, or MENTORS2. The MENTORS2 program is designed to increase the percentage and retention of UNC School of Nursing students from underrepresented ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged backgrounds through a multi-pronged approach aimed at minimizing the negative impact of social determinants on academic success. Faculty members involved with the program … Continued

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SON Strong Contributor to International Family Nursing Conference

The School of Nursing was well-represented at the 13th Annual International Family Nursing Conference held in Pamplona Spain last week, headlining nearly a dozen lectures, presentations, and posters. Participants included faculty members Nancy Havill, Louise Fleming, Marcia Van Riper, George Knafl and Kathy Knafl, and PhD students Anna Lee, Carrie Hill, Ashley Vaughn, and Haley Estrem. This year’s conference focused on “Improving the Art and Science of Family Nursing: Transforming Health for Families” and attracted nearly 400 attendees from 26 different countries. UNC’s considerable contributions to the global discussion were as follows: Faculty Nancy … Continued

Bryant Receives Victoria Mock New Investigator Award at ONS Congress

Assistant Professor Ashley Leak Bryant was recognized at Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Denver, CO, May 4-7, 2017 for the Victoria Mock New Investigator Award. Dr. Mock was a pioneer in fatigue management interventions for adults with cancer. She lost her battle with cancer a few years ago. Dr. Bryant presented the award lecture, The Impact of Patient Reported Outcomes on Functional Status and Quality of Life in Adults with Acute Leukemia. Dr. Bryant was nominated for the award by her colleagues at the UNCSON, Drs. Deb Mayer and AnnMarie … Continued

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