Berry Continues Work with Autónoma de Tamaulipas SON

In early May 2016, the faculty of the School of Nursing at Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Tampico, México, received Dr. Diane Berry, Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, United States, to plan upcoming research projects and achieve key academic and research objectives. Dr. Berry began her visit by presenting the Dean and faculty an updated Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities, continuing the six-year relationship that developed with Drs. Berry, Compeán Ortiz and Dr. Reséndiz González in 2010. Sigma Theta Tau … Continued

Global Perspective, Local Touch: Alum Minh Nguyen ’10 Featured by UNC School of Medicine

More than a decade ago, Minh Nguyen came to the United States as a high school exchange student. He has since followed a path to the UNC School of Nursing, a nursing position in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at UNC Medical Center’s renowned North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, and the UNC School of Medicine, where today he is training to become a physician. Please click here to read more of the terrific feature by Zach Read of the UNC School of Medicine.

Categories: Alumni, Global Health, News

Berry Receives Funding for Diabetes Study

Congratulations to Diane Berry, who with researchers from Univerisidad Autonoma de Tamuilipas School of Nursing, Tampico, Tamuilipas, México, has received grant funding from Sigma Theta Tau International to conduct a pilot study into the management of type-2 diabetes through group visit intervention. Poor glycemic control in Hispanics with type 2 diabetes leads to increased rates of macrovascular and microvascular complications. This study will test the acceptability and feasibility of a diabetes group visit intervention developed and tested in the United States by Dr. Berry, and further refine intervention materials and … Continued

Categories: Global Health, Research

Doula Course Student a Finalist to Speak at TEDxUNC

Lessons learned from Assistant Professor Rhonda Lanning’s course preparing students and volunteers to become birth doulas are the topic of Sarah McShane’s talk as she competes as one of five finalists to become a TEDxUNC 2016 Student Speaker. This year’s TEDxUNC theme is Bodies: Being Human. In her 18 minutes, Sarah will discuss the parallels between the medicalization of birth and death, and why it is important that we become more comfortable talking about them. She will draw from her experiences becoming a doula and losing her father this past year. Come … Continued

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

Harlan’s “Global Health Nursing” Wins AJN Book of the Year Award

Hearty to congratulations to Assistant Professor Chris Harlan, MA, RN, whose book Global Health Nursing: Narratives from the Field received a 2015 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. The book, published by Springer Publishing in the fall of 2014, is Professor Harlan’s first. To read more about it, see here. To learn more about the AJN’s Book of the Year Awards, see here.

Categories: Faculty, Global Health, News

Palmer a Visiting Scholar, Conference Keynote Speaker in Australia

Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, FAAN, AGSF, Helen W. and Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging traveled to Australia in November to attend the Continence Foundation of Australia’s 24th National Conference in Melbourne, where she was a keynote speaker. Dr. Palmer gave two presentations while at the conference, the first entitled “Review of past and present efforts to improve quality of life and care for older adults with UI with the emphasis on the future and our path forward” and the second entitled “Becoming wise: Listening to the needs of older adults.” … Continued

Categories: Faculty, Global Health

Doctoral Candidate Jo Awarded Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to Minjeong Jo, who has been awarded a Graduate School Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship Award for 2016. Minjeong’s dissertation will explore how family members of chronically critically ill patients perceive the quality of communication with their ICU physicians and nurses, and to examine the relationship between these perceptions and family members’ symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Minjeong’s study will be the first of its kind in her home country of Korea, and has already made great progress in recruiting hospitals. Minjeong’s dissertation is chaired by MiKyung Song. Congratulations, Minjeong, … Continued

Categories: Global Health, Students

Van Riper Receives Fulbright Specialist Grant

Congratulations to Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Chair of the Family Health Division, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant. As a participant in the Fulbright Specialist Program, Van Riper will be hosted by the University of Navarre in Pamplona Spain from mid-November to mid-December 2015, where most of her time will be spent working with faculty and students in the School of Nursing. In addition to giving lectures and seminars on genomics and family research, Van Riper will be working with faculty on a needs assessment and … Continued

UNC a Force at International Family Nursing Conference

The SON was well represented at the 12th International Family Nursing Conference held in late August in Odense Denmark. With 458 attendees from 31 nations, it was truly a global meeting of nurses engaged with family practice, research, and education. The conference program provided attendees multiple opportunities to engage and learn from one another. Kathy Knafl co-chaired the conference and was the recipient of one of the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Family Nursing Awards. Marcia Van Riper, the outgoing past president of IFNA, was a member of the conference committee and was in charge … Continued

Categories: Faculty, Global Health