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

SON Welcomes Visiting Students from Mexico’s Autonomous University

The School of Nursing is delighted to welcome Sergio Eduardo Matíenzo Torres and Beatriz Medellín Cabrera, nursing students visiting from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas School of Nursing in Tampico, Mexico. Their visit is the first in an exchange program developed between the two schools of nursing, and is the product of many years’ collaboration between UNC’s Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Christina Harlan, RN, BSN, MA, and Associate Dean for Global Affairs, Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN and Lidia Guadalupe Compeán Ortiz, DCE, Eunice Reséndiz González, DCE, Paulina … Continued

Improving Diabetes Management in Mexico and the United States

Five years ago, Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, first connected with Lidia G. Compeán Ortiz, PhD, of the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas School of Nursing in Tampico, Mexico through email. Dr. Compeán was introduced to Dr. Berry by Associate Dean for Strategic and Global Initiatives Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, in the hopes the two of them might strike up a research collaboration through their shared interests in health care related to type 2 diabetes management and prevention. Now, along with co-investigator Paulina Aguilera Pérez, MSN, they are working … Continued

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

SON to Host “Ebola: Will FACTS or FEAR Determine Our Future?”

Ebola: Will FACTS or FEAR Determine Our FUTURE? 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM G200 Genome Science Building Join a community of Health Affairs students, faculty, staff, health care providers, and community partners as we learn together about Ebola. This informative evening will include: Welcoming remarks from Dr. Mary Tonges, Senior VP and Chief Nursing Officer for UNC Health Care Perspectives from Dr. William Fischer II, Assistant Professor of Medicine, who has had boots on the ground caring for Ebola patients in Liberia A discussion of the interprofessional simulation that is … Continued

Nurses Tell Their Global Stories in a New Book Edited by Chris Harlan

Today, Springer Publishing released Global Health Nursing: Narratives From the Field, a book on global nursing edited by clinical assistant professor Chris Harlan. The book is Ms. Harlan’s first. “My dream for many years was to write a global health nursing book,” said Ms. Harlan. “I didn’t want it to be a textbook. I wanted it to be a collection of narratives.” Ms. Harlan, MA, RN, brought together 23 nurses who traveled to locations as remote as the jungles of Indonesia or as accessible as Boston, MA to share the challenges … Continued

Associate Dean Gwen Sherwood Receives Prestigious International Health Award

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, was selected to receive a Special Award for Outstanding Health Professional Educators by a committee representing the Prince Mahidol Award Conference. She was one of seven international educators chosen for the award and the only nurse. Selection criteria for the award called for visionary leaders who have successfully implemented innovative teaching techniques that are “part of an evidence-base for producing quality health personnel.” Dr. Sherwood was chosen for the award because of her internationally acclaimed effort to transform education in … Continued

Jinbing Bai Appears in Global Heels

Jinbing Bai appeared this week in Global Heels, a series produced by UNC Global. Mr. Bai is a doctoral student in nursing who came from China to study at the School of Nursing. In the interview, Mr. Bai talked about how he chose to study at the SON because of the School’s reputation for high-quality research. “UNC-Chapel Hill has one of the premier nursing schools in the States and has very talented and insightful professors in nursing research,” he said. “I really appreciate the opportunity I have to work with … Continued

Visiting Researcher Provides International Perspective on Nursing Work Environments

A cultural exchange between the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing at King’s College London brought nurse researcher Jill Maben, PhD, MSc, to campus in December. Dr. Maben, who is chair of nursing research and director of the National Nursing Research Unit at King’s, presented her findings to nursing faculty and students about the connections between staff well-being and patients’ health-care experiences. Dr. Maben began her talk by describing a scandal that erupted at a hospital in … Continued