LeVine Wellness Spot Opens at SON

Melissa LeVine and Gail Johnson in the LeVine Wellness Spot School of Nursing employees now have a dedicated room in which to exercise and learn healthy habits. The LeVine Wellness Spot on the third floor of Carrington Hall officially opened with a kick-off luncheon and ribbon cutting on January 4. Gail Johnson, an administrative support associate in the Family Health Faculty Division, had the idea for the Wellness Spot and was able to bring her idea to fruition thanks to funds that remained from a gift to the SON from … Continued

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Thirty-three Years Later: The Martha Holt Windham BSN`77 Memorial Scholarship

We recently visited JR and Eleanor Holt at their home in a rural hamlet a few miles outside of Sanford, NC. It has been thirty-three years since their twenty-three year old daughter Martha was killed in an automobile crash on her way to visit them one Sunday afternoon. It was just before she was about to begin her MSN program. Martha wanted to become a nurse practitioner. Family, friends and community where shocked and heartbroken. They came together and with a modest amount of funds, established a memorial scholarship to … Continued

Professor Oermann’s Nursing Study Points to Changing the Way We Teach CPR

National League for Nursing: The chances for patient survival are improved with immediate and high quality CPR, making it an especially important skill for nurses, who are often the first responders to cardiac arrests in hospitals. With a finding of quick deterioration of this critical skill for nurses, the study has major implications for how we teach all skills. Results provide evidence for how we can help nursing students and other health providers maintain their basic life support skills. New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2010 The chances for patient … Continued

SON Graduates 33 Students Plus Recognizes Achievements, Contributions

Thank you to everyone who attended graduation on Saturday, July 22, 2010 at Gerrard Hall. Thirty-three graduates participated in the ceremony that Dean Swanson presided over. The Dean shared some wonderful stories and Dr. Theresa Rafael-Grimm gave an inspiring speech as faculty speaker. The class awarded Lisa Woodley with the Excellence in Education Award and staff Robin Fultz and Scott Berrier received Special Recognition Awards. Student Award recipients were Judith Hunt for the Livas Award and Amanda Ferguson as the Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding BSN Award. A special thanks to … Continued

Rumay Alexander Receives AONE Prism Award

Chicago, IL (February 26, 2010) —The AONE Institute, an activity of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and a 501(c)(3) unit of the Health Research and Educational Trust, has announced the recipients of its 2010 recognition awards, which highlight AONE members and an AONE chapter who have demonstrated the “best of the best” in leadership practice, and whose work sets an example for every nurse leader. The recipients, to be honored during the AONE 43rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, April 9-13, 2010 in Indianapolis, IN, are: http://www.aone.org/aone/about/2010PressReleases/022610.html Prism Award … Continued

Examining Social Determinants of Health: A Student Project

by Colette Allen, SON student, published in “Insight Out” http://bios.unc.edu/~ebutter/IOspring10.pdf “If all of us are going to be healthy, everyone has to have a chance to be healthy…” These were the simple but wise words of one resident interviewed as part of the 2009 North Carolina Community Health Survey (CHS). Students and faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Schools of Nursing, Public Health, Social Work and the Division of Physical Therapy led the CHS alongside staff from the Guilford County Department of Public Health (GCDPH). We … Continued

Health Professions Faculty Gather to Discuss Patient Safety in Telluride, CO

Assoc. Dean Gwen Sherwood (c) with SON students Faculty leaders in patient safety gathered in July for the annual scientific roundtable on patient safety as part of Colorado’s Telluride Science Institute. Associate Dean Gwen Sherwood has been the nurse educator representative in this group for the past six years. This year, sponsored by a grant from AHRQ, 18 health professions students (nursing, medicine, law, health care administration and informatics) participated to co-create a health professions curriculum on open communication with patients and their families as part of providing quality safe … Continued

Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya Receive SON Student Volunteers

Greetings,  We are five nursing students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Lauren Wordsworth, Sarah Johnson, Taylor Hensel, Bilach Diba, and Natalie Watanasiriroch. We worked at Reach-Out Orphans and Vulnerable Children for two weeks as part of our global health externship. So far we have assisted in two free health clinics to the Reach-Out community and its surrounding areas, one in West Kochieng and the other in East Kochieng. Both of the clinics were very successful and had an exceptional turnout of 350 and 400 respectively. We … Continued

Susy Koruth Becomes First SON Clinical Nurse Leader Certified Graduate

Clinical Assistant Professor Meg Zomorodi, RN, CNL, PhD, tells us that we have our first Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certified graduate—Susy Koruth. Susy sat for and passed the CNL certification exam — TODAY!! She not only passed the CNL exam but her scores were incredibly high, especially on the simulation/decision-making section. Zomorodi teaches the two required CNL courses, “Evidence Based Care for Clinical Nurse Leaders Part I and II. She is very proud of Susy and the work that she has put into this program and looks forward tracking her … Continued

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Help Fill NC Emergency Department Shortages

Wake County, NC National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Report: Long waits and severe problems in our Emergency Departments Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing (SON) will be able to fill the some of the need to assist in caring for the overflow of psychiatric patients in North Carolina (NC) Emergency Rooms in the next few months. With the decrease in psychiatrists across NC and limited state hospital beds, the overflow of severe and persistently mentally ill … Continued