Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship to Double

The School of Nursing is excited to announce the expansion of the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship with the help of the Ross family and their generous donation. Funding for the endowed professorship will double, with the goal being to increase funds to $1 million. The professorship is currently held by Victoria Soltis-Jarrett. Established by Carol and Coleman Ross in 2013, the fund supports psychiatric-mental health nursing to increase access to care and ensure delivery of the highest quality of that care. The Ross’ sought to fill the gaps that exist … Continued

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McCauley BSN ’71 Named 2017 SON Distinguished Alumna

The UNC SON Alumni Association recently conferred the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award on Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN (BSN ’71). McCauley is the sixth dean of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, which has risen steadily in rankings under Dr. McCauley’s leadership and is now 4th among nursing graduate programs according to U.S. News and World Report. The award commends graduates for their outstanding service in the area of nursing, either through their scholarly efforts, their promotion of health care, or their tireless service to the field of nursing. Dr. … Continued

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Patricia D. Horoho to Speak at SON Commencement, Receive UNC Doctor of Laws

The UNC School of Nursing is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for 2017’s spring commencement will be Retired Army Lieutenant General and SON alumna Patricia D. Horoho. Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center on Chapel Hill’s campus. Horoho will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University during the full campus ceremony on Sunday. In December 2015 Lieutenant General (Retired) Patricia D. Horoho completed her 4 year tour of duty as the first female and … Continued

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Four from SON Honored at Chancellor’s Awards

Congratulations to Emma McFarlane, Jennifer Nance, Sroda Porter, and Elizabeth Slater, our Chancellor’s Award winners for 2017! The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Chancellor Folt on April 18. This year’s James M. Johnston Distinguished Senior Award for Nursing went to Emma McFarlane. This award, established in 1975, recognizes the senior student in the Johnston Nursing Awards Program who is most deserving of recognition for outstanding academic achievement and for leadership contributions in the School of Nursing and the James M. Johnston Awards Program. A monetary prize is given … Continued

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Alum de la Guerra Supports SON Military Initiatives with Scholar Award

Rizza de la Guerra’s grandfather was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. Her husband Karl served in the Air Force for ten years. And so it’s with this service in mind that Rizza and Karl decided to give back to veterans by creating The Karl L. and Rizza H. de la Guerra Veteran Health Scholar Fund. Rizza graduated from the School of Nursing with a BSN in 1986. Now, she sits on the School’s Foundation Board of Directors, and chairs the Board’s Corporate and Foundation Relations Committee. Her … Continued

Kitzmiller Awarded TRACS KL2 Scholar Funding

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Rebecca Kitzmiller who was awarded a position in the NC TraCS KL2 program. As a KL2 scholar, Dr. Kitzmiller will advance her knowledge and skills in data science, statistics and machine learning while conducting research to develop an improved method for the early detection of sepsis using continuously streaming physiologic data.  During this 2-year project, entitled “Continuous Analysis of Streaming Physiologic Data for Early Identification of Patient Risk” she will collaborate closely with primary mentor, Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD of the UNC Renaissance Computing Institute, Co-mentor J. … Continued

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Kayama visit finalizes relationship with St. Luke’s International University

Dr. Mami Kayama, Chairperson and Professor of the Graduate School of Nursing at St. Luke’s International University in Tokyo, Japan, will be visiting the UNC School of Nursing April 25th through 26th. She will give a presentation titled “Process and Prospects” about the DNP program St. Luke’s is working on establishing. Their DNP program is the first in Japan, and School of Nursing Professor SeonAe Yeo is leading the effort in its launch. Dr. Kayama’s visit will further the relationship between St. Luke’s and the School of Nursing, whose formal cooperation began last fall … Continued

The Nursing Pioneer

In honor of Women’s History Month, UNC Research chose to highlight Elizabeth L. Kemble, founding dean of the UNC School of Nursing, for its Time+Tenacity series. After becoming dean in 1950, she recruited faculty, oversaw construction of a building and dormitories, and even handpicked the first class of students. She spent the next 18 years dedicating her life to this school, making it the first in the state to offer a bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD in nursing. Click here to continue reading the article by Alyssa LaFaro.

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Soltis-Jarrett Receives Award, Opens ISPN Conference

Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP, served as the opening speaker at the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Annual Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference on Tuesday, March 7 in Baltimore, Maryland — an honor she received as the 2017 Susan McCabe Lectureship Award recipient. The McCabe Lectureship is given to individuals to present topics that have enriched and advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing scholarship through practice, education or research. Her keynote topic was “Psychopharmacology and Somatization: Finding Health in Illness.” Congratulations, Victoria!

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SON Loses Patron and Friend Helen Umphlet

The School of Nursing mourns the loss of one of its dearest friends and patrons, Helen Umphlet, who passed away on February 28. Mrs. Umphlet created the Helen Watkins and Thomas Leonard Umphlet Distinguished Professorship in 1999, which brought Dr. Mary H. Palmer to the School in 2001. The professorship celebrates her physician husband, Dr. Tom Umphlet, and his great esteem for the nurses who worked with him throughout his career in internal medicine. Mrs. Umphlet stayed involved in the life of the school as often as she was able, and … Continued

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