Two UNC nursing students were recently recognized for their dedication and excellent academic performance in the Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony.
Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, is the recipient of the 2015 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes her outstanding contributions as an oncology nurse researcher, mentor, and educator as well as her service to ONS and the community at large.
Carol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, has been invited by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to join an eight member task force that will develop simulation guidelines for state boards of nursing in response to the NCSBN Simulation Study.
Third-year UNC nursing doctoral student Nakia Best is among a select group of only 16 students nationwide to receive the honor of a 2015 Macy’s Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship. The scholarship, awarded by Macy’s Multicultural Fund in partnership with the American Heart Association, supports minority students pursuing degrees in the health care profession.
A team of four UNC students from different health care-related fields has won the 2015 CLARION National Case Competition, a student competition focused on improving health care through interprofessional collaboration. The victory is especially significant given that this is only the second year that UNC has been represented at the national competition, which has been held annually since 2005.
Associate professor Eric Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC, has been appointed the new director of the UNC School of Nursing Biobehavioral Lab (BBL). His program of research centers on early parent-child feeding interactions, and much of his work has involved observational studies conducted in the BBL.
Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was part of a panel of cancer experts and survivors featured on the UNC-TV special Cancer: Focus of Life. The hour-long show will air at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.
“Cancer has exceeded heart disease as the leading cause of death in the state,” said Dr. Mayer, professor at the School of Nursing and director of cancer survivorship at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The UNC-TV show on cancer provided an opportunity to share important knowledge, research progress, and stories of hope and survival with the people of North Carolina.”
Dr. Debra Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAANA, was quoted in a New York Times article about a new JAMA study revealing pay gaps between male and female RNs.
On March 23, Dr. Rumay Alexander, clinical professor and director of multicultural affairs in the School of Nursing, received the faculty award at the seventh annual Diversity Awards, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at UNC Chapel Hill. The Diversity Awards recognize significant contributions to the enhancement, support, and furtherance of diversity on the Carolina campus and in the community.
The UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing placed 17th in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School Master’s Program rankings, which for the first time are based on statistical data rather than the peer assessment ratings used in the past.