UNC Offers New Online Primary Care RN Certificate

The UNC School of Nursing, in collaboration with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers and the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, has rolled out the Primary Care RN Certificate, an online course that will educate registered nurses to work in a primary care or ambulatory care setting. The course is self-paced, internet-based, and will reward 50 contact hours to those who complete it. Mary Schuler, RN, MSN, EDD, CNE, oversaw all aspects of the course’s creation. She designed the curriculum and created course materials, both written … Continued

Hubbell, Waters Present at NCNA DNP Symposium

Last week, Assistant Professor Sara Hubbell and DNP student Elizabeth Waters presented at the North Carolina Nurses Association’s DNP Symposium held in Greensboro. Dr. Hubbell presented on Spiritual Care for Inpatient Nurses, while Waters presented on Antibiotic Stewardship in the Pediatric ER. The conference was held by the NCNA’s DNP Council, which is chaired by Associate Professor Jean Davison.

First SON-Managed Faculty Practice Opens in Hillsborough

Last week saw the opening of the first UNC School of Nursing-managed faculty practice in the state. The Carolina Community Clinic opened its doors on Tuesday, November 7 in Hillsborough, N.C., and is the result of a collaboration between UNC Family Medicine, the UNC School of Nursing, and Hillsborough Pharmacy and Nutrition. The Carolina Community Clinic serves as a pilot for embedding School of Nursing faculty nurse practitioners in practices established within independent pharmacies across the state. The aim is to improve access to care, assist with transitions in care, and better fulfill the University’s mission to serve the needs … Continued

Palmer Elected Chair of CAPN

Congratulations to Carrie Palmer, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CDE, who was elected Chair of the Commission on Advanced Practice Nursing! As chair, Carrie will also serve on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Nurses Association. Way to go, Carrie, and thank you to all who voted for her!

ABSN Students Begin New Peri-Operative Track

This week marked the start of a new pilot peri-operative track designed to highlight the importance of operating room nursing and show patient progression from pre-op to discharge for students in N591 (Nursing Care of Adults with Major Health Problems II). ABSN students Aimee Podraza, KaRae’ Carey, and Allison Schmidt (all pictured) will spend approximately twenty shifts through four areas associated with the operating room which include pre-operative services, the operating room, the post-anesthesia care unit, and a surgical floor at UNC Hillsborough. They will also have the opportunity to shadow a CRNA. This … Continued

Categories: Practice, Students, Teaching

Soltis-Jarrett Awarded $1.1M from HRSA to Advance Mental Health Nursing in NC’s Rural Areas

With $1.1 million in new funding from the Human Resources and Services Administration, Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett and the UNC School of Nursing will help meet the pressing psychiatric-mental health needs of rural and underserved populations of North Carolina. The funding will be used to partner with Goshen Medical Center, North Carolina’s largest rural Federally Qualified Health Center, to educate 12 new primary care nurse practitioners (NP) to implement integrated (mind/body) health care for patients in NC’s rural and underserved counties. “An exciting outcome of this new project is that it will … Continued

UNCSON and Well Care Home Health Join to Create Unique Education-Practice Partnership

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing teams up with leading home health provider to establish the Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars Program—a program funded through gifts to the UNC School of Nursing Foundation to prepare nurse leaders for the home health industry. In August 2016, the UNC School of Nursing will introduce the Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars Program, the result of an innovative new partnership with North Carolina-based Well Care Home Health, a leader in health care for in-home post-acute patients. Funded … Continued

Cockroft Featured as Tar Heel of the Week

Assistant Professor Marianne Cockroft was featured as this week’s Tar Heel of the Week in the Raleigh News and Observer for her work with the medically underserved populations of Western Wake County. Check out the wonderful article here!

Delivering Care Where It’s Needed Most

The men and women who come to Dorcas Ministries are in need. In need of a meal, in need of counseling, in need of secure housing. In need of care. Continue reading the unc.edu Spotlight story on the School of Nursing’s new mobile health care clinic.

Categories: News, Outreach, Practice, Service

Lanning, SON Students Partner with Doulas for Hands-On Education and Service

Assistant Professor Rhonda Lanning RN, MSN, CNM, IBCLC was recently highlighted in a story released by the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for developing a unique model of education and care. Lanning, who runs the Birth Partners volunteer doula program at UNC Hospitals, offers the APPLES service-learning course “Supporting the Childbearing Family” that brings together volunteer doulas and students for an immersive, hands-on educational experience. Please read more about Lanning’s innovative approach and the School of Nursing students who are participating here.