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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Linda Beeber Designated American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner

Heartfelt congratulations from the entire Carolina Nursing community to Francis Hill Fox Professor, Dr. Linda Beeber, who was designated an American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner today for her model of care, Reducing Depressive Symptoms and Enhancing Parenting in Low-Income and Newly-Immigrated Mothers of Infants and Toddlers. The Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that impact cost, improve quality and enhance patient satisfaction. “The Academy is proud to designate Dr. Linda Beeber as an Edge Runner for her work to reduce maternal depressive symptoms and enhance mothering strategies for low … Continued

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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Collaboration with the Universidad Autonόma de Tamaulipas School of Nursing Leads to Mentorship and Grant Proposals

Dr. Diane Berry recently returned from another productive trip to The Universidad Autonόma de Tamaulipas School of Nursing, Tampico, Tamaulipas, México where she continues a collaboration begun in 2009 and renewed in 2016 that has strengthened the tripartite mission of research, teaching and service of both schools. Dr. Berry has worked closely with the Directora M.C.E. Dra. Del Socorro Piñones Martínez and faculty Dra. Lidia Guadalupe Ortiz Compeán, Dra. Eunice González Reséndiz, Dra. Paulina Aquilera Pérez, Dra. Hortensia Castañeda Hidalgo, Dra. Tranquilina Gutierrez Gomez, Dra. Nora González Quirarte, and Dra. … Continued

Beeber Receives Grant to Continue Carol Woods Project

The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that the Carol Woods Retirement Community, located in Chapel Hill, NC, has donated $10,000 to help fund an ongoing, collaborative project between the School and Carol Woods community aimed at improving the quality of care in long-term care settings and increasing the workforce of geriatric and long-term care nursing experts. Under the direction of Associate Professor Anna Beeber, PhD, RN, the project will provide an intraprofessional educational experience for nursing students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The goal is to … Continued

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Waters Study Finds Indoor Tanning Devices Big Financial Hit to US Health Care

From CBSNews.com: Skin cancers linked to indoor tanning are estimated to have cost the U.S. health care system hundreds of millions of dollars in 2015, a new study says. “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and its incidence is increasing, due in part to the increase in the use of tanning devices,” said study author Hugh Waters. He’s a health economist and associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing. “We know these devices have significant health and financial impacts, and with this … Continued

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Waters Discusses Costs of Obesity on Capitol Hill

Associate Professor Hugh Waters was in Washington, DC, yesterday at the invitation of the Centers for Disease Control. He was a participant in a panel discussion on the Economic Burden of Obesity: Implications for Productivity and Competitiveness at an event organized by the Obesity Care Advocacy Network.

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Yeo, Asafu-Adjei Study Published in Obesity Reviews

Congratulations to Professor SeonAe Yeo and Assistant Professor Josephine Asafu-Adjei, co-authors on the study “What Characteristics of Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions Are Key to Effectively Reducing Weight Gain in Obese and Overweight Pregnant Women? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” that will be published in an upcoming issue of Obesity Reviews. “With rigorous systematic review and meta analyses of the past ten years of randomized controlled trials around the world, we found out that obese and overweight women gained much less weight when lifestyle interventions were provided by their prenatal care providers (obstetricians … Continued

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Soltis-Jarrett Takes on State Mental Health with New Grants, Projects

The School of Nursing is excited to announce four grants and projects that, under the direction of Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, contribute to the psychiatric and mental health needs of North Carolina. Professor Soltis-Jarrett said the projects are in honor of Carol and Coleman Ross—who established the distinguished professorship Soltis-Jarrett was awarded—for their continued support of mental health nursing in North Carolina.   The projects aim to increase access to psychiatric services, engage the community with the School of Nursing’s strategies, and improve health literacy in the state in … Continued

Jenerette Receives 2017 SNRS Award for Research in Minority Health

Congratulations to Associate Professor Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, who has been selected to receive the 2017 Southern Nursing Research Society Award for Research in Minority Health for her highly esteemed work with individuals living with sickle cell. The award will be presented at the SNRS Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 24, 2017. Well done, Dr. Jenerette!