Berry Continues Work with Autónoma de Tamaulipas SON

In early May 2016, the faculty of the School of Nursing at Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Tampico, México, received Dr. Diane Berry, Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, United States, to plan upcoming research projects and achieve key academic and research objectives. Dr. Berry began her visit by presenting the Dean and faculty an updated Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities, continuing the six-year relationship that developed with Drs. Berry, Compeán Ortiz and Dr. Reséndiz González in 2010. Sigma Theta Tau … Continued

Beeber Receives NIH Funding

Kudos to Professor Linda Beeber, PhD, RN, who recently received funding for her study “Enhancing Communication between Children in Early Intervention and their Depressed Mothers” from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Beeber will serve as lead principal investigator on a team with Anne Wheeler of the Research Triangle Institute as principal investigator. Co-investigators include the SON’s George Knafl and Julee Waldrop, as well as Dore LaForett of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. Marcia Mandel of the Raleigh Children’s Developmental Services Agency, Maria … Continued

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Hodges Receives NIH Funding

Congratulations to Associate Professor and Director of the Biobehavioral Lab, Eric Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC, who recently received funding for his study “Enhancing Caregiver-Infant Communication to Prevent Obesity” from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hodges will serve as principal investigator on a team with Cathi Propper, Center for Developmental Science, as co-investigator and Todd Schwartz as Statistician. The study, which will run through March 2018, is designed to test a novel intervention to help parents and preverbal infants better understand one another during … Continued

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Santos Receives NC TraCS Funding

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Hudson Santos, PhD, RN who recently received word that his study “Postpartum Depressive Symptoms in Latinas: Associations with Oxytocin Function and Stressors” was chosen for NC TraCS funding. Well done, Dr. Santos!  

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SON Hosts Tribute to, Establishes Fund to Honor Elizabeth Tornquist

Gray skies and chilly spring temperatures gave way to warm sunshine just in time for the SON’s celebration of Elizabeth Tornquist—”ET” to all who knew her here—on Tuesday night. A crowd of current and former faculty and staff, alumni, Tornquist family and friends gathered in Fox Auditorium to pay tribute to the life and work that affected so many so positively. An editor of uncanny insight and skill, Tornquist mentored SON faculty, indeed nursing faculty the world over, to unprecedented success in grant funding and publication. “Nursing was her special cause — and thanks God … Continued

Yeo Article Published in Journal of Women’s Health

Congratulations to SeonAe Yeo, RNC, PhD, FAAN, whose article “Adequacy of Prenatal Care and Gestational Weight Gain” was published in the February issue of the Journal of Women’s Health. The article, which Yeo co-authored with Jamie L. Crandell and Kathleen Jones-Vessey, examined how prenatal care is associated with meeting the 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines for gestational weight gain. Their research found that while prenatal care proved effective for preventing insufficient weight gain regardless of prepregnancy body size, educational background, and racial/ethnic group, there were no indications that adequate prenatal care … Continued

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SON Receives Prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Grant to Prepare PhD Nurses

Sizeable matching private donations from School alumna Carolyn London BSN ’56 and the Carl Swisher Foundation help bring grant to North Carolina. The UNC School of Nursing is one of only 32 schools of nursing nationwide to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program will provide financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years. The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to … Continued

Berry Receives Funding for Diabetes Study

Congratulations to Diane Berry, who with researchers from Univerisidad Autonoma de Tamuilipas School of Nursing, Tampico, Tamuilipas, México, has received grant funding from Sigma Theta Tau International to conduct a pilot study into the management of type-2 diabetes through group visit intervention. Poor glycemic control in Hispanics with type 2 diabetes leads to increased rates of macrovascular and microvascular complications. This study will test the acceptability and feasibility of a diabetes group visit intervention developed and tested in the United States by Dr. Berry, and further refine intervention materials and … Continued

Categories: Global Health, Research

SON Community Mourns Loss of Elizabeth Tornquist, Revered Editor, Mentor, Friend

Hearts are heavy in the UNC School of Nursing community as we mourn the loss over the weekend of Elizabeth Tornquist, a profoundly respected editor, colleague and mentor, and a beloved friend to many who have studied and worked in Carrington Hall. Elizabeth passed away unexpectedly on Saturday. For thirty years, Elizabeth M. Tornquist, MA, FAAN, was Editor in Residence for the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Though not a nurse herself, she quickly developed a reputation as an editor of remarkable insight, intelligence and compassion, gaining her the … Continued

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Van Riper Interviewed by University of Navarre School of Nursing

Late in 2015, Marcia Van Riper PhD, RN, FAAN was hosted by the University of Navarre School of Nursing in Pamplona Spain as a participant in the Fulbright Specialist Program. While there, they conducted the following thoughtful interview. We publish it here with their permission. We would be more efficient and provide higher quality care if we took the time to listen to our patients and their families so we could understand what is most important to them. —Professor and Nurse Marcia Van Riper (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) visited … Continued