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

Sherwood Receives AJN Book of the Year Award

Congratulations to Associate Dean Gwen Sherwood PhD, RN, FAAN, who recently received second place in the Professional Issues category of the American Journal of Nursing’s 2015 Books of the Year Awards for Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of QSEN & Reflective Practice Implementation, a text she co-edited with Sara Horton-Deutsch. The book is a follow up to Dr. Sherwood’s well-regarded Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes, which likewise won an AJN Book of the Year Award in 2012.      

Anderson Co-Author on Study Published by Journal of Nursing Regulation

Associate Dean for Research, Ruth Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN, recently co-authored a study entitled “Detecting Medication Order Discrepancies in Nursing Homes: How RNs and LPNs Differ,” which was published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation. The study was funded by the National Council State Boards of Nursing and examined the extent to which RN or LPN licensure related to the detection of medication discrepancies. Click here or more about the study and its findings.

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Khairat Profiled by AMIA

Assistant Professor Saif Khairat, PhD, was recently profiled by the American Medical Informatics Association. Have a look to see why he chose to pursue the field of healthcare informatics and what he hopes to accomplish.

PhD Candidate Devane-Johnson’s Paper Discussed on International Panel

Doctoral candidate Stephanie Devane-Johnson has had her paper “Factors Related to Breastfeeding in African-American Women: Implications for a Paradigm Shift” accepted as part of a discussion panel for the 11th Annual Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference Advancing Breastfeeding Policy and Advocacy: Focus on Work and Poverty to be held in Chapel Hill in March 2016. CONGRATULATIONS, Stephanie!

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