SON Loses Dear Friend and Partner in Wayne Long, CEO of Well Care

Carolina Nursing suffered a heartbreaking loss over the weekend with the sudden passing of Wayne Long, CEO of Well Care Home Health and long-time volunteer and visionary leader on the UNC School of Nursing Foundation Board of Directors. The School of Nursing was the beneficiary of Wayne’s entrepreneurial vision on many fronts, not the least of which is the innovative Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars Program that was established through his company in 2016 and welcomed its first scholar this fall. “Wayne was an amazing mentor, leader, and colleague,” said Dr. Meg … Continued

Nwadigo Receives SAMHSA Funding

Congratulations to Roseline Nwadigo, a master’s student in our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, who received the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Minority Fellowship Program-Youth Award for the 2017-2018 academic year! The Minority Fellowship Program aims to reduce health disparities among underserved populations, and rewards minority students interested in becoming behavioral health practitioners. Great work, Roseline!

Categories: Awards, Service, Students

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

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

Beeber Elected to American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors

Hats off to Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Term Professor Linda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, who was recently elected President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Dr. Beeber’s term on the ten-member board will begin at the close of the APNA 30th Annual Conference, October 19-22, in Hartford, Connecticut. She joins three other new board members and three nominating committee members in this year’s elected class. “We are thrilled and honored to welcome these nursing leaders to the APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee,” says APNA President … Continued

Webb Appointed to Provost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life at UNC

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Judith Webb, DNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN, who was appointed to the Provost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life at UNC Chapel Hill last week. The Committee on LGBTQ Life keeps watch over the campus climate for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty and reports and makes recommendations regarding experiences of or concerns about harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. “Today’s political climate has heightened the concerns of students, staff and faculty who identify as LGBTQ and their allies,” said Webb of her appointment to the committee. “This … Continued

Nance-Floyd a Fulbright Specialist

Sincere congratulations to Betty Nance-Floyd PhD, RN, CNE, CNL, assistant professor and director of the Center for Lifelong Learning, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in education at Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi. “As a Fulbrighter, you will be joining the ranks of distinguished scholars and professionals worldwide who are leaders in the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of their countries,” said her award letter from the Institute of International Education. Dr. Nance-Floyd will travel to Malawi from August 6-20th to provide faculty development for the University of Malawi, … Continued

Yeo, SON Help Develop DNP Program in Japan

Professor SeonAe Yeo is recently returned from two weeks in Tokyo, Japan where she worked with faculty at the premier nursing school of St. Luke’s International University to assist it in its effort to start the first DNP program in Japan. With the support of Interim Dean Donna Havens, Interim Director of Graduation Practice Programs Jennifer D’Auria, and Associate Dean for Global Initiatives Gwen Sherwood, and following two weeks of intensive meetings and discussions, Yeo helped equip the St. Luke’s program with goals, objectives, terminal objectives, curriculums and its fit to the infrastructure of … Continued

Jenerette Named Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar

Congratulations to Associate Professor Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, CNE, who was recently named a member of the sixth class of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) program brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Dr. Jenerette will use her time as a FES to expand her commitment to those suffering from sickle cell disease (SCD) by working with community partners in Durham and Wake counties to … Continued

Mayer Speaks Before VP Biden at Annual ASCO Meeting

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Mayer, who kept good company at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago earlier this month, where a press panel on Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative was held. As a member of the Blue Ribbon panel of national experts guiding the Moonshot, Mayer addressed reporters at a press conference in advance of a speech given by Vice President Biden. There, she expressed confidence in the potential of both the Cancer Moonshot and its blue ribbon panel. “I’m sort of a skeptic at heart, but I can say that having participated in the Blue … Continued