American Health Council Ranks SON 4th Among US Schools of Nursing

The American Health Council, a nationwide collective of health leaders and innovators, announced their rankings of the nation’s best nursing schools yesterday, and Carolina Nursing ranked 4th. Congrats to all! To see the full rankings, please click here. 4.     UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL According to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has been ranked 1st among the 100 best U.S. public colleges facilitating premium academics at an affordable price. With a reputation of excellence spanning three centuries, The University of North … Continued

Giscombe on Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Miscarriage in the Washington Post

LeVine Family Professor Cheryl Giscombé shared center stage with no less than Beyoncé this week in the pages of The Washington Post. Discussing Beyonce’s recently released visual album, “Lemonade,” in which the star addresses her grief over the miscarriage of a child, Giscombe expresses hope that it will open avenues for more women to share their experience of this common but little remarked upon loss. “Beyoncé has the image of embodying the fullness of a woman,” Woods-Giscombé said. “She’s celebrated. She’s acclaimed. Her sharing her experience with others can allow and … 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!

Mayer and Dunn Named 2016 TBJ Health Care Heroes

Our sincere congratulations to Professor Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN and adjunct faculty member Mary Dunn, RN, MSN, OCN, NP-C who were named 2016 Health Care Heroes by today’s Triangle Business Journal. They will be honored at an awards dinner on March 17.  “These awards were created to recognize the many people who have put innovation and compassion to work to improve the human condition,” said Bryan Hamilton, publisher of TBJ. “The winners exemplify what it means to be heroes. Whether serving those in need or striving for innovation, these heroes do whatever … Continued

Alexander Featured for New Role at UNC

Professor Rumay Alexander PhD, RN, FAAN was profiled on the home page of www.unc.edu this week for her new role as special assistant to the Chancellor. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the article, be sure to take a moment to do so!

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.

Durham’s Harrowing Fight with Septic Shock Featured

Durham with her husband, Stephen

Durham’s Harrowing Fight with Septic Shock Featured Friends asked how she felt about having former students as her caregivers. “I was relieved and happy when I looked up and saw familiar faces,” she says. “There was no better nurse for me because I know how they were trained, I know they had an excellent education, and UNC nurses are amazing.” —an excerpt from an excellent feature on the story of Carol Durham’s frightening bout with sepsis and her engagement in the care she received from the nurses and physicians at UNC. Carol’s story, … Continued

SON in the News: Chapel Hill’s First Nightingales

Former nursing classmates, Chapel Hill’s First Nightingales, compiled stories from their college days and medical career milestones into a book, “Ahead of Our Time.” These women were graduates of the state’s first four-year bachelor of science nursing program at UNC-Chapel Hill. This was the program’s first female freshman class in 1951. Among the 27 female students were two Morganton High School graduates, Bette Leon Davis and Arlene Morgan Thurstone (class of 1951) and two future brides of Morganton men: Janet Merritt Littlejohn, who married Bill (MHS class of 1950) and … Continued

Hillman Scholar Gillian Litynski featured in University Gazette

Nursing undergraduate Gillian Litynski was featured in the University Gazette article ‘Take the hit and recover later.’ Litynski is the first-ever ACC women’s saber champion, and is in the Hillman Scholar for Nursing Innovation Program in the School of Nursing. The story discusses how Litynski discovered fencing, and how she has learned to deal with dyslexia since discovering she had the learning disorder in the third grade. When difficulties arise, Litynski says that she takes the hit and recovers later. As a Hillman Scholar, she is pursuing research interests in the health care work force, how … Continued

UNC-TV cancer special featuring Deborah Mayer airs April 1

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was part of a panel of cancer experts and survivors featured on the UNC-TV special Cancer: Focus of Life. The hour-long show will air at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. “Cancer has exceeded heart disease as the leading cause of death in the state,” said Dr. Mayer, professor at the School of Nursing and director of cancer survivorship at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The UNC-TV show on cancer provided an opportunity to share important knowledge, research progress, and stories of hope … Continued