SON in the News: Debra Barksdale

Dr. Debra Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAANA, was quoted in a New York Times article about a new JAMA study revealing pay gaps between male and female RNs. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAANA, is the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the School of Nursing. She told the New York Times, “We now have pretty compelling evidence that there are pay inequalities between men and women in nursing over the past 25 years.” The article, which points out that male nurses make $5,100 … Continued

Donna Havens named third most influential nursing dean

Interim Dean Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named the third most influential dean of nursing in the United States by the Mometrix Test Preparation blog. Nursing deans were ranked using a points system based on a wide variety of data, including awards, ‘Top 10’ rankings, NIH funding, NCLEX passing percentage, and much more. Here’s what was written about Dr. Havens: Dr. Donna S. Havens may be an interim Dean at UNC, but that hasn’t kept her from having an impact on the nursing community. Dr. Havens developed the … Continued

SON in the News: Jessica Zègre-Hemsey

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlighted research done by assistant professor Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN, and her colleagues at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) on their blog, Human Capital. The study, led by Dr. Barbara J. Drew, PhD, RN, from UCSF, examined the problem of “alarm fatigue” in which health care providers miss or ignore alarms because too many of them are false or non-actionable. The researchers found more than 2.5 million alarms were triggered on bedside monitors in a single month– the first figure derived from a real-world … Continued

SON in the News–Rumay Alexander

This is a picture of Dr. Rumay Alexander

A recent two-part series on workplace inclusion featured Dr. G. Rumay Alexander, clinical professor and director of the SON Office of Multicultural Affairs. Published by MinorityNurse.com, the first part of the series focused on defining inclusion and exploring what inclusion means to different people. “You have to define terms and explore it and explain it a little more carefully,” Dr. Alexander told MinorityNurse. “A prime example is that people talk about respect. The fact of the matter is that ten different people have ten different definitions of respect.” In the second … Continued

SON in the News: Donna Havens

Interim Dean and Professor Donna S. Havens is one of 25 Maryland nursing alumni chosen from all 125 years of the school’s history to receive an inaugural Visionary Pioneer Award.A story about her award was featured as a Campus Update on the front page of unc.edu. Dr. Havens was selected for the award based on her distinctive service to the field of nursing and health care. Her career has included leadership positions in nursing practice, academia, health administration, and research. Her efforts to shape practice for the better have been focued on … Continued

SON in the News: EISLE Hosts Middle Schoolers

Right before Halloween, around 130 middle schoolers took part in Tar Heel Preview Day, an initiative by UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs meant to introduce minority male students to college life. The students had a chance to listen to heartbeats and take pulses during a tour of the SON patient simulation lab run by the Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE) department. You can see photos and read an article about the students’ tour at the University Gazette and on unc.edu.

SON in the News: Louise Fleming Appears on WNCN

SON doctoral student and teaching fellow Louise Fleming, RN, appeared in a story at the top of the hour during the 11:00 PM broadcast of WNCN News on October 18. With Ebola drawing national attention to workplace safety for nurses, Ms. Fleming discussed candidly how nurses take similar risks to care for their patients almost every day. “We’re seeing right now with Ebola as it has reared its head and it’s in the public eye, maybe some of those risks nurses have been taking will become more transparent,” she said. … Continued

Leslie Sharpe Featured on WUNC’s The State of Things

On Monday March 6, clinical instructor Leslie Sharpe, FNP, participated in a special roundtable discussion for National Nurses Week on WUNC’s The State of Things. The conversation between host Frank Stasio and colleagues Ann King, from Wayne Memorial Hospital, and Erica Saunders, UNC Physicians Network, revolved around the rewards and challenges of nursing. Ms. Sharpe shared stories from her time serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She spoke about how as a newer nurse she came to realize that families often need just as much treatment and guidance as the patient … Continued

Leslie Sharpe Featured on WUNC’s The State of Things

On Monday March 6, clinical instructor Leslie Sharpe, FNP, participated in a special roundtable discussion for National Nurses Week on WUNC’s The State of Things. The conversation between host Frank Stasio and colleagues Ann King, from Wayne Memorial Hospital, and Erica Saunders, UNC Physicians Network, revolved around the rewards and challenges of nursing. Ms. Sharpe shared stories from her time serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She spoke about how as a newer nurse she came to realize that families often need just as much treatment and guidance as the patient … Continued

Megan Williams Calls Attention to NC Nursing Shortage on UNC-TV

This week UNC-TV aired a segment on the nursing shortage in North Carolina that featured an interview with clinical assistant professor Megan Williams, MSN, RN, FNP. Mrs. Williams, who is also President of the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA), explained that North Carolina is experiencing a shortage due to a combination of registered nurses approaching retirement age and a lack of faculty to train the next generation. “There are over 120,000 registered nurses in North Carolina; but in North Carolina alone, 1 in 5 registered nurses are over the age of 55” … Continued