SON Organizations Host 3rd Annual Mentor Mixer

The Third Annual Student and Alumni Mentor Mixer was held on Saturday, February 6 at Carrington Hall. Twenty-eight alumni and 80 students were in attendance. The alumni brought knowledge from UNC Healthcare, Duke, the VA and more in specialties as diverse as oncology, education, psych mental health and public health. Interim Dean Donna Havens offered words of welcome followed by comments from Dr. Bev Foster and Kathy Moore. Students and alumni then broke off into smaller discussion groups based on areas of interest to allow time for networking and focused question and answer sessions. The mixer … Continued

Categories: Alumni, Students

You’re Invited: Alumni and Student Mentor Mixer

Become a Mentor The School of Nursing Office of Alumni Affairs and the SON Undergraduate Student Governance Council invite you to take part in the Second Annual Alumni and Student Mentor Mixer on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Carrington Hall at 10:00AM. This event is part of the Council’s “Get Hired” series, which focuses on transitioning students to professional careers. All alumni and students are invited to sign up to be mentors or mentees! The mixer will be a time of networking, giving the students the opportunity to meet SON … Continued

Categories: Alumni, Events, Students

Doula Course Student a Finalist to Speak at TEDxUNC

Lessons learned from Assistant Professor Rhonda Lanning’s course preparing students and volunteers to become birth doulas are the topic of Sarah McShane’s talk as she competes as one of five finalists to become a TEDxUNC 2016 Student Speaker. This year’s TEDxUNC theme is Bodies: Being Human. In her 18 minutes, Sarah will discuss the parallels between the medicalization of birth and death, and why it is important that we become more comfortable talking about them. She will draw from her experiences becoming a doula and losing her father this past year. Come … Continued

Lanning, SON Students Partner with Doulas for Hands-On Education and Service

Assistant Professor Rhonda Lanning RN, MSN, CNM, IBCLC was recently highlighted in a story released by the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for developing a unique model of education and care. Lanning, who runs the Birth Partners volunteer doula program at UNC Hospitals, offers the APPLES service-learning course “Supporting the Childbearing Family” that brings together volunteer doulas and students for an immersive, hands-on educational experience. Please read more about Lanning’s innovative approach and the School of Nursing students who are participating here.

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!

Categories: Research, Students

Doctoral Candidate Bai to Present at ONS Congress

Congratulations to Jinbing Bai, who has been informed that his “Reliability of the Parent Caring Response Scoring System (P-CaReSS) for Children During Cancer Treatment-Related Port Starts” has been accepted as a podium presentation at the 41st annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress this spring in San Antonio. Way to go, Bing!

Categories: Students

Doctoral Candidate Jo Awarded Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to Minjeong Jo, who has been awarded a Graduate School Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship Award for 2016. Minjeong’s dissertation will explore how family members of chronically critically ill patients perceive the quality of communication with their ICU physicians and nurses, and to examine the relationship between these perceptions and family members’ symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Minjeong’s study will be the first of its kind in her home country of Korea, and has already made great progress in recruiting hospitals. Minjeong’s dissertation is chaired by MiKyung Song. Congratulations, Minjeong, … Continued

Categories: Global Health, Students

Women’s Health Information Group (WHIG) Formed, Holds Fundraiser

The newly-formed Women’s Health Information Group (WHIG) had its first successful fundraiser before its first official meeting! Rhonda Lanning is serving as adviser to this student-run group which will focus on providing information, support and resources to nursing students with an interest in careers in Women’s Health. Prior to our first meeting last Friday, the group connected with fellow students across the SON to participate in a collaborative fundraiser with Carolina BEBES (at the School of Public Health) to collect diapers and feminine products for babies and women in need. … Continued

Categories: Faculty, Students

SON Blood Drive—Thanks to all who gave!!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our blood drive last Tuesday. Because of you, we were able to donate 27 units of blood to the Red Cross. Our spring blood drive will be held April 1. Mark your calendars!

Categories: Events, Students

Thomas N.P. Johnson III Establishes War Heroes’ Nursing Scholarships

The School is so pleased to announce the War Heroes’ Nursing Scholarships Fund, generously established by Thomas N.P. Johnson III to support five named merit scholarships for graduate or undergraduate nursing students at the UNC Chapel Hill. The inaugural recipients of these scholarships all participate in SON’s newly formed military student group. Of his generosity Tom explains that he first understood the important contributions of nurses during his service as a Vietnam-era medic in the U.S. Air Force, an experience that would shape his later interest in supporting nursing education. The UNC Chapel … Continued