Student Reflections on 2016 Optimizing Healthcare Quality Conference

By Leah Berolzheimer, UNC School of Nursing, BSN Class of 2017 An excerpt from my journal: “…Sitting in a large hall amongst 800+ participants from 30+ nations, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride and ownership for my future profession. In this female-dominated room, people have come from all around the world, dressed in a myriad of colors, fabrics, and styles, greeting one another with waves, bows, prayer gestures, and smiles, and speaking various languages. Despite our many differences, we are here for one reason: a commitment to others. A commitment … Continued

SON Partners with Lineberger Cancer Center to Launch Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program

In partnership with the N.C. Cancer Hospital, the fellowship program will immerse undergraduate nursing students in applied oncology training. UNC-Chapel Hill’s first Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellows have begun a six-week immersive program intended to stimulate the career interest and professional development of potential oncology nurses. Austin Cole and Morgan Reddick, both undergraduate students at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, comprise the inaugural fellowship class. The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Fellowship Program was established in 2014 by Frederick C. Flynn, Jr. in memory of his late wife, Susan, following … Continued

SON Hosts Hillman Scholars Program Annual Meeting

The UNC School of Nursing was pleased to host the annual meeting of the nation’s prestigious Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation last week. The Scholars Program was established by the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation in 2010 to identify and prepare — swiftly — the next generation of nurse scientists and scholars. Offered only at the universities of North Carolina, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the highly selective program is designed to furnish Hillman Scholars with BSN and PhD degrees in fewer than six years. The theme of this year’s meeting … Continued

DNP Student Kouchel Receives Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Fellowship

Congratulations to Dana Kouchel, RN, BSN, a second year BSN-to-DNP student who recently received the nursing Geriatrics Interprofessional Fellowship as part of the Carolina Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (CGWEP). CGWEP, a three-year, $2.55 million HRSA grant-funded project housed in the UNC School of Medicine’s Center for Aging and Health, is designed to improve health outcomes for rural and underserved geriatric populations across North Carolina. As a fellow, Kouchel joins an interprofessional team consisting of a practicing North Carolina nurse, dentist and physician who meet all day every other Monday to be trained … Continued

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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