Global is local this summer for Audrey Boyles, the Melinda Kellner Brock Public Health Nursing Scholar who will travel to California to work with the volunteer initiative Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine.
32 students from the School of Nursing will act as global scholars this summer in 15 countries, including China, New Guinea, Togo, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Guatemala, Chile, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Portugal, and, for the first time, the United States.
Several students will join ongoing projects like Carolina for Kibera, UNC Project-Malawi, and the Atlantis Project. Others will continue exchange relationships in Uganda, China, Guatemala, and others. Several students will return to their countries of origin to apply new healthcare perspectives.
Melinda Kellner Brock Public Health Nursing Scholar Audrey Boyles will be the first student to study domestically as a Global Health Scholar, working with the volunteer initiative Santa Barbara Street Medicine in California.
Nursing students Danielle Fried and Lisa Skiver presented Honors posters at the University’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 16.
Fried studied how parents of pediatric oncology patients use web sites to record, express and share their experiences. “Most of the existing literature about the experiences of pediatric oncology patients and their families was conducted by in-person interviews and surveys, so I was able to look at their experiences from a different perspective,” she says.
Fried identified four overall themes in the parents’ writing: seeking knowledge, relationships with others, care received, and sharing emotions. She says that during the course of the Honors project, she learned more about the research process and how the results of research can influence practice.
After a first-hand experience with a family, Skiver identified the need for teaching tool for parents of children who will be discharged with subcutaneous injection medication. For her honors project she developed a tool that can be used by nurses to teach parents while in the hospital and by the family as a reference after discharge.
“I gained a much better understanding of nursing research and its wide applicability, especially in bedside nursing,” Skiver says. “I learned that you don’t need to have a PhD to do nursing research and that it’s important for us as nurses to seek ways to improve patient care using bedside research.”
Both students expressed gratitude for the support they received from their advisor, Clinical Assistant Professor Diane Yorke.
Danielle Cathryn Fried
Undergraduate nursing students Francia Marin and Amanda Hunsucker participated in the El Centro Hispano (ECH) Open House in Carrboro on March 23. The event, held at Carrboro Plaza, featured booths that promoted breast health and breast cancer awareness.
Nine health and human service agencies, including the UNC School of Nursing, attended the event, and Rex Hospital supplied a mammogram truck. Around 50 community members attended, and 11 women received free mammograms. The Open House was the first event of its kind to be put on by the Carrboro branch of ECH.
Francia and Amanda, who are doing their N470 clinical with ECH, operated the SON booth. Using models, they showed women how to perform self-examinations and explained the importance of performing these examinations monthly. They were able to educate attendees and answer questions in Spanish, providing members of the local Latino community with a better understanding of information on breast health. “I think it’s very important to speak to them and explain to them in their own language,” said Francia, who explained that many of these women are given the information by agencies but do not fully understand it.
Dean Swanson has asked that we try to gather information about interest in pursuing doctoral study.
We are hoping to start a DNP program of study in the not too distant future. Even if you indicate you are not interested in obtaining a PhD or DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), please complete the survey. Please use the link below to respond. It should take you less than five minutes.
At the request of SON postdoctoral fellow Pat Moreland, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt has proclaimed February 7-14 Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week. In communities across our nation, this is a time to increase knowledge about CHD and appreciation of the issues that affected patients and families face.
Congenital heart defects are the most common types of difference from usual anatomy and physiology seen at birth. They come about when the heart or major blood vessels do not form properly and thus the way the baby’s heart works is affected. Each year, more than 40,000 babies in the United States are born with CHD ranging in severity from mild to life-threatening. Medical and surgical treatments for CHD have advanced and infants born with these types of problems are now living well into adulthood. Still, these individuals can have ongoing or new health and psychosocial issues related to their CHD and, in addition to receiving usual primary care, should also see a heart doctor regularly for the rest of their lives. Challenges of CHD such as adherence to the medical regimen and health care visits, and problems with insurance can heighten during adolescence and young adulthood, in part because the health care system lacks structures for transitioning individuals with ongoing childhood health problems from pediatric to adult care.
Dr. Moreland is conducting a research study to better understand the health and psychosocial issues experienced by adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed as having a CHD. The research is supported by T32 NR007091Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness, PI: M, Mishel and an American Nurses Foundation Research Grant. The study website is at: www.youngadulthearts.com
The themes that have been coming up in interviews with the study participants to date include the uncertainty of the future and coping with that uncertainty. Future research is needed to develop and test interventions that aim to support adolescents and young adults who live with CHD.
To recognize CHD Awareness Week, a bake sale will be held on February 9th from 12:00-2:00 pm on the ground floor of Carrington Hall and in front of the BEACH. All proceeds will be donated to the Congenital Heart Information Network. To increase public awareness, CHD information will be displayed in the lobby of UNC Children’s Hospital on February 7th and 14th.
The UNC Association of Nursing Students (ANS) is pleased to announce their inaugural Heels for Healing 5K and Kid’s Fun Run for BounceBack Kids!
Heels for Healing is a nonprofit initiative of the Association of Nursing Students at UNC-Chapel Hill that is working in conjunction with BounceBack Kids to help raise money and awareness for children with life-challenging medical conditions and their families and caregivers. Bouncback Kids programs recognize that every member of the family struggles when a child has a life-challenging medical condition. Their goal is simple: Fitness, Fun and Family when children need it most!
The event will take place on UNC-Chapel Hill’s beautiful campus on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9am. The USATF certified 5K race will commence at 9am at the Old Well followed by a half mile Kid’s Fun Run at 9:50am.
Proceeds benefit both BounceBack Kids, a local non-profit that serves children with life-challenging medical conditions and their families and caregivers as well as ANS. The proceeds going towards ANS will be used to meet the needs of our members, namely supporting UNC nursing students who wish to attend state and national nursing conferences.
The North Carolina Board of Nursing released NCLEX 2011.
The School of Nursing has maintained its track record of excellence with a 96 percent pass rate. We had 190 students test for the first time, the second largest group in state, who wrote the NCLEX for the first time and passed on that first attempt.
Congratulations to our great students and exceptional faculty and supportive staff. Great Work!
Doctoral student Chifundo Zimba is the first nurse sponsored by the University of North Carolina Project-Malawi (UNC Project) to come to the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She wants to use her experience at the School of Nursing to advance nursing in her home country.
As the first PhD-trained nurse at the UNC Project, I hope to have collaborators at the School of Nursing who can assist me in establishing nursing research, which we don’t have currently,” she says.
The UNC Project is a partnership between the University and the Malawi Ministry of Health to carry out research, care, and training programs in the capital city of Lilongwe in some districts within the central region of Malawi. In 2001, Zimba joined the UNC Project as a research nurse for a study examining how to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV. She was the 54th employee hired, and now UNC Project has grown to more than 250 employees. The project has also grown from only a few research projects focused on HIV and STD prevention to more than 15 research projects being performed today, including a large malaria vaccine study.
“The UNC Project is positively affecting Malawi not only by being a very big employer but also by being a large collaborator with our government,” Zimba says. Some of the research conducted by the UNC Project has been translated into policies that are implemented by the Malawi government. The Project also provides support for HIV and STD prevention programs, some of which began as research and have since been adopted across the country.
For her dissertation, Zimba plans to conduct research related to prevention, management, and/or care of women in Malawi with HIV. “I am learning a lot of which I think I will translate to knowledge to assist my fellow Malawians,” she says. She is also thinking about working with the University of Malawi to develop programs that will uplift the nursing profession in Malawi.
Chifundo Zimba met Chancellor Holden Thorp when he visited UNC-Project Malawi in 2010.
The North Carolina Board of Nursing released the third-quarter NCLEX 2011.
The School of Nursing has maintained its track record of excellence with a 96 percent pass rate for the 187 students who wrote the NCLEX for the first time and 180 passed on that first attempt. First-time pass rate is 96 percent.
Congratulations to student and faculty!