Susan Cáceres Araya, MSN class of 2018, is the 2017 recipient of the Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award. Cáceres won the award for her submission entitled “Overcoming Communication Barriers to Provide Family-Centered Care for Spanish-Speaking Mothers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: An Interactive Curriculum for Continuing Education in Nursing.”
The aim of the project is to provide nurses in the NICU at UNC Children’s Hospital with a continuing education seminar on overcoming communication barriers to provide family-centered care for Spanish-speaking mothers.
The objective of this seminar is to heighten nurses’ sensitivity to the strains communication barriers put on Spanish-speaking mothers. The curriculum is designed to promote self-reflection and elicit group discussions. Cáceres plans to work in a community health setting as a bilingual psychiatric mental health practitioner with a focus in perinatal moods disorders.
The Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award is presented annually to the undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UNC School of Nursing doing work that analyzes its subject using the lens of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and culture, or that focuses on the contributions of women and men of all colors to society, history, culture or thought.