Clinical associate professor Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL, is one of six health professionals from across the country selected to be a 2014 Macy Faculty Scholar. The program, supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, aims to identify and nurture the careers of educational innovators in medicine and nursing.
Dr. Meg Zomorodi, PhD, CNL, RN, received a North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) award to develop a clinical site.
Meg Zomorodi’s mother prepped her to be a nurse from a young age – sharing the gory details of her own days in the emergency room and teaching her the nuts and bolts of the human body.
But it was her mother’s sudden death early in Zomorodi’s nursing career that did the most to shape her future path. Zomorodi emerged from the traumatic experience eager to improve the way nurses help critically ill patients and their families.
"She even taught me in her death how I could be a better nurse," Zomorodi says. "I think of her in everything I do."
Zomorodi has centered her career on improving end-of-life care – as a nurse, researcher and teacher. She trains future nurses as a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she also helped establish a scholarship in her mother’s name. More recently, she has led an initiative there to carve out new roles for nurses meant to improve patient care.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will honor four recipients with alumni awards on Wednesday (Nov. 30). The awardees are Maj. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho; Linda Cronenwett, Ph.D.; Meg Zomorodi, Ph.D.; and Jennifer Bland. Kristen M. Swanson (RN, PhD, FAAN) dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor in the school, will present the awards during a reception in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.
Alumna of the Year
Horoho (RN, MSN, MS) will receive the Alumna of the Year Award for her outstanding service to the field of nursing through promotion of health care, tireless service and scholarly efforts. In early December, she will assume the role of 43rd Army surgeon general as the first non-physician and female to hold this position. At the time, she also will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. Currently, she is the U.S. Army deputy surgeon general and chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
Cronenwett (RN, PhD, FAAN) will receive the Honorary Alumna Award, which recognizes a non-graduate of the school who demonstrates distinction in the nursing profession and outstanding support to the school. Cronenwett is the Beerstecher-Blackwell Term Professor and was the school’s dean from 1999 to 2009.
Zomorodi (RN, CNL, PhD) receives the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award, which goes to an alumna or alumnus of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing who graduated within the past 10 years and has made outstanding contributions to the school, profession, community or nation. Zomorodi is a clinical associate professor in the school, where she also earned undergraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing.
Bland (BSN, CNIV) is honored with the Carrington Award for Community Service, which recognizes remarkable service to the community, state or other entities and for reflecting favorably on the school through this service. Bland is a clinical nurse IV and the orientation coordinator on the intermediate and step-down units for Duke’s Neuroscience Center. She received her bachelor of science in nursing through the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing RN to BSN program and also attended the Watts School of Nursing. In 2007 she journeyed to Uganda as a member of the Duke Neurosurgery Medical Mission Team and has since made additional trips to the region.
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