Feeding Flock Tool Gets Press

Hats off to the Feeding Flock, a group of largely SON researchers, for having their work “Psychometric Properties of the Early Feeding Skills Assessment Tool” published in the October issue of Advances in Neonatal Care. Included on the article were authors Sue Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN; Britt Pados, PhD, RN, NNP-BC; Catherine S. Shaker, MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-S; Kristy Fuller,  OTR/L; and Jinhee Park, PhD, RN. The online journal HealthLeaders published an article about the tool this week, stating “Through their study, Thoyre and her colleagues determined the Early Feeding Skills checklist to … Continued

State Celebrates SON Employees Reaching Service Milestones

Congratulations to the following School of Nursing employees who were celebrated yesterday at a luncheon at the Carolina Club for UNC Chapel Hill employees reaching service milestones working for the State of North Carolina: With 25 years of total service to the State: Jennifer D’Auria Dustine Dix Kathy Lebbad With 30 years: Debbie Travers With 35 years: Carol Durham Bev Foster Our thanks to all of these wonderful members of our community for their years of good work on behalf of the School and the State.

Categories: Faculty, News, Service, Staff

MSN Student Beek Has Poem Published

Terra Beek, BSN ’15, a master’s FNP student and staff nurse at UNC Hospitals Emergency Department had her poem (below) accepted for publication by UNC’s Health Humanities Journal. The poem appeared in their fall 2018 issue. Congratulations Tara! To the patient in the blue gown in room 74 To the patient in the blue gown in room 74—               Did you know today would be the day? Faded blue jeans, a red striped shirt, tossed on the floor, All at once a panic, a flurry … Continued

Davison Receives NCNA Mentorship Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jean Davison who was awarded the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Mentorship in Nursing Award at their annual convention in Concord, NC last week. The Mentorship award is given by the NCNA board to a nurse who participates consistently in active roles with the professional organization at the local state and national level; models the values, attitudes and behaviors consistent with the profession; provides nurturing and education regarding involvement in NCNA to new and potential members; and demonstrates significant leadership in efforts that support retention of … Continued

UNC Health Care Case Competition — IPE Opportunity

Dear Graduate students, GREAT IPE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU Please see this announcement of the healthcare case competition sponsored by the Kenan-Flagler Business School. The UNC Healthcare Case Competition is an interdisciplinary event, paring health affairs graduate students with graduate students from the Business School to develop novel solutions to real world problems in a friendly and fun environment. This is a great venue for students to showcase leadership, critical thinking and creativity while networking with other future health care leaders. This year, graduate students from up to six top-tier universities … Continued

Categories: Events, IPE, Students

Zomorodi Gives Opening Session for NCIOM

Assistant Professor Meg Zomorodi was invited to present as the opening speaker for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) annual conference. This year’s conference focused on team-based care and boasted the highest attendance ever. Participants included a variety of health professionals, administrators and legislators from across North Carolina.  

Categories: Alumni, Faculty, IPE, News

Kneipp Featured as NP to Admire on NursePractitionerSchools Blog

Kudos to Associate Professor Shawn Kneipp, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, APHN-BC, FAANP, who was recently featured in the blogpost “NPs to Admire: 10 Role Models Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Populations” on the website NursePractitionerSchools.com. Check out the post here.

Categories: Faculty, Leadership, News

UNC RIPHI Receives Honorable Mention at Nexus Summit Conference

The UNC Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI) team, overseen by SON Assistant Professor and UNC Assistant Provost for Interprofessional Education, Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, was presented with an honorable mention of the 2018 George E. Thibault, Nexus Award at the recent Nexus Summit Conference held in Minneapolis, MN on July 31, 2018. The Nexus Summit is sponsored by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The award celebrates exemplary interprofessional practice in the US and honors those who are thinking and acting differently to allow education and practice to … Continued

Santos Receives K23 Grant to Study Relationships between DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Hats off to Assistant Professor Hudson Santos, PhD, RN, who has received nearly $395,000 in grant funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research to establish relationships among DNA methylation, maternal hardship and neurodevelopmental impairment in extremely preterm children with an ultimate goal toward preventing or minimizing that impairment. The three year study, titled “Placental DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes” aims to establish maternal hardship clusters using prenatal socioeconomic and stressful life event factors; identify association between maternal hardship clusters and child cognitive and affective outcomes at … Continued

Nance-Floyd Awarded $1.5M from HRSA to Advance Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training in Eastern NC

Congratulations to Assistant Professor and Director of the SON Center for Lifelong Learning, Betty Nance-Floyd, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL, who has been awarded  a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase the number of certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in rural areas of Eastern N.C. With her project “Combination SANE Program for Rural Areas of Eastern North Carolina,” Nance-Floyd and the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) will engage with Vidant Health (VH), a nine-hospital, 1,447-bed, multi-facility system serving more than 1.4 … Continued