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Momentum Builds for Carrington Hall Funding

On Monday, June 8, the School of Nursing welcomed a dozen members and aids of the NC House of Representatives, including Speaker Tim Moore, Chair of the Appropriations Committee Chuck McGrady, and Representative Kelly Hastings, for a tour of the physical conditions of Carrington Hall. Carrington, the School’s home since it was built in 1969, was originally slated for renovation in the University’s 2006 Biennial Plan when most of its primary systems, including electrical, HVAC, plumbing, roofing, were determined to be “beyond useful life” by facilities personnel. To date, that … Continued

How has COVID-19 impacted nursing education at Carolina?

“There are silver linings in these challenging times if we take the time to notice. These innovative and creative teaching strategies can be real game changers for nursing education well into the future, and we want Carolina Nursing to take the lead on that.” Q&A with Dr. Carol Durham, EDD, RN, ANEF, FSSH, FAAN, who directs the School’s simulation and interprofessional education programs and is the past president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). We spoke with her recently about the dramatic changes to education … Continued

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Hudson Santos Receives R03 Award for Genetic Research on Child Health Outcomes

Assistant Professor Hudson Santos, PhD, RN, has received nearly $150,000 in research funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development to conduct his project “Placental Origins of Positive Child Health Outcomes”. Congratulations, Dr. Santos! Project Narrative Using unparalleled, robust existing data from Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborns (ELGAN) study, we will integrate multi-omics datasets such as placental gene expression and related miRNAs, DNA methylation and genotype to identify biological pathways related to positive health and prenatal protective factors among extremely preterm children. This research … Continued

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Silveyra joins National Academies Board on Higher Education and Workforce

Associate Professor and Biobehavioral Lab Director, Dr. Patricia Silveyra has been selected to serve as a member of The Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The BHEW is composed of national experts with subject matter and methodological expertise who develop recommendations through a consensus process that leads to a book-length report disseminated to key stakeholders and audiences. The BHEW provides the academic community, policymakers, and employers with insights and recommendations to enhance the education and career development of science, … Continued

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Carolina Nurses Respond: Caring for a new mom on Mother’s Day

SON alumna Allison DeSarro (BSN ’18) is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response as a nurse at UNC Medical Center in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), the designated unit for critically ill patients with COVID-19. Here, she shares about her experience caring for a new mom on Mother’s Day. Before the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe and took command of our lives, I had envisioned for the past four years spending Mother’s Day 2020 cheering on my brother with my parents in Kenan Stadium as we watched … Continued

Mobile Health Clinic Nursing Students Assist Behind the Scenes

Nurses in the Research Triangle and around the world are getting well-deserved attention for their frontline work during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, little is being said about the work that nurses and nursing students are doing behind the scenes to assist the community in dealing with pandemic issues. Such is the case of students who completed a public health clinical practice course at the UNC School of Nursing Mobile Health Clinic. Students at the clinic were recruited by a partner organization to help design and administer a survey to assess … Continued

Temporary Emergency Guidance for Heart Attacks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Concerns over coronavirus exposure can prevent people from seeking proper care for acute coronary syndrome (i.e., heart attack). Since the pandemic started, there is a marked decrease in EMS volume and hospitalizations for heart attacks across the country and worldwide. SON Assistant Professor Jessica Zègre-Hemsey is a member of the American Heart Association:Lifeline Advisory Board, and has contributed to their new emergency guidelines meant to ensure patients get life-saving treatment, while keeping health care workers protected. Read the new guidance here.

Baker Honored with Faculty of the Year Award at UNC Medical Center

Clinical Assistant Professor Maureen Baker, PhD, RN, has been awarded the 2020 UNC Medical Center Faculty of the Year Award, in recognition of her service to UNC Health Care. The UNCMC Nursing Staff Recognition Week Committee notes that “Dr. Maureen Baker excels in service/quality, growth, and innovation. She coaches students through quality improvement projects. She collaborates with nurse managers and staff nurses to achieve quality outcomes. Dr. Baker has been an avid, ongoing supporter of UNC Health Care and it is a pleasure to have her as a liaison to … Continued

UNC Celebrates 2019-2020 Graduate Student Achievements

The Graduate School has announced their annual celebration of graduate students for outstanding achievement in research, community service, teaching and leadership during academic year 2019-2020. As the Dean of the Graduate School, Susan Barbour writes, “A strong public institution like UNC-Chapel Hill is only as strong as the people who drive its research, teaching and service missions. Carolina graduate students play critical roles in all three of our University’s missions. These students are rising researchers and scholars who ask the insightful questions that move their disciplines forward. They are gifted … Continued

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POCUS Student Group Competes in Virtual Ultrasound Competition

On April 17th, 2020, the Supersonics (a SON student group) were the first nurse practitioner student team in history to compete in iScan2020, an annual ultrasound competition sponsored by the Society for Point of Care Ultrasound. Team members were Cara Nelson, Cheryl Hooks, Matthew Wrench, and Tabitha Spaulding (all MSN class of ‘21). They competed against 32 other teams from physician assistant programs across the US. The accompanying photo is from earlier in the year, as this year was also the first time iScan took place in virtual format using … Continued

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