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Kelly receives Susan Peck Excellence in Nursing Award

Congratulations to associate professor Maureen Kelly, DNP, CPNP, who has received the Susan Peck Excellence in Nursing Award, presented at the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) annual meeting! Maureen was selected for this award as “well-deserved recognition of her efforts in advancing the care of children with IBD at a local and national level.” In addition to teaching, she is currently a PNP in the Pediatric Division of Gastroenterology at UNC Health.

Alexander receives Vanderbilt Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Congratulations to Clinical Professor Rumay Alexander who has received the Vanderbilt Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion for her continued dedication to equity in nursing! via the Vanderbilt School of Nursing:  Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing; special assistant to the dean for the UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry; and former UNC-CH associate vice-chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer, has been honored by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with the school’s Alumni Award for Diversity and Inclusion. … Continued

Dedrick Hines: paying it forward with the MENTORS program

Dedrick Hines was just starting his nursing journey in the accelerated BSN program here at UNC when he got some unexpected good news. Dr. Shielda Rodgers, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, approached Hines about taking part in the MENTORS2 program — a program designed to increase the percentage and retention of UNC School of Nursing students from underrepresented ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged backgrounds through a multi-pronged approach aimed at minimizing the negative impact of social determinants on academic success. “It sounded too good to be true,” he says, “It … Continued

Giscombé selected for Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, who has recently been elected as an Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Fellow! Fellows of the Academy (ABMR) are elected by the Membership Committee after being nominated by two Academy Fellows. The primary criteria for ABMR membership are high levels of productivity, excellence and broad recognition for their accomplishments. In selecting fellows the Academy is pursuing its mission to “advance the field of behavioral medicine by creating and disseminating knowledge, cultivating discourse, and inspiring change that culminates in better health for all.” ABMR … Continued

Answering the call: Betty Compton, Nurse Practitioner

by Courtney Mitchell  It was Dr. Glenn Pickard of the UNC School of Medicine, an early champion of the nurse practitioner program, and future classmate Margaret Wilkman who first called on Betty Compton. But long before they sat at her kitchen table in the rural Cedar Grove community of Orange County, her neighbors had called on her with the kinds of questions you’d bring to your doctor. Compton was home with a new baby, and she offered nursing advice in her front yard and from her home phone, something that … Continued

‘They were activists’ – UNC’s nurse practitioner program celebrates 50 years

by Courtney Mitchell  When Cynthia (Cindy) Freund, PhD, MSN ’73, FNP, FAAN, helped a friend to the emergency department a few years ago, it was a nurse practitioner who was coordinating her friend’s care for the orthopedic surgical team. And, when Freund broke her arm, it was an orthopedic nurse practitioner assessing her injury, setting her bone and creating a full plan for recuperation. Inside, she couldn’t help but smile, she says. “Nurse practitioners can be found in every area of the health care system. But in 1970, that was … Continued

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Oppewal receives Ruth B. Freeman Award from APHA

Congratulations to Sonda Oppewal, PhD, MSN, RN, who has been awarded the prestigious Ruth B. Freeman Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA), Public Health Nursing Section! The Ruth B. Freeman Award honors an individual who has had a distinguished career in public health administration, education, policy, practice, or research and was presented to Dr. on October 23rd, 2020. From the awards committee: “For over 40 years Dr. Oppewal has worked to promote the health of diverse and vulnerable populations. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate students public health … Continued

Villegas, Watts-Isley and Zomorodi receive COIL Awards

We are pleased to announce that three of our faculty members have been awarded a COIL Award from UNC Global: Congratulations to Drs. Villegas, Watts-Isley, and Zomorodi!  These awards will support two courses during the Spring 2021 semester. Both courses will have built in synchronous and asynchronous classes for 3 weeks of the semester. Read more about COIL and the awardees below. Through the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative, the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is offering Curriculum Development Awards for Collaborative Online International Learning … Continued

UNC Research Week: Giscombé tests a variety of stress management tools that may reduce the risk of chronic cardiometabolic illnesses among African American women.

To celebrate UNC Research Week, we are highlighting just a few of the incredible nursing scientists here at SON.  Project The Harmony Study — A Culturally-Relevant, Randomized Controlled, Stress Management Intervention to Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk in African American Women Principal Investigator Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN African American women have disproportionately high rates of disability and death from chronic cardiometabolic illnesses — including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke — compared to other groups of women in the U.S. Gender- and race-specific factors that lead to elevated risk for cardiometabolic … Continued

UNC Research Week: Thoyre seeks to prevent infant feeding issues from becoming chronic disorders

To celebrate UNC Research Week, we are highlighting just a few of the incredible nursing scientists here at SON.  Project Symptom Trajectories in Infants and Toddlers at Risk for Chronic Feeding Problems Principal Investigator Suzanne Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN It is not uncommon for infants who spend time in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) — whether due to illness or prematurity — to struggle with developmental complications such as feeding. For some, that problematic feeding issue will escalate into a full-blown chronic feeding disorder that continues into childhood and jeopardizes … Continued