Susy Koruth Becomes First SON Clinical Nurse Leader Certified Graduate

Clinical Assistant Professor Meg Zomorodi, RN, CNL, PhD, tells us that we have our first Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certified graduate—Susy Koruth. Susy sat for and passed the CNL certification exam — TODAY!! She not only passed the CNL exam but her scores were incredibly high, especially on the simulation/decision-making section. Zomorodi teaches the two required CNL courses, “Evidence Based Care for Clinical Nurse Leaders Part I and II. She is very proud of Susy and the work that she has put into this program and looks forward tracking her … Continued

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Help Fill NC Emergency Department Shortages

Wake County, NC National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Report: Long waits and severe problems in our Emergency Departments Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) graduates from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing (SON) will be able to fill the some of the need to assist in caring for the overflow of psychiatric patients in North Carolina (NC) Emergency Rooms in the next few months. With the decrease in psychiatrists across NC and limited state hospital beds, the overflow of severe and persistently mentally ill … Continued

Cheryl Jones to Consult with UNC Hospitals on Nursing Research

We are pleased share the news that Cheryl Jones was selected by UNC Hospitals nursing administrators to provide consultation as it develops its unit-based nursing research program. Cheryl will spend 20% effort during the academic year and during summer months as a Faculty Program Research Consultant. She will help assess the current state of nursing research at UNC-H, and collaborate with the UNC-H Nursing Research Council (NRC) and with the Director of Professional Development, Practice and Research (Marilyn Morales) to identify needed resources including content experts to support UNC-H nursing … Continued

Katherine Wilson Scholar Meets Anne and John Wilson

John Wilson, Anneka Huegerich, Anne Wilson Anne and John Wilson met Katherine Wilson Scholarship recipient Anneka Huegerich at her July graduation from nursing school. Anne Wilson says, “She was the perfect choice. Katherine would have been so thrilled to know she had been able to help such a lovely, deserving person.” Anneka was the first acclerated BSN student selected to receive the scholarship award that pays out $5,000 per year in support. The application deadline for the next Katherine Wilson Scholar is September 10, 2010. Applications can be found at … Continued

Professor Barbara Mark Recognized for Mentoring Researchers

At a recent AcademyHealth meeting, the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) awarded its Research Mentorship Award to our very own Dr. Barbara Mark. This very prestigious award is interdisciplinary in nature, and formally acknowledges the contributions of a senior scientist to the career development of young investigators in nursing and health services research. The Mentorship Award committee was greatly impressed with Barbara’s long and dedicated commitment to supporting new scholars in the field of nursing and health services research. On a personal note, the Chair of IRGNI, Dr. … Continued

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Nursing Students Downey and Murphy to Graduate with Highest Honors

It is with pleasure that Beverly Foster, Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program, announces that the School has two August graduates completing Honors……and both have been awarded Highest Honors status following a blind review of their work by three faculty volunteers (thanks!) !! Laura Elizabeth Downey is an ABSN student, and her research focused on breast-feeding cessation in African-American mothers. Her adviser was Eric Hodges. Allison Murphy, RN is completing our RN/BSN option and researched physical restrain use in the PICU. Her adviser was Diane Yorke. Their project poster presentations … Continued

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Joanne Harrell’s HEALTHY Study Reports Outcomes

For most of her career in nursing research, Joanne Harrell, professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has studied the impact of exercise and nutrition on early-onset childhood type 2 diabetes. For the past three years, Harrell led a team of investigators who studied North Carolina school children to determine whether changes in school food services, physical exertion/physical education, and health education would lower risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Harrell,who co-authored the study, presented her findings at the 70th annual scientific sessions of … Continued

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Janice J. Hoffman, BSN ’79 has been appointed as Assistant Dean at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)

Baltimore, Md. – Janice J. Hoffman, PhD, RN, was recently named Assistant Dean for the Baccalaureate Program at University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). In this role, Hoffman will provide leadership and oversight to UMSON’s undergraduate program, which enrolls approximately 700 students. Hoffman brings more than 30 years of diverse experience in teaching, leadership and management, and direct patient care to her new position. She has been a member of UMSON’s faculty since 2008, serving as assistant professor and vice-chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. … Continued

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Susan Pierce, MSN `75, Meets President Barack Obama at ANA

Susan Foley Pierce, PhD, RN , Professor Emeritus and alum was there when the American Nurses Association (ANA) proudly welcomed President Barack Obama as a guest speaker to its biennial House of Delegates on June 15, 2010. The president spoke to an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 nurses and guests during the opening session. “Nurses are the beating heart of our health care system,” the president commented. He thanked the nurses and the ANA for their staunch support during the health care debate. The president also revealed a series … Continued

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HRSA Awards $700,000 to Educate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses

Project Director and Associate Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC was just awarded a $700,000 continuation grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project: Psych NPs (Nurse Practitioners)–Meeting the Needs of the Underserved in North Carolina (aka PsychNP-NC). The additional funding will help enhance the curriculum, expand the geographical impact and increase access of mental health care services for citizens who live in an additional 37 rural and remote North Carolina (NC) counties. Overall, NC has a shortage of health care providers. Roughly one-third of the state’s … Continued

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