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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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Diane Berry Announces “Aim for a Health Weight” Web site

Here is the updated Aim for a Healthy Weight Web site launched this month. Find information on how to maintain a healthy weight, including tips for being physically active, tools to shop for and plan nutritious meals, a BMI calculator and much more.

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95% NCLEX Pass-rate for SON Students

The NCLEX reports for the second quarter of the year are posted! For the January-June 2010 period, we have had 147 students test for the first time with a pass rate of 95% (139) passed). Many thanks to the faculty, staff who made this consistent performance possible. A special thanks to the academic counselors, Kathy Alden and Diana McCarty, for their diligent work with our students.

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American Cancer Society Funds Simplified Survivorship Care Plan

Now cancer survivors will be better able to plan for their future care using a document that will be developed by Professor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN through a grant provided by the SouthAtlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. ”Evaluation of Preferences for Survivorship Care Plans” will include a treatment summary and Survivor Care Plan document. Cancer survivorship care represents a distinct phase of the cancer care trajectory and includes four components of care. Providing cancer survivors and their primary care provider with a document (a Survivor Care Plan) … Continued

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Jennifer Leeman Selected as AHRQ Scholar

Jennifer Leeman has been selected as a scholar in the UNC K12 Mentored Career Development Program in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), which is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Her funding is for three years, 2010-2013, and her mentors are Barbara Mark from our School of Nursing and Bryan Weiner from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. The award provides training, research funding, and salary support so that she can develop skills and a program of research in CER with a … Continued

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Havens Named to National Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program

SON professor Donna Havens has just been notified that the Executive Committee of the American Nurses Credentialing Center Board of Directors has appointed her to serve as the academic member of the National Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program. Her term runs till July 2014. Congratulations, Donna, for the important contribution you will make to this major standard-setting commission.

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