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Carolina Nursing students are fighting COVID-19, one vaccine at a time – via

Undergraduates from the UNC School of Nursing are assisting in North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and gaining hands-on experience by delivering vaccines and volunteering at Carolina Together Testing Program sites on campus. Read more.

SON undergraduate researchers invited to NCANS Virtual Poster Symposium

Congratulations to BSN students Valentina Marginean and McKenzie Chasteen, whose research projects have been accepted by the NC Association of Nursing Students Virtual Poster Symposium! The purpose of this symposium is to foster the sharing of information and education and was held on January 29th, 2021. Well done, Valentina and McKenzie! Poster Title: Training and Assessment of the Reliability and Reproducibility of Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity (view here) Presented by: Valentina Marginean Advisor: Dr. Yamina I. Cortes Poster Title: Interventions for Anorexia Nervosa Among College Students: A Review (view here) … Continued

Hillman Scholars featured in American Fencing Magazine

Hillman Scholars Harry Adynski BSN, RN (PhD Student) and Gillian Adynski PhD, RN (Alumna) were featured in this month’s edition of American Fencing Magazine for their work as frontline healthcare workers and researchers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Both Harry and Gillian were Division 1 fencers during their undergraduate studies at Carolina and discuss the challenges of working during the pandemic and how athletics impact their clinical work. Gillian remains an assistant coach for the UNC-CH fencing team.

SON Students administer COVID-19 vaccines to UNC Health Care employees

Several Carolina Nursing students have been administering the new COVID-19 vaccine at UNC Rex Health Care. This is part of phase one of the vaccination effort, intended to vaccinate frontline workers and persons 75 years or older. Supervised by Associate Dean Dr. Louise Flemming and Dr. Marianne Cockcroft, these BSN and ABSN students are giving doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine to UNC Health Care employees. Thank you to our incredible students for taking part in controlling the pandemic. These pictures give us immense hope for the future, and the … Continued

via UNC Graduate School — Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar Joseph Biddix

Joseph Biddix, a SON Doctor of Nursing Practice student, has received two bachelor’s degrees from Carolina. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in nursing, he was accepted into the U.S. Navy Nurse Candidate Program and, upon graduation with highest honors, was commissioned into the Navy. A lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, he has received numerous distinctions that include two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He is currently the service lead nurse for peripheral vascular surgery at Walter Reed National Military … Continued

via Carolina Nursing students prepare for a future COVID-19 vaccine

BSN students conducted a mass immunization simulation to prepare the future nurses for a critical scenario they may be handling when a vaccine becomes available for the novel coronavirus. Read the story at

via the UNC Graduate School: Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Stephanie Betancur

Carolina Nursing PhD student and Hillman Scholar Stephanie Betancur is profiled as a Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar. Stephanie is a first-generation graduate student, registered nurse at UNC Health, and nursing scientist.

Carolina Nursing senior voted in as secretary of NC Association of Student Nurses

Sarah Letchworth (BSN ’21) was recently named secretary of the North Carolina Association of Student Nurses. She is the current chapter president of ANS at UNC, and plans on pursuing a career as an NICU nurse, before returning to school for her DNP with the hopes of becoming a nurse educator. Congratulations, Sarah!  

SON PhD candidate Elizabeth Allen receives NLN scholarship

Congratulations to Carolina Nursing doctoral student Elizabeth Allen (BSN ’15) who has been awarded a Home Instead Scholarship by the National League for Nursing! The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education and Home Instead Senior Care offer the scholarship to foster geriatric nursing education, awarding funds to nursing students in relevant courses of study. According NLN, “Older adults are one of the most vulnerable populations and access health care services most frequently. There is widespread acknowledgement that nursing school graduates must be better prepared to deliver outstanding, culturally sensitive care to … Continued

Meet a new Tar Heel: Raven Smith (via

Raven Smith, incoming SON PhD student, is profiled on Smith’s research will focus on generational trauma and DNA methylation, or cellular-level manifestations of trauma that are passed down from generation to generation, specifically in minority communities. Read more.