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via unc.edu: 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 unc.edu.

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 UNC.edu)

Raven Smith, incoming SON PhD student, is profiled on UNC.edu. 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.

Oncology Nursing Fellows continue to connect during the pandemic

The 5th annual UNC Lineberger, Sylvia Lauterborn, and Warren Piver Oncology summer fellowship was another great event. Ashley Leak Bryant PhD, RN-BC, OCN and Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN have coordinated this program since its inception. More details about the summer oncology fellowship is located here. COVID-19 limited hands on oncology experience for these students. Even with this limitation, the students engaged in several educational and learning activities including joining ONS and completing the ONS Basics Course, reading of The Shift by Theresa Brown PhD, RN, reflective discussion with … 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

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

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

Horses Create Insight and Change for PMHNP Students

“It’s transformative,” is a frequent reaction at the end of a half day interactive program that involve non-riding, on-the-ground encounters with horses who are being horses. Since 2014, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) students at SON have been participating in a unique experiential learning program for health professionals. The sessions are facilitated by an equine specialist Mickey Purcell, and mental health professional and SON Associate Professor, Noreen Esposito EdD, PMHMP, both certified in the Eagala Model of equine assisted learning. This model is used in over 40 countries around … Continued