Remembering SON Faculty Alum and Renowned Researcher Merle Mishel

Merle Mishel, Phd, RN, FAAN, SON faculty alum and renowned nursing science researcher, passed away on Saturday, April 25th, 2020. Before joining us in 1991, Dr. Mishel taught psychiatric nursing at the University of Arizona, also serving as Division Head for the Mental Health Nursing Division, where she continued her work on the Mishel Uncertainty in Illness Scale (MUIC). The MUIC continues to be used world-wide by academic and clinical researchers and has been translated into over 30 languages. While at the School of Nursing, she was awarded the Kenan Distinguished … Continued

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Nursing Students Step up to Help Providers on the Front Lines of COVID-19

By Courtney Mitchell With clinical rotations canceled for School of Nursing students, students and faculty members have stepped up to support area health care providers and facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering everything from nursing expertise to overnight childcare and managing droves of equipment and food donations. More than 70 nursing students and faculty at the school are supporting in-house patient care and telehealth efforts for the hospital and outpatients clinics as nurses and nursing assistants, offering childcare and pet-sitting services, donating blood, masks, diapers and other supplies and educating … Continued

Tuition and fees waives for online nurse refresher program to help North Carolina registered nurses fight COVID-19

UNC-Chapel Hill waives tuition and fees for online nurse refresher program to help North Carolina registered nurses fight COVID-19 The self-paced, online program offers pathway to relicensure Chapel Hill, N.C. (April 1, 2020) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is helping to address the state’s nursing shortage in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Today the UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program announced they have waived tuition and fees for an accelerated version of their online, self-paced Registered Nurse … Continued

For Nurses on the Front Lines, Wellness Matters

by Courtney Mitchell Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, practicing oncology nurse, associate professor and SON alumni association president, and Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Term Associate Professor in Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness, update our community about the stresses facing nursing right now in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and what we can all do to help. How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting nurses who are actively working in clinics and hospitals? ALB: Practicing nurses and those who support … Continued

Dr. Ashley Leak Bryant speaks with CBS17 about the CDC’s new guidelines for health care workers

Carolina Nursing Associate Professor and Alumni Association President (and active nurse) Dr. Ashley Leak Bryant spoke with CBS17 about the CDC’s new guidelines for health care workers, provided in response to shortages of protective equipment. “We need to have equipment that has been tested,” she says, adding “most people are doing the best they can with what they have.” Nurses everywhere are raising concerns over access to approved personal protective equipment (PPE). UNC Health is now asking for donations of PPE and other supplies, and the SON simulation team has depleted … Continued

Categories: Alumni, COVID-19, News, Practice

Alum Schquthia Peacock Featured on Local News Administering Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests

Carolina Nursing alum Schquthia Peacock was featured on the The News & Observer homepage administering a drive-up coronavirus test at Preston Medical Associates, in Cary, N.C. She also spoke with WRAL TV about how she is handling patients with potential COVID-19 symptoms, with an eye on keeping everyone safe. You can watch her interview here.

Alumni Award Nominations

The School of Nursing Alumni Association is accepting nominations for our annual alumni awards. Help us recognize our outstanding alumni by nominating an alumnus/a who has made meaningful contributions to the profession or to the School of Nursing. Visit our alumni awards page to learn more about the awards criteria and see past recipients. Complete this form to nominate someone you know! Nomination deadline is April 10.

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Camp Nurse Survey for Senior BSN Student Lydia McBride

Have you ever been a camp nurse? Senior BSN honors student Lydia McBride needs your help! For her senior honors thesis, Lydia has created a survey to gather data on former and current camp nurses’ experiences with privacy and confidentiality during medication administration. As more adolescents are taking psychiatric medications, there is an increased chance of campers experiencing the negative impacts of stigma if their peers were to become aware of their medications. However, maintaining privacy and confidentiality in camp settings is challenging. I believe data from nurses who have … Continued

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The Year of the Nurse

The American Nurses Association has deemed 2020 as the Year of the Nurse, following the World Health Organization’s designation of this year as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Announcing the initiative, ANA President and UNC School of Nursing adjunct faculty member Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN noted, “As the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and the most trusted profession, nurses are with patients 24/7 and from the beginning of life to the end. Nurses practice in all healthcare settings and are filling new … Continued

MSN Alum Publishes Paper in Journal of Pediatric Healthcare

Kassy (Shoemaker) Brino, MSN, RN, CPNP published her UNC MSN project titled “Pediatric Mental Health and the Power of Primary Care: Practical Approaches and Validating Challenges” in the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, official publication of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. The full article is available here.

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