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Carolina Nursing Alumni Among Great 100 NC Nurses

Congratulations to all the Carolina Nursing alumni that have been named as some of this year’s Great 100 NC Nurses. This includes SON Assistant Dean Louise Fleming, who leads our undergraduate programs. The 2020 Great 100 Awardees Jessica Asaro, DNP ’20 Pamela Bowman, BSN ’05 Louise Fleming, PhD ’16 Bradi Granger, PhD ’04 Karen Hicks, MSN ’04 Lou Reida, BSN ’97 Amber Smith, BSN ’12, MSN ’20 Natalie Sneed, BSN ’05 Nateefa Wade, BSN ’10 Juana Wallace, BSN ’85, MSN ’07 Susan Wood, BSN ’01 The Great 100 is a … Continued

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Silveyra joins National Academies Board on Higher Education and Workforce

Associate Professor and Biobehavioral Lab Director, Dr. Patricia Silveyra has been selected to serve as a member of The Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The BHEW is composed of national experts with subject matter and methodological expertise who develop recommendations through a consensus process that leads to a book-length report disseminated to key stakeholders and audiences. The BHEW provides the academic community, policymakers, and employers with insights and recommendations to enhance the education and career development of science, … Continued

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Carolina Nurses Respond: Caring for a new mom on Mother’s Day

SON alumna Allison DeSarro (BSN ’18) is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response as a nurse at UNC Medical Center in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), the designated unit for critically ill patients with COVID-19. Here, she shares about her experience caring for a new mom on Mother’s Day. Before the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe and took command of our lives, I had envisioned for the past four years spending Mother’s Day 2020 cheering on my brother with my parents in Kenan Stadium as we watched … Continued

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

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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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