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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.

Fever: it’s more than just a number – via The Well

SON clinical professor and nurse practitioner Meg Carman spoke with The Well about fevers — sharing her expertise on the importance of hydration, when to pick up the phone and seek medical advice, and how there are more things to consider than just your temperature. Read it here.

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

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

Temporary Emergency Guidance for Heart Attacks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Concerns over coronavirus exposure can prevent people from seeking proper care for acute coronary syndrome (i.e., heart attack). Since the pandemic started, there is a marked decrease in EMS volume and hospitalizations for heart attacks across the country and worldwide. SON Assistant Professor Jessica Zègre-Hemsey is a member of the American Heart Association:Lifeline Advisory Board, and has contributed to their new emergency guidelines meant to ensure patients get life-saving treatment, while keeping health care workers protected. Read the new guidance here.

A Day in the Life of a Tar Heel Nurse

Via unc.edu: An eye-opening account of one day in the life of Becky Hoover — Carolina Nurse, PhD student, and mom. Her story, like so many others, is a balancing act of family, responsibilities, and a career as an essential worker and front line responder.

Carolina Nurses Respond: Inside an Emergency Department During the Pandemic

SON student Daniel Meltzer (FNP ’20), is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response as a nurse in the UNC Medical Center Emergency Department. Here, he offers a detailed picture of what his day looks like and the precautions his department is taking, as well as the importance of the current stay-at-home measures, the support he and his colleagues are receiving from the community, and his takeaways on how this pandemic highlights economic disparities. UNC SON: How has your role, or the roles of nurses in general, changed during … Continued

From The Well: The Spirit of Nursing

via The Well: The School of Nursing is working to ensure that their students graduate on time and ready to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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