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

Adjusting to Remote Education: A Q&A with Assistant Dean Louise Fleming

Louise Fleming, PhD, MSN-Ed, RN, is the School of Nursing’s Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs & Division, overseeing the ABSN and BSN programs. Skilled nursing is essential to saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Fleming says it’s no surprise that the school’s ever-nimble nursing faculty, staff and students mobilized so quickly around what the virus’ spread could mean for nurses, the field of nursing, and the lives nurses pledge to protect. How has this epidemic impacted the School of Nursing? We’re nurses, so we sensed early on that this … 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.