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Momentum Builds for Carrington Hall Funding

On Monday, June 8, the School of Nursing welcomed a dozen members and aids of the NC House of Representatives, including Speaker Tim Moore, Chair of the Appropriations Committee Chuck McGrady, and Representative Kelly Hastings, for a tour of the physical conditions of Carrington Hall. Carrington, the School’s home since it was built in 1969, was originally slated for renovation in the University’s 2006 Biennial Plan when most of its primary systems, including electrical, HVAC, plumbing, roofing, were determined to be “beyond useful life” by facilities personnel. To date, that … Continued

Remembering SON Alum and Pioneer Audrey J. Booth

Audrey J. Booth, RN, MSN ’57, one of the School’s true pioneers, passed away on September 29, 2019. In 1957, Audrey was the first student to receive an MSN degree from the UNC School of Nursing. After practicing at NC Memorial Hospital for several years, she returned to the SON, where she served as associate dean for 12 years. During her tenure, she also served as the director of statewide activities for AHEC, the coordinator of clinical facilities, and as the first director of development for the School. In recognition … Continued

Undergraduate Students Receive Scholarships to Intern with SON Mobile Health Clinic

Undergraduate nursing students Thuy Tran, Soo Jung Ha, and Karen Shin received scholarships to spend the summer interning at the SON Mobile Health Clinic. This opportunity was made possible by scholarships generously supported by Thomas Aldridge and his family. Tran, Ha, and Shin are providing care to patients on the mobile clinic, which operates at Dorcas Ministries and Western Wake Crisis Ministry, to fulfill the clinical component of N487 Practicum in Nursing: Summer Work Experience. Thanks to the Aldridge family for making this possible! (Pictured from left to right: Thuy … Continued

Belcher’s passion for nurse education comes through in new fund

Anne Belcher, MN, PhD, (BSN ’67), ANEF, FAAN is passionate about nursing education – not only to prepare the next generation of nurses, but also to enhance the skills of today’s leading nurse faculty. By creating the Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholars Fund, she is generously providing opportunities for faculty in the UNC School of Nursing to shape the world of interprofessional education (IPE) and create the scholarly work others will look to as evidence for the power of IPE in the future. “I have always thought it makes good … Continued

SON Loses Patron and Friend Tom Norris

The School of Nursing mourns the loss of one of its dearest friends and patrons, Tom Norris, who passed away on May 31. Tom and his wife Jane, BSN ’56 have provided significant philanthropic and volunteer leadership to the School of Nursing throughout its history. Tom was instrumental in the creation of the School of Nursing Foundation in the 1980s, providing pro bono legal counsel to the organization for over 35 years and serving as an honorary lifetime member. Tom also represented the SON on a campus wide level as chair … Continued

Lucy Taylor Fort Fund to support experiences in emergency nursing

Lucy Fort was great in an emergency – she was reliably the first to respond any time someone was in need. She was a critical care nurse at UNC Hospitals, a two-time graduate of UNC’s School of Nursing (BSN ’58, MSN ‘65) and a member of the faculty. She joined the South Orange Rescue Squad taking regular emergency calls with the squad, furthering the continuing education of squad personnel, and assisting with CPR training with EMS and hospital personnel across the state. That kind of desire and dedication is a … Continued

Brown’s bequest will help Carolina nursing students be the best and brightest

When Ann Brown, BSN ‘73, MSN, CNM, began to think about supporting student scholarships at the UNC School of Nursing, she had more than their futures in mind. She was also thinking about the future of nursing itself. “Nurses have an important role in helping people improve their health in this state, especially in areas that are underserved. We’re a really important part of preventing disease and fostering a healthy population.” Excellent education and training are financial commitments, she says. And, if money is in the way, nursing as a … Continued

Gift Provides a “Stepping Stone” to Careers in Oncology Nursing

Some students arrive at Carolina’s School of Nursing already dreaming of what kind of nurse they want to be. Often, that seed is planted long before, with a personal experience of witnessing the care of a loved one or friend. It’s a common beginning for oncology nurses, many of whom find a heart for this kind of care early on. The School will soon have a new opportunity to grow and enrich undergraduate exposure to oncology nursing for students with an interest in deeper knowledge in the field. A generous … Continued

Poole Gift Will Help Nurses Develop Skills Needed to Lead at All Levels

Helen Krick Poole, BSN ’77, knows that nurses are natural leaders. In her own nursing career, she has led in the areas of home health and hospice care and chaired committees and campaigns at the School. Helen has been a driving force in helping grateful patients find ways to give back that can change the lives of others, uncovering opportunities for philanthropy that will improve care for the patients of tomorrow. Helen wants to see nurses leading in issues of health and health care at all levels. To this end, … Continued

Alumna Leaves Legacy for Graduate Education and Research

In the late 1950s Barbara Williams Madden was among the first students to enroll in Carolina’s MSN program. Now generations of our graduate students will benefit from her generosity. Barbara, (MSN, ’60) came to Carolina after graduating from Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing, and Teachers College, Columbia University,  attracted to the fledgling graduate program at UNC by then-Dean Elizabeth Kemble’s national reputation. Barbara became one of the country’s first providers of care to patients suffering from polio and went on to teach her methods in over 40 states and … Continued