School of Nursing in top 20 for new stat-based rankings

The UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing placed 17th in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School Master’s Program rankings, which for the first time are based on statistical data rather than the peer assessment ratings used in the past. The master’s programs for 246 nursing schools were ranked based on detailed statistical data collected about students, faculty, and research funding. For the peer assessment category, less than half a point separated UNC from the highest scoring school. Carolina’s low student-to-faculty ratio of 4:1 and affordability stand … Continued

Categories: Education, News

The SON Co-Sponsors International Conference on Chronic Conditions

For the third year in a row, the SON is sponsoring the International Conference on Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions, which will be held on February 25-27 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting is designed to enhance knowledge and medical practice surrounding the management of chronic conditions at the national and international level. Hosted by Ramathibodi School of Nursing at Mahidol University, the organizers will bring together a wide range of chronic-care experts from around the globe. Associate Dean for Strategic and Global Initiatives Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, and … Continued

First Class of DNP Students Set to Graduate

The first five students in the SON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program will graduate on December 14. The students comprise the first class of DNP students to graduate since the SON began accepting applications to the DNP program in 2013. Each student defended a DNP project in which they conducted quality improvement or a practice improvement project. The practice problems they chose to address reflect the diversity of experience and interests each student has brought to the program. Heather Boykin, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, pursued her interest in improving … Continued

Categories: Education, Students

SON in the News: BSN Class of 2016 Shares “Lessons Learned”

Fourteen BSN students in the Class of 2016, shared some lessons they learned from their clinical rotation in an article for The lessons were collected and made into an article by clinical instructor Elizabeth Stone. “This was my first semester as a clinical instructor for brand new nursing students during their first clinical rotation,” she wrote in the article. She expected she would have to keep her students focused on the positive, but “What I didn’t expect was the wisdom that these students would share at the end of their … Continued

Categories: Education, News, Students

HRSA Grant To Promote Innovative Training in Rural Hospitals

The SON received a $1.5 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration—Division of Nursing to provide interprofessional collaborative practice training in the emergency departments of four rural North Carolina hospitals. In the fast-paced environment of an emergency room, the opportunity for error is high. Decisions are made rapidly, and the quality of care a patient receives often depends on how well emergency care providers function as a team. “In emergency rooms, it is essential that care is highly organized,” said Interim Dean and Professor Donna Havens, the primary investigator. Yet … Continued

The SON Holds Inaugural White Coat Ceremony

On September 21st, friends and family packed Memorial Hall to watch as 146 BSN students marked the beginning of their nursing education in a White Coat Ceremony. During the ceremony, students heard inspiring remarks from Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing Marilyn H. Oermann. Dr. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, served as the Frances Hill Fox Term Distinguished Professor and Chair of Adult and Geriatric Health at the SON before taking her current position at the Duke University School of Nursing. As a scholar who focuses on nursing education, Dr. Oermann encouraged … Continued

Categories: Alumni, Education, Faculty, News

Meet The 2014 Jonas Scholars: Kayoll Galbraith and Lauren Hamilton

Kayoll V. Galbraith and Lauren Hamilton have been selected as 2014 Jonas Scholars. The Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund started the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence in 2006 with the goal of deploying philanthropy to improve healthcare through nursing. They created scholarships to support doctoral nursing students and promising nursing faculty who have the potential to become leaders in their field. The Center is the largest program addressing the nation’s dire shortage of nursing faculty. Galbraith, BSN, RN, joins Nakia Best, RN, MSN, as a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar. As part of the scholarship, Galbraith … Continued

Categories: Education, News, Students

Ashley Leak Bryant Selected For Emerging Scholars Forum

The selection committee for the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Emerging Scholars Forum, impressed with the quality of assistant professor Ashley Leak Bryant’s application, selected her as one of their 2014 scholars. The forum is designed to foster a strong foundation for faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students who are embarking on a career in research. Dr. Bryant will present her research “Longitudinal Assessment of Symptoms, Functional Status, and Quality of Life in Adults with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.” Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a form of cancer that impacts blood and … Continued

Categories: Education, Faculty, Research

Welcome to Our New Students!

This week the SON welcomed 74 MSN students, 3 PMSN students, 9 PhD students, and 30 DNP students to School. This class of DNP students includes the first cohort of BSN to DNP students. We also welcomed a new post-doctoral fellow and 12 Visiting International Scholars who came from all over the world to study with our faculty. To our new students, we are glad you chose the SON for the next step in your education. The SON staff and faculty are looking forward to getting to know you and working … Continued

Categories: Education, Students

First Quality Enterprises Establishes Graduate Nursing Scholarship

First Quality Enterprises, a long term collaborator with the School of Nursing, has established a unique scholarship to be awarded  to a graduate nursing student each year. The organization is excited to announce MSN student Lauren Parrish, RN, BSN ’08, as the inaugural scholar. “First Quality is a premier health care company,” said Technical Service Director Jim Minetola. “We are passionate about delivering products and programs of the highest quality to improve health outcomes in the markets we serve. This scholarship is a partnership with UNC, who we know has the … Continued