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.

Alexander and Zomorodi elected to Faculty Governance Committees

Congratulations to Dr. Rumay Alexander for being elected to the Faculty Executive Committee, and to Dr. Meg Zomorodi for being elected to the Educational Policy Committee. Thanks to all SON faculty who expressed an interest in participating in Faculty Governance and to everyone that currently serves! Complete election results can be found here. 

Categories: Faculty, Leadership, News

Palmer is Guest Editor for IJERPH Issue on Women’s Bladder Health

Mary Palmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF was invited to be the guest editor for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, focusing on bladder health in women. The special issue can be read here.

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Silveyra Receives CEHS Pilot Grant

Dr. Patricia Silveyra, Associate Professor and Director of the SON Biobehavioral Lab, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020-2021 UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Pilot Projects Program. The $30,000 pilot funding will support her project “Sex differences in ozone-induced asthma exacerbations: role of the microbiome”. The CEHS Pilot Projects Program is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health award number P30ES010126. Congratulations, Dr. Silveyra!

Categories: Awards, Faculty, News, Research

Dr. Zegre-Hemsey Pens Guest Editorial in Journal of Emergency Nursing

Jessica Zegre-Hemsey, PhD, RN, was invited by Dr. Jessica Castner, Editor in Chief, to author a guest editorial in the current issue of Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN). “Optimizing Patient Outcomes in Emergency Cardiac Care Through Advances in Technology: Nurse Scientists in Action.” discusses several research manuscripts in the current issue about cardiovascular conditions and how innovative technologies have been integrated to improve clinical outcomes. It demonstrates how we can use technologies, including non-invasive cardiac monitoring, to augment nurses’ skills in triage and risk stratification to optimize patient outcomes in … Continued

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Horses Create Insight and Change for PMHNP Students

“It’s transformative,” is a frequent reaction at the end of a half day interactive program that involve non-riding, on-the-ground encounters with horses who are being horses. Since 2014, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) students at SON have been participating in a unique experiential learning program for health professionals. The sessions are facilitated by an equine specialist Mickey Purcell, and mental health professional and SON Associate Professor, Noreen Esposito EdD, PMHMP, both certified in the Eagala Model of equine assisted learning. This model is used in over 40 countries around … Continued

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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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Zomorodi Receives Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award for Outstanding Public Service

Carolina honors 11 individuals and one organization for outstanding public service Originally released by the Carolina Center for Public Service Chapel Hill, N.C. — On April 24, at the annual Public Service Awards event, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill honored 11 individuals and one organization for outstanding contributions to the campus and broader communities. This year’s event was held virtually due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The Carolina Center for Public Service presented the awards, which are the Ned Brooks, Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship and Robert … 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.

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