Waldrop Editorial on Influencing Health Policy Appears in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

“Use your knowledge base in evidence and experience whenever there is a chance—even if you have to make the chance—to educate policy makers how to make decisions using more than hearsay and pressure from special interests,” urges Professor Julee Waldrop, DNP, PNP, FAANP, FAAN in an editorial in the latest issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Find the full editorial, NPs Can Provide Evidence to Influence Health Policies here.

Feeding Flock Tool Gets Press

Hats off to the Feeding Flock, a group of largely SON researchers, for having their work “Psychometric Properties of the Early Feeding Skills Assessment Tool” published in the October issue of Advances in Neonatal Care. Included on the article were authors Sue Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN; Britt Pados, PhD, RN, NNP-BC; Catherine S. Shaker, MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-S; Kristy Fuller,  OTR/L; and Jinhee Park, PhD, RN. The online journal HealthLeaders published an article about the tool this week, stating “Through their study, Thoyre and her colleagues determined the Early Feeding Skills checklist to … Continued

State Celebrates SON Employees Reaching Service Milestones

Congratulations to the following School of Nursing employees who were celebrated yesterday at a luncheon at the Carolina Club for UNC Chapel Hill employees reaching service milestones working for the State of North Carolina: With 25 years of total service to the State: Jennifer D’Auria Dustine Dix Kathy Lebbad With 30 years: Debbie Travers With 35 years: Carol Durham Bev Foster Our thanks to all of these wonderful members of our community for their years of good work on behalf of the School and the State.

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Davison Receives NCNA Mentorship Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jean Davison who was awarded the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Mentorship in Nursing Award at their annual convention in Concord, NC last week. The Mentorship award is given by the NCNA board to a nurse who participates consistently in active roles with the professional organization at the local state and national level; models the values, attitudes and behaviors consistent with the profession; provides nurturing and education regarding involvement in NCNA to new and potential members; and demonstrates significant leadership in efforts that support retention of … Continued

Zomorodi Gives Opening Session for NCIOM

Assistant Professor Meg Zomorodi was invited to present as the opening speaker for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) annual conference. This year’s conference focused on team-based care and boasted the highest attendance ever. Participants included a variety of health professionals, administrators and legislators from across North Carolina.  

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Kneipp Featured as NP to Admire on NursePractitionerSchools Blog

Kudos to Associate Professor Shawn Kneipp, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, APHN-BC, FAANP, who was recently featured in the blogpost “NPs to Admire: 10 Role Models Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Populations” on the website NursePractitionerSchools.com. Check out the post here.

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Santos Receives K23 Grant to Study Relationships between DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Hats off to Assistant Professor Hudson Santos, PhD, RN, who has received nearly $395,000 in grant funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research to establish relationships among DNA methylation, maternal hardship and neurodevelopmental impairment in extremely preterm children with an ultimate goal toward preventing or minimizing that impairment. The three year study, titled “Placental DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes” aims to establish maternal hardship clusters using prenatal socioeconomic and stressful life event factors; identify association between maternal hardship clusters and child cognitive and affective outcomes at … Continued

Nance-Floyd Awarded $1.5M from HRSA to Advance Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training in Eastern NC

Congratulations to Assistant Professor and Director of the SON Center for Lifelong Learning, Betty Nance-Floyd, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL, who has been awarded  a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase the number of certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in rural areas of Eastern N.C. With her project “Combination SANE Program for Rural Areas of Eastern North Carolina,” Nance-Floyd and the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) will engage with Vidant Health (VH), a nine-hospital, 1,447-bed, multi-facility system serving more than 1.4 … Continued

Van Riper Presents 2018 CANS Abstract of Distinction

A big hats off to Professor Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN, FAAN who presented her Abstract of Distinction at the 2018 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research this past weekend in Washington, D.C. One of six presentations selected for the special Abstracts of Distinction session at the annual conference, Dr. Van Riper presented her work “Family Management of Down Syndrome: Cross-Cultural” which reported results from a sample of 2,740 parents of children with Down syndrome from 10 countries, spanning North … Continued

Faculty Volunteers needed for Student Health Action Coalition

The School of Nursing has been involved with the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) for many years. Want to know more about SHAC? Check out this online video. Using a faculty-led model at SHAC, students at all levels are working together to learn and provide quality patient care to the underserved and uninsured. This fall, the Invest in Nursing grant will support a graduate student as the TA at SHAC weekly. In addition, we would like to identify a group of 10 SON faculty interested in learning more about how … Continued

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