Toles Receives $1.945 million in R01 Funding to Help Patients and Caregivers Transition from Skilled Nursing Facility to Home Care

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Mark Toles, PhD, RN, who was awarded nearly $2 million in research grant funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research to assist patients and their caregivers make the transition from Skilled Nursing Facilities to home care with fewer complications. With his $1.945 million R01 grant from NINR, Toles will study Connect-Home: Testing the Efficacy of Transitional Care of Patients and Caregivers during Transitions from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home. As seriously ill patients draw closer to the end-of-life, they experience multiple transitions between healthcare providers and settings. More … Continued

Berry Named Assistant Dean for Research

Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Professor Dr. Diane Berry has been appointed the new role of assistant dean for research for the School of Nursing. In this role, Diane will work closely with Associate Dean for Research Ruth Anderson to administer, support and stimulate the research activities of the school’s faculty and to further our research mission. “We are delighted that the recent growth and expansion of our research enterprise necessitates this addition to our Administration, and so pleased to be able to draw on Diane’s talent and leadership as we establish this important … Continued

Havens Visiting International Scholar in Australia

Professor Donna Havens traveled to Brisbane, Australia in June to serve as a visiting international scholar at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. While there, she consulted with faculty and facilitated the second annual Research Week for the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. This is Dr. Haven’s second year in this capacity, having assisted with their inaugural Research Week in 2017.

Yeo, Toles Help Build Japan’s First DNP Program

Professor SeonAe Yeo and Assistant Professor Mark Toles travelled to Tokyo, Japan last month to work with St. Luke’s International University to help further develop the nation’s first doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. Together, Drs. Yeo and Toles taught courses, held faculty development seminars, attended DNP faculty working group meetings and consulted with individual faculty members and students throughout the course of their two weeks there. With the collaboration of Carolina Nursing, St. Luke’s plans to secure federal funding to brand itself the leader in implementation science in nursing … Continued

Zomorodi Guest Editor of July-August Issue of NCMJ

Associate Professor Meg Zomorodi served as guest editor of the July-August issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, or NCMJ, a journal of health policy analysis and debate. The issue focused on team-based care and featured an article, Alternative Payment Models and Team-Based Care, co-authored by Professor and Director of the Hillman Scholars Program, Cheryl Jones.

Khairat Study on Effects of EHR Use and Training Featured by AMA, AHA and Politico

Medical providers’ use of electronic health records (EHR) systems leads to errors that could put patients at risk, according to newly released research conducted in collaboration with faculty at UNC’s School of Nursing. UNC-Chapel Hill was one of four research sites participating in the study, the results from which were published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) and which has been featured by the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, as well as by Politico. From each of the four health centers, investigators … Continued

Mayer Named Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor

Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN was appointed the UNC School of Nursing Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor of Nursing on July 1, 2018. The Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professorship in Nursing was established for the School in 1991 by Frances Hill Fox, a physician and daughter of John Sprunt Hill and Annie Watts Hill, philanthropists known for donating The Carolina Inn and Hill Hall, Carolina’s music building, to the University. For 38 years, Dr. Fox served as a member of the UNC School of Nursing Advisory Board and … Continued

Hodges, Song Elected Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing announced today its selection of 195 highly distinguished nurse leaders for its 2018 class of Academy fellows, two of whom are UNC School of Nursing faculty! We are delighted to congratulate Drs. Eric Hodges and Lixin Song on this significant achievement! Selection criteria for fellowship include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has … Continued

Like Mother, Like Child

One in nine new moms struggle with depression — but single moms, immigrants, and those in low socioeconomic situations are even more susceptible. And their children, whose brains triple in size and make nearly 1,000 nerve connections in the first three years of their life, are directly affected. To combat this, UNC nurse scientist Linda Beeber has spent the past two decades developing mental health interventions that treat both the mother and the child as a unit, called the “dyad.” Linda Beeber stands in a trailer home in Durham and … Continued

Bryant Named 2018 Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Hats off to Assistant Professor Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN, OCN, who was recently named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. According to the GSA, the status of fellow —the highest class of membership within the Society — is “an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. This recognition can come at varying points in an individual’s career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity including research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation … Continued