Bush Promotes Nursing through UNC HHIVE’s “Grand Rounds”

Assistant Dean for Practice and Associate Professor Tom Bush met recently with UNC students participating in the HHIVE program offered by the Department of English and Composition through its Literature, Medicine and Culture concentration. HHIVE stands for Health and Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration, and the program invited Dr. Bush to speak about the changing role of nurses in health care and the opportunities that exist for those entering the profession, as well as the profession as a whole. To read more about his discussion, please see the HHIVE … Continued

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There’s an App for That

By Michele Lynn from the Carolina Nursing Magazine  With a $2.58 million grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), Associate Professor Lixin Song, PhD, RN, FAAN, is studying the efficacy of a couples-focused, tailored, symptom self-management mHealth (mobile health) intervention for prostate cancer patients and their partners. This randomized clinical trial is testing the usefulness of an innovative web-based program, Prostate Cancer Education & Resources for Couples (PERC). PERC is tailored to the needs of men of diverse backgrounds who have recently been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, … Continued

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Like Mother, Like Child

By Alyssa Lafaro from the Carolina Nursing Magazine  One in nine new moms struggles 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, or “dyad.” Linda Beeber, PhD, … Continued

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Helping Patients and Their Caregivers Transition to Care at Home

By Nancy LaMontagne from the Carolina Nursing Magazine  After acute hospital care, one in five older adults transfers to a nursing home for three to four weeks of rehabilitation and nursing care before returning home. These frail older adults experience very high risk for poor outcomes at home, and are frequently rehospitalized for recurring medical problems. SON Assistant Professor Mark Toles, PhD, RN, and his colleagues developed Connect-Home —a group of innovative tools and strategies to support older adults and their caregivers during transitions from the nursing home to home. … Continued

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Thoyre Receives NIH R15 Administrative Supplement

Congratulations to Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Term Professor Sue Thoyre who received $191,497 in an administrative supplement for the R15 for which she serves as co-investigator. The study examines behavioral and physiological responses to oral feeding in infants with complex congenital heart disease. The supplement allows the research team to add infants with Down syndrome to the R15 sample. Professor Marcia Van Riper will serve as a consultant on the supplement. National Institute Of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health Award Number 1R15NR017092-01, Harrison (PI) 04/12/17-03/31/20 Funding total: … Continued

Leeman, Mayer Chapters Published

Professor Jennifer Leeman and Fox Distinguished Professor Deborah K. Mayer contributed chapters to the recently published text, Advancing the Science of Implementation across the Cancer Continuum, offered by Oxford University Press. Billed as the first text of its kind to focus on the intersection of implementation science and cancer, the book aims to provide a broad synthesis of relevant research studies as well as detailed case studies illustrating each topic area. Dr. Leeman contributed to Chapter 2: Evidence-Based Cancer Practices, Programs, and Interventions, while Dr. Mayer contributed to Chapter 11: Cancer Survivorship: … Continued

Cortés Presents at North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting

Yamnia Cortés, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, presented “Impact of prior preterm or term small for gestational age birth on maternal blood pressure during the menopause transition: Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation,” at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA earlier this month.

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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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