For Nurses on the Front Lines, Wellness Matters

by Courtney Mitchell Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, practicing oncology nurse, associate professor and SON alumni association president, and Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Term Associate Professor in Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness, update our community about the stresses facing nursing right now in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and what we can all do to help. How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting nurses who are actively working in clinics and hospitals? ALB: Practicing nurses and those who support … Continued

Carolina Nursing Continues to Rise in Rankings

Today, U.S. News & World Report published its rankings for 2021, and not only does Carolina Nursing remain first among all public master’s nursing programs in the country, but we have risen in the rankings to third overall. “While these rankings are only a small measure of our achievements, they serve as a reflection of our vision to be first in nursing, as well as a reminder that we accomplish great things when we set our hearts and minds to work,” said Dean Peragallo in an email to faculty, staff, and students. Our full rankings in … Continued

Carolina Nursing Joins Top Ten in the World

The UNC School of Nursing is the now ranked 10th in the world, according to 2020 QS World University Rankings, joining four other US schools of nursing. It’s an honor to be on this list with our incredible peers. We are thankful to our faculty and staff, who work tirelessly to educate the Carolina Nurses of tomorrow, who push nursing science forward, and who advocate for health for all. Our rankings: 5th among US master’s nursing programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2020, and first among public schools of nursing 9th among doctor of … Continued

The Year of the Nurse

The American Nurses Association has deemed 2020 as the Year of the Nurse, following the World Health Organization’s designation of this year as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Announcing the initiative, ANA President and UNC School of Nursing adjunct faculty member Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN noted, “As the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and the most trusted profession, nurses are with patients 24/7 and from the beginning of life to the end. Nurses practice in all healthcare settings and are filling new … Continued

Shannon Smith named Carolina Nursing’s Director of Development

Shannon Smith joined the UNC School of Nursing as our new director of development on Monday, October 28. Shannon comes to us from Carolina’s University Development Office (UDO) where she has served as Associate Director of Development for Centers and Institutes. In her role there, Shannon acted as the fundraising consultant and major gift officer for 19 pan-university centers and institutes. In her work, she supported the start-up or re-energizing of fundraising efforts at the American Indian Center, Carolina Women’s Center, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, … Continued

Kirby named Carolina Nursing’s associate dean for advancement

Kelly Kirby has been named the associate dean for advancement at the UNC School of Nursing, effective July 15. Kirby is an experienced development and external relations professional, having directed communications, alumni relations and development activities at professional schools and programs across UNC, including the Adams School of Dentistry and the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program. She currently serves as the director of communications at the UNC School of Nursing, a role she has held for four years. “We are delighted that Kelly will be expanding her leadership at the School,” said … Continued

Fleming selected to APA Task Force of Differences in Sex Development

Associate Professor Louise Fleming has been selected by the American Psychological Association (APA) to serve as one of 10 researchers on the Task Force on Differences of Sex Development for a term of two years. This group will, among other tasks, recommend actions for education, training, policy and further research on this topic. Fleming is the only nurse serving on the task force. Well done, Louise!

Soltis-Jarrett Awarded $6.2 million from HRSA to Prepare Nurse Practitioners to meet Behavioral Health Needs in Rural NC

Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett has been awarded more than $6 million from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) for her projects Partners in Practice, Engagement, and Education in Rural NC: Preparing Nurse Practitioners for Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care and Nurse Practitioner Residency: Behavioral Health Integration in Rural Primary Care using the TANDEM3-PC Model. Both projects expand on her current work to help meet the pressing psychiatric-mental health needs of rural and underserved populations of North Carolina. With a declining number of rural primary care physicians and a … Continued

Brooks, Toles, Wu and Zomorodi elected fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing announced on Tuesday its selection of 231 highly distinguished nurse leaders for its 2019 class of Academy fellows, four of whom are UNC School of Nursing faculty! We are delighted to congratulate Drs. Jada Brooks, Mark Toles, Jia-Rong Wu and Meg Zomorodi on this significant achievement! New alumni fellows include Jinbing Bai, PhD ’16, RN, Emory University, June I. Cho, PhD ’05, RN, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Lisa C. Lindley, PhD ’11, RN, FCPN, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Selection criteria for fellowship include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and … Continued

Fleming appointed Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Division and Program

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Louise Fleming who will become our assistant dean for the undergraduate division and programs effective January 1, 2020. We are delighted and thankful to have Louise’s dedication, knowledge and talents brought to bear for the students and faculty of our oldest academic program. And we remain grateful to Dr. Anita Tesh who currently serves as assistant dean for the UG programs for giving us the time to ensure a seamless transition in leadership in advance of her retirement at the end of 2019. Thanks for your service, … Continued