Ebahi Ikharo Collects Data and Human Insights in Namibia

Ebahi Ikharo, PhD student and Hillman Scholar, recently went to Namibia to help design a tool to identify and improve compliance issues in hospital maternity wards. She came back to NC with some insights on nurses’ mental health. Supported by the UNC’s IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program, Ikharo spent 3 weeks working with the Nursing Now campaign in Namibia, collecting data in maternity wards across 5 different hospitals. Namibia’s Ministry of Heath is using the data to create a tool to assess compliance with standards and recommendations for areas of improvement … Continued

From Carolina Nursing Magazine: At the Center of an Epidemic, Nursing Moves the Needle

“Here, it’s unthinkable.” Lixin Song, RN, PhD, FAAN, describes the pediatric cancer ward in Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe, Malawi, where ailing children recuperate two to a bed and nurses must mix biohazardous drugs by hand without proper ventilation. In the adult clinic, patients pack waiting rooms from morning to night, returning the next day until they can be seen. A common thread of cancer, in nearly every corner of the world, is that its care and treatment are influenced and sustained by the power of nursing and nurses. … Continued

Helping Humankind in the Natural World

When Betty Martinez was in the Galápagos islands, she was amazed by how the sea lions, pelicans, crabs, lizards and blue-footed boobies coexisted with humans as restaurants and shops carried on with daily business. On a morning walk, she and Alasia Ledford spotted two sea lions sprawled on patio chairs with a table and a cup between them. “It was as if the sea lions had met up for morning coffee and a chat before starting a day of sunbathing,” says Ledford. Adds Martinez, “Nature has its place, and the … Continued

Griffin’s Gift Opens the Door to a New World for Nursing Students

For Olivia Griffin, BSN ’67, travel has been its own kind of classroom. And with the newly created Olivia Womble Griffin Global Nursing Scholarship, she will broaden the horizons of nursing students for years to come. Griffin’s scholarship will support a global health experience for an undergraduate nursing student each year, an idea inspired by Griffin’s own experiences caring for underserved patients in Africa and Bolivia. “The beauty of giving back to the School of Nursing is that you can pair what you’re interested in with what the students at … Continued

Bryant and Haley Continue to Build Oncology Nursing Capacity in Malawi

Assistant Professor Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, and Jen Haley, MSN, RN, CNL, nurse planner in the Center for Lifelong Learning, spent two weeks this summer in Lilongwe, Malawi, continuing the collaborative relationships with Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), and UNC Project-Malawi that were established in 2018. Both alumni of the SON, Bryant and Haley are committed to building oncology nursing capacity in research, education, and practice in Malawi. Bryant and Haley both practice as oncology nurses in the inpatient oncology unit at the North … Continued

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Nursing Now USA Strategy and Action Meeting Held at UNC

The UNC School of Nursing co-hosted a Nursing Now USA strategy and action meeting on Wednesday, August 1. The meeting was held in partnership with the University of Washington School of Nursing and the American Nurses Association. Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign launched in 2018 in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization with the intent of raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide. This social movement is based on the Triple Impact report, which concluded that increasing the number of nurses … Continued

Baernholdt joins Carolina Nursing as New Associate Dean for Global Initiatives

Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, joined the UNC School of Nursing today as the new associate dean for global initiatives. An international scholar, Baernholdt has dedicated her career to teaching and mentoring students and junior faculty in leadership, quality, and safety. She is an experienced primary investigator and co-investigator on several federal grants, and her research focuses on how quality of care is defined and factors affecting quality of care in global rural areas across the healthcare continuum. Before joining Carolina Nursing, Baernholdt served as the Nursing Alumni Endowed … Continued

SON well-represented at QSEN International Forum 2019

The QSEN International Forum 2019 titled “QSEN Rocks” in Cleveland, Ohio was well attended by UNC faculty presenters: Carol Durham, Jean Davison, Jennifer Alderman and Gwen Sherwood (Emeritus). QSEN, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, originated at the UNC School of Nursing in 2005 with Dean Emeritus Linda Cronenwett, Professor Emeritus Gwen Sherwood and Carol Durham as key leaders. Now the SON is a QSEN Institute Regional Center focusing on global and simulation areas of application of the quality and safety competencies.

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BSN Student Sharpe Receives Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Fellowship

Congratulations to Latesha Sharpe who was one of seven undergraduate students to receive a 2019 Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Fellowship from UNC Global. Latesha will travel to Tanzania as part of an interprofessional trip providing assessments, health education and treatments to villages in East Africa. Additionally, she will explore the how culture, nutrition and lifestyle affect cardiometabolic health in East African communities and the applicability of this research to African American populations in the United States. Please read the full story here.

Carolina Nursing well-represented at 2019 ONS Congress

UNC had a strong turn-out at the 2019 Oncology Nursing Society’s annual Congress, hosted in Anaheim, CA last week. Presenting on behalf of Carolina were: Ashley Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN: ‘Outcomes of an Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program: Findings from 3 Cohorts’ ‘Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Finds from a Systematic Review’ Ya-Ning Chan, MSN, RN: ‘Relationship between Aromatase Inhibitors Use and Exercise Among Breast Cancer Survivors ‘Cognitive Function in Colorectal Cancer’ Rachel Hirschey, PhD, RN: ‘Review of video education in underrepresented minority cancer survivors’ ‘Resources for Oncology Nurses to provide … Continued