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

Cortés Selected for NHLBI PRIDE Summer Institute

Assistant Professor Yamnia I. Cortés has been selected to participate in the 2019 Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) Summer Institute, a mentored research training initiative sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). NHLBI’s PRIDE program seeks to increase the number of junior investigators from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and those with disabilities, by preparing them to successfully compete for external funding for research in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. There are nine programs consisting of up to 3 weeks … Continued

Belcher’s passion for nurse education comes through in new fund

Anne Belcher, MN, PhD, (BSN ’67), ANEF, FAAN is passionate about nursing education – not only to prepare the next generation of nurses, but also to enhance the skills of today’s leading nurse faculty. By creating the Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholars Fund, she is generously providing opportunities for faculty in the UNC School of Nursing to shape the world of interprofessional education (IPE) and create the scholarly work others will look to as evidence for the power of IPE in the future. “I have always thought it makes good … Continued

Students spend spring break in service in Tyrrell County

SON students in Tyrell County for service trip

Each year a group of Carolina Nursing students join peers in UNC’s other health professions schools to head to the North Carolina coast on their spring breaks, but the goal is neither rest nor relaxation – it’s service learning. For a decade now, these students have devoted their time off to the citizens of Tyrrell County, a small county in the Northeast corner of the state that is relatively under-resourced when it comes to the dedicated health and health-care resources needed for a healthy population. Carolina’s health affairs schools have … Continued

Kneipp receives $3.3M in R01 funding for NC Works4Health project

Congratulations to Associate Professor Shawn Kneipp, PhD, RN, FAANP who was awarded more than $3 million in research grant funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to reduce chronic disease risks in socioeconomically disadvantaged, unemployed populations. With this ambitious multi-level study called NC Works4Health, Kneipp and her team will adapt and test the effectiveness of interventions introduced through Department of Social Services-Employment (DSS-E) programs to offer risk- and disease-prevention content to unemployed adults seeking benefits, training and placement assistance, as they are often under great stress … Continued

L. Beeber featured on Focus Carolina

Assistant Dean and Professor Linda Beeber was featured on this week’s episode of Focus Carolina discussing her work to create home-based mental health care to reduce depression in high-risk populations of mothers with infants and toddlers, and help them bond with their babies. Listen to the full episode here: https://buff.ly/2WnOq7M

SON Loses Patron and Friend Tom Norris

The School of Nursing mourns the loss of one of its dearest friends and patrons, Tom Norris, who passed away on May 31. Tom and his wife Jane, BSN ’56 have provided significant philanthropic and volunteer leadership to the School of Nursing throughout its history. Tom was instrumental in the creation of the School of Nursing Foundation in the 1980s, providing pro bono legal counsel to the organization for over 35 years and serving as an honorary lifetime member. Tom also represented the SON on a campus wide level as chair … Continued

Bryant receives Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Award

Assistant Professor Ashley Leak Bryant was named a recipient of the inaugural National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Award. The awards program is a Hartford initiative aimed at recognizing the leadership of nurse educators working with students, faculty and providers, and older people in diverse settings. “Given the rapidly growing older adult population and the urgent need to prepare the future nurse workforce to care for an aging population, it is imperative to have well-prepared nurse educators not only with knowledge and skills … Continued

SON presents to UNC Trustees

On Thursday, May 30th, Dean Nena Peragallo Montano was joined by students Becky Fitzula, a Hillman Scholar and recent BSN graduate, and Karen Sheffield, a doctoral candidate and T32 Fellow, to present to the UNC Board of Trustees about the work and service taking place by the state’s flagship school of nursing. Read more about their presentation on unc.edu.

Santos abstract receives top rating for 2019 ISONG Congress, paper published in Epigenetics

Assistant Professor Hudson Santos’s abstract “Sexual Epigenetic Dimorphism in the Placenta and Positive Child Health,” was rated top-three for presentation at the 2019 International Society for Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) Congress. His presentation will be highlighted at a special session of the Congress on November 9, 2019. Along with his team, Santos also published the paper, “Epigenome-wide DNA methylation in placentas from preterm infants: association with maternal socioeconomic status” in the journal Epigenetics. To the team’s knowledge, theirs is among the first studies to explore the association between socioeconomic status (SES) factors and … Continued