School of Nursing and First Quality Team Up to Teach Bladder Health

Nurses receive most of their education about bladder health on the job while providing patients with incontinence care rather than preventing and treating bladder conditions like urinary incontinence. In order to increase bladder health education and accelerate the application of the latest bladder health research to real-world practice, First Quality, one of the UNC School of Nursing’s partners in the health industry, attended this year’s new-student orientation and provided each student with their newly published pocket-guide on bladder health, “Prevailing with Continence Management: A Nurses Guide,” that nurses can easily … Continued

Leeman and Colleagues Receive $3.375 Million Grant Renewal for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Congratulations to Jennifer Leeman and her colleagues, who have been awarded $3.375 million to continue funding the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) through September 2024. Associate Professor Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MDIV, is Co-PI of the UNC collaborating center, along with Alison Brenner. “Everyday researchers are discovering more effective interventions to prevent and control cancer,” says Dr. Leeman. “We now need to develop better ways to implement those interventions into routine practice, especially in settings that care for those at greatest risk for poor cancer outcomes. We are delighted … Continued

Carter Named President of FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital

Congratulations to Rebecca W. Carter, MSN, RN, FACHE, who has been named president of FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital, located in Southern Pines, NC.  Carter, a native of North Carolina, received undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing has served for 17 years as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for Transylvania Regional Hospital, and for eight years served as director of clinical education, support and development at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. “I am confident that Becky’s leadership and … Continued

Remembering SON Alum and Pioneer Audrey J. Booth

Audrey J. Booth, RN, MSN ’57, one of the School’s true pioneers, passed away on September 29, 2019. In 1957, Audrey was the first student to receive an MSN degree from the UNC School of Nursing. After practicing at NC Memorial Hospital for several years, she returned to the SON, where she served as associate dean for 12 years. During her tenure, she also served as the director of statewide activities for AHEC, the coordinator of clinical facilities, and as the first director of development for the School. In recognition … Continued

Wilmoth Named Visionary Pioneer by University of Maryland School of Nursing

Congratulations to Executive Dean Peggy Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, on being one of five Visionary Pioneers recently inducted by the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dr. Wilmoth and her fellow inductees were honored at a gala commemorating 130 years of the University of Maryland School of Nursing on September 21, 2019. The full press release can be found below. Congratulations, Dr. Wilmoth on this well-deserved honor! UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF NURSING CELEBRATES 130TH ANNIVERSARY AND INDUCTS FIVE NEW VISIONARY PIONEERS Baltimore, Md. –  The University of Maryland … Continued

Cortés Awarded $530K to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Perimenopausal Latinas through Community Health Intervention

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Yamnia I. Cortés, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, who has been awarded more than $530,000 in grant funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for her project “Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Perimenopausal Latinas: Pilot Study of a Multi-Component Intervention.” Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death among women. Risk of CVD increases substantially during perimenopause, the critical window of 6 to 8 years before a woman’s final menstrual period. Increasing evidence suggests that Latinas have a significantly worse CVD risk factor profile … Continued

Thoyre Receives Nearly $2.7 Million in R01 Funding to Identify Early Symptoms in Infants at Risk for Chronic Feeding Disorder

Congratulations to Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Term Professor Sue Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has been awarded $2.66 million in research grant funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research to identify early symptoms of problematic feeding in infants that can progress to chronic feeding disorder. After leaving neonatal intensive care, some preterm and full-term infants have a higher risk for compromised growth and development. An estimated 40–70% of these infants will have problematic feeding during the first 24 months, and this problematic feeding may escalate into a chronic feeding … Continued

Beeber Named Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar

Sincere congratulations to Dr. Anna Beeber, who has been appointed the Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar. The Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Professorship Fund was endowed in the School of Nursing Foundation to memorialize Carol Ann Beerstecher-Blackwell, BSN ’71, a pediatric nurse and lecturer at the SON, and to recognize SON faculty whose accomplishments and career are determined by their colleagues to be highly significant to the discipline, the University and the School. To receive an appointment as a named Distinguished Professor (full professor) or Distinguished Scholar (associate professor), a faculty member must be … Continued

Wilmoth Selected to Serve on Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council

Executive Dean Peggy Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, was nominated by the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) Executive Committee and selected by the Department of Defense for one of three military/veterans service organization seats on its new Military Family Readiness Council. “General Wilmoth is a superb choice as the voice of the Reserve Component family on this important council; her selection is evidence of her incredible credentials and of ROA’s reputation for being a professional, informed, and constructive voice within the RC sphere,” said ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips. The announcement from … Continued

Cromeens to Study Pathways to Endometriosis Diagnosis with American Nurses Foundation Grant

Hillman Scholar Martha Grace Cromeens has been awarded a $9,999 American Nurses Foundation (ANF) grant from the Virginia Kelley Fund to map pathways to diagnosis of endometriosis among a diverse group of women Endometriosis is estimated to affect 5-10% of reproductive-aged women. Despite the profound negative effects of this chronic condition on individual functioning and quality of life, diagnosis can take years or even decades. During this time of delayed diagnosis, women suffer from chronic pelvic pain, menstrual irregularity, pain with intercourse and infertility among other physical symptoms. They also … Continued