Van Riper Presents 2018 CANS Abstract of Distinction

A big hats off to Professor Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN, FAAN who presented her Abstract of Distinction at the 2018 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research this past weekend in Washington, D.C. One of six presentations selected for the special Abstracts of Distinction session at the annual conference, Dr. Van Riper presented her work “Family Management of Down Syndrome: Cross-Cultural” which reported results from a sample of 2,740 parents of children with Down syndrome from 10 countries, spanning North … Continued

Alumna Leaves Legacy for Graduate Education and Research

In the late 1950s Barbara Williams Madden was among the first students to enroll in Carolina’s MSN program. Now generations of our graduate students will benefit from her generosity. Barbara, (MSN, ’60) came to Carolina after graduating from Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing, and Teachers College, Columbia University,  attracted to the fledgling graduate program at UNC by then-Dean Elizabeth Kemble’s national reputation. Barbara became one of the country’s first providers of care to patients suffering from polio and went on to teach her methods in over 40 states and … Continued

Berry Receives $2.974 million in R01 Funding for Healthy Mothers—Healthy Children Study

Congratulations to Assistant Dean for Research and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Professor Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN and her team who were awarded nearly $3 million in research grant funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research to improve nutrition and physical activity among overweight Hispanic mothers and their young children in order to inhibit the development of prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease later in life. With this $2.974 million R01 grant from NINR, Berry and her team will study Healthy Mothers—Healthy Children: An Intervention with Hispanic Mothers and their Young … Continued

Cashion, BSN ’78, to serve as acting director of the National Institutes for Nursing Research

Carolina Nursing celebrates with alumna, Ann Cashion, BSN ’78, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has been named the acting director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). She will begin the role on September 1, 2018 following the retirement of Patricia Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has directed the Institute for 23 years. A nation-wide search for the next director will begin immediately. Dr. Cashion currently serves as the NINR scientific director and acting deputy director and has been at NINR for over seven years. She is a well-known scientist and … Continued

Ferris Bequest to Support Graduate Students Seeking Leadership Role

Laurice “Laurie” Ferris, an emeritus faculty member of the School of Nursing has designated a bequest to the School that will support graduate students in nursing with the goal of developing the next generation of nurse leaders. In her establishment of The Laurice Ferris Endowment for Nurse Leaders, Ferris hopes to apportion financial aid to graduate students in the Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation Program. The program places students entering the undergraduate BSN program directly on the path to obtain a PhD in nursing. It aims to prepare these nurse … Continued

Alderman Receives 2018 Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jennifer Alderman who was selected from among 63 nominated faculty and professional advisors on UNC’s campus to receive this year’s Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence. A committee reviewed 237 individual nominations submitted by undergraduate students in the spring term, giving weight to both the number of nominations each individual advisor received, as well as to the strength of the student statements The award was presented at a ceremony hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences on August 13. Congratulations on this well deserved … Continued

Oppewal, Soltis-Jarrett Receive 2018 NLN Awards

A big round of applause for Associate Professor Sonda Oppewal and Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett. It was announced yesterday that both are recipients of prestigious National League for Nursing Awards for 2018! The NLN presents three awards each year to acknowledge individuals and organizations of prominence within nursing education and the wider stage of American health care, and Carolina Nursing is thrilled to be home for two of them! Dr. Oppewal was named the NLN Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award winner. Lillian D. Wald was a nurse; social worker; … Continued

SON Kicks Off New Strategic Plan with New Academic Year

We will be what we have been: First in Nursing. And with that, the UNC School of Nursing plants a bold and visionary flag to guide its future course. In February 2018 the School of Nursing embarked on its first organized strategic planning process in over a decade and approved the final plan on Monday, May 14 by an overwhelming majority. To guide this important endeavor, the School contracted Dr. Paul Friga of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, an expert in the field of strategy and entrepreneurship. He and his team guided … Continued

Tan Receives F31 Funding to Study Stress Responses in Caregivers of Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients

Congratulations to Hillman Scholar and T32 Predoctoral Trainee Kelly Tan who was awarded nearly $62,000 from the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the positive psychological states and stress responses in caregivers of adults receiving an allogeneic bone marrow transplant. The funding will permit Tan to examine trends in stress, health, biological data and positive psychological states of caregivers during the peri-transplant period. Outcomes from her project will support future work on chronic stress in the context of caregiving and lead to hypothesis generation. At least 2.8 million unpaid caregivers … Continued

Duke Endowment Funds UNC Schools of Nursing and Medicine to implement Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

UNC SCHOOL OF NURSING NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA; AUGUST 15, 2018 North Carolinians spent roughly $12.5 million a day in hospital charges related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) in 2015. In that same year, the disease claimed the lives of 18,467 of the state’s citizens and hospitalized more than 100,120. An interdisciplinary team of faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and School of Medicine is working to decrease those numbers with HeartHome, a two-year project recently funded by a $710,000 … Continued