Better EHR Implementation Could Save Lives

Inadequate implementation of electronic health records (EHR) systems leads to errors that could put patients at risk, according to newly released research conducted in collaboration with faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing. UNC-Chapel Hill was one of four research sites participating in the study, the results from which were published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). From each of the four health centers, investigators analyzed mouse clicks, keystrokes and video data from participating physicians’ EHR use. The teams found the time taken … Continued

Mayer Named Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor

Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN was appointed the UNC School of Nursing Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor of Nursing on July 1, 2018. The Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professorship in Nursing was established for the School in 1991 by Frances Hill Fox, a physician and daughter of John Sprunt Hill and Annie Watts Hill, philanthropists known for donating The Carolina Inn and Hill Hall, Carolina’s music building, to the University. For 38 years, Dr. Fox served as a member of the UNC School of Nursing Advisory Board and … Continued

Hodges, Song Elected Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing announced today its selection of 195 highly distinguished nurse leaders for its 2018 class of Academy fellows, two of whom are UNC School of Nursing faculty! We are delighted to congratulate Drs. Eric Hodges and Lixin Song on this significant achievement! Selection criteria for fellowship include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has … Continued

Like Mother, Like Child

One in nine new moms struggle with depression — but single moms, immigrants, and those in low socioeconomic situations are even more susceptible. And their children, whose brains triple in size and make nearly 1,000 nerve connections in the first three years of their life, are directly affected. To combat this, UNC nurse scientist Linda Beeber has spent the past two decades developing mental health interventions that treat both the mother and the child as a unit, called the “dyad.” Linda Beeber stands in a trailer home in Durham and … Continued

Bryant Named 2018 Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Hats off to Assistant Professor Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN, OCN, who was recently named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. According to the GSA, the status of fellow —the highest class of membership within the Society — is “an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. This recognition can come at varying points in an individual’s career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity including research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation … Continued

Adjunct Faculty Member and Honorary Alum Grant Named President of ANA

Tremendous congratulations to Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN on being elected president of the American Nurses Association (ANA) this weekend. His term will begin January 1, 2019. An adjunct faculty member and honorary alumnus of Carolina Nursing, Dr. Grant is the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycees Burn Center at UNC Hospitals and is an internationally known expert in burn care and fire safety education. He currently serves as vice president of the ANA and is a past-president of the North Carolina Nurses Association. “We couldn’t be more … Continued

Jenerette SON’s Latest Macy Faculty Scholar

Carolina Nursing is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN has been named one of five Macy Faculty Scholars for 2018! This year’s Macy Faculty Scholars were selected from a national applicant pool of 85 talented medical and nursing educators. According to George Thibault, MD, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Dr. Jenerette was chosen for her “accomplishments to date and future promise as an educational leader and mentor.” As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Coretta will be able to spend at least 50% of … Continued

Durham Receives INACSL Spirit of Simulation Leadership Excellence Award

Congratulations to Professor Carol Durham who received the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s (INASCL) “Spirit of Simulation” Leadership Excellence Award today at their 2018 conference held in Toronto, Canada. The award is given annually to “a visionary and inspiring nurse leader in the INASCL simulation practice community who exemplifies the characteristics of a transformational leader.” “This award is given to you in recognition of the high regard you have earned from your peers, colleagues, and others who submitted praise-filled comments and a strong letter of support with your … Continued

Britton Study Examines Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Diagnosis and Management Among Women of Reproductive Age

New research demonstrates that diabetes is increasingly common in young adults and disproportionately affects women of color. In a new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, Laura Britton, PhD Candidate, BSN, RN demonstrated that there were significant racial/ethnic variation in the rates of diabetes and level of diabetes management among women 24-32 years of age. Notably, the rate of diabetes among black women was more than three times that of white women in this age group. “I have a background in women’s health, so I’ve been concerned about the … Continued

Anderson’s Study Proves Vignettes Useful in Assessing Quality in Nursing Homes

Preventing falls is a top priority in nursing homes, as they often lead to injuries and loss of function and independence. To understand when and why falls happen is key, and validated process measures that correlate with patient outcomes are needed for research and quality improvement. A study in the May issue of the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (JAMDA) shows that clinical vignettes completed by nursing home staff have a greater association with resident recurrent fall rates than traditional chart abstraction process measures and may be useful … Continued