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UNC Research Week: Yeo finds that stretching has the power to lower the risk of heart disease for pregnant women

To celebrate UNC Research Week, we are highlighting just a few of the incredible nursing scientists here at SON.  Project Promoting Stretching Exercise to Reduce Cardiovascular Health Risk in Late Pregnant Women with Obesity Principal Investigator SeonAe Yeo, RNC, PhD, FAAN For most pregnant women, regular aerobic exercise — as much as 30 minutes, five days a week — is a recommended part of a healthy pregnancy. In fact, a sedentary lifestyle during pregnancy can put both mother and baby at risk for complications such as preeclampsia, which is a … Continued

UNC Research Week: Santos looks to epigenetics to identify factors that effect cognitive development in preterm children

To celebrate UNC Research Week, we are highlighting just a few of the incredible nursing scientists here at SON.  Project Genetic and Epigenetic Effects on Childhood Cognitive Trajectories Principal Investigator Hudson Santos, PhD, RN Children born extremely preterm exhibit much higher rates of cognitive function impairment — such as trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating or making decisions — during early childhood and through to adulthood when compared to those born full-term. Ranging from mild to severe, cognitive function impairment can significantly impact an individual’s day-to-day life. Hudson Santos’s study … Continued

UNC Research Week: Shawn Kneipp takes aim at heath disparities with NC Works4Health

To celebrate UNC Research Week, we are highlighting just a few of the incredible nursing scientists here at SON.  Project NC Works4Health: Reducing Chronic Disease Risks in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, Unemployed Populations Principal Investigator Shawn Kneipp, PhD, RN, ANP, APHN-BC, FAANP Health disparities faced by those living in poverty can be exacerbated by the realities of unemployment — a period of stress and worry that can trigger a host of unhealthy coping mechanisms. These behaviors can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and psychological distress, which are all common risk … Continued

Somos Carolina: Dean Nena Peragallo Montano

UNC’s Latinx students, staff, faculty, and leaders are an essential part of our community. SON Dean Nena Peragallo Montano spoke with The Well about her heritage and how it informed her work as a nursing scientist! Read about her and others’ experiences here. 

Dignity and incontinence — discussing bladder health with Mary Palmer.

The idea of dignity is always present in discussions about incontinence, explains SON professor Mary Palmer. Tune in to this week’s Focus Carolina as she discusses what inspires her to help dispel social stigmas while advocating for better urinary tract health.  Listen here. 

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via Carolina Nursing students prepare for a future COVID-19 vaccine

BSN students conducted a mass immunization simulation to prepare the future nurses for a critical scenario they may be handling when a vaccine becomes available for the novel coronavirus. Read the story at

via the UNC Graduate School: Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Stephanie Betancur

Carolina Nursing PhD student and Hillman Scholar Stephanie Betancur is profiled as a Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar. Stephanie is a first-generation graduate student, registered nurse at UNC Health, and nursing scientist.

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Fever: it’s more than just a number – via The Well

SON clinical professor and nurse practitioner Meg Carman spoke with The Well about fevers — sharing her expertise on the importance of hydration, when to pick up the phone and seek medical advice, and how there are more things to consider than just your temperature. Read it here.

Cortés elected as Fellow of the American Heart Association

The Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing has elected SON assistant professor Dr. Yamnia Cortés as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). According to the American Heart Association, “Fellowship recognizes and awards premium professional members for their scientific and professional accomplishments, volunteer leadership, and service.” Fellowship is open to scientists, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals with a productive interest in cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Congratulations, Dr. Cortés!

Zègre-Hemsey tests drone delivery for defibrillators, featured in NC TraCS video

Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey and her team published results of their drone study in The New England Journal of Medicine (September 17, 2020). The study was supported by a grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NC TraCS), National Institutes of Health, and was a collaboration with UNC School of Public Health, UNC School of Medicine, and North Carolina State University. This study examined the feasibility of drone delivery of an automated external defibrillator in simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).  Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey and her team conducted a randomized … Continued