Carolina Nursing Rises to 14th in US News Rankings

U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of graduate nursing programs today and Carolina Nursing saw a three point increase for the Master’s program and a whopping seven point rise for our doctor of nursing practice program over 2018’s rankings. UNC now ranks 14th among all MSN programs and 13th among the DNP. Also ranked in the top-20 of advanced practice areas are our Family Nurse Practitioner program (tied for 12th), our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program (tied for 9th) and our Nursing Administration program (tied for … Continued

Davison Receives 2018 AANP State Award for Excellence

Associate Professor Jean Ann Davison, DNP, FNP-BC will be among the recipients honored with the prestigious American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2018 State Award for Excellence at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2018 National Conference June 26-July 1, 2018, in Denver, CO. The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner (NP) in a state who demonstrates excellence in practice. In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant … Continued

Mayer Advising NCI on Cancer Survivorship Issues and Research

SON Professor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, who directs cancer survivorship at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been appointed to an advisory role on cancer survivorship issues with the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Mayer, who is nationally recognized for her expertise in cancer survivorship research, will provide insight on current and future DCCPS research projects as well as partner with colleagues across DCCPS, the NCI and the National Institutes of Health to address issues in cancer survivorship. She will maintain her appointments at … Continued

Carolina Nursing Joins IntraHealth for US Launch of Nursing Now Global Campaign

The UNC School of Nursing was pleased and proud to join IntraHealth International this morning as the US launch site of the global health campaign, Nursing Now. The three year campaign aims to raise the status and profile of nursing worldwide. With the collaboration of the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, the campaign will work to empower nurses, through investments in education, training and advocacy, to work to their full capacity to address the challenges of health care in the 21st century. Nursing Now was based on the 2016 UK report … Continued

SON Pilots Program to Meet Need for Operating Room Nurses

In August, the School of Nursing rolled out its Transitions in Care Clinical Immersion Experience. The first installment of this pilot project was created to fulfill a need, one that weighs on hospital operating rooms across the country: OR nurses are in short supply. Assistant Professor Louise Fleming, who was influential in initiating this OR-focused clinical experience, said this shortage can be traced back to the education student nurses are—or aren’t—receiving when it comes to the operating room. “It creates a system of a lot of new graduates not considering … Continued

SON Receives Renewal Grant for Hillman Scholars Program

To Esita Patel and Alasia Ledford, the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is not a traditional educational experience, it’s a pathway to success. For them, the program provides a way to advance, a space that encourages ingenuity and mentorship, and access to opportunities they would not have otherwise had. With that in mind the School of Nursing is pleased to announce the receipt of renewal funding for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation through 2022. UNC is one of only two schools of nursing in the United States … Continued

Toles Awarded Grant to Further Connect-Home Collaborative

Dr. Mark Toles was recently awarded $75,000 from Lutheran Services in America for the “Connect-Home Collaborative.” The Collaborative is designed to use tools developed by Toles and his team to train patients and caregivers on how to safely make the transition from a skilled nursing facility to home care with few complications.With co-investigator Dr. Jennifer Leeman, Dr. Toles will study the effectiveness of a set of quality improvement strategies for scaling-up the Connect-Home transitional care intervention. The pilot work will be conducted in nursing homes located in Maryland, Michigan, New … Continued

Song Appointed Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar

Heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Lixin Song, 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

Zomorodi to Lead UNC’s Interprofessional Efforts

We’re so proud of Dr. Meg Zomorodi, who has been named UNC’s first-ever assistant provost for Interprofessional Education. As such, she will lead Carolina’s newly formed Office for Interprofessional Education and Practice. Please see the official announcement and details regarding Dr. Zomorodi’s new post on the University Gazette’s website here. Congratulations, Meg!

Jacobson Vann’s Review Featured on NPR

Kudos to Dr. Julie Jacobson Vann, whose systematic review, “Patient reminder and recall interventions to improve immunization rates” was published in the Cochrane Review, and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning! (Reprinted from NPR.org) Got Your Flu Shot Yet? Consider This A Reminder By: Patti Neighmond Marian Smith somehow missed getting a flu shot this year, which is unlike her — in the past, she always got one. The 58-year-old Washington D.C. resident says it was easier to remember to get it when the vaccine was provided at a … Continued