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Adjusting to Remote Education: A Q&A with Assistant Dean Louise Fleming

Louise Fleming, PhD, MSN-Ed, RN, is the School of Nursing’s Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs & Division, overseeing the ABSN and BSN programs. Skilled nursing is essential to saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Fleming says it’s no surprise that the school’s ever-nimble nursing faculty, staff and students mobilized so quickly around what the virus’ spread could mean for nurses, the field of nursing, and the lives nurses pledge to protect. How has this epidemic impacted the School of Nursing? We’re nurses, so we sensed early on that this … Continued

For Nurses on the Front Lines, Wellness Matters

by Courtney Mitchell Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, practicing oncology nurse, associate professor and SON alumni association president, and Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Term Associate Professor in Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness, update our community about the stresses facing nursing right now in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and what we can all do to help. How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting nurses who are actively working in clinics and hospitals? ALB: Practicing nurses and those who support … Continued

Carolina Nursing Continues to Rise in Rankings

Today, U.S. News & World Report published its rankings for 2021, and not only does Carolina Nursing remain first among all public master’s nursing programs in the country, but we have risen in the rankings to third overall. “While these rankings are only a small measure of our achievements, they serve as a reflection of our vision to be first in nursing, as well as a reminder that we accomplish great things when we set our hearts and minds to work,” said Dean Peragallo in an email to faculty, staff, and students. Our full rankings in … Continued

Carolina Nursing Joins Top Ten in the World

The UNC School of Nursing is the now ranked 10th in the world, according to 2020 QS World University Rankings, joining four other US schools of nursing. It’s an honor to be on this list with our incredible peers. We are thankful to our faculty and staff, who work tirelessly to educate the Carolina Nurses of tomorrow, who push nursing science forward, and who advocate for health for all. Our rankings: 5th among US master’s nursing programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2020, and first among public schools of nursing 9th among doctor of … Continued

UNC School of Nursing Coronavirus Updates

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, and will keep this webpage updated with the most current information regarding the School’s operations. For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, please visit CDC and UNC-Chapel Hill COVID-19 websites.  In order to protect the health and safety of the our community, the School is in the process of developing a contingency plan for SON courses and clinical placements. The plan will include accommodations to ensure that courses can progress and students are able to graduate should the outbreak reach North Carolina. If you have questions, … Continued

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Dr. Ernest Grant Announced as 2020 Commencement Speaker

We are excited to announce that the President of the American Nurses Association, and UNC School of Nursing adjunct faculty member, Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, will be the commencement speaker for our Spring 2020 Graduation Ceremony on May 7th. Dr. Grant previously served as the outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals here in Chapel Hill, and has mentored countless undergraduate and graduate nursing students. He began his term with the ANA in January 2019, where he represents the interests of the nation’s 4 … Continued

Ebahi Ikharo Collects Data and Human Insights in Namibia

Ebahi Ikharo, PhD student and Hillman Scholar, recently went to Namibia to help design a tool to identify and improve compliance issues in hospital maternity wards. She came back to NC with some insights on nurses’ mental health. Supported by the UNC’s IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program, Ikharo spent 3 weeks working with the Nursing Now campaign in Namibia, collecting data in maternity wards across 5 different hospitals. Namibia’s Ministry of Heath is using the data to create a tool to assess compliance with standards and recommendations for areas of improvement … Continued

The Year of the Nurse

The American Nurses Association has deemed 2020 as the Year of the Nurse, following the World Health Organization’s designation of this year as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Announcing the initiative, ANA President and UNC School of Nursing adjunct faculty member Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN noted, “As the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and the most trusted profession, nurses are with patients 24/7 and from the beginning of life to the end. Nurses practice in all healthcare settings and are filling new … Continued

New Model for BSN Senior Clinical Immersion is a Success

Here at UNC School of Nursing, a new clinical immersion model for BSN students is prioritizing student career goals and wholistic view of patient care. In a new article featured in Nurse Educator, Louise Flemming PhD, RN, and her co-authors* discuss the limitations of the past approach to the BSN program’s clinical immersion model and highlight the successes of the new Transitions in Care Model. The Transitions in Care Model is a track-based system that places students in themed tracks (eg. cardiac, oncology, emergency department), where they will participate in … Continued

From Carolina Nursing Magazine: At the Center of an Epidemic, Nursing Moves the Needle

“Here, it’s unthinkable.” Lixin Song, RN, PhD, FAAN, describes the pediatric cancer ward in Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe, Malawi, where ailing children recuperate two to a bed and nurses must mix biohazardous drugs by hand without proper ventilation. In the adult clinic, patients pack waiting rooms from morning to night, returning the next day until they can be seen. A common thread of cancer, in nearly every corner of the world, is that its care and treatment are influenced and sustained by the power of nursing and nurses. … Continued