Beeber Receives $1.5 Million in R01 Funding to Improve Patient Safety in Assisted Living

Congratulations to Associate Professor Anna Beeber, PhD, RN, FAAN, who was awarded $1.5 million in research grant funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to improve patient safety in assisted living communities. Assisted living, an alternative to nursing homes, provides housing, meals, 24-hour supervision, and, in some cases, health and supportive services. Unlike other healthcare settings, assisted living uses a social rather than medical model of care, emphasizing a person-centered approach. However, while assisted living strives for person-centered care, resident acuity has been rising (e.g., functional decline; … Continued

Leak Bryant and Song Receive UNC Lineberger Developmental Grants

Assistant Professor Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, and Associate Professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar Lixin Song, RN, PhD, FAAN, have been awarded UNC Lineberger Developmental Grants. The UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program is intended to support the development of cancer research led by faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to stimulate new applications for extramural funding. Dr. Leak Bryant’s project “Feasibility of Novel Symptom Management and Supportive Care Intervention for Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” will be funded in the amount of $100,000. Dr. Song’s … Continued

Berry Named Jane Sox Monroe Distinguished Professor in Nursing

Sincere congratulations to Professor Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, who has been named the first Jane Sox Monroe Distinguished Professor in Nursing effective July 1, 2019. Endowed by W. Paul Monroe to honor his late wife, a Carolina Nursing alumna, the Jane Sox Monroe Professorship in Nursing was established to recognize a distinguished teacher and scholar at the School who upholds the work ethic and altruistic ideals Jane possessed. Jane Sox Monroe was a member of the second graduating class of the School of Nursing in 1956, and she … Continued

Kirby named Carolina Nursing’s associate dean for advancement

Kelly Kirby has been named the associate dean for advancement at the UNC School of Nursing, effective July 15. Kirby is an experienced development and external relations professional, having directed communications, alumni relations and development activities at professional schools and programs across UNC, including the Adams School of Dentistry and the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program. She currently serves as the director of communications at the UNC School of Nursing, a role she has held for four years. “We are delighted that Kelly will be expanding her leadership at the School,” said … Continued

Lanning Selected as Invest in Nursing Faculty Fellow

Clinical Assistant Professor Rhonda Lanning, DNP, CNM, LCCE, IBCLC, RN, Selected as Faculty Fellow for Invest in Nursing Faculty Fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Dr. Rhonda Lanning, DNP, CNM, LCCE, IBCLC, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, has been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the Invest in Nursing (IIN) Faculty Fellowship at the UNC School of Nursing. The IIN Faculty Fellowship is part of a larger Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant aimed at strengthening the primary care nursing workforce. Invest in Nursing focuses specifically on students, … Continued

Fleming selected to APA Task Force of Differences in Sex Development

Associate Professor Louise Fleming has been selected by the American Psychological Association (APA) to serve as one of 10 researchers on the Task Force on Differences of Sex Development for a term of two years. This group will, among other tasks, recommend actions for education, training, policy and further research on this topic. Fleming is the only nurse serving on the task force. Well done, Louise!

Cromeens receives F31 funding to study endometriosis diagnoses among women

Congratulations to Hillman Scholar Mary Grace Cromeens who was awarded $72,000 from the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the pathways to diagnosis of endometriosis among women of different socioeconomic statuses and races. The funding will permit Cromeens to examine the behavioral and environmental factors that influence the recognition of symptoms of endometriosis among a diverse sample of women, along with the ways they maintain health and seek help along their path to receiving their diagnosis. Cromeen’s study aims to address a gap in the research regarding the experiences, … Continued

Van Riper awarded UNC Sleep Innovation Research Grant

Professor Marcia Van Riper has been funded for a UNC Sleep Innovation Research Grant to support her study of Family Management of Sleep Problems in Children with Down syndrome. The UNC Sleep Innovation program is a new campus-wide initiative to make Carolina a leader in sleep research worldwide. Working with Dr. Riper is an interdisciplinary team that includes a number of School of Nursing investigators: Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor SON Kathleen Knafl, PhD, FAAN, Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor SON Louise Fleming, PhD, Associate Professor SON George … Continued

Soltis-Jarrett Awarded $6.2 million from HRSA to Prepare Nurse Practitioners to meet Behavioral Health Needs in Rural NC

Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett has been awarded more than $6 million from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) for her projects Partners in Practice, Engagement, and Education in Rural NC: Preparing Nurse Practitioners for Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care and Nurse Practitioner Residency: Behavioral Health Integration in Rural Primary Care using the TANDEM3-PC Model. Both projects expand on her current work to help meet the pressing psychiatric-mental health needs of rural and underserved populations of North Carolina. With a declining number of rural primary care physicians and a … Continued

Brooks, Toles, Wu and Zomorodi elected fellows in the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing announced on Tuesday its selection of 231 highly distinguished nurse leaders for its 2019 class of Academy fellows, four of whom are UNC School of Nursing faculty! We are delighted to congratulate Drs. Jada Brooks, Mark Toles, Jia-Rong Wu and Meg Zomorodi on this significant achievement! New alumni fellows include Jinbing Bai, PhD ’16, RN, Emory University, June I. Cho, PhD ’05, RN, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Lisa C. Lindley, PhD ’11, RN, FCPN, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Selection criteria for fellowship include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and … Continued