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6th Annual White Coat Ceremony Welcomes Students to the Nursing Profession

The School of Nursing hosted its sixth annual White Coat Ceremony on Sunday, January 26th, at Memorial Hall on Carolina’s campus, welcoming first year students in the School’s BSN and Accelerated BSN programs to the nursing profession. The students were joined by faculty, staff and administrators of the School, along with family and friends for the ceremonial occasion, which is held at the beginning of each academic year to initiate new students in the BSN programs to nursing, and to emphasize humanistic, patient-centered care. As Vice Executive Dean Peggy Wilmoth … Continued

From Carolina Nursing Magazine: When Health Disparities Hit Home

Jada L. Brooks, PhD, MPSH, RN, was an undergraduate student at UNC Pembroke when she realized the health of her community was in danger. She was shadowing a local pediatrician in Pembroke, North Carolina, when she recognized an alarming disparity in children’s health from the Lumbee Indian Tribe – her tribe. “So many of the American Indian children in the clinic had ear infections, many more than any other racial group, and there didn’t seem to be a clear explanation for the difference,” says Brooks, an assistant professor at the … Continued

Alderman and Bryant Selected as Inaugural Anne Belcher Interprofessional Scholars

Congratulations to Associate Professor Ashley Leak Bryant and Assistant Professor Jennifer Alderman, who have been selected as the inaugural Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholars. Earlier this year, the Anne Belcher Interprofessional Faculty Scholars Program for Nursing was created with a generous gift from Anne Belcher, MN, PhD, (BSN ’67), ANEF, FAAN, to provide opportunities for selected faculty in the UNC School of Nursing to shape the world of interprofessional education (IPE) and to create the scholarly work others will look to as evidence for the power of IPE in the future. During the two-year program, … Continued

Helping Humankind in the Natural World

When Betty Martinez was in the Galápagos islands, she was amazed by how the sea lions, pelicans, crabs, lizards and blue-footed boobies coexisted with humans as restaurants and shops carried on with daily business. On a morning walk, she and Alasia Ledford spotted two sea lions sprawled on patio chairs with a table and a cup between them. “It was as if the sea lions had met up for morning coffee and a chat before starting a day of sunbathing,” says Ledford. Adds Martinez, “Nature has its place, and the … Continued

Griffin’s Gift Opens the Door to a New World for Nursing Students

For Olivia Griffin, BSN ’67, travel has been its own kind of classroom. And with the newly created Olivia Womble Griffin Global Nursing Scholarship, she will broaden the horizons of nursing students for years to come. Griffin’s scholarship will support a global health experience for an undergraduate nursing student each year, an idea inspired by Griffin’s own experiences caring for underserved patients in Africa and Bolivia. “The beauty of giving back to the School of Nursing is that you can pair what you’re interested in with what the students at … Continued

Van Riper and Pados Awarded “Dhillon’s Gift” Grant Funding

Congratulations to Professor Marcia Van Riper and alumna Britt Pados for being selected to receive grant funding from the Dhillon Jordan Shah Innovation Fund in Congenital Heart Disease. Dr. Van Riper and her team received $4,000 to conduct their study “Social Determinants of Health-Related Quality of Life and Family Adaptation in Families of Children with Congenital Heart Disease, Families of Children with Down Syndrome and Families of Children with Both Congenital Heart Disease and Down Syndrome.” The purpose of the study is to examine how social determinants of health influence … Continued

Behavioral Health Integration Newsletter: NPs Leading the Way in NC

Read the Behavioral Health Integration Fall 2019 Newsletter below, or download the PDF.      

Carolina Nursing Faculty Travel the State with the Tar Heel Bus Tour

Last month, Lixin Song, RN, PhD, FAAN and Meg Zomorodi PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN were among 90 leaders from UNC-Chapel Hill on the Tar Heel Bus Tour, covering more than one thousand miles of the state to connect with and learn from the communities the University serves. Both returned to Chapel Hill excited to strengthen their bonds with partners across the state, making sure that what they do for Carolina continues to matter to North Carolina’s people. Song, associate professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar, joined the tour that covered … Continued

School of Nursing and First Quality Team Up to Teach Bladder Health

Nurses receive most of their education about bladder health on the job while providing patients with incontinence care rather than preventing and treating bladder conditions like urinary incontinence. In order to increase bladder health education and accelerate the application of the latest bladder health research to real-world practice, First Quality, one of the UNC School of Nursing’s partners in the health industry, attended this year’s new-student orientation and provided each student with their newly published pocket-guide on bladder health, “Prevailing with Continence Management: A Nurses Guide,” that nurses can easily … Continued

Leeman and Colleagues Receive $3.375 Million Grant Renewal for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Congratulations to Jennifer Leeman and her colleagues, who have been awarded $3.375 million to continue funding the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) through September 2024. Associate Professor Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MDIV, is Co-PI of the UNC collaborating center, along with Alison Brenner. “Everyday researchers are discovering more effective interventions to prevent and control cancer,” says Dr. Leeman. “We now need to develop better ways to implement those interventions into routine practice, especially in settings that care for those at greatest risk for poor cancer outcomes. We are delighted … Continued