U.S. News Ranks Carolina Nursing 5th Overall, 1st among Publics

U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of graduate nursing programs today and Carolina Nursing is now ranked fifth overall and first among public schools of nursing in the country. UNC’s doctor of nursing practice program likewise moved to the top-10, up from 13th in 2019 to tied for 9th overall. Also ranked in the top-10 of advanced practice areas are our Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program (tied for 9th) and our Nursing Administration program (4th), and in the top-20 is the Family Nurse Practitioner program, which tied for … Continued

Horrell Receives 2019 UNC Graduate School Horizon Award

Hats off to doctoral student, Lindsey Horrell, whose research project, “Enhanced Communications to Reduce Burden of Chronic Disease” was selected to receive a 2019 Horizon Award from The Graduate School at UNC. You can read more about Lindsey’s project in The Graduate School’s announcement here. Horizon Awards recognize outstanding graduate student research that directly contributes to the educational, economic, physical, social or cultural well-being of North Carolina citizens. The recognition comes with a $500 cash award. Horrell will be recognized at The Graduate School’s annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on … Continued

Santos work among most cited in recent history of Research in Nursing and Health

Hats off to Assistant Professor Hudson Santos, whose work “Network Structure of Perinatal Depressive Symptoms in Latinas: Relationship to Stress and Reproductive Biomarkers” is one of the most cited articles in the recent publication history of Research in Nursing and Health. According to the journal, Dr. Santos’s article received among the highest citation counts of articles published between January 2017 and December 2018, and “generated immediate impact and visibility, contributing significantly to the advancement of the nursing field.” Well done, Hudson!  

Zegre-Hemsey named 2019 UNC Faculty of the Year by UNC Medical Center Nursing Leadership

Sincere congratulations to Assistant Professor Jessica Zegre-Hemsey who received the 2019 Faculty of the Year award by the UNC Medical Center’s nursing leadership last week. Dr. Zegre-Hemsey will be officially recognized during an awards ceremony on May 9, during UNC Hospital’s Nursing Staff Recognition Week. The award capped off a busy week for Dr. Zegre-Hemsey, whose research team conducted test flights of drones carrying AED defibrillators on Carolina’s campus. Local news picked up the story, which can be seen here. Great work, Jessica!

More cancer survivors, fewer cancer specialists point to challenge in meeting care needs

An aging population, a growing number of cancer survivors, and a projected shortage of cancer care providers will result in a challenge in delivering the care for cancer survivors in the United States if systemic changes are not made, according to a commentary in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Compounding the problem is the growing number of cancer survivors age 65 years or older, who are more likely to have multiple health issues in addition to cancer-related medical needs, said Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, … Continued

Lanning Receives UNC’s Prestigious Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

All congratulations to Assistant Professor Rhonda Lanning who is one of five faculty members from across campus to receive the prestigious Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Students nominate deserving faculty members for the Tanner Awards, which seeks to recognize recipients for their care for students, mentorship and effective use of classroom methods. “These award-winning scholars exemplify the dedication of Carolina faculty members,” said Provost Bob Blouin. “Their work in the classroom and through their research demonstrates dedication and determination to uphold Carolina’s mission of inspiring the next generation … Continued

Hillman Scholar Charity Lackey Selected to 2019 NIH G-SOAR Program

Hats off to Hillman Scholar Charity Lackey, who has been selected to participate in the 2019 Graduate Summer Opportunity to Advance Research (G-SOAR) Program at the National Institutes of Health. The program will begin June 3rd and will continue through August 9th. The goal of G-SOAR is to give participants the opportunity to work full-time in a state-of-the-art research environment learning modern research techniques. G-SOAR interns meet once a week on the Bethesda campus for a supplementary curriculum designed to develop tools and skills needed to succeed both in research and … Continued

Davison Leads Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Associate Professor Jean Davision, DNP, RN, FNP-C, and the students in her service learning course gathered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to pack 300 gift bags as part of their Hurricane Florence relief efforts. The bags included soap, shampoo, lotion, tooth brushes, tooth paste, insect repellent and sun screen. This effort was supported by Christ United Methodist Church and supplies were donated by the Hampton Inns in Chapel Hill and Carrboro along with Aloft Hotel in Chapel Hill and a local dentist in Southern Village. Davison also authored an article … Continued

Baker, Fleming Represent SON at AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference

Assistant Professor Maureen Baker and Associate Professor Louise Fleming represented Carolina Nursing well at the AACN 2018 Baccalaureate Education Conference in New Orleans in November. Dr. Baker presented her study “Programmatic Innovation in a Nursing Research Course” while Dr. Fleming presented “Transitions in Care—A New Model for a Senior Level Clinical Immersion Experience,” a study she worked on with a team consisting of Rachael Lorenzen, JoAn Stanek, Megan Williams and Hilary Mendel.

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National Cancer Institute Names Mayer Interim Director of Cancer Survivorship

Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, has been appointed interim director of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. She will maintain her appointments and responsibilities at UNC, which includes overseeing a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors. A nationally recognized leader in cancer survivorship, Mayer is an advanced practice oncology nurse with more than 40 years of experience in cancer nursing, education and research. She is a highly sought after lecturer on issues related to oncology and oncology nursing and has published … Continued