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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

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

Answering a Call to Serve, Giving a Voice to Others

A volunteer doula, one of 70 on the call schedule for UNC Birth Partners, sits in the lobby of the postpartum floor at N.C. Women’s Hospital, rubbing her eyes and palming a cup of coffee. Her shift was over hours ago, when she’d seen a new mother through a healthy – if long and difficult – birth on the labor-and-delivery unit just one floor below. Other volunteer doulas are on call now, and the sun is up, so she could go home. But, in her lap is a small brown … Continued

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Leading By Care

The National League for Nursing, with a membership of 40,000 nurses, is the oldest professional association for nurses in the country. This year it celebrates its 125th anniversary, just as Carolina, the nation’s oldest public university, celebrates its 225th. In these two landmark years, Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, holds important leadership positions at both: she is the president of the first and the associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the second. It is indicative of how far the world has come, says Alexander, and the intrinsic leadership … Continued

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Partnership with St. Luke’s International University: A Learning Lab for All of Us

Like the United States, Japan has a highly skilled nursing force and the rich industrial resources that are indicative of a strong economy. This summer St. Luke’s International University in Tokyo sought assistance from faculty from the School of Nursing as they launched Japan’s first Doctor of Nursing Practice program to help them better leverage those resources for the benefit of the entire country. SeonAe Yeo, PhD, professor, and Mark Toles, PhD, assistant professor, traveled to Tokyo in mid-June to visit the new DNP program, now instructing its second cohort … Continued

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From, With and About

By Courtney Jones Mitchell from the Carolina Nursing Magazine  Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RNL, CNL, associate professor at the nursing school, is Carolina’s first Assistant Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice, leading the Office for Interprofessional Education and Practice to solidify University-wide commitment to breaking down the barriers between schools and units and allowing innovation to become fundamental for a healthier North Carolina. Not only will this help schools meet accreditation requirements in interprofessional education, also known as IPE, but it also establishes Carolina as a leading-edge example for universities across … Continued

Mullen Accepted to NCNA Leadership Academy

Assistant Professor Leigh Mullen has been accepted to the 2019 North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Leadership Academy. The Academy is a collaborative leadership development initiative of the NCNA and the NC Foundation for Nursing aimed at preparing nurses to take on new opportunities and influence positive change in their communities. Congratulations, Leigh!

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Gift Provides a “Stepping Stone” to Careers in Oncology Nursing

Some students arrive at Carolina’s School of Nursing already dreaming of what kind of nurse they want to be. Often, that seed is planted long before, with a personal experience of witnessing the care of a loved one or friend. It’s a common beginning for oncology nurses, many of whom find a heart for this kind of care early on. The School will soon have a new opportunity to grow and enrich undergraduate exposure to oncology nursing for students with an interest in deeper knowledge in the field. A generous … Continued

Poole Gift Will Help Nurses Develop Skills Needed to Lead at All Levels

Helen Krick Poole, BSN ’77, knows that nurses are natural leaders. In her own nursing career, she has led in the areas of home health and hospice care and chaired committees and campaigns at the School. Helen has been a driving force in helping grateful patients find ways to give back that can change the lives of others, uncovering opportunities for philanthropy that will improve care for the patients of tomorrow. Helen wants to see nurses leading in issues of health and health care at all levels. To this end, … Continued

There’s an App for That

By Michele Lynn from the Carolina Nursing Magazine  With a $2.58 million grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), Associate Professor Lixin Song, PhD, RN, FAAN, is studying the efficacy of a couples-focused, tailored, symptom self-management mHealth (mobile health) intervention for prostate cancer patients and their partners. This randomized clinical trial is testing the usefulness of an innovative web-based program, Prostate Cancer Education & Resources for Couples (PERC). PERC is tailored to the needs of men of diverse backgrounds who have recently been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, … Continued

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