Waddell-Schultz’s lifelong giving breaks down financial barriers for today’s students

Gwen H. Waddell-Schultz, BSN ‘70, MSN ’76, knows what it’s like to be a student, dealing with a demanding course load and the advent of adulthood, all while making ends meet. She arrived at Carolina’s nursing school as a first-generation college student in 1966, where she received care packages of food that her mother and aunt would send from their home in Oxford, N.C. She’d grant herself one splurge – on Thursday nights she and her friends would go to The Zoom Zoom on Franklin Street to fill up on … Continued

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

Alumna Leaves Legacy for Graduate Education and Research

In the late 1950s Barbara Williams Madden was among the first students to enroll in Carolina’s MSN program. Now generations of our graduate students will benefit from her generosity. Barbara, (MSN, ’60) came to Carolina after graduating from Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing, and Teachers College, Columbia University,  attracted to the fledgling graduate program at UNC by then-Dean Elizabeth Kemble’s national reputation. Barbara became one of the country’s first providers of care to patients suffering from polio and went on to teach her methods in over 40 states and … Continued

Ferris Bequest to Support Graduate Students Seeking Leadership Role

Laurice “Laurie” Ferris, an emeritus faculty member of the School of Nursing has designated a bequest to the School that will support graduate students in nursing with the goal of developing the next generation of nurse leaders. In her establishment of The Laurice Ferris Endowment for Nurse Leaders, Ferris hopes to apportion financial aid to graduate students in the Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation Program. The program places students entering the undergraduate BSN program directly on the path to obtain a PhD in nursing. It aims to prepare these nurse … Continued

Ellison BSN ’95 Pledges $15,000 Matching Grant to SON on #GiveUNC Day

Sincere thanks to Jane (BSN ’95) and Lucien (BA ’97, MBA ’03) Ellison who announced this morning that will match dollar for dollar up to $15,000 to support any fund at the School of Nursing in honor of #GiveUNC today! “Once you or a loved one needs a nurse, you begin to understand how critical a nurse’s impact and collaboration is on health care,” Jane said.”Having a state-of-the-art nursing school at UNC is essential simply because nurses literally save lives! We must come together to ensure that our School of Nursing bests … Continued

SON Receives Renewal Grant for Hillman Scholars Program

To Esita Patel and Alasia Ledford, the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is not a traditional educational experience, it’s a pathway to success. For them, the program provides a way to advance, a space that encourages ingenuity and mentorship, and access to opportunities they would not have otherwise had. With that in mind the School of Nursing is pleased to announce the receipt of renewal funding for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation through 2022. UNC is one of only two schools of nursing in the United States … Continued

First Quality Establishes Bladder Health Initiative at UNCSON

First Quality, a manufacturer of adult incontinence care products, has established a new, three-year, bladder health initiative at the UNC School of Nursing. Designed to partner with Umphlet Distinguished Professor Mary H. Palmer, an expert in urinary incontinence and gerontology, the initiative aims to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders in bladder health education and research, and to fund innovative scholarship to improve the quality of life and care for people who have, or are at risk of developing, lower urinary tract symptoms. Funded by a grant from First … Continued

UNCSON Grants Inaugural “Dhillon’s Gift” Awards to Pados, Tan

The UNC School of Nursing is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural “Dhillon’s Gift” grants, Britt Pados, PhD ’15, RN, NNP-BC, an adjunct faculty member at UNCSON, and Reina Tan, MD, a cardiac electrophysiology fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The $2,500 grants are made possible by the Dhillon Jordan Shah Innovation Fund in Congenital Heart Disease, or “Dhillon’s Gift,” which is housed in the UNC School of Nursing Foundation and is designed to support projects that address aspects of the treatment or care of patients with congenital heart … Continued

Maimon Trust Established to Support Doctoral Students

“Reverence for life” were words Dr. Arthur Maimon lived by. They were also the words emblazoned in bronze on the façade of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, where Maimon periodically spent two months at a time over the course of 30 years. He would temporarily close his private practice in Rockford, Illinois, venture to the island nation, and serve the patients of a hospital founded by Larry Mellon and his wife Gwen, named for Albert Schweitzer, both of whom were inspirations to Maimon, two among many who shaped the doctor … Continued