Temporary Emergency Guidance for Heart Attacks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Concerns over coronavirus exposure can prevent people from seeking proper care for acute coronary syndrome (i.e., heart attack). Since the pandemic started, there is a marked decrease in EMS volume and hospitalizations for heart attacks across the country and worldwide. SON Assistant Professor Jessica Zègre-Hemsey is a member of the American Heart Association:Lifeline Advisory Board, and has contributed to their new emergency guidelines meant to ensure patients get life-saving treatment, while keeping health care workers protected. Read the new guidance here.

Baker Honored with Faculty of the Year Award at UNC Medical Center

Clinical Assistant Professor Maureen Baker, PhD, RN, has been awarded the 2020 UNC Medical Center Faculty of the Year Award, in recognition of her service to UNC Health Care. The UNCMC Nursing Staff Recognition Week Committee notes that “Dr. Maureen Baker excels in service/quality, growth, and innovation. She coaches students through quality improvement projects. She collaborates with nurse managers and staff nurses to achieve quality outcomes. Dr. Baker has been an avid, ongoing supporter of UNC Health Care and it is a pleasure to have her as a liaison to … Continued

UNC Celebrates 2019-2020 Graduate Student Achievements

The Graduate School has announced their annual celebration of graduate students for outstanding achievement in research, community service, teaching and leadership during academic year 2019-2020. As the Dean of the Graduate School, Susan Barbour writes, “A strong public institution like UNC-Chapel Hill is only as strong as the people who drive its research, teaching and service missions. Carolina graduate students play critical roles in all three of our University’s missions. These students are rising researchers and scholars who ask the insightful questions that move their disciplines forward. They are gifted … Continued

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POCUS Student Group Competes in Virtual Ultrasound Competition

On April 17th, 2020, the Supersonics (a SON student group) were the first nurse practitioner student team in history to compete in iScan2020, an annual ultrasound competition sponsored by the Society for Point of Care Ultrasound. Team members were Cara Nelson, Cheryl Hooks, Matthew Wrench, and Tabitha Spaulding (all MSN class of ‘21). They competed against 32 other teams from physician assistant programs across the US. The accompanying photo is from earlier in the year, as this year was also the first time iScan took place in virtual format using … Continued

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Alexander and Zomorodi elected to Faculty Governance Committees

Congratulations to Dr. Rumay Alexander for being elected to the Faculty Executive Committee, and to Dr. Meg Zomorodi for being elected to the Educational Policy Committee. Thanks to all SON faculty who expressed an interest in participating in Faculty Governance and to everyone that currently serves! Complete election results can be found here. 

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Palmer is Guest Editor for IJERPH Issue on Women’s Bladder Health

Mary Palmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF was invited to be the guest editor for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, focusing on bladder health in women. The special issue can be read here.

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Silveyra Receives CEHS Pilot Grant

Dr. Patricia Silveyra, Associate Professor and Director of the SON Biobehavioral Lab, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020-2021 UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Pilot Projects Program. The $30,000 pilot funding will support her project “Sex differences in ozone-induced asthma exacerbations: role of the microbiome”. The CEHS Pilot Projects Program is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health award number P30ES010126. Congratulations, Dr. Silveyra!

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Dr. Zegre-Hemsey Pens Guest Editorial in Journal of Emergency Nursing

Jessica Zegre-Hemsey, PhD, RN, was invited by Dr. Jessica Castner, Editor in Chief, to author a guest editorial in the current issue of Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN). “Optimizing Patient Outcomes in Emergency Cardiac Care Through Advances in Technology: Nurse Scientists in Action.” discusses several research manuscripts in the current issue about cardiovascular conditions and how innovative technologies have been integrated to improve clinical outcomes. It demonstrates how we can use technologies, including non-invasive cardiac monitoring, to augment nurses’ skills in triage and risk stratification to optimize patient outcomes in … Continued

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Horses Create Insight and Change for PMHNP Students

“It’s transformative,” is a frequent reaction at the end of a half day interactive program that involve non-riding, on-the-ground encounters with horses who are being horses. Since 2014, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) students at SON have been participating in a unique experiential learning program for health professionals. The sessions are facilitated by an equine specialist Mickey Purcell, and mental health professional and SON Associate Professor, Noreen Esposito EdD, PMHMP, both certified in the Eagala Model of equine assisted learning. This model is used in over 40 countries around … Continued

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A Day in the Life of a Tar Heel Nurse

Via unc.edu: An eye-opening account of one day in the life of Becky Hoover — Carolina Nurse, PhD student, and mom. Her story, like so many others, is a balancing act of family, responsibilities, and a career as an essential worker and front line responder.