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Sharpe mobilizes mobile wellness with Innovate Carolina

Dr. Leslie Sharpe applies lessons from Innovate Carolina to reinvigorate the School’s Mobile Health Clinic. Read more at Innovate Carolina.

Hillman Scholars featured in American Fencing Magazine

Hillman Scholars Harry Adynski BSN, RN (PhD Student) and Gillian Adynski PhD, RN (Alumna) were featured in this month’s edition of American Fencing Magazine for their work as frontline healthcare workers and researchers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Both Harry and Gillian were Division 1 fencers during their undergraduate studies at Carolina and discuss the challenges of working during the pandemic and how athletics impact their clinical work. Gillian remains an assistant coach for the UNC-CH fencing team.

Giscombé named ABMR Fellow

Congratulations to Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, who has been elected as a fellow to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. The Academy is the premier honorary scientific organization for scientists working at the interface of behavior and medicine. It is comprised of several hundred eminent senior investigators, all of whom have been elected to membership through a highly selective process. According to their website “The continuing mission of ABMR is to provide a forum for established scientists and thought leaders working in the field of behavioral medicine, where … Continued

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Clinical Instructor Claudia Christy named ACRP Fellow

Congratulations to Claudia Christy, MSN, RN, FACRP, who was recently named a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals! According to the ACRP Fellows Advisory Panel and the ACRP Board of Trustees, Claudia’s “qualifications, contributions to the clinical research profession, and enthusiasm for ACRP” were all considered in bestowing the fellowship. Claudia’s dedication to nursing science and education makes her a valuable asset to our school and students, and we are proud to see this recognized by the ACRP!    

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Woodley receives Chapman Family Teaching Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Lisa Woodley, who has received the 2021 Chapman Family Teaching Award! This is an incredible honor for Lisa and our School — rarely in the history of the award has it gone to someone outside of the College of Arts & Sciences. Established in 1993, the Chapman Award honors distinguished teaching of undergraduate students, and to be eligible for the award, a nominee must have five years of teaching experience at UNC. As a Chapman awardee, Lisa will receive $30,000 that must be spent within a … Continued

Brooks and Williams complete Thorpe Scholars program

Congratulations to Dr. Jada Brooks and Dr. Jessica Williams, who have completed the two-year Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) program! On December 11th, the Carolina Center for Public Service celebrated the achievements of the the 7th cohort of scholars. The FES program brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Scholars participate in sessions in community settings to learn from Carolina faculty and their community partners. While developing individual projects, each class of scholars forms a learning … Continued

Dedrick Hines: paying it forward with the MENTORS program

Dedrick Hines was just starting his nursing journey in the accelerated BSN program here at UNC when he got some unexpected good news. Dr. Shielda Rodgers, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, approached Hines about taking part in the MENTORS2 program — a program designed to increase the percentage and retention of UNC School of Nursing students from underrepresented ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged backgrounds through a multi-pronged approach aimed at minimizing the negative impact of social determinants on academic success. “It sounded too good to be true,” he says, “It … Continued

Answering the call: Betty Compton, Nurse Practitioner

by Courtney Mitchell  It was Dr. Glenn Pickard of the UNC School of Medicine, an early champion of the nurse practitioner program, and future classmate Margaret Wilkman who first called on Betty Compton. But long before they sat at her kitchen table in the rural Cedar Grove community of Orange County, her neighbors had called on her with the kinds of questions you’d bring to your doctor. Compton was home with a new baby, and she offered nursing advice in her front yard and from her home phone, something that … Continued

‘They were activists’ – UNC’s nurse practitioner program celebrates 50 years

by Courtney Mitchell  When Cynthia (Cindy) Freund, PhD, MSN ’73, FNP, FAAN, helped a friend to the emergency department a few years ago, it was a nurse practitioner who was coordinating her friend’s care for the orthopedic surgical team. And, when Freund broke her arm, it was an orthopedic nurse practitioner assessing her injury, setting her bone and creating a full plan for recuperation. Inside, she couldn’t help but smile, she says. “Nurse practitioners can be found in every area of the health care system. But in 1970, that was … Continued

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UNC Research Week: Santos looks to epigenetics to identify factors that effect cognitive development in preterm children

To celebrate UNC Research Week, we are highlighting just a few of the incredible nursing scientists here at SON.  Project Genetic and Epigenetic Effects on Childhood Cognitive Trajectories Principal Investigator Hudson Santos, PhD, RN Children born extremely preterm exhibit much higher rates of cognitive function impairment — such as trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating or making decisions — during early childhood and through to adulthood when compared to those born full-term. Ranging from mild to severe, cognitive function impairment can significantly impact an individual’s day-to-day life. Hudson Santos’s study … Continued