Kitzmiller Awarded TRACS KL2 Scholar Funding

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Rebecca Kitzmiller who was awarded a position in the NC TraCS KL2 program. As a KL2 scholar, Dr. Kitzmiller will advance her knowledge and skills in data science, statistics and machine learning while conducting research to develop an improved method for the early detection of sepsis using continuously streaming physiologic data.  During this 2-year project, entitled “Continuous Analysis of Streaming Physiologic Data for Early Identification of Patient Risk” she will collaborate closely with primary mentor, Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD of the UNC Renaissance Computing Institute, Co-mentor J. … Continued

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Kayama visit finalizes relationship with St. Luke’s International University

Dr. Mami Kayama, Chairperson and Professor of the Graduate School of Nursing at St. Luke’s International University in Tokyo, Japan, will be visiting the UNC School of Nursing April 25th through 26th. She will give a presentation titled “Process and Prospects” about the DNP program St. Luke’s is working on establishing. Their DNP program is the first in Japan, and School of Nursing Professor SeonAe Yeo is leading the effort in its launch. Dr. Kayama’s visit will further the relationship between St. Luke’s and the School of Nursing, whose formal cooperation began last fall … Continued

The Nursing Pioneer

In honor of Women’s History Month, UNC Research chose to highlight Elizabeth L. Kemble, founding dean of the UNC School of Nursing, for its Time+Tenacity series. After becoming dean in 1950, she recruited faculty, oversaw construction of a building and dormitories, and even handpicked the first class of students. She spent the next 18 years dedicating her life to this school, making it the first in the state to offer a bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD in nursing. Click here to continue reading the article by Alyssa LaFaro.

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Soltis-Jarrett Receives Award, Opens ISPN Conference

Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP, served as the opening speaker at the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Annual Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference on Tuesday, March 7 in Baltimore, Maryland — an honor she received as the 2017 Susan McCabe Lectureship Award recipient. The McCabe Lectureship is given to individuals to present topics that have enriched and advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing scholarship through practice, education or research. Her keynote topic was “Psychopharmacology and Somatization: Finding Health in Illness.” Congratulations, Victoria!

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SON Loses Patron and Friend Helen Umphlet

The School of Nursing mourns the loss of one of its dearest friends and patrons, Helen Umphlet, who passed away on February 28. Mrs. Umphlet created the Helen Watkins and Thomas Leonard Umphlet Distinguished Professorship in 1999, which brought Dr. Mary H. Palmer to the School in 2001. The professorship celebrates her physician husband, Dr. Tom Umphlet, and his great esteem for the nurses who worked with him throughout his career in internal medicine. Mrs. Umphlet stayed involved in the life of the school as often as she was able, and … Continued

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Beeber Receives Grant to Continue Carol Woods Project

The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that the Carol Woods Retirement Community, located in Chapel Hill, NC, has donated $10,000 to help fund an ongoing, collaborative project between the School and Carol Woods community aimed at improving the quality of care in long-term care settings and increasing the workforce of geriatric and long-term care nursing experts. Under the direction of Associate Professor Anna Beeber, PhD, RN, the project will provide an intraprofessional educational experience for nursing students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The goal is to … Continued

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Waters Study Finds Indoor Tanning Devices Big Financial Hit to US Health Care

From Skin cancers linked to indoor tanning are estimated to have cost the U.S. health care system hundreds of millions of dollars in 2015, a new study says. “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and its incidence is increasing, due in part to the increase in the use of tanning devices,” said study author Hugh Waters. He’s a health economist and associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing. “We know these devices have significant health and financial impacts, and with this … Continued

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Waters Discusses Costs of Obesity on Capitol Hill

Associate Professor Hugh Waters was in Washington, DC, yesterday at the invitation of the Centers for Disease Control. He was a participant in a panel discussion on the Economic Burden of Obesity: Implications for Productivity and Competitiveness at an event organized by the Obesity Care Advocacy Network.

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Havens to be Inducted into STTI Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Heartfelt congratulations to Professor Donna Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN who will be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at the International Nursing Research Conference in Dublin, Ireland this July! The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 to recognize nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national and international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the nursing profession and people it serves. “[Dr. Havens] has developed an acclaimed foundation for evidence-based nursing leadership, and I and many … Continued

Baker Receives STTI Beta Nu Chapter’s Excellence in Education Award

A very sincere congratulations to Darlene Baker, assistant director of the Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment at the SON, who was selected the 2017 recipient of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Beta Nu Chapter’s Excellence in Education award. “Ms. Baker’s dedication to creating optimal learning environments with exceptional simulation activities greatly enhance nursing students’ acquisition of the necessary skills to contribute to quality patient outcomes,” said Dr. Donna Roberson, Past-President of the Beta Nu Chapter at East Carolina University. “Her dedication and demeanor exemplify professional nursing for students. Ms. Baker is known for her … Continued

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