By Courtney Mitchell With clinical rotations canceled for School of Nursing students, students and faculty members have stepped up to support area health care providers and facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering everything from nursing expertise to overnight childcare and managing droves of equipment and food donations. More than 70 nursing students and faculty at the school are supporting in-house patient care and telehealth efforts for the hospital and outpatients clinics as nurses and nursing assistants, offering childcare and pet-sitting services, donating blood, masks, diapers and other supplies and educating … Continued
Meg Zomorodi Phd, RN, ANEF, FAAN has been invited to serve as the Team Lead on the leadership team of Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good, the University’s new 3-5 year strategic plan. She will specifically help oversee the implementation of Objective 6.2: Achieve impact for North Carolina by supporting faculty who conduct results-driven research on problems with critical implications for the state, which is under the “Serve to Benefit Society” initiative. This objective includes: • Launch the Provost’s Initiative on Rural Engagement and Partnerships • Advance the Interprofessional Education … Continued
Calling All Nurse Leaders! The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing invites nurse leaders in our community to submit an application to join our chapter. Sigma is the only honor society for professional nursing, and members receive countless opportunities for networking and professional development in nursing scholarship, leadership and practice. Those interested in learning more about Sigma and joining Alpha Alpha can access the Nurse Leader Membership Application by clicking here. Any questions about Alpha Alpha can be sent to the Chapter Counselor, Lindsey Horrell, at … Continued
Earlier this month, Dr. Marcia Van Riper received the North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance Community Partner Award for all her advocacy efforts for people with Down syndrome in NC and their families. Dr. Van Ripper, a professor in the PhD Division here at the School, is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Navarre in Spain. Beth Skelton, one of her PhD mentees whose work focuses on care coordination for families in which there is a child with Down syndrome, accepted the award on her behalf.
“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
When Betty Martinez was in the Galápagos islands, she was amazed by how the sea lions, pelicans, crabs, lizards and blue-footed boobies coexisted with humans as restaurants and shops carried on with daily business. On a morning walk, she and Alasia Ledford spotted two sea lions sprawled on patio chairs with a table and a cup between them. “It was as if the sea lions had met up for morning coffee and a chat before starting a day of sunbathing,” says Ledford. Adds Martinez, “Nature has its place, and the … Continued
Each year a group of Carolina Nursing students join peers in UNC’s other health professions schools to head to the North Carolina coast on their spring breaks, but the goal is neither rest nor relaxation – it’s service learning. For a decade now, these students have devoted their time off to the citizens of Tyrrell County, a small county in the Northeast corner of the state that is relatively under-resourced when it comes to the dedicated health and health-care resources needed for a healthy population. Carolina’s health affairs schools have … Continued
On April 27th, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Walters and undergraduate students Chloe Boyd, Gabriela Valchanova, Dina Louis and Suzie Crothers spent the afternoon working with the Carolina for the Kids foundation at a “Movie Night” themed event that Dr. Walters helped organize. Before a showing of Bedtime Stories, pediatric inpatients and outpatients at UNC Hospitals were treated to crafts, games, dancing, and visits with princesses and superheroes provided by Moment of Magic. Through the help of these SON volunteers, those patients who were unable to attend the event in person had the … Continued
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Maureen Baker, who lead UNC’s interprofessional CLARION team to 2nd place in this year’s national case competition. This year marks the 15th year of the national CLARION case competition in which interprofessional teams of health affairs students from universities around the US compete for the Premier Richard Norling Scholarship Awards. Seventeen universities participated in 2019; the students presented their proposed solutions for a health care case focused on homelessness in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Way to go, Dr. Baker!
Assistant Professor Jada Brooks and LeVine Wellness Associate Professor Cheryl Giscombe joined graduate student Rhea Mitchell and SON alum Rachell Davis in presenting a two-part Behavioral Health Session on the social determinants of mental health and anxiety disorders at the 5th Annual Women’s Health Awareness Day. The event was sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, North Carolina Central University and the Durham Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc, a public service organization. The NIEHS Director and the mayor of Durham were in attendance. Additionally, Dr. Giscombe was … Continued