Williams Awarded $2.4M in HRSA Funding for Workforce Project Invest in Nursing

Assistant Professor Megan P. Williams’s project Invest in Nursing: An Educational Redesign to Strengthen the Primary Care Workforce has been funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Nurse, Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Registered Nurses in Primary Care Award for $2,396,978. The project is a partnership with Piedmont Health Services (PHS) and will begin July 1, 2018 and run through June 2022. The Invest in Nursing project is a four-year training program aimed at developing a sustainable primary care nursing workforce to practice in community-based primary care teams in rural and underserved settings. … Continued

Mayer Advising NCI on Cancer Survivorship Issues and Research

SON Professor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, who directs cancer survivorship at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been appointed to an advisory role on cancer survivorship issues with the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Mayer, who is nationally recognized for her expertise in cancer survivorship research, will provide insight on current and future DCCPS research projects as well as partner with colleagues across DCCPS, the NCI and the National Institutes of Health to address issues in cancer survivorship. She will maintain her appointments at … Continued

SON Pilots Program to Meet Need for Operating Room Nurses

In August, the School of Nursing rolled out its Transitions in Care Clinical Immersion Experience. The first installment of this pilot project was created to fulfill a need, one that weighs on hospital operating rooms across the country: OR nurses are in short supply. Assistant Professor Louise Fleming, who was influential in initiating this OR-focused clinical experience, said this shortage can be traced back to the education student nurses are—or aren’t—receiving when it comes to the operating room. “It creates a system of a lot of new graduates not considering … Continued

Mayer Coauthors The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Cancer Research Priorities in US

Congratulations to Professor Deborah Mayer for her work on The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Research Priorities in the USA which launched on November 1st at an event on Capitol Hill and was presented on November 3 at the United Nations Association of New York Humanitarian Awards, were former Vice President Joe Biden was honored for his work on improving cancer outcomes as part of the US Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Research Priorities in the USA is authored by over 50 leading US oncologists, including … Continued

Mayer Coauthors The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Cancer Research Priorities in US

Congratulations to Professor Deborah Mayer for her work on The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Research Priorities in the USA which launched on November 1st at an event on Capitol Hill and was presented on November 3 at the United Nations Association of New York Humanitarian Awards, where former Vice President Joe Biden was honored for his work on improving cancer outcomes as part of the US Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Research Priorities in the USA is authored by over 50 leading US oncologists, including … Continued

Beeber Receives Hillman Innovation in Care Program Grant

Assistant Dean and Professor Linda Beeber has received a Hillman Innovation in Care Program grant to support the national launch of a newly developed Mental Health Innovation (MHI), as part of Nurse-Family Partnership®. This will be the first U.S. home-visiting program with an integrated mechanism for mental health care, and will help low-income, first-time mothers with debilitating levels of depression and anxiety. Hillman funds will support implementation and evaluation to enable Nurse-Family Partnership to integrate much-needed behavioral health care throughout its nationwide network of more than 264 implementing agencies. The … Continued

First SON-Managed Faculty Practice Opens in Hillsborough

Last week saw the opening of the first UNC School of Nursing-managed faculty practice in the state. The Carolina Community Clinic opened its doors on Tuesday, November 7 in Hillsborough, N.C., and is the result of a collaboration between UNC Family Medicine, the UNC School of Nursing, and Hillsborough Pharmacy and Nutrition. The Carolina Community Clinic serves as a pilot for embedding School of Nursing faculty nurse practitioners in practices established within independent pharmacies across the state. The aim is to improve access to care, assist with transitions in care, and better fulfill the University’s mission to serve the needs … Continued

Durham Tells Sepsis Survival Story to People Magazine

Durham with her husband, Stephen

Professor Carol Durham continues her mission to raise awareness about sepsis in the pages of People this week! To read Carol’s compelling story of survival from the life-threatening condition, please click here. Last year, UNC Health Care also covered Carol’s story, and you can read their more detailed version here. Our thanks to Carol for her good work in educating us all on the warning signs and symptoms of this swift-moving sickness.

Soltis-Jarrett Awarded $1.1M from HRSA to Advance Mental Health Nursing in NC’s Rural Areas

With $1.1 million in new funding from the Human Resources and Services Administration, Ross Distinguished Professor Victoria Soltis-Jarrett and the UNC School of Nursing will help meet the pressing psychiatric-mental health needs of rural and underserved populations of North Carolina. The funding will be used to partner with Goshen Medical Center, North Carolina’s largest rural Federally Qualified Health Center, to educate 12 new primary care nurse practitioners (NP) to implement integrated (mind/body) health care for patients in NC’s rural and underserved counties. “An exciting outcome of this new project is that it will … Continued

Linda Beeber Designated American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner

Heartfelt congratulations from the entire Carolina Nursing community to Francis Hill Fox Professor, Dr. Linda Beeber, who was designated an American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner today for her model of care, Reducing Depressive Symptoms and Enhancing Parenting in Low-Income and Newly-Immigrated Mothers of Infants and Toddlers. The Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that impact cost, improve quality and enhance patient satisfaction. “The Academy is proud to designate Dr. Linda Beeber as an Edge Runner for her work to reduce maternal depressive symptoms and enhance mothering strategies for low … Continued