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Carolina Nurses Respond: Caring for a new mom on Mother’s Day

SON alumna Allison DeSarro (BSN ’18) is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response as a nurse at UNC Medical Center in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), the designated unit for critically ill patients with COVID-19. Here, she shares about her experience caring for a new mom on Mother’s Day. Before the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe and took command of our lives, I had envisioned for the past four years spending Mother’s Day 2020 cheering on my brother with my parents in Kenan Stadium as we watched … Continued

Mobile Health Clinic Nursing Students Assist Behind the Scenes

Nurses in the Research Triangle and around the world are getting well-deserved attention for their frontline work during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, little is being said about the work that nurses and nursing students are doing behind the scenes to assist the community in dealing with pandemic issues. Such is the case of students who completed a public health clinical practice course at the UNC School of Nursing Mobile Health Clinic. Students at the clinic were recruited by a partner organization to help design and administer a survey to assess … Continued

Carolina Nurses Respond: Inside an Emergency Department During the Pandemic

SON student Daniel Meltzer (FNP ’20), is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response as a nurse in the UNC Medical Center Emergency Department. Here, he offers a detailed picture of what his day looks like and the precautions his department is taking, as well as the importance of the current stay-at-home measures, the support he and his colleagues are receiving from the community, and his takeaways on how this pandemic highlights economic disparities. UNC SON: How has your role, or the roles of nurses in general, changed during … Continued

Alum Schquthia Peacock Featured on Local News Administering Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests

Carolina Nursing alum Schquthia Peacock was featured on the The News & Observer homepage administering a drive-up coronavirus test at Preston Medical Associates, in Cary, N.C. She also spoke with WRAL TV about how she is handling patients with potential COVID-19 symptoms, with an eye on keeping everyone safe. You can watch her interview here.

A Thank You & More Clinical Outreach Opportunities

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

Dr. Zégre-Hemsey Co-authors American Heart Association Guidelines for Heart Attack Care

Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey co-authored national guidelines for heart attack care that were recently published in Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA). She led the emergency medicine section and is the only nurse on this paper. The paper, “PreAct STEMI: A Standardized Approach to Prehospital Activation and Direct to The Catheterization Laboratory for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction. Recommendations from the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Program”, reports on an implementation project to incorporate best practices for ST-elevation myocardial infarction care from around the country. Dr. Jessica Zègre-Hemsey serves on the American Heart … Continued

Helping Humankind in the Natural World

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

Xavier Publishes Article on Antipsychotic-Induced Movement Disorders

Dr. Xavier and colleagues have published an article titled “Implications of Antipsychotic Use: Antipsychotic-Induced Movement Disorders, with a Focus on Tardive Dyskinesia” in Nursing Clinics of North America. Abstract: Antipsychotics can be life changing, but like all medications, they can also have unwanted effects, including drug-induced movement disorders such as tardive dyskinesia (TD). More patients are receiving antipsychotic treatment from non-psychiatry health care providers, including primary care and general practitioners. Despite misconceptions to the contrary, recent analyses suggest that the risk of drug-induced movement disorders such as TD has not … Continued

Stanek Receives Grant to Address Shortage of RN’s in Home Health and Hospice Agencies

Dr. JoAn Stanek, Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, in partnership with Transitions LifeCare, have been selected to participate as a pilot site for a project funded by the State Employees Credit Union Foundation and the Golden LEAF Foundation to “Address the Serious Shortage of RN’s in Home Health and Hospice Agencies.” The grant is sponsored by the Hospice and Home Care Foundation of NC. The aims of the project are: 1) to increase opportunities for our pre-licensure BSN students to experience an extensive immersive experience in both home … Continued

DNP Alum Heather Johnson completes year as IPE Geriatrics Fellow

DNP graduate Heather Johnson was among four health professionals to make up the 4th cohort of UNC Interprofessional Geriatrics Fellows which ended the 2018-19 year on May 6. For more on her experience and work as an IPE Geriatrics Fellow, please see the story on the website of the UNC Center for Aging and Health.

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