“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
Undergraduate nursing students Thuy Tran, Soo Jung Ha, and Karen Shin received scholarships to spend the summer interning at the SON Mobile Health Clinic. This opportunity was made possible by scholarships generously supported by Thomas Aldridge and his family. Tran, Ha, and Shin are providing care to patients on the mobile clinic, which operates at Dorcas Ministries and Western Wake Crisis Ministry, to fulfill the clinical component of N487 Practicum in Nursing: Summer Work Experience. Thanks to the Aldridge family for making this possible! (Pictured from left to right: Thuy … Continued
For her Doctor of Nursing Practice project, upcoming DNP graduate Natasha Best, WHNP, tackled a topic familiar for many nurses – compassion fatigue. Her “Targeting Military Providers to Self-Identify and Take Action Against Compassion Fatigue: Can Mindfulness Practice Be the Answer?” asked a handful of nurse practitioners on active duty for the U.S. Air Force to use a mobile app that encouraged them to explore mindfulness as a way to combat compassion fatigue and its associated problems of burnout and secondary traumatic stress. They took surveys before and after four … 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!
Hats off to Assistant Professors Louise Fleming, JoAn Stanek and Megan Williams, whose article Clinical Immersion: An Approach for Fostering Cross-disciplinary Communication and Innovation in Nursing and Engineering Students is one of the featured articles for March on the website of the journal, Nurse Educator. Well done, all!
Associate Professor Jean Davision, DNP, RN, FNP-C, and the students in her service learning course gathered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to pack 300 gift bags as part of their Hurricane Florence relief efforts. The bags included soap, shampoo, lotion, tooth brushes, tooth paste, insect repellent and sun screen. This effort was supported by Christ United Methodist Church and supplies were donated by the Hampton Inns in Chapel Hill and Carrboro along with Aloft Hotel in Chapel Hill and a local dentist in Southern Village. Davison also authored an article … Continued
Duke Endowment Funds UNC Schools of Nursing and Medicine to implement Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
UNC SCHOOL OF NURSING NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA; AUGUST 15, 2018 North Carolinians spent roughly $12.5 million a day in hospital charges related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) in 2015. In that same year, the disease claimed the lives of 18,467 of the state’s citizens and hospitalized more than 100,120. An interdisciplinary team of faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and School of Medicine is working to decrease those numbers with HeartHome, a two-year project recently funded by a $710,000 … Continued
The UNC School of Nursing, in collaboration with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers and the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, has rolled out the Primary Care RN Certificate, an online course that will educate registered nurses to work in a primary care or ambulatory care setting. The course is self-paced, internet-based, and will reward 50 contact hours to those who complete it. Mary Schuler, RN, MSN, EDD, CNE, oversaw all aspects of the course’s creation. She designed the curriculum and created course materials, both written … Continued
Last week, Assistant Professor Sara Hubbell and DNP student Elizabeth Waters presented at the North Carolina Nurses Association’s DNP Symposium held in Greensboro. Dr. Hubbell presented on Spiritual Care for Inpatient Nurses, while Waters presented on Antibiotic Stewardship in the Pediatric ER. The conference was held by the NCNA’s DNP Council, which is chaired by Associate Professor Jean Davison.
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