Clinical Assistant Professor Maureen Baker, PhD, RN, has been awarded the 2020 UNC Medical Center Faculty of the Year Award, in recognition of her service to UNC Health Care. The UNCMC Nursing Staff Recognition Week Committee notes that “Dr. Maureen Baker excels in service/quality, growth, and innovation. She coaches students through quality improvement projects. She collaborates with nurse managers and staff nurses to achieve quality outcomes. Dr. Baker has been an avid, ongoing supporter of UNC Health Care and it is a pleasure to have her as a liaison to … Continued
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
Carolina Nursing Associate Professor and Alumni Association President (and active nurse) Dr. Ashley Leak Bryant spoke with CBS17 about the CDC’s new guidelines for health care workers, provided in response to shortages of protective equipment. “We need to have equipment that has been tested,” she says, adding “most people are doing the best they can with what they have.” Nurses everywhere are raising concerns over access to approved personal protective equipment (PPE). UNC Health is now asking for donations of PPE and other supplies, and the SON simulation team has depleted … Continued
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.
“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