Feeding Flock Tool Gets Press

Hats off to the Feeding Flock, a group of largely SON researchers, for having their work “Psychometric Properties of the Early Feeding Skills Assessment Tool” published in the October issue of Advances in Neonatal Care. Included on the article were authors Sue Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN; Britt Pados, PhD, RN, NNP-BC; Catherine S. Shaker, MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-S; Kristy Fuller,  OTR/L; and Jinhee Park, PhD, RN. The online journal HealthLeaders published an article about the tool this week, stating “Through their study, Thoyre and her colleagues determined the Early Feeding Skills checklist to … Continued

Santos Receives K23 Grant to Study Relationships between DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Hats off to Assistant Professor Hudson Santos, PhD, RN, who has received nearly $395,000 in grant funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research to establish relationships among DNA methylation, maternal hardship and neurodevelopmental impairment in extremely preterm children with an ultimate goal toward preventing or minimizing that impairment. The three year study, titled “Placental DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes” aims to establish maternal hardship clusters using prenatal socioeconomic and stressful life event factors; identify association between maternal hardship clusters and child cognitive and affective outcomes at … Continued

Van Riper Presents 2018 CANS Abstract of Distinction

A big hats off to Professor Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN, FAAN who presented her Abstract of Distinction at the 2018 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research this past weekend in Washington, D.C. One of six presentations selected for the special Abstracts of Distinction session at the annual conference, Dr. Van Riper presented her work “Family Management of Down Syndrome: Cross-Cultural” which reported results from a sample of 2,740 parents of children with Down syndrome from 10 countries, spanning North … Continued

Alumna Leaves Legacy for Graduate Education and Research

In the late 1950s Barbara Williams Madden was among the first students to enroll in Carolina’s MSN program. Now generations of our graduate students will benefit from her generosity. Barbara, (MSN, ’60) came to Carolina after graduating from Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing, and Teachers College, Columbia University,  attracted to the fledgling graduate program at UNC by then-Dean Elizabeth Kemble’s national reputation. Barbara became one of the country’s first providers of care to patients suffering from polio and went on to teach her methods in over 40 states and … Continued

Royster Scholar Wu Presents at International Continence Society Annual Meeting

Chen Wu, second year PhD student and Royster Scholar, presented a short oral presentation entitled, “Does biofeedback optimize the effect of pelvic floor muscle exercises on stress urinary incontinence in women? A systematic review” on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the 48th annual meeting of the International Continence Society. “She gave an excellent 3-minute presentation that was followed by four minutes of questions from an international audience,” said Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging, Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF.  

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Berry Receives $2.974 million in R01 Funding for Healthy Mothers—Healthy Children Study

Congratulations to Assistant Dean for Research and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Professor Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN and her team who were awarded nearly $3 million in research grant funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research to improve nutrition and physical activity among overweight Hispanic mothers and their young children in order to inhibit the development of prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease later in life. With this $2.974 million R01 grant from NINR, Berry and her team will study Healthy Mothers—Healthy Children: An Intervention with Hispanic Mothers and their Young … Continued

Cashion, BSN ’78, to serve as acting director of the National Institutes for Nursing Research

Carolina Nursing celebrates with alumna, Ann Cashion, BSN ’78, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has been named the acting director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). She will begin the role on September 1, 2018 following the retirement of Patricia Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has directed the Institute for 23 years. A nation-wide search for the next director will begin immediately. Dr. Cashion currently serves as the NINR scientific director and acting deputy director and has been at NINR for over seven years. She is a well-known scientist and … Continued

Tan Receives F31 Funding to Study Stress Responses in Caregivers of Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients

Congratulations to Hillman Scholar and T32 Predoctoral Trainee Kelly Tan who was awarded nearly $62,000 from the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the positive psychological states and stress responses in caregivers of adults receiving an allogeneic bone marrow transplant. The funding will permit Tan to examine trends in stress, health, biological data and positive psychological states of caregivers during the peri-transplant period. Outcomes from her project will support future work on chronic stress in the context of caregiving and lead to hypothesis generation. At least 2.8 million unpaid caregivers … 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

Santos New Academic Editor for PLOS ONE

Assistant Professor Hudson Santos becomes an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE, joining an editorial team that represents over 79 countries. PLOS is as a nonprofit Open Access publisher with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication and by providing free and unrestricted access to research, open data, transparency in peer review and an open approach to science assessment. The principal role of Academic Editors is to oversee the peer review process. Typically, this involves evaluating a manuscript and inviting external peer-reviewers … Continued