Anna Beeber Awarded Grant to Develop Toolkit for Alzheimer’s Care

Dr. Anna Beeber, PhD, RN is co-investigator for a new five-year grant by the National Institute of Nursing Research to create and test new tools for individuals who care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The toolkit will help informal caregivers, such as a spouse, manage symptoms of the disease that are getting worse as well as help them identify new symptoms to discuss with health care professionals. Beeber’s co-investigator is Dr. Philip Sloane, MD, MPH from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of medicine, and the study will be completed by an … Continued

Dean Swanson Receives Prestigious Award From The University of Rhode Island

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN received a Distinguished Achievement Award from The University of Rhode Island (URI) in a ceremony held in Newport, Rhode Island on October 27. Dean Swanson was one of twenty URI alumni who were lauded for their professional achievements, outstanding leadership or community service. She was recognized both for her research on pregnancy loss and for creating the “Swanson Theory of Caring”—a theory that has been incorporated into health organizations around the world to empower nurses to deliver higher quality, … Continued

Donna Havens Wins Nightingale Research Award

Dr. Donna Havens On Friday October 26, School of Nursing Professor Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the Nightingale Excellence in Research Award at the organization’s annual gala. Havens was recognized for her research on nursing work environments. Her work has led to evidence-based strategies that can help health care leaders develop quality work environments for their nursing professionals. The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a non-profit foundation founded to support nursing professionals and to recognize their achievements. Havens was one of ten individuals who were selected for this … Continued

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Mi-Kyung Song and Debra Barksdale Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing

Dr. Mi-Kyung Song and Dr. Debra Barksdale On October 12, 2012, Dr. Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN, and Dr. Debra Barksdale, PhD, RN, CFNP, CANP, were welcomed into the American Academy of Nursing at the group’s 39th annual meeting in Washington, DC. Academy fellows are a select group of approximately 1,800 nursing professionals from the US and other countries. Fellows have made significant contributions to nursing and are demonstrated leaders in nursing research, education, practice, and administration. For more on their research and academic interests, you can read Dr. Song’s bio … Continued

Deborah Mayer and Linda Beeber Awarded Prestigious Translational Research Grants

Dr. Deborah Mayer & Dr. Linda Beeber Two School of Nursing faculty were recently awarded grants from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute. Dr. Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, received a $50,000 NCTraCS grant to study the care needs of parents diagnosed with advanced cancer. Over 66,000 adults between the ages of 25 and 54, the prime parenting years, die of cancer every year. Dr. Mayer, along with fellow principal investigator Dr. Leeza Park, MD and co-investigators Dr. Laura Hanson, MD, and Dr. Donald Rosenstein, … Continued

Jill Hamilton’s Research Featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine

Dr. Jill Hamilton Dr. Jill B. Hamilton’s research on the use of religious songs to manage stressful life events was featured in Good Housekeeping magazine. Jill’s study, “You Need a Song to Bring You Through,” is summarized on page# 41 of the November 2012 issue. In this research Jill identified the importance of religious songs as a mental health promoting strategy among older African Americans. Read more here.

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Innovative Simulation Pilot Helps Students Learn About Obesity

Two days during the last week of September Clinical Assistant Professor Beth Lamanna, WHNP, MPH, RN, the innovative leader behind a team of seven undergraduate and graduate faculty and staff, conducted the first of what they hope will be a series of obesity simulations. Seventeen undergraduate public health nursing students were guided through the IOM’s 2012 report Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, to see the obesity epidemic through a population health to primary care lens. On the first day of clinical these students watched … Continued

Higher Nurse-To-Patient Ratios Reveal Mixed Result on Quality of Patient Care

Dr. Barbara Mark In 2004, California legislation increased nurse-to-patient ratios in the state’s hospitals, providing a rare opportunity to examine how increasing nurse staffing affects patient care and hospital economics. A new study from the School of Nursing found that the mandate had mixed results on quality of care for patients. Barbara Mark, PhD., RN, FAAN, who is the Sarah Frances Russell Distinguished Professor at the School of Nursing, led the study, which appeared recently in Health Services Research, a bimonthly journal. The new results on patient care add to … Continued

Addressing Health Needs Helps Women Move from Welfare to Work

Assisting women receiving welfare with their health needs can help them to more quickly gain employment, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Nursing. The study also offers insight into how the recession affected employment for these women. Shawn M. Kneipp, Ph.D., R.N., an associate professor at the School of Nursing, led the study, which appears online in Social Science & Medicine, an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes social science research on health issues. Welfare reform legislation in 1996 created the … Continued

Cheryl Giscombé Wins RWJF Grant

Dr. Cheryl Giscombé SON Assistant Professor Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, FAEN, won a highly competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Giscombé is one of only 12 nurse educators to win the three-year, $350,000 award this year, which is given to outstanding junior faculty who demonstrate promise as future leaders in nursing. The award will be used to support Dr. Giscombé’s academic career and her research. Dr. Giscombé will apply the award to her mixed-method study of the influence of stress and coping on … Continued