Debra J. Barksdale Assumes NONPF Presidency

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) announces that SON Associate Professor Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP has assumed the position of President of the organization. Dr. Barksdale’s term will continue until April 2014.  In her inaugural speech on April 14 during the NONPF 38th Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC, Dr. Barksdale recognized the strong leadership of her predecessors and accepted the charge to continue building a viable organization to meet the current and future needs of preparing a quality nurse practitioner (NP) workforce. Dr. Barksdale stated “We will … Continued

Deborah Mayer on International Panel that Recommends New Model for Breast Cancer Care

Dr. Deborah Mayer As the number of breast cancer survivors increases, now estimated at 2.8 million, more will be living with the chronic effects of cancer treatments or with advanced disease. An international panel of experts, including a UNC School of Nursing faculty and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, was convened by the American Cancer Society to review current practices and to make recommendations to improve surveillance and rehabilitation of breast cancer patients and survivors and published their results in the April 15, 2012 issue of the journal Cancer. … Continued

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Nursing Students Present at UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research

Lisa Marianne Skiver Nursing students Danielle Fried and Lisa Skiver presented Honors posters at the University’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 16. Fried studied how parents of pediatric oncology patients use web sites to record, express and share their experiences. “Most of the existing literature about the experiences of pediatric oncology patients and their families was conducted by in-person interviews and surveys, so I was able to look at their experiences from a different perspective,” she says. Fried identified four overall themes in the parents’ writing: seeking knowledge, relationships … Continued

Debbie Travers’ Triage Research Featured in AHRQ Publication

Dr. Debbie Travers The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the health services research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is currently featuring research by SON faculty member Debbie Travers. Her discoveries have set new standards for pediatric triage and form the basis of an updated handbook published by the AHRQ. Read more about Dr. Travers’ work in the AHRQ’s online Newsletter, Research Activities:

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Resilience in families with Down syndrome

One out of every 691 newborns in the United States has Down syndrome, yet the birth of a child with Down syndrome is an unexpected event for most families. Because of this, many new parents experience a great deal of uncertainty following the birth of a child with Down syndrome. Many are worried about how their child’s diagnosis will affect their family. Dr. Marcia Van Riper has an ongoing program of research concerning factors that contribute to adaptation and resilience in families of children with Down syndrome. When Dr. Van … Continued

Diane Berry Receives NIH Funding for Diabetes Research

Dr. Diane Berry SON Faculty member Dr. Diane Berry (Lead PI), Dr. Alison Stuebe (MPI) and Dr. Sarah Verbiest (Co-I) from the SOM and Dr. Todd Schwartz from the School of Nursing and Biostatistics, have received pilot funding from the NIH/NIDDK for a study aimed to assist women with gestational diabetes, prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and improve their infants’ outcomes. The study will test a 14-week intensive intervention on the benefits of breastfeeding, understanding gestational diabetes and risk of progression to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, nutrition and … Continued

Miles Receives Award for Leadership in Nursing Research

Dr. Marge Miles with daughter Aimee Eckler University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor Emerita Margaret (Marge) Shandor Miles, Ph.D., received the 2012 Leadership in Research Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society. The award recognizes outstanding leadership, contribution, or promotion of nursing and health care research. Miles received the award at the Southern Nursing Research Society annual meeting in New Orleans in February for her research, which has primarily focused on parents of critically ill infants and children. The tools she developed help researchers around the world measure … Continued

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Agency for Health Research and Quality Features Innovation by Dr. Shawn Kneipp

Agency for Health Research and Quality Features  Innovation by SON Faculty Member Shawn Kneipp. Dr. Shawn Kneipp’s innovation, Public Health Nurses Provide Case Management to Low-Income Women With Chronic Conditions, Leading to Improved Mental Health and Functional Status, appears in the February 15, 2012 issue of the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange ( and has been posted on their website.  Visitors are encouraged to stimulate discussion about her innovation at the Innovations Exchange.  To exchange information, ideas and questions, visitors may visit the Web site and submit comments on your profile.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Pat Moreland At the request of SON postdoctoral fellow Pat Moreland, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt has proclaimed February 7-14 Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week. In communities across our nation, this is a time to increase knowledge about CHD and appreciation of the issues that affected patients and families face. Congenital heart defects are the most common types of difference from usual anatomy and physiology seen at birth. They come about when the heart or major blood vessels do not form properly and thus the way the baby’s heart … Continued

SON Faculty Member Named Principal Investigator for 4CNC

Jennifer Leeman Dr. Jennifer Leeman was named PI of 4CNC, the CDC-funded Comprehensive Cancer Control Collaborative NC, a collaborating center of the national Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. This center focuses on building community-academic partnerships to support cancer prevention and control. Both NCI and CDC supported this role for Dr. Leeman. She has served as a Co-Investigator with 4CNC since 2009 and serves as Co-PI of the Center for Training and Research Translation in the Health Promotion Disease Prevention department in the School of Public Health. Click here to … Continued

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