Study examines NC cancer patient emergency department visits

When cancer patients experience medical problems, they may visit emergency departments, but how often and for what reasons, there is little data. A first-ever study of emergency room use by oncology patients in North Carolina was published in the May 23, 2011 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Authors hope the study can give them information so that they can target clinical problems to improve delivery of quality cancer care, thus avoiding emergency room visits. Deborah Mayer, associate professor of nursing in the UNC School of Nursing, study lead author, said, … Continued

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Merle Mishel to be Inducted into Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Kenan Professor of Nursing Dr. Merle Mishel will be inducted into the 2011 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes scholars and leaders whose funded program of research has had a long-term impact on the profession and patient/family outcomes. The nomination recognized Dr. Mishel’s more than 20 years of federally funded research and her development of the theory of uncertainty in illness. Dr. Mishel says she is pleased that this award recognizes the importance of nursing research and is honored to have … Continued

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Cheryl B. Jones named Faculty of the Year by UNC Hospitals

Associate Professor Dr. Cheryl B. Jones has been chosen as Faculty of the Year by theUNC Hospitals Nursing Division. She is the Research Consultant for UNC Hospitals, and one of her roles in this position is to foster research relationships between the School of Nursing and the Hospitals. UNC Hospitals emphasizes nurses engaging in research to address critical problems in practice, and Dr. Jones is working with its nursing Research Council to develop a research agenda that guides its nursing research efforts. She also mentors teams at the Hospitals that … Continued

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Diane Berry Graduates from UNC Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

Graduates of the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Faculty Engaged Scholars Program included SON Assistant Professor Diane Berry. Diane Berry, an assistant professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, is part of the second class of Faculty Engaged Scholars. The Carolina Center for Public Service celebrated this second class of scholars at a graduation on Jan. 7, 2011, giving the scholars cords and certificates during the ceremony. The scholars represent various disciplines across the UNC Chapel Hill campus and worked during the two year program to strengthen their … Continued

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National Nursing Leader to Present Research on Migrant Children

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, PhD, RN, FAAN Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, (PhD, RN, FAAN) the assistant dean of diversity and cultural affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will present her research on immigrant and migrant children in “Children of the Road,” the 2011 UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture. This free lecture is open to the public and will take place from 3:00-5:00 pm on February 21, 2011 at the School of Nursing. de Leon Siantz was born in Los … Continued

Debra Barksdale Appointed to National Health Panel

Debra Barksdale, associate professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has been appointed to a new national health-care research panel. Barksdale (PhD, RN, CFNP, CANP) is one of the 19 members of the Board of Governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The institute was established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, part of the federal government’s health-care reform legislation signed into law earlier this year. The Act specified that at least one nurse be on the board, and Barksdale … Continued

Healthcare Quality and Patient Outcomes Seminars Set for Fall 2010

THE FALL 2010 SEMINAR SERIES: All Seminars are from 12:00 -1:00 PM in Carrington Hall, Room 104, School of Nursing, UNC Chapel Hill. September 21, Noel Brewer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health: Patients’ Understanding of Genomic Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk Testing October 5 , Til Stürmer Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health: Methodological and Analytic Advances in Observational Studies November 2, Katrina Donahue, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine: Issues in Research … Continued

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Jai-Rong Wu Joins Carolina Nursing Faculty

Jai-Rong Wu, PhD, RN, is a nurse researcher who studies medication adherence with patients who have congestive heart failure. She explains that older patients are particularly at risk because if they don’t take the medications they are fifty-percent more likely to be admitted to a hospital for complications that result from non-compliance. And, this leads to increased cost of care. “If people take good care of themselves and take their medications as prescribed, then chronic disease can be managed to provide a good quality of life,” she says. Dr. Wu, … Continued

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Men in Nursing Grows; AAMN Chapter at Carolina Since 1990

Message from Dr. Ed Halloran: Colleagues and friends, The latest census of nurses is out and shows there are an estimated 202,169 men in nursing, 6.6% of all 3,063,163 RNs who hold a license in the USA. [Source: The Registered Nurse Population: Initial Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of RNs; While the proportion of men continues to be small, the number of men in nursing has been growing more rapidly since 1990. That said, the way to increase the recruitment of men in nursing is through diversification of … Continued

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MSN Student Katie Shattuck Wins Competitive Carolina Institute of Developmental Disabilities Award

Katherine (Katie) Shattuck, BSN, RN, is a second year graduate student working toward a Master of Science Degree in Nursing to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Katie began her graduate program with over four years of clinical experience in the Newborn Critical Care Center at the NC Children’s Hospital where she had advanced to responsibility for teaching new nurses the intricacies of caring for extremely ill newborns. Through her clinical practice and her initial year of graduate study, Katie has developed a strong interest in the ongoing needs of children … Continued

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