SON Faculty Coretta Jenerette Receives TraCs Grant

Dr. Coretta Jenerette Dr. Coretta Jenerette received a NC TraCS grant to develop the Nurse Subscale of the Sickle Cell Health-Related Stigma Scale. Health care providers have been shown to mistake the pain relief-seeking behavior of persons with sickle cell disease (SCD) for drug-seeking behavior. Pain is the key symptom of SCD. This mistake unnecessarily stigmatizes persons with SCD and may negatively affect the establishment of mutually trusting and respectful relationships between them and their health care providers. Such negative encounters may contribute to poorer health outcomes. The proposed study … Continued

Diane Berry Receives Funding to Implement Diabetes Group Medical Visits

Dr. Diane Berry Dr. Diane Berry who along with Dr. Tara Lewis, Mr. Sean Harrison, and Ms. Mendi Neiters have been chosen to receive funding ($75,000) to develop and implement diabetes group medical visits at The Alliance Medical Ministry in Raleigh, NC. The Duke University Hospital System Charitable Grants is funding the study.

Palliative Care Nurse-Scientist Receives $1.7 Million Grant

Dr. Mi-Kyung Song Dr. Mi-Kyung Song, associate professor in the School of Nursing, has been awarded at $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a longitudinal study to examine the multi-dimensional trajectories of patients with end-stage kidney disease who are at a high risk of experiencing acute life-threatening events and mortality within 12 months. These life-threatening events are superimposed on the demands of dialysis and co-morbidities. The information generated from the longitudinal assessments of patients will be critical for the development of effective palliative care interventions … Continued

SON Faculty Mi-Kyung Song Receives Bioethics Supplement Grant

Dr. Mi-Kyung Song Congratulations to Dr. Mi-Kyung Song who received a bioethics supplement grant to her current R01 project, Representational Intervention to Promote End-of-Life Decision-Making Preparation. With this additional grant, Mi-Kyung will describe patients’ perspectives of how decisions to start dialysis were made (e.g., if they perceived the process as informed decision making). She also will explore whether patients’ perspectives of the decision-making process to start dialysis are associated with their values for life-sustaining treatment and end-of-life preferences. The total award amount is $147,011. This was a highly competitive grant: … Continued

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New Nursing Innovations Help Premature Babies Suck, Swallow and Breathe More Easily

Dr. Suzanne Thoyre Premature babies have difficulty eating and breathing at the same time. Monitoring their nutrition and understanding the rhythms of eating and breathing is essential to weight-gain and good health. The National Institutes of Health awarded $398,545 funding for two years to Dr. Sue Thoyre to complete an intervention study with mothers of premature infants “Guiding Mothers to Co-Regulate Oral Feeding with Very Preterm Infants.” The intent of this 2-year study is to extend an innovative and successful nurse-delivered feeding intervention to one delivered by mothers. An innovative … Continued

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SON Researchers Receive NIH Funding to Study Childhood Chronic Conditions and the Family

Knafl-Sandelowski research team Kathleen Knafl, Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor & Associate Dean for Research, and Margarete Sandelowski, Cary C. Boshamer Professor, have received funding from the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research to complete a 5-year study to synthesize findings from empirical research addressing the intersection between family life and childhood chronic physical conditions. Over the course of the 5-year project, they will receive $1,642,197 in direct funding. Other members of the research team include Jamie Crandell, Jennifer Leeman, and Julia Shaw-Kokot. An estimated 18% of children under 18 … Continued

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Anna Beeber Receives RWJF Grant

  Anna Beeber, Ph.D., R.N., an assistant professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and a Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, has won a competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to inform best practices for assisted living. Beeber is one of just 12 nurse educators from around the country to receive the three-year $350,000 Nurse Faculty Scholar award this year. It is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing. The grant … Continued

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SON Welcomes 20 Visiting International Scholars

This year the School of Nursing welcomes 20 Visiting International Scholars — the largest group it has hosted. The SON Visiting International Scholars program gives visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience the innovative educational and research approaches taking place at SON. The international visitors expand multicultural understanding within SON and deepen global research and education connections. For more information on this program, contact Gwen Sherwood, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, +1 (919) 966-3734, This year’s International Visiting Scholars: Last Name First Name Level Country … Continued

Lixin Song Joins SON Faculty

Dr. Lixin (Lee) Song Dr. Lixin (Lee) Song has begun her joint position as an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Song received a BSN from Tianjin Medical University in China and a MSN from Tianjin Medical University and the University of Ottawa in Canada. She went on to receive a PhD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2009 and then completed postdoctoral training in chronic illness management at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She also … Continued

Grant Supports Study of Ethical Issues in Dialysis Facilities

Associate Professor Mi-Kyung Song has received a grant ($50K) from the Kornfeld Program in Bioethics and Patient Care, which is administered by The Greenwall Foundation. The grant will support Dr. Song’s research project that  examines management of ethical issues in free-standing dialysis facilities. This prestigious award recognizes the significance and potential impact of individual research projects and researchers in bioethics areas. In the 62 years of the Foundation’s history, only two nurse researchers have been awarded grants.

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