SON in the News: Chapel Hill’s First Nightingales

Former nursing classmates, Chapel Hill’s First Nightingales, compiled stories from their college days and medical career milestones into a book, “Ahead of Our Time.” These women were graduates of the state’s first four-year bachelor of science nursing program at UNC-Chapel Hill. This was the program’s first female freshman class in 1951. Among the 27 female students were two Morganton High School graduates, Bette Leon Davis and Arlene Morgan Thurstone (class of 1951) and two future brides of Morganton men: Janet Merritt Littlejohn, who married Bill (MHS class of 1950) and … Continued

Hillman Scholar Gillian Litynski featured in University Gazette

Nursing undergraduate Gillian Litynski was featured in the University Gazette article ‘Take the hit and recover later.’ Litynski is the first-ever ACC women’s saber champion, and is in the Hillman Scholar for Nursing Innovation Program in the School of Nursing. The story discusses how Litynski discovered fencing, and how she has learned to deal with dyslexia since discovering she had the learning disorder in the third grade. When difficulties arise, Litynski says that she takes the hit and recovers later. As a Hillman Scholar, she is pursuing research interests in the health care work force, how … Continued

UNC-TV cancer special featuring Deborah Mayer airs April 1

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was part of a panel of cancer experts and survivors featured on the UNC-TV special Cancer: Focus of Life. The hour-long show will air at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. “Cancer has exceeded heart disease as the leading cause of death in the state,” said Dr. Mayer, professor at the School of Nursing and director of cancer survivorship at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The UNC-TV show on cancer provided an opportunity to share important knowledge, research progress, and stories of hope … Continued

SON in the News: Debra Barksdale

Dr. Debra Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAANA, was quoted in a New York Times article about a new JAMA study revealing pay gaps between male and female RNs. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAANA, is the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the School of Nursing. She told the New York Times, “We now have pretty compelling evidence that there are pay inequalities between men and women in nursing over the past 25 years.” The article, which points out that male nurses make $5,100 … Continued

Donna Havens named third most influential nursing dean

Interim Dean Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named the third most influential dean of nursing in the United States by the Mometrix Test Preparation blog. Nursing deans were ranked using a points system based on a wide variety of data, including awards, ‘Top 10’ rankings, NIH funding, NCLEX passing percentage, and much more. Here’s what was written about Dr. Havens: Dr. Donna S. Havens may be an interim Dean at UNC, but that hasn’t kept her from having an impact on the nursing community. Dr. Havens developed the … Continued

SON in the News: Jessica Zègre-Hemsey

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlighted research done by assistant professor Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN, and her colleagues at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) on their blog, Human Capital. The study, led by Dr. Barbara J. Drew, PhD, RN, from UCSF, examined the problem of “alarm fatigue” in which health care providers miss or ignore alarms because too many of them are false or non-actionable. The researchers found more than 2.5 million alarms were triggered on bedside monitors in a single month– the first figure derived from a real-world … Continued

SON in the News–Rumay Alexander

This is a picture of Dr. Rumay Alexander

A recent two-part series on workplace inclusion featured Dr. G. Rumay Alexander, clinical professor and director of the SON Office of Multicultural Affairs. Published by, the first part of the series focused on defining inclusion and exploring what inclusion means to different people. “You have to define terms and explore it and explain it a little more carefully,” Dr. Alexander told MinorityNurse. “A prime example is that people talk about respect. The fact of the matter is that ten different people have ten different definitions of respect.” In the second … Continued

SON in the News: Donna Havens

Interim Dean and Professor Donna S. Havens is one of 25 Maryland nursing alumni chosen from all 125 years of the school’s history to receive an inaugural Visionary Pioneer Award.A story about her award was featured as a Campus Update on the front page of Dr. Havens was selected for the award based on her distinctive service to the field of nursing and health care. Her career has included leadership positions in nursing practice, academia, health administration, and research. Her efforts to shape practice for the better have been focued on … Continued

SON in the News: EISLE Hosts Middle Schoolers

Right before Halloween, around 130 middle schoolers took part in Tar Heel Preview Day, an initiative by UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs meant to introduce minority male students to college life. The students had a chance to listen to heartbeats and take pulses during a tour of the SON patient simulation lab run by the Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE) department. You can see photos and read an article about the students’ tour at the University Gazette and on

SON in the News: Louise Fleming Appears on WNCN

SON doctoral student and teaching fellow Louise Fleming, RN, appeared in a story at the top of the hour during the 11:00 PM broadcast of WNCN News on October 18. With Ebola drawing national attention to workplace safety for nurses, Ms. Fleming discussed candidly how nurses take similar risks to care for their patients almost every day. “We’re seeing right now with Ebola as it has reared its head and it’s in the public eye, maybe some of those risks nurses have been taking will become more transparent,” she said. … Continued