UNC Celebrates 2019-2020 Graduate Student Achievements

The Graduate School has announced their annual celebration of graduate students for outstanding achievement in research, community service, teaching and leadership during academic year 2019-2020. As the Dean of the Graduate School, Susan Barbour writes, “A strong public institution like UNC-Chapel Hill is only as strong as the people who drive its research, teaching and service missions. Carolina graduate students play critical roles in all three of our University’s missions. These students are rising researchers and scholars who ask the insightful questions that move their disciplines forward. They are gifted … Continued

Categories: Awards, News, Students

POCUS Student Group Competes in Virtual Ultrasound Competition

On April 17th, 2020, the Supersonics (a SON student group) were the first nurse practitioner student team in history to compete in iScan2020, an annual ultrasound competition sponsored by the Society for Point of Care Ultrasound. Team members were Cara Nelson, Cheryl Hooks, Matthew Wrench, and Tabitha Spaulding (all MSN class of ‘21). They competed against 32 other teams from physician assistant programs across the US. The accompanying photo is from earlier in the year, as this year was also the first time iScan took place in virtual format using … Continued

Categories: News, Students

Horses Create Insight and Change for PMHNP Students

“It’s transformative,” is a frequent reaction at the end of a half day interactive program that involve non-riding, on-the-ground encounters with horses who are being horses. Since 2014, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) students at SON have been participating in a unique experiential learning program for health professionals. The sessions are facilitated by an equine specialist Mickey Purcell, and mental health professional and SON Associate Professor, Noreen Esposito EdD, PMHMP, both certified in the Eagala Model of equine assisted learning. This model is used in over 40 countries around … Continued

Categories: Faculty, News, Students, Teaching

A Day in the Life of a Tar Heel Nurse

Via unc.edu: An eye-opening account of one day in the life of Becky Hoover — Carolina Nurse, PhD student, and mom. Her story, like so many others, is a balancing act of family, responsibilities, and a career as an essential worker and front line responder.

Carolina Nurses Respond: Inside an Emergency Department During the Pandemic

SON student Daniel Meltzer (FNP ’20), is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response as a nurse in the UNC Medical Center Emergency Department. Here, he offers a detailed picture of what his day looks like and the precautions his department is taking, as well as the importance of the current stay-at-home measures, the support he and his colleagues are receiving from the community, and his takeaways on how this pandemic highlights economic disparities. UNC SON: How has your role, or the roles of nurses in general, changed during … Continued

From The Well: The Spirit of Nursing

via The Well: The School of Nursing is working to ensure that their students graduate on time and ready to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nursing Students Step up to Help Providers on the Front Lines of COVID-19

By Courtney Mitchell With clinical rotations canceled for School of Nursing students, students and faculty members have stepped up to support area health care providers and facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering everything from nursing expertise to overnight childcare and managing droves of equipment and food donations. More than 70 nursing students and faculty at the school are supporting in-house patient care and telehealth efforts for the hospital and outpatients clinics as nurses and nursing assistants, offering childcare and pet-sitting services, donating blood, masks, diapers and other supplies and educating … Continued

Camp Nurse Survey for Senior BSN Student Lydia McBride

Have you ever been a camp nurse? Senior BSN honors student Lydia McBride needs your help! For her senior honors thesis, Lydia has created a survey to gather data on former and current camp nurses’ experiences with privacy and confidentiality during medication administration. As more adolescents are taking psychiatric medications, there is an increased chance of campers experiencing the negative impacts of stigma if their peers were to become aware of their medications. However, maintaining privacy and confidentiality in camp settings is challenging. I believe data from nurses who have … Continued

Categories: Alumni, Students

Ebahi Ikharo Collects Data and Human Insights in Namibia

Ebahi Ikharo, PhD student and Hillman Scholar, recently went to Namibia to help design a tool to identify and improve compliance issues in hospital maternity wards. She came back to NC with some insights on nurses’ mental health. Supported by the UNC’s IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program, Ikharo spent 3 weeks working with the Nursing Now campaign in Namibia, collecting data in maternity wards across 5 different hospitals. Namibia’s Ministry of Heath is using the data to create a tool to assess compliance with standards and recommendations for areas of improvement … Continued

New Model for BSN Senior Clinical Immersion is a Success

Here at UNC School of Nursing, a new clinical immersion model for BSN students is prioritizing student career goals and wholistic view of patient care. In a new article featured in Nurse Educator, Louise Flemming PhD, RN, and her co-authors* discuss the limitations of the past approach to the BSN program’s clinical immersion model and highlight the successes of the new Transitions in Care Model. The Transitions in Care Model is a track-based system that places students in themed tracks (eg. cardiac, oncology, emergency department), where they will participate in … Continued