Announcing the M. Vivian Baker Expendable Fund for Graduate Student Support

Before Nora Warshawsky earned her PhD from the UNCSON in 2011, she was a multi-tasking full-time graduate student who taught for four years in the classroom and clinic, served as graduate student representative to the University, pursued her own research, traveled to professional conferences and cultivated an off-campus network of like-minded colleagues.

It wasn’t easy, but Warshawsky hopes to make it easier on the next generation of nurse scholars by creating the M. Vivian Baker Expendable Fund for Graduate Student Support.

Named in honor of Warshawsky’s aunt, this gift provides financial support for professional travel or research, quality improvement and practice projects for doctoral students matriculating in one of the health care systems graduate nursing programs.

“The Vivian Baker Fund hopes to seed research endeavors that can inspire someone’s life’s work,” said Katisha Paige, associate director of advancement and alumni affairs at the UNC School of Nursing.

After she graduated from Carolina, Nora Warshawsky PhD, RN, CNE joined the University of Kentucky College of Nursing as an assistant professor. She teaches health systems courses in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and also led the Population and Organizational Systems Leadership track of the DNP program until December, 2015.

Warshawsky developed the Nurse Manager Practice Environment Scale to assess the organizational context needed to support nurse managers’ practice, and she continues to influence graduate education as a member of—and author for—the Council on Graduate Education for Administrative Nursing (CGEAN).

In recognition of Warshawsky’s many outstanding achievements in the ten years since graduation, the School honored her with its 2016 GOLD (Graduate of the Decade) Award.