Publication and presentation roundup — November 2023

The latest scholarly work from the UNC School of Nursing

Carolina Nursing faculty, staff and students are actively sharing their research findings on critical health care topics through publications in academic journals and presentations at national and international conferences.

Take a look at the selection of publications and presentations below to learn more about how Carolina Nursing experts are advancing health for all by addressing the greatest health care challenges of our time.

Please note that the following list was compiled based on information submitted by our researchers and is categorized into presentations and publications.

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Impact of an automated, remote monitoring and coaching intervention in reducing hospice cancer family caregiving burden: A multisite randomized controlled trial

Lorinda Coombs, PhD, MSN, FNP-BC, and colleagues published results from a randomized control trial on the impact of an automated, remote monitoring intervention on reducing the burden for family hospice caregiving when they had a loved one dying from cancer. Published in Cancer, November 27, 2023

Care for those with life‐limiting cancer heavily involves family caregivers who may experience significant physical and emotional burden. The purpose of this study was to test the impact of Symptom Care at Home (SCH), an automated digital family caregiver coaching intervention, during home hospice, when compared to usual hospice care (UC) on the primary outcome of overall caregiver burden. Secondary outcomes included Caregiver Burden at weeks 1 and 8, Mood and Vitality subscales, overall moderate‐to‐severe caregiving symptoms, and sixth month spouse/partner bereavement outcomes. Results from the study identified that the SCH SCH intervention significantly decreased caregiving burden over UC and supports the maintenance of family caregiver mood and vitality throughout caregiving with extended benefit into bereavement.


What do nurses need to know about psychiatric genetics? | Neurodevelopmental Copy Number Variations and the Extended Phenotypic Spectrum

Rose Mary Xavier, PhD, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, delivered two expert lectures at the 2023 International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) World Congress. ISONG, an international specialty nursing organization dedicated to genomics in healthcare, education, and research, provided a fitting platform for these discussions. The titles of Dr. Xavier’s lectures were as follows: “What do nurses need to know about psychiatric genetics?” and “Neurodevelopmental Copy Number Variations and the Extended Phenotypic Spectrum.”

Police Violence and Cardiometabolic Health in African American/Black Women

Latesha K. Harris, BSN, RN, was honored to receive an invitation to present on a distinguished panel at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Harris’s presentation on Police Violence and Cardiometabolic Health in African American/Black Women occurred on November 10, 2023, during the Early Career Sessions. Her unique perspective and insight added a new dimension to the discussion of cardiovascular disease prevention and inspired all who attended. Ms. Harris’s continued involvement with AHA, as a member of the Council of Epidemiology and Prevention and the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) Committee, and her role as a student representative on the Early Career Committee for the CVSN council demonstrates her dedication to making a lasting impact in the field.

Commercial Determinants of Health and Nursing Research

Joshua Barrett, a PhD student at the School of Nursing, will discuss his paper, “Commercial Determinants of Health and Nursing Research,” on November 30th at the University of Toronto’s virtual seminar. Published in Clinical Nursing Research, the paper explores the understudied topic of commercial determinants of health (CDoH) in nursing. Barrett emphasizes the importance of nurses familiarizing themselves with CDoH concepts and highlights the unique contributions nurses can make to the literature. The seminar is part of the “Health Inc.: Corporations, Capitalism, and the Commercial Determinants of Health” series, fostering interdisciplinary dialogues on the influence of corporations on health.