Publication and presentation roundup — October 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.

Have a publication or presentation to share? School of Nursing faculty, students and staff can submit publications and presentations here to be included in the next roundup.


Updates and Advances in Cardiovascular Nursing

Leslie Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FACC, FAHA, FPCNA, served as guest editor for a special collection of 14 articles related to cardiovascular topics for the September 2023 issue of Nursing Clinics of North America. As part of the special issue, Dr. Davis authored two papers, including “Tackling Cardiovascular and Stroke Disease in 2023 and Beyond” and “Hypertensive Emergencies: Implications for Nurses,” and co-authored “A Pharmacologic Update.”

Carrie Palmer, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CDE, authored one paper in the special collection titled, “Anticoagulation for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation.”

Providing Inpatient Contraception Care Within a Reproductive Justice Framework

Kandyce Brennan, DNP, CNM and Rachel McInerney, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP published on the importance of implementing inpatient contraception programs within a reproductive justice framework. Their work was published on September 27, 2023.

Advancing family science and health equity through the 2022-2026 National Institute of Nursing Research strategic plan

Tamryn F. Gray, MSN ’12 and Kathleen Knafl, PHD, FAAN, along with colleagues, have published an article in Nursing Outlook. The authors address the synergy between family science and the NINR Strategic Plan, by addressing how attention to family health is essential to achieving the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and how the lenses of the new Strategic Plan can strengthen family research. The authors argue that family research is the cornerstone of social ecology, represents a critical intersection of social and structural determinants of health, and is consistent with goals of the new Strategic Plan.

Psychological distress and life satisfaction among Black working adults in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic

Latesha K. Harris, BSN, RN (’25), publishes in SSM – Mental Health with Drs. Sirry Alang, Associate Dean for Equity and Justice, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Development at the University of Pittsburgh, and Chelsey Carter, Assistant Professor Yale School of Public Health.

Their manuscript titled “Psychological distress and life satisfaction among Black working adults in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic” highlights the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on Black adults in the U.S. workforce and have important implications for health in Black communities and for recruiting and retaining Black workers in the health care system.


Health Innovation e-pubs and Digital Clinical Capstone Journals

Drs. Maureen Baker, PhD, CNL, CHSE, Nancy Jo Thompson, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, and JoAn Stanek, DNP, RN, CHPN presented at the 17th Annual South Eastern Nurse Educator Symposium (SENSES) In Wilmington, NC on Thursday, Oct 19, 2023. They presented their work on Digital Capstone Journals with nursing faculty from the South Eastern United States. The teaching team shared digital strategies to synthesize undergraduate nursing clinical skills, therapeutic communication, and critical thinking to deliver quality nursing care using evidence based practice in a variety of settings with faculty and RN guidance. The presentation also included adaptable templates for faculty to explore across multiple didactic and clinical settings.

Race-Related Stressors Associated with Cardiometabolic Disease Risk in Black Women

Latesha K. Harris, BSN, RN, Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation, RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar, and Ph.D. Student gave a panel presentation titled “Race-Related Stressors Associated with Cardiometabolic Disease Risk in Black Women.” During her panel presentation, she discussed how race-related stressors among Black women are associated with cardiometabolic health inequities. She gave an overview of quantitative measures of race-related stressors and potential pathways linking stress to cardiometabolic health. She also emphasized the role of racism in cardiometabolic health inequities and the need for qualitative research to study health inequities.

Challenges & Barriers for Real-Time Integration of Drones in Emergency Cardiac Care: Lessons from the United States, Sweden, & Canada

Associate Professor Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN, FAHA, was invited to speak at the 1st Annual Scientific European Meeting on AED-equipped Drones. She presented her research program on AED-drones for emergency cardiac care during the hybrid symposium co-hosted by the Karolinska Institutet and the Center for Resuscitation Science in Stockholm, Sweden.

Her presentation, titled “Challenges & Barriers for Real-Time Integration of Drones in Emergency Cardiac Care: Lessons from the United States, Sweden, & Canada,” focused on an international project she led, involving the United States, Canada, and Sweden. This project examined the challenges and barriers to the real-time integration of drones in emergency cardiac care across these countries.

The symposium brought together renowned researchers from around the world who focused on drones as first responders.