Q&A with Carolina Nursing Alumna Jane Ellison, BSN ’95

A proud Carolina Nursing graduate, Jane has devoted her career to providing compassionate care as a bedside nurse. She specializes in pediatric nursing and currently works at New Hanover Regional Novant, where she continues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young patients and their families.

In addition to her clinical work, Jane is actively involved in supporting her alma mater and the nursing community. She proudly serves as the chair of the UNC Board of Visitors, and she is a valued member of the Carolina Nursing Board of Visitors.

Jane Ellison, BSN ’95

Why did you become a nurse?

My grandmother was a nurse. My grandfather had the misfortune of being in a car accident and his life was forever changed. My grandmother, Hazel, worked nights as a licensed practical nurse and took care of him during the day. She was a really special person, and she left her nursing watch to me. I’ve always known I either wanted to be a teacher or a nurse. I just love helping and caring for other humans.

What makes the nursing profession so special?

Nursing has really given to me more than I have given to it throughout the years. I have the privilege of caring for people in their rawest, most vulnerable moments, and that is so humbling.

“I really want to shine a light on nursing.”

How did you choose pediatric care?

The pediatric floor is where I want to be. It’s never the same. I’m never tired of it. As a mother, I can relate to how stressful it would be to have a child in the hospital. I like to be able to relate to my patients and their families, and I’m sure it means so much to them to have someone who clearly cares and is there for the whole family.

What do you do as chair of the UNC Board of Visitors?

The Board of Visitors is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to serving the mission of the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. As chair, it is my responsibility to lead this group of ambassadors, helping alumni get involved and give back to Carolina’s students and faculty. As a nurse, I’m so proud to represent this career that I love in front of leaders who play a crucial role at Carolina.

What are your goals in this role?

I really want to shine a light on nursing. I also want people to know that even if you don’t have a graduate degree, you can be in a leadership role that influences others. We all bring value, regardless of our qualifications. If you’re dedicated and share my passion for the University and helping others, your voice matters just as much as anyone else’s. Because of this, I have every confidence that I’m the right person for the job.

What advice would you give to alumni who want to get involved?

Prioritize your happiness and follow what truly fulfills you. If you want to give back to Carolina Nursing, then feel free to reach out to me or anyone on the advancement team and let them know, even if you have limited time and energy. Everybody has something they can give back.