Congratulations to Jennifer Alderman, Saif Khairat and Megan Williams! All three recently received Junior Faculty Development Awards from the UNC Chapel Hill Office of the Provost. The awards provide grant funding to each faculty member to further their research.
Assistant Professor and Academic Counselor Jennifer T. Alderman, MSN, RNC-OB, CNL, will use her grant to examine student characteristics as predictors of success in her Path to Academic Success (PASS) Study. Her purpose is to identify preadmission student characteristics that are predictive of academic success in the UNC-Chapel Hill SON BSN program and predictors of performance on a standardized comprehensive RN predictor examination. Her goal is for faculty to be able to identify at-risk students early and intervene to enhance student success in terms of grades in nursing courses, scores on standardized exams, and first time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Professor Saif Khairat, PhD, will use his grant for his study: VICUT: A Clinician-Centered Visualization Dashboard to Improve ICU Patient Information Representation and Delivery. With VICUT, he will investigate the impact of a visualization tool, or dashboard, that extracts highly usable patient information and displays it in a user-friendly manner on the issue of information overload in complex ICU cases that have been shown to pose a threat to clinician effectiveness and the overall quality and safety of care.
Assistant Professor Megan Williams, MN, RN, FNP, will use her grant for her North Carolina Nurse Leaders Study which seeks to describe the population of nurse leaders and identify nurse leader roles in North Carolina for the future information and benefit of influential stakeholders, including policymakers, healthcare delivery organizations, nursing profession advocates, and nursing educators programs to ensure a comprehensive plan for future nurse leadership needs and changes.