The UNC School of Nursing welcomed the inaugural Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholar, Brandi Robinson, to its Clinical Nurse Leaders program on August 22. Ms. Robinson marks the first scholar to enter the innovative public-private program designed to prepare nurse leaders for the home health industry. The Scholars Program was established in August 2016 as a partnership between the School and Well Care Home Health, an effort funded by Well Care Home Health.
“Well Care is thrilled to welcome Ms. Robinson into the Scholars Program as we continue our quest to identify and retain high-performing clinical leaders in the home health care sector. This partnership with the UNC School of Nursing under- lines Well Care’s commitment to exceptional patient care in North Carolina. Joining forces with the 4th-nationally ranked Health Care Systems Clinical Nurse Leaders program is an honor,” said Daniel Thompson, RN, Director of Performance Improvement and Education at Well Care Home Health.
The Scholars Program seeks to attract highly qualified master of science in nursing students to the home health industry through focused coursework and clinical experiences in the home health field. It is overseen by Associate Professor Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL, who serves as the Well Care Faculty Scholar and liaison between the two organizations to create unique learning experiences for both home health providers and students.
As a Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholar, Ms. Robinson will participate in an intensive interprofessional curriculum designed to prepare her for team-based management and focused study into quality and process improvement in the home health setting. She will gain clinical experience with Well Care Home Health and will participate in activities and projects focused on home health care, leadership, and interprofessional collaboration.
“I am delighted to work with Brandi Robinson as our inaugural Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholar. Brandi began her professional career as a nursing assistant in home health; working diligently with this patient population as she completed her BSN. Now as a student in our Clinical Nurse Leader program, she will gain the essential skills needed in today’s home health workforce. I do not think we could have selected a more deserving and dedicated first scholar,” said Zomorodi.
“This is a very humbling experience for me, and I look forward to beginning this new journey,” said Robinson.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has long been renowned for its academic programs, groundbreaking research and commitment to clinical and community service both local and global. It was established in 1950 in response to the overwhelming need for nurses in North Carolina and was the first nursing school in the state to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree (1950), a master’s degree in nursing (1955), continuing education for nurses (1964), a PhD in nursing (1989), and an accelerated bachelor’s degree option for second degree students (2001). For more information, visit: nursing.unc.edu.
Well Care Home Health
Well Care Home Health, headquartered in Wilmington, NC, has been recognized by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services as a 5-star Home Health agency for providing quality outcomes, only 2 out of 172 agencies received this distinction in the state of NC. Well Care has also received the distinction of Home Care Elite. OCS and Decision Health recognize Home Care Elite agencies as the top 25% of home health agencies in the nation.
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