18 Donors Gift $4,300: Katrina Relief Trip a “GO”

Thanks to the generosity of 18 alumni and friends of the School of Nursing (SON) who responded to our call for help, Carolina student and faculty volunteers will climb on the bus headed for the Mississippi Gulf Coast on March 9. Over the course of the week working in Biloxi and Purlington, they will rehabilitate dwellings, conduct health assessment surveys, and assist with health care needs of the elderly and other at-risk populations. The group, representing the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Social Work, will return to Chapel Hill on March 15. This is the third and final year for the Katrina Relief Service Trip, which has made a substantial impact on the lives of many survivors.

Donors to the SON’s Community Partnerships and Practice Fund to make this trip possible are Paul Chused, Valerie Ann Stafford-Fox, Alpha Alpha Chapter/Sigma Theta Tau, Inc., Linda Trembath Reeder, Harriet Walker Buss, Jo-Anne Trowbridge Martin, Diane Snakenburg Gordon, Anonymous, Sharon Hill Price, Rebecca Dodson, Margaret McCain, Ann Marie Polk, Melissa Dixon LeVine, Carolyn Cook Spalding, Denise Taylor Darden, Shelby Dunivant, Anne Fishel, and Nancy B. Freeman. Individual gifts ranged from $25 to $1,000, demonstrating how important grass roots support can be.

“Human Caring” conference supported by health care systems.

Health care systems are focusing their attention on ways to provide highest quality, patient-centered care in a complex medical environment. To achieve magnet status or to become a Planetree health care system is not only good for patients and their families, it is good for business. Consumers are paying closer attention as to which hospitals have the commitment to providing a caring environment and will travel, if necessary, to make these choices.

Novant HealthCare/Forsyth Medical Center, a Source of Caring sponsor for the April 2008 International Human Caring Conference in Chapel Hill, has such a commitment, which is why they are participating. So does Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, a Hands of Caring sponsor. They join UNC Healthcare, the major co-sponsor of the conference along with UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Other sponsors are Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Florida Atlantic University, and Kindred Healthcare.

You can get the entire conference program at:

There will be more than 70 presentations and 20 posters that focus on topics such as religion, spirituality, and end-of-life; theory, ethics and aesthetics; and practice and systems. Research about human caring outcomes, as well a keynote addresses by major thought leaders from around the world will inspire, excite and give practical information that attendees can take back to their work environment.

Some specific presentations are about fostering compassionate patient care, integrative healing modalities, postpartum depression, therapeutic touch, critical care nursing, healing for obesity, heart failure and other chronic illnesses, international nursing, caring and burnout, job satisfaction and organizational support, developing a theory of healing through touch.

While the conference is centered around nursing practice, many of the presenters come from other related fields, such as social work and psychology.

Conference sponsorships at several levels are still available.

A Need for Chewing Gum and Breast Cancer Research: Why?

Managing Uncertainty in Cancer Patients (MUIC)and Breast Cancer: A Successful Nursing Intervention A Need for Chewing Gum to Further the Research Study. About 178,500 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007; of this group, approximately 25 percent will be under 50 years of age. In the first four years following treatment, pre-menopausal women under 50 have a high recurrence rate and an increased likelihood of a second primary tumor. The fear of recurrence for younger breast cancer survivors results in a pervasive sense of a less controllable world. Indeed, the frequent and unpredictable intrusion of thoughts of uncertainty about cancer recurrence may constitute a form of chronic stress. Individuals under chronic stress have been shown to have decreased cortisol reactivity which is related to adverse health outcomes. Most pre-menopausal women also experience an intense response to treatment-induced premature menopause, including debilitating hot flashes, mood and sleep impairment, memory impairment, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue, yet little information from physicians is offered to help them with these treatment issues. Uncertainty about how to interpret and handle symptoms leads to excessive worry, avoidance of symptoms or somatic vigilance. There has been little research on young survivors during the period of extended survival. Therefore, it is important to test interventions to help these women control their symptoms and manage the uncertainty about recurrence, and improve their quality of life. There is some evidence that the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis is greater on African-American survivors and they experience more energy loss, sensory and sleep problems, pain and mental distress. African-American breast cancer survivors have rarely been included in intervention studies.

MUIC Intervention. MUIC has designed and tested a successful intervention (UMI) for older breast cancer survivors (mean 64 years of age) who were 5-9 years post treatment. The UMI consisted of audiotapes of cognitive coping skills to manage the triggers of intrusive thoughts about the uncertainty of recurrence, along with a manual containing strategies for managing long-term treatment side effects found among survivors. This is currently being distributed by the National Cancer Institute as a model intervention program.http://rtips.cancer.gov/rtips/rtips_details.do?programid=82&topicid=12&co=n&cg=
The link will go to “RTIPs Program Use Agreement” Please click accept button below to continue. Click on the “Product” image to download documents or to order a CD.

Given the prevalence of intrusive thoughts about recurrence with these women, we will place a greater focus on calming self-statements and cognitive restructuring to enhance the benefits of the intervention for this group. We will also include a new component on skills in communication with the health care provider. The cognitive behavioral strategies will again be primarily taught through a series of audiotapes that will be practiced by women on their own at home, and the revised manual will continue to be a self-help guide that women use on an as-needed basis.

Need: Chewing Gum for Study Subjects. The chewing gum is necessary for the cortisol collection part of the study. Cortisol in saliva is used as an indicator of stress levels. Chewing gum helps subjects produce saliva for the samples. Subjects are given one piece of gum for each saliva set required with two additional pieces for practice. Each subject sample requires 38 pieces of gum. MUIC needs to run 240 subjects, requiring about 9,120 pieces of gum. We are seeking a charitable gift from a donor to provide a tax-deductible contribution of $500 to enable the School of Nursing to purchase the gum for the study. MUIC is currently using Trident Original flavor. Any gum other than Trident Brand Original Flavor must be pre-approved by Brant Nix at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing Biobehavioral Laboratory to determine if additives or food coloring will affect the lab work.

Contact: Norma Hawthorne, Director of Advancement, UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, CB 7460Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460. Norma_Hawthorne@unc.edu or call (919) 966-4619.

International Human Caring Conference at Chapel Hill, April 6-9, 2008

Health care leaders interested in magnet status, patient safety and quality care and who want to communicate the commitment to human caring to various constituencies should attend and bring colleagues to this conference. 

See the website for program details:   

This international conference draws presenters and participants from Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Thailand, China, the United States and more. They will converge to discuss health care interactions, caring-based interventions, workplace environment, self-care and spirituality, science and scholarship development. Keynoters are Samantha Pang, PhD, RN, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Washington Medical Center and Pamela Triolo, PhD, RN, FAAN, System Chief Nursing Officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Barbara Dossey, noted for her work in holistic health, will be on the Wednesday panel discussion.

  • We expect MORE THAN 72 presentations and 25 posters over the 3-day conference.
  • We anticipate MORE THAN 175 people will attend from around the world.
  • Attendees will include practicing nurses, health care administrators, university faculty members, nursing students.

SPONSOR ROSTER as of this posting

  • UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • UNC Health Care System
  • Carolinas HealthCare System
  • International Association of Human Caring

To inquire about sponsorships at various levels, contact Norma_Hawthorne@unc.edu

To register for the conference, go to http://cfx.research.unc.edu/res_classreg/browse_multiple.cfm?New=1&event_id=21278


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