Service Learning Trip to Honduras

UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing students and faculty participated in a service learning trip to Honduras during  Spring Break. Before the trip the Association of Student Nurses helped collect vitamin and over the counter medications for the group to take with them.

Clinical Assistant Professor Jean Davison was the SON Course Coordinator and Team Leader for the multidisciplinary group, which included 20 students and nine volunteers who included two doctors, three nurse practitioners and two pharmacists. Nine of the students were from the School of Nursing.

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Cheryl B. Jones named Faculty of the Year by UNC Hospitals

Associate Professor Dr. Cheryl B. Jones

Associate Professor Dr. Cheryl B. Jones  has been chosen as Faculty of the Year by the UNC Hospitals  Nursing Division. She is the Research Consultant for UNC Hospitals, and one of her roles in this position is to foster research relationships between the School of Nursing and the Hospitals.

UNC Hospitals emphasizes nurses engaging in research to address critical problems in practice, and Dr. Jones is working with its nursing Research Council to develop a research agenda that guides its nursing research efforts. She also mentors teams at the Hospitals that have research ideas or are developing ideas into research proposals.

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March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. If you are interested in learning about Worldwide activities designed to celebrate this day, check out: .

On March 21st, you are encouraged to watch a video Down Syndrome International has developed called “Will You Let Us In.” The hope is that if people all over the world watch this video it will help create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

SON Associate Professor Dr. Marcia Van Riper has been doing research with families of children with Down syndrome for over 30 years. Currently, she is working on a study about adaptation and resilience that eventually will include families from at least 6-10 countries. So far, over 250 parents from the US have participated, and data collection with families in other countries is just getting started. Next week, she will be giving a presentation at a conference in Thailand  and  after the conference she will meet with a professor in Thailand who has expressed interest in helping her collect data from parents of children with Down syndrome in Thailand. 

Watch the “I am a Carolina Nurse” Video

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Being a “Carolina Nurse” has many dimensions.  This 7-minute video tells the story from the perspective of students, alumni, faculty, SON and hospital leaders who all experience the quality, energy and emotion of being connected to one of the leading Schools of Nursing in the United States.  Unrestricted private gifts made this video possible and we are grateful to our alumni and friends who provide on-going support to the School.  For giving opportunities, please contact Director of Advancement

Budget Cuts Mean Fewer Nursing Undergraduates at UNC

UNC School of Nursing News Release
For immediate release: February 14, 2011
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will reduce overall undergraduate enrollments by about 25 percent because of ongoing state budget cuts. The enrollment reductions begin with admissions for the summer semester, which starts on May 9, 2011.

In January, Chancellor Holden Thorp instituted campus-wide cuts equal to a 5 percent permanent state budget reduction to take effect July 1. That move anticipated expected reductions to the University’s state appropriations that could reach as high as 15 percent for fiscal 2011-2012. These anticipated cuts come on top of almost 10 percent in permanent cuts that the School of Nursing has absorbed over the last two years.

“We are committed to offering high-quality, rigorous and safe programs for entry into nursing practice at the baccalaureate and advanced practice levels,” said School of Nursing Dean Kristen M. Swanson, also Distinguished Alumni Professor. “The budget challenges have left us little alternative but to reduce the number of students we enroll.”

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Dr. Yeo: Exercise During Pregnancy Differs for Each Woman

, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, spoke with the Fayetteville Observer about exercising during pregnancy.

It differs for each woman, said Dr. SeonAe Yeo, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing.

As a general rule of thumb, Yeo said, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that healthy women with healthy pregnancies should have moderate intensity exercise about 30 minutes a day, while avoiding contact sports, scuba diving and horseback riding…

…”How much is too much is really dependant on what kind of sports and exercise they are accustomed to,” she said.  It would be a mistake to begin a hard-core program during pregnancy, she said. It’s also dangerous for pregnant women to become overheated, she said…

Schutzer and Yeo said many physically fit pregnant women tend to go to lower impact workouts, such as walking or yoga, during pregnancy. “Many pregnant women in my exercise studies often express that they switch to yoga, and they feel much better,” Yeo said. “In one study, I found that stretching exercises prevented (pregnancy-induced hypertension) more than walking.”

Read the full story: Pregnant women try to balance fitness, safety.

Dr. Yeo studies the physiologic effects of physical activities and exercise on the prevention of gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia among previously sedentary pregnant women, obesity and depressive symptoms during pregnancy, and has performed randomized clinical trials of exercise.

Diane Berry Graduates from UNC Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

Graduates of the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Faculty Engaged Scholars Program included SON Assistant Professor Diane Berry.
Diane Berry, an assistant professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, is part of the second class of Faculty Engaged Scholars. The Carolina Center for Public Service celebrated this second class of scholars at a graduation on Jan. 7, 2011, giving the scholars cords and certificates during the ceremony. The scholars represent various disciplines across the UNC Chapel Hill campus and worked during the two year program to strengthen their community partnerships and their connections to their research.

Faculty Receive Awards for Sickle Cell Disease and Infant Feeding Research


Dr. Coretta Jenerette

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Coretta Jenerette and Dr. Eric Hodges, who both received Junior Faculty Development Awards from UNC’s Faculty Study and Research Leave Committee.

Dr. Jenerette will use the funds for the transcription of a set of 42 life-review interviews conducted as part of a pilot study on the efficacy of an intervention for improving satisfaction with the pain management experience and reducing perceived health-related stigma for young adults with sickle cell disease. This award will help Dr. Jenerette further develop her program of research, which is aimed at designing theory-based, self-care management strategies for individuals with sickle cell disease.

Eric Hodges

Dr. Eric Hodges

Dr. Hodges will be using the funds to conduct a secondary analysis of data from the Infant Care, Feeding, and Risk of Obesity Study. His secondary analysis of data will characterize patterns of maternal feeding responsiveness over time while taking into account the role of salient maternal and infant characteristics  as well as distinguish patterns of maternal feeding responsiveness among groups based on three infant weight-for-length growth trajectories: 1) those starting below the 85th percentile and eventually going and staying above, 2) those starting above the 85th percentile and eventually going and staying below, and 3) those staying between the 30th and 70th percentiles at all observations.

Dean Swanson Talks about Healing After Miscarriage

In a Q&A on the site “Shine,” Dr. Kristen Swanson, Dean of the Chapel Hill School of Nursing discusses the process of healing after a miscarriage.

In the article, Dean Swanson says, “One of the first things I say to couples who come to see me is that when you lose something, you have to name it for yourself to know what it is. You also have to allow your partner to name for his or herself. Usually, for the mother—it’s the loss of a child that is the hardest. Interestingly, for a lot of partners, their biggest loss is their access to their partner, this feeling of “I wish I could do something to lift her out of this but I don’t know what to do.”

Read the complete article: On Lisa Ling’s new website, women find ways to cope with tragedy

Dean Swanson: linking teacher’s miscarriage to fight and fall may be premature

Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN

A high school Spanish teacher in New York City miscarried last week after she fell to the ground while breaking up a fight between two students. interviewed the Dean of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Kristen Swanson about the incident in the story Teacher Breaks Up Fight, and Miscarries (Swanson is in the text story, not the video).

In the story, Dean Swanson, who is an expert in miscarriage, comments:

 Batista faces a “constant coming to terms with loss. It’s a death of a life that was short. It’s a death that’s a bit confusing, because you never got to meet the person you’re grieving. But you’re also grieving the loss of yourself as a mother or dad and the scenario around it that never gets to be,” she said.

“We don’t know what ultimately could have caused it,” she said. “It could very easily have been that there was a silent miscarriage happening all along and it just began to complete itself at that time — coincidental to it, not caused by it.”


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