Nursing in the Genomic Era Conference

The Nursing in the Genomic Era Conference was held at the School of Nursing on Friday April 8. During the conference students taking the Family-Centered Genomic Health Care class displayed poster presentations on various genetic conditions.

See a sample of the creative posters from the student in the slide show here.

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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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Learn techniques for self-reflection, optimal health and life transformation

The Mind-Body Skills Group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a meditative group process that includes a powerful and effective combination of research-based mind-body techniques to help people deal with life changes, stress and illnesses. The 10-week course, taught in a supportive group setting by Dr. Vera Moura, provides techniques for self-care, self-awareness and health promotion. Courses are offered year-round, both to health-care professionals and also to the general public, including people with chronic disease.

In the words of one participant: “What I have grown to recognize about myself is that I spend a great deal of time taking care of everyone. … This class taught me about my origin and my environment and the role it all played in how I have learned to survive and to cope with life. I feel better about my existence, and it has allowed me to engage in self-care.”

Learn more about upcoming MBSG courses through the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

RN-BSN and Women’s Health NP Options Suspended as of August

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will suspend admissions into the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) option of the BSN program and the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner option in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program after August 2011.

These programmatic changes are necessary because of ongoing state budget cuts. 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.

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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. 

Medical Spanish App Free Until April 7th

The Polyglot Med Spanish app can help bridge the communication gap between health care providers and Spanish-speaking patients. It offers immediate audio translation of over 3,000 common words, phrases and assessment questions from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. From February 28th to April 7th the app will be available for FREE.

The original Polyglot: Multimedia Medical Spanish Translator was developed in 1999 by a Duke University medical student, BJ Lawson. Since 1999, the Duke AHEC Program has distributed CD-ROM versions of Polyglot to healthcare providers and health professions students across North Carolina with the support of the NC AHEC Program. One past user of Polyglot stated, “The program helped me tremendously in learning certain phrases.” Polyglot Med Spanish is available for use on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad.

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Watch the “I am a Carolina Nurse” Video

Share the link to the video with your friends: http://wp.me/pb6Ou-oS.

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 Norma_Hawthorne@unc.edu

The Dollars and Sense Behind the Cuts

In response to your questions and reactions to the cuts in undergraduate enrollment announced in February (see press release), we wanted to share with you some of the budget numbers as well as the process that led to the decision.

The UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing allocates 95% of the funds we receive from the state to support faculty and staff salaries. We have absorbed nearly 10% in budget cuts from the state over the last two years. Thus far we have dealt with those cuts without affecting academics. Early on we cut non-personnel items by decreasing supplies, delaying replacement of computers, and other means. As cuts continued we eliminated some vacant staff positions, reduced support services, eliminated most T.A. positions supported by state funding, reduced staff, and moved some full-time employees to part-time.

Thus when we received communication to permanently cut 5% more ($483,407) for the 2011-2012 fiscal year – with the possibility that those cuts could reach as high as 10 or 15% – we had very few places left to trim. The School of Nursing takes seriously its commitment to deliver high-quality undergraduate nursing education, and we will not compromise that quality.

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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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Meet Micah McCanna, Nursing Student and Winter Sports Athlete

Senior ABSN student Micah McCanna balances nursing school with serious training for Olympic winter sports in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Micah McCanna is a skeleton slider. He experiences forces up to 5 g while riding face down a frozen track on a small sled.

Micah McCanna says he likes to stay busy, and he certainly does that. The senior accelerated BSN student has figured out how to balance training for bobsled and skeleton winter sports with class, clinical, studying, an honors project, spending time with his fiancé, and working at UNC Hospitals.

McCanna is part of the USA Olympic Elite Developmental Skeleton team. Skeleton is a fast winter sliding sport where the competitor rides face down on a small sled down a frozen track.  People are quite surprised to hear that this North Carolina native who played on the East Carolina University baseball team is competing in winter sports. Ironically, McCanna says he doesn’t even like cold weather. It is the competition he craves.

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