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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School of Nursing Ranking Climbs to #4 Among Graduate Schools

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing tied for fourth in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School rankings. This is a move up from its tie for fifth place in 2007, the last time the publication ranked graduate-level nursing programs.

The School’s average assessment score of 4.5 matched that of the University of California-San Francisco and placed it just under Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Washington, which all tied for first with a score of 4.6. The U.S. News and World Report rankings are based on the ratings of peer academic experts and will appear in the 2012 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

SON  also ranked in the top ten for several nursing specialties. It tied for fourth in the psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist category, placed tenth for pediatric nurse practitioner, and was sixth for nursing service administration. See all the nursing rankings here.

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May 9 Workshop: Asian Scholars Writing for Publication

Do you want to write for publication, but don’t know where to start or how to find the time? Writing for publication is difficult for most faculty and practitioners, and this program will help by giving you the tools to publish scholarly manuscripts. The process of writing and publishing will be presented along with keys to productivity to assist you in writing for publication. This May 9 workshop is for all health professionals and  is focused on people whose native languages are from Asia.
 
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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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National Nursing Leader to Present Research on Migrant Children

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, PhD, RN, FAAN

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, (PhD, RN, FAAN) the assistant dean of diversity and cultural affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will present her research on immigrant and migrant children in “Children of the Road,” the 2011 UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture. This free lecture is open to the public and will take place from 3:00-5:00 pm on February 21, 2011 at the School of Nursing.

de Leon Siantz was born in Los Angeles of Mexican immigrant parents. She has spent her career in community health nursing advancing immigrant mental health through research, education and national leadership. “One of the fastest growing populations in the United States is children of immigrants, yet very little is known about them,” she said. “So I studied the children and continue to do research and provide consultation in this area.”

For example, she is currently investigating how to reduce pregnancy and promote reproductive health among Latina girls in work supported by the Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Service. “The risk for premature birth is greatly increased because of the teen’s developmental stage and lack of access to prenatal care in this group. Pregnancy is one of the top reasons that Latina girls drop out of school,” she said.

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Innovative Clinical Nurse Leader and Clinical Nurse Leader-Nurse Educator Options

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing is pleased to announce the offering of an innovative, 32 credit Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) option in the master’s program. The CNL curriculum prepares nurses as advanced nursing generalists with a master’s of science in nursing degree. This program prepares nurses to provide and manage care across all settings in which health care is delivered. CNL students may also take an additional 6 course credits to be prepared as a Nurse Educator. This extended program of study is 38 course credits. Baccalaureate prepared nurses may complete the CNL or CNL/Nurse Educator options across 4 OR 5 academic semesters. At least 75% of the curriculum is available through distance learning formats. 

If you are interested in playing a key role in transforming the health care system, teaching other nurses within hospitals, or educating students in community colleges, or baccalaureate programs, please consider applying for our Fall 2011 class. For more information, please contact:

Office of Admissions and Student Services, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carrington Hall, CB 7460, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460, Phone: (919) 966-4260 or e-mail: nursing_applications@unc.edu.

Heart Failure Nursing Certification Exam

 The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) has launched the first-ever Heart Failure Nursing Certification program.  Registration is open for the Heart Failure Nursing Certification exam at www.heartfailurecertification.com.  Initially, the exam will be offered on June 23, 2011 at the AAHFN annual meeting (June 23-25) at the Westin Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA. AAHFN will offer a webinar prep series beginning in the Spring 2011 and an onsite mini-review course in Seattle on June 22, 2011.

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Writing Class for Health Professionals Coming in January

 Writing for Publication:

for health professionals who want to publish scholarly manuscripts

January 14, 2011

Do you want to write for publication, but don’t know where to start or how to find the time? This program targets health professionals who want to publish scholarly manuscripts. Writing for publication is difficult for most faculty and practitioners. This course will provide guidance in how to select the appropriate journal for submission and how to write the perfect introductory sentence. The process of writing and publishing will be presented along with keys to productivity to assist you in writing for publication. Topics will include: the process of writing, shaping an article for publication, keys to productivity, the fine points of writing, and the process of publishing.

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