U.S. News & World Report Ranks Carolina #5 Best Public University


Our great School of Nursing is part of an extraordinary University.  Read about how UNC Chapel Hill is evaluated and by what measures.

Healthcare Quality and Patient Outcomes Seminars Set for Fall 2010

THE FALL 2010 SEMINAR SERIES:   All Seminars are from 12:00 -1:00 PM in Carrington Hall,  Room 104, School of Nursing, UNC Chapel Hill.

  • September 21, Noel Brewer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health:  Patients’ Understanding of Genomic Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk Testing
  • October 5 ,   Til Stürmer Ph.D.,  Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health: Methodological and Analytic Advances in Observational Studies
  • November 2, Katrina Donahue, M.D., MPH,  Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine: Issues in Research on the Patient Centered Medical Home
  • November 16,   Donna Gilleskie, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Economics: Health Insurance, Medical Care and Health Outcomes:  A Model of Elderly Health Dynamics

All are Invited!

Funded by NINR 2T32NR008856

Katherine Wilson Scholar Meets Anne and John Wilson

Anne and John Wilson met Katherine Wilson Scholarship recipient Anneka Huegerich at her July graduation from nursing school. Anne Wilson says, “She was the perfect choice. Katherine would have been so thrilled to know she had been able to help such a lovely, deserving person.” Anneka was the first acclerated BSN student selected to receive the scholarship award that pays out $5,000 per year in support. The application deadline for the next Katherine Wilson Scholar is September 10, 2010. Applications can be found at http://nursing.unc.edu

John Wilson, Anneka Huegerich, Anne Wilson

The power of this scholarship fund is extraordinary.  In five years, we have made awards of $25,000 to support four Katherine Wilson Scholars.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya Receive SON Student Volunteers

We are five nursing students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:  Lauren Wordsworth,  Sarah Johnson,  Taylor Hensel,  Bilach Diba,  and Natalie Watanasiriroch.   We worked at Reach-Out Orphans and Vulnerable Children for two weeks as part of our global health externship.   So far we have assisted in two free health clinics to the Reach-Out community and its surrounding areas, one in West Kochieng and the other in East  Kochieng.  Both of the clinics were very successful and had an exceptional turnout of 350 and 400 respectively.  We were very thankful to have nursing students from Moi University assist us for both of the health clinics.  Collectively we were able to recognize and treat a variety of illnesses such as malaria, respiratory tract infections and eye infections. We also provided wound care and voluntary HIV testing accompanied by counseling.

Pam McQuide and Hezekiah were a big influence in another major project we did of distributing sanitary pads to the female students. We were amazed to learn how common it is throughout Africa for girls to miss up to a month of school each year due to the lack of sanitary pads.  Through the generosity of family and friends we were able to raise the money needed to partner with Lions-Rotary Club and HEART of Africa to distribute a year’s worth of sanitary pads and four pairs of clean underwear to the girls of Reach-Out.

We hope that this will decrease school absences for the female students and keep them in school.  Reach-Out puts a strong emphasis on female empowerment and staying in school is a vital part of that.  We assisted the school counselor Rispah in the Girl Talk, a weekly meeting discussing important topics concerning girls. Our group of family and friends was so supportive that we surpassed our fund-raising goal and were able to contribute even further to Reach-Out. With Hezekiah’s guidance, we decided to donate a swing-set and slide for the preschoolers, a soccer ball as well as 20 textbooks for the students in Form Three and Form four.

During our time in Kisumu, we stayed at the St. Anna Guest House.  We also brought on our trip some items of our own to donate such as toy animals, pencils, wall-mounted pencil sharpeners, jump ropes, candy, seeds, balloon toys, and books.  Besides sharpening our clinical skill we were able to see first hand the great services that this organization provides to the students in the community and all that is to come.  Interacting with the students showed us how bright they all are and how hopeful they are of their futures.

Additionally, the community members are also so gracious of everything that Reach-Out does for them.  This taught us even a little kind gesture could go a long way.  Our experience at Reach Out made us realize how fortunate we are and has inspired us to consider continued support for the students at reach. We are planning to bring our stories and experiences to the UNC nursing community in the hopes of fostering future support.

On behalf of the five of us,


Professor Oermann’s Nursing Study Points to Changing the Way We Teach CPR

National League for Nursing: The chances for patient survival are improved with immediate and high quality CPR, making it an especially important skill for nurses, who are often the first responders to cardiac arrests in hospitals. With a finding of quick deterioration of this critical skill for nurses, the study has major implications for how we teach all skills. Results provide evidence for how we can help nursing students and other health providers maintain their basic life support skills.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2010

The chances for patient survival are improved with immediate and high quality CPR, making it an especially important skill for nurses, who are often the first responders to cardiac arrests in hospitals. Results of this study provide evidence for how we can help nursing students and other health providers maintain their basic life support (BLS) skills, noted Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, professor and adult/geriatric health chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and principal investigator for the nursing student component of the study. Staff nurses and other health care professionals were also included in this large interdisciplinary study, with Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, serving as project director.

Begun in 2008, different approaches to teaching and learning BLS were tested by students at 10 schools of nursing with associate, diploma, or baccalaureate programs. Students completed American Heart Association training in either a four-hour, instructor-led course or through a self-directed, computer-based course (HeartCode™ BLS) that included learning and practice on a voice advisory manikin. After this initial training, students were randomly assigned to a control group with no further practice or to an experimental group, which practiced CPR six minutes each month for the 12 months of the study. The performance of all students, both the control and experimental groups, were tested after three, six, nine, and 12 months to determine their level of skill retention. Students who practiced their CPR psychomotor skills on voice advisory manikins for only six minutes a month either maintained or improved their skills over the 12-month period. In contrast students who did not practice beyond their initial BLS training had a significant loss of skills, some as early as three months after completing it.

In announcing the results, NLN president Dr. Cathleen Shultz said, “The big story may be how many implications there are from this study. One is the manner in which CPR is taught and the comparison of different types of instruction, but the more important findings for nursing education are related to the data on how quickly skills deteriorate. We spend considerable time teaching and evaluating psychomotor skills in the lab, but more often than not, students do not have an opportunity to use the skill anytime close to the time frame in which they learned it. So then they need to relearn when the time comes to use it.”

“There is nothing more critical to student preparation and for the real world challenges of delivering safe, quality care than to maximize the synthesis and integration of knowledge and skill performance. We are grateful to Laerdal for funding this cutting-edge pedagogical inquiry and to the American Heart Association for providing the learning platform,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

An article describing the study will be published in the September/October issue of the NLN’s research journal, Nursing Education Perspectives. In addition, “Comparison of Two Instructional Modalities for Nursing Student CPR Skill Acquisition” by Drs. Marilyn Oermann and Suzan E. Kardong-Edgren has been published in the August issue of Resuscitation.

Reporters/Editors: To arrange interviews, please contact Karen R. Klestzick, NLN chief communications officer, at 212-812-0376.

95% NCLEX Pass-rate for SON Students

The NCLEX reports for the second quarter of the year are posted!  For the January-June 2010 period, we have had 147 students test for the first time with a pass rate of 95% (139) passed).  Many thanks to the faculty, staff who made this consistent performance possible.  A special thanks to the academic counselors, Kathy Alden and Diana McCarty, for their diligent work with our students.

Diane Berry Announces “Aim for a Health Weight” Web site

Here is the updated Aim for a Healthy Weight Web site launched this month. Find information on how to maintain a healthy weight, including tips for being physically active, tools to shop for and plan nutritious meals, a BMI calculator and much more.



Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC

Assistant Professor Children and Parents Partnering Together to Manage

Their Weight

(Family Partners for Health)

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Latinas and Excessive Weight in Their Children

(Madres y Niños Unidos Para Controlar Su Peso)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Nursing

Carrington Hall

Campus Box 7460

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

919-843-8561 (Office)

919-259-4812 (Cell)

919-966-7298 (Fax)


American Cancer Society Funds Simplified Survivorship Care Plan

Now cancer survivors will be better able to plan for their future care using a document that will be developed by Professor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN through a grant provided by the SouthAtlantic Division of the American Cancer Society.  “Evaluation of Preferences for Survivorship Care Plans” will include a treatment summary and Survivor Care Plan document.

Cancer survivorship care represents a distinct phase of the cancer care trajectory and includes four components of care. Providing cancer survivors and their primary care provider with a document (a Survivor Care Plan) that includes a treatment summary and care plan is one component of survivorship care. There are a range of available SCP templates available but many are complex and very detailed. The overall aim of this pilot study is to explore survivor and primary care provider preferences regarding the content, format, and delivery mode of treatment summary care plans.

Professor Barbara Mark Recognized for Mentoring Researchers

At a recent AcademyHealth meeting, the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) awarded its Research Mentorship Award to our very own Dr. Barbara Mark. This very prestigious award is interdisciplinary in nature, and formally acknowledges the contributions of a senior scientist to the career development of young investigators in nursing and health services research.

The Mentorship Award committee was greatly impressed with Barbara’s long and dedicated commitment to supporting new scholars in the field of nursing and health services research. On a personal note, the Chair of IRGNI, Dr. Joanne Spetz, commented that she had personally benefited from Barbara’s wisdom, advice, and support over the years.

Dr. Mark has developed an extraordinary research program and has made a landmark contribution to our understanding of the organization, delivery, and outcomes of nursing care.  However, this award extends her reach by recognizing her exceptional abilities to give to others, and to mentor scholars at all stages of their research career development.

Please join our School of Nursing in congratulation Dr. Barbara Mark for this recognition by her peers.

Joanne Harrell’s HEALTHY Study Reports Outcomes

For most of her career in nursing research,  Joanne Harrell, professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has studied the impact of exercise and nutrition on early-onset childhood type 2 diabetes.  For the past three years, Harrell led a team of investigators who studied North Carolina school children to determine whether changes in school food services, physical exertion/physical education, and health education would lower risk factors for type 2 diabetes.   Harrell,who co-authored the study, presented her findings at the 70th annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Orlando, Fla.  Study results also appear online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Listen to an audio interview with Harrell: http://www.unc.edu/news/video/Harrell%20MP3%20062810.mp3

National Institutes of Health news release:


See UNC story about how the study focused on a school-based intervention that lowered obesity rate in youth who are at high risk for diabetes.


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