7th Annual Aging Exchange

The Annual Aging Exchange is an event dedicated to recognizing and promoting research in the field of aging at UNC-Chapel Hill. It will be held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 7th from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. It is open to the public and free parking is available.

The UNC Institute on Aging, in collaboration with its co-sponsors, will host this event.

The program will feature:
*A guest lecture by Dr. Margaret Moss, Yale University School of Nursing
*Poster presentations by UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students and faculty
*Presentation of the Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Awards
*A reception with light hors d’oeuvres
*An opportunity to network with colleagues, students, and other attendees with an interest in aging-related research

Find the complete schedule here and directions here.

This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by e-mailing or calling Diane Wurzinger: diane_wurzinger@unc.edu or call (919)843-2647.

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.

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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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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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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Ethnic Minority Scholar to Give Lecture in February

The School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill presents
the 2011 Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture:


PRESENTED BY: Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, PhD, RN, FAAN

February 21, 2011
Reception to Follow

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Carrington Hall,
Fox Auditorium
Parking is available in the Dogwood Visitors Deck

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, PhD, RN, FAAN

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Mary Lou de Leon Siantz is currently the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Cultural Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In this role, she leads the planning and implementation of the strategic goals in diversity throughout the research, education, and practice missions which are a top priority both for the University and for the School of Nursing partnering with faculty, staff, students, and the healthcare environment. Dr. de Leon Siantz chairs the Advisory Task Force on Diversity and Cultural Competence, the Master Teachers Taskforce for Cultural Competence Education, and is faculty advisor for the Minorities in Nursing (MNO) a student nursing organization that support and represent minorities in the School.

Dr. de Leon Siantz is internationally recognized for her research on risk and resilience with Hispanic migrant/immigrant children and their families funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as the Department of Health and Human Services and recognized by the Texas Migrant Council for her contributions to the mental health of migrant preschool children and families.

Contact Dr. Diane Berry, e-mail: dberry@email.unc.edu for more information.

UNC School of Nursing Global Health Expo 2010

UNC Global Health Fair

UNC Global Health Fair

The UNC School of Nursing Global Health Expo 2010 will be held September 30th and October 5th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the main lobby and mezzanine of the school’s addition. Come see posters and other visual displays of the school’s global experiences during the last year. Pizza will be served. Posters will remain up until October 8. E-mail songlobalhealth@unc.edu for more information.

Washington D.C. SON Alumni Dinner – Meet Dean Kristen M. Swanson!

Join us for a 7 p.m. dinner for our Washington D.C. area alumni on Thursday, March 18 at Farmers & Fishers restaurant at the Georgetown Waterfront (http://farmersandfishers.com). Please come meet Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Kristen M. Swanson.

Contact Anne Webb  (Anne_Webb@unc.edu or 919-966-4619) for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SON’s Center for Lifelong Learning Partners with SOM and Hospital on Pediatric Palliative Care

The School of Nursing is partnering with the School of Medicine and UNC-Hospital Children’s Hospital to bring pediatric palliative care experts to campus.

On Jan. 21, 2010, Joanne Wolfe, M.D., MPH, director of pediatric palliative

Joanne Wolfe, M.D., MPH, will hold pediatric palliative care grand rounds at the Friday Center on Jan. 21.

care at Boston Children’s Hospital and division chief of pediatric palliative care service at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will hold Grand Rounds at the Friday Center at 8 a.m. She will speak in the 4th Floor Auditorium.

In addition to being a pediatric palliative care expert, Wolfe is also a member of the scientific review committee of the National Palliative Care Research Center.

For cost details and additional information, please visit the Center for Lifelong Learning’s Web site.

SON Welcomes Kaiser Permanente VP as Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar

Marilyn Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, vice president for national patient care services at Kaiser Permanente, will visit the School of Nursing in February as the 2010 Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar.

Each year, the School invites a scholar from an ethnic or minority group to discuss a pressing issue facing healthcare and/or nursing. The goal of the program is to promote the inclusive exchange of ideas between scholar, faculty, students, School of Nursing fellows, the University and the surrounding community.

Marilyn Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, vice president for patient care services at Kaiser Permanente, is the School of Nursing 2010 Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar.

On. Feb. 22, Chow will present a lecture entitled, “Designing the Future of Acute Care Models.” She will speak in the Fox Auditorium in the School of Nursing at 3 p.m. Her lecture is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Jill Summers, jcsummer@email.unc.edu.

Chow is recognized for her expertise in leadership, innovation, regulation of nursing practice, work force policy and primary care. Her career has focused on promoting the role of nurses in primary care, advanced practice and hospital-based care. She has co-authored four books, including the award-winning Handbook of Pediatric Primary Care.

She is co-principal investigator for the national study, How Do Medical-Surgical Nurses Spend Their Time. She has received several awards, including Women’s Honors in Public Health and the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award. She was recently selected as one of the distinguished 100 graduates and faculty of the UCSF School of Nursing for the Centennial Hall of Fame.


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