Improve Communication With Persons With Dementia

The incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease will double over the next 20 years. North Carolina currently has more than 150,000 older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease, and by 2030, the total number is projected to rise to more than 294,000. Caregiving of a person with a cognitive impairment can be a distressing role that can lead to care providers developing medical conditions of their own.

The National Center on Caregiving has provided information entitled Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors with 10 tips for communicating with a person with dementia.

Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person with Dementia

1. Set a positive mood for interaction.
2. Get the person’s attention.
3. State your message clearly.
4. Ask simple answerable questions.
5. Listen with your ears, eyes and heart.
6. Break down activities into a series of steps.
7. When the going gets tough, distract and redirect.
8. Respond with affection and reassurance.
9. Remember the good old days.
10. Maintain your sense of humor.

For additional information, contact the National Center on Caregiving, Family Caregiver Alliance at:

For more information join us at the presentation by Beth Barba, PhD, RN, on , scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 from 12-1 p.m. in Carrington Hall, Room 208.

Join Us in London!

The School of Nursing will take London by storm in March 2010, and we want you to come with us. This is the first time the SON Alumni Association has offered this trip to alumni, donors and friends.

Faculty expert and SON Alumni Board member Laura Nasir will lead a group of SON students through London during Spring Break (March 7-March 13). Nasir is currently

King's College of London will be host to various parts of the School of Nursing's March 2010 trip to London.

King's College in London will be host to various parts of the School of Nursing's March 2010 trip to London.

studying for her doctorate at King’s College in London, and she will introduce you to our sister colleagues there.
Associate director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs Anne Webb will meet you at your 4-star hotel and will accompany you throughout the week. You will see many of London’s historic sites that highlight the origins of medicine and nursing, including the Victorian Hospital and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

We will focus on a variety of multidisciplinary, cross-cultural learning experiences, including comparison between the U.S. and U.K. healthcare systems with discussions around healthcare reform, setting up multidisciplinary teams in primary care settings, issues addressing healthcare quality, safety and innovation, integrating healthcare and the humanities and global perspectives.

This is a unique opportunity for you to mingle with current students and faculty, meeting British healthcare leaders and educators and enjoy the sights and sounds on one of the world’s great cities. Optional activities can include an evening (for two) in the famed theatre district, visits to outdoor markets and gardens, historic sights and shopping.

Carolina SON alumni, spouses and friends are all welcome to participate with us.

Space is limited to eight individuals, and we must have at least six participants to offer the trip.

This travel adventure includes:

  • Six nights lodging in a 4-star hotel
  • Six breakfasts
  • Two group dinners
  • King’s College Private Tour
  • Two museum tours: Victoria Hospital Walking Tour and Florence Nightingale Museum
  • UNC’s Winston House-London reception and lecture
  • A range of educational sessions
  • Time to explore on your own

Early Bird Registration:  $1,685.00 (double-occupancy) if you register before Dec. 1, 2009

After Dec. 1, the registration is $1,885.00 (double-occupancy)

Single Supplement:  Add $985.00

Deposit:  $500 to secure your space

Optional CEUs Offered:  $295

If you wish to earn 16 CEUs for the educational offerings, there is an additional per person cost of $295.00.  You will have the opportunity to participate in various educational sessions with the students and faculty during the week and complete a self-report.

What is not included?

Airfare, taxes, service charges, ground transportation to and from the airport; taxis and other ground transportation or excursions while in London; additional meals and snacks not specified above; alcohol; tips and gratuities; insurance and incidentals.

Air Transportation From N.C. to London

You will be responsible for booking and paying for your own airplane ticket. We request that you arrive in London at the hotel (to be arranged) by 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2010. We will arrange for an evening welcome and orientation for the week.

To register, contact one of us and we will send you a registration form:

Norma Hawthorne, Director of Advancement

or Anne Webb, Associate Director of Advancement

(919) 966-4619

Follow the SON on Twitter!

The School of Nursing is now on Twitter! For quick updates about news concerning students, faculty, research, clinical experience, global study, alumni or development activities, go to and follow UNCSON. We’ll be tweeting you!

International Geriatric Clinical Simulation Conference Set for April 2-3, 2009

Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Clinical Simulation International Conference, to be held April 2-3, 2009, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park, will focus on global issues and solutions, invite best practices from all corners of the health care arena, and involve international experts.

Innovative solutions to meet the challenges faced by nurse clinicians, educators, and leaders will be presented with emphasis on preparing the new nursing workforce, lifelong learning needs of seasoned caregivers, trends and innovations in geriatric nursing education and practice, and educational uses of human patient simulator technologies.

To date, 85 abstracts have been accepted for presentation from innovative institutions in Asia, Europe, and North America. A full day of clinical simulation practice using human patient simulators programmed with geriatric case studies are included as an educational option for conference attendees.

The program was developed and is presented through an international collaboration between The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery in Adelaide, Australia.

It will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park, Durham, North Carolina, close to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

For program information, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please see .

Honoring the Honors Students: A Celebration of Nursing Research

Our Honors presentations and reception will take on a new look this year! The event will showcase the podium and poster presentations of Honors students, and the poster presentations of REAP students and Sigma Theta Tau members. We are calling the event “A Celebration of Nursing Research.” The event begins on MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008, from 2:30 p.m. -4:00 p.m. with poster displays by the STT honorees and REAP and Honors students in the Fox Auditorium Lobby and hallway. The Reception is from 2:30 p.m. -4 p.m. in the Continuing Education Lobby located outside L-700; the Podium Presentations and awards and acknowledgments are from 4 p.m. -5 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium. Mark your calendars!


Geriatric Nursing, Education & Simulation Conference CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2008

International Conference: April 2-3, 2009

Presented by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Adelaide, South Australia

Nurse educators, clinicians and administrators are invited to submit abstracts to present at this international conference designed to integrate clinical simulation, including the use of a human patient simulator, into teaching and training at all levels of nursing education and patient care. The conference will incorporate issues related to a range of environments, including classrooms, hospitals and long term care facilities. Presentations will focus on innovative, cutting-edge learning modules using simulations, scripted cases, online and distance learning. Conference organizers will accept 40 paper presentations and 15 poster abstracts after peer-review.

An innovative feature of the conference will include Hands-On Rotation using the human patient simulator, with customized geriatric cases, led by Carol Durham, EdD (c), RN, director of the Clinical Education Resource Center and the Center for Geriatric Clinical Simulations. Durham is considered one of the leading international experts on clinical simulations in teaching and training.

Abstract Guidelines:

  • Center the title of the abstract in 16 pt. Times Roman Bold Face, cap/lower case type at the top of the page.
  • List each author with name, credentials, affiliation, employer, city, state, country, contact address, e-mail address, telephone number and fax number for each author below the title.
  • Indicate the contact author.
  • Describe innovative research or programs involving simulation using a maximum of 250 words, in 12 pt. Times Roman font and send via email as an MS Word attachment.
  • Notice of Acceptance will be sent via e-mail by November 30, 2008.
  • Invited presenters must accept or decline no later than December 15, 2008.
  • Presenters much register for the conference no later than January 10, 2009.

This international conference will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. The season of spring in North Carolina is resplendent with blooming dogwoods, the sweet aroma of pine and temperate weather. It is a perfect time to visit.

For more information, contact Carolyn Davenport, BSN, project coordinator, “Improving the Nursing Care of Acutely Ill Elders,” a Health Resources and Services Administration DHHS Grant No. D62-HP01913, at (919) 966-0725, or

National League for Nursing CEO Malone to Speak in Chapel Hill on the State of Admissions, Diversity

New York, NY — March 3, 2008 — The National League for Nursing’s much anticipated annual Nursing Data Review Academic Year 2005-06 has been released, and this year’s is a decidedly good news/bad news report. It casts a wide lens on all types of pre-licensure nursing programs, including those offering diploma, associate and baccalaureate degrees, to determine rates of application, enrollment and graduation. The review also provides a comprehensive demographic profile of the current student population, documenting ethnic-racial identity, gender, and age. On the positive front, the survey shows a marked increase in the percentage of graduating pre-licensure students who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups, with the increase distributed across all racial and ethnic categories: Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians.

“Because research increasingly links minority health disparities to a lack of cultural competence on the part of health care providers, who often differ from their patients with respect to racial-ethnic background, this is a promising finding,” observed NLN CEO Beverly Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN.

Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, director of multicultural affairs at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, served on the NLN Think Tank on Diversity.

Malone will speak to the nurse educator shortage and other issues on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:00 p.m. at the Carolina Club on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

The NLN reports that applications to RN programs fell a notable 8.7 percent in 2005-06, down from a peak in applications a year earlier. The drop is suspected to be the result of widespread awareness of the difficulty of gaining entry to nursing school, fueled by the continuing crippling shortage of nurse educators. By all indications, unmet demand for placement persists, with 88,000 qualified applications — one in three of all applications submitted — denied. Baccalaureate degree programs turned away 20 percent of its applications, while associate degree programs turned away 32.7 percent.

A PDF of the Executive Summary of Nursing Data Review Academic Year 2005-06

18 Donors Gift $4,300: Katrina Relief Trip a “GO”

Thanks to the generosity of 18 alumni and friends of the School of Nursing (SON) who responded to our call for help, Carolina student and faculty volunteers will climb on the bus headed for the Mississippi Gulf Coast on March 9. Over the course of the week working in Biloxi and Purlington, they will rehabilitate dwellings, conduct health assessment surveys, and assist with health care needs of the elderly and other at-risk populations. The group, representing the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Social Work, will return to Chapel Hill on March 15. This is the third and final year for the Katrina Relief Service Trip, which has made a substantial impact on the lives of many survivors.

Donors to the SON’s Community Partnerships and Practice Fund to make this trip possible are Paul Chused, Valerie Ann Stafford-Fox, Alpha Alpha Chapter/Sigma Theta Tau, Inc., Linda Trembath Reeder, Harriet Walker Buss, Jo-Anne Trowbridge Martin, Diane Snakenburg Gordon, Anonymous, Sharon Hill Price, Rebecca Dodson, Margaret McCain, Ann Marie Polk, Melissa Dixon LeVine, Carolyn Cook Spalding, Denise Taylor Darden, Shelby Dunivant, Anne Fishel, and Nancy B. Freeman. Individual gifts ranged from $25 to $1,000, demonstrating how important grass roots support can be.

“Human Caring” conference supported by health care systems.

Health care systems are focusing their attention on ways to provide highest quality, patient-centered care in a complex medical environment. To achieve magnet status or to become a Planetree health care system is not only good for patients and their families, it is good for business. Consumers are paying closer attention as to which hospitals have the commitment to providing a caring environment and will travel, if necessary, to make these choices.

Novant HealthCare/Forsyth Medical Center, a Source of Caring sponsor for the April 2008 International Human Caring Conference in Chapel Hill, has such a commitment, which is why they are participating. So does Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, a Hands of Caring sponsor. They join UNC Healthcare, the major co-sponsor of the conference along with UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Other sponsors are Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Florida Atlantic University, and Kindred Healthcare.

You can get the entire conference program at:

There will be more than 70 presentations and 20 posters that focus on topics such as religion, spirituality, and end-of-life; theory, ethics and aesthetics; and practice and systems. Research about human caring outcomes, as well a keynote addresses by major thought leaders from around the world will inspire, excite and give practical information that attendees can take back to their work environment.

Some specific presentations are about fostering compassionate patient care, integrative healing modalities, postpartum depression, therapeutic touch, critical care nursing, healing for obesity, heart failure and other chronic illnesses, international nursing, caring and burnout, job satisfaction and organizational support, developing a theory of healing through touch.

While the conference is centered around nursing practice, many of the presenters come from other related fields, such as social work and psychology.

Conference sponsorships at several levels are still available.

National League for Nursing CEO to Speak, March 19, 2008

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer for the National League for Nursing will present a public lecture as the School’s Visiting Ethnic Minority Scholar for 2008. She will discuss, “Nurse Educators: Essential to the Future of Health Care” on March, 19, 2008, at 3 p.m. in the Carolina Club Alumni Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. A reception honoring the retirement of School of Nursing faculty member Bonnie Angel, BSN `79, EdD, RN, will follow Malone’s presentation.

Dr. Malone’s career has combined policy, education, administration and clinical practice. As a practicing nurse, she has worked as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing and assistant administrator of nursing work. President Bill Clinton named her to the U.S. delegation for the World Health Assembly’s roundtable discussion on the Patient Bill of Rights. In addition, Dr. Malone served as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the highest position so far held by any nurse in the U.S. government. She is also the immediate past general secretary for the Royal College of Nursing in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Bonnie Angel has been a nurse, educator and advisor for more than 40 years. She began her career as a clinical instructor in Concord, N.C., and New Orleans before joining Carolina. She has published work focusing on student academic achievement and has counseled countless nursing students as they prepared for licensing exams. She has also been an active nurse leader, holding positions in the N.C. League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the Chapel Hill Association for Nursing Students. She served for many years as the faculty representative on the Board of Directors of the School’s Alumni Association.

To RSVP, please e-mail Jill Summers at


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