2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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Faculty Receive Awards for Sickle Cell Disease and Infant Feeding Research


Dr. Coretta Jenerette

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Coretta Jenerette and Dr. Eric Hodges, who both received Junior Faculty Development Awards from UNC’s Faculty Study and Research Leave Committee.

Dr. Jenerette will use the funds for the transcription of a set of 42 life-review interviews conducted as part of a pilot study on the efficacy of an intervention for improving satisfaction with the pain management experience and reducing perceived health-related stigma for young adults with sickle cell disease. This award will help Dr. Jenerette further develop her program of research, which is aimed at designing theory-based, self-care management strategies for individuals with sickle cell disease.

Eric Hodges

Dr. Eric Hodges

Dr. Hodges will be using the funds to conduct a secondary analysis of data from the Infant Care, Feeding, and Risk of Obesity Study. His secondary analysis of data will characterize patterns of maternal feeding responsiveness over time while taking into account the role of salient maternal and infant characteristics  as well as distinguish patterns of maternal feeding responsiveness among groups based on three infant weight-for-length growth trajectories: 1) those starting below the 85th percentile and eventually going and staying above, 2) those starting above the 85th percentile and eventually going and staying below, and 3) those staying between the 30th and 70th percentiles at all observations.

Dean Swanson Talks about Healing After Miscarriage

In a Q&A on the yahoo.com site “Shine,” Dr. Kristen Swanson, Dean of the Chapel Hill School of Nursing discusses the process of healing after a miscarriage.

In the article, Dean Swanson says, “One of the first things I say to couples who come to see me is that when you lose something, you have to name it for yourself to know what it is. You also have to allow your partner to name for his or herself. Usually, for the mother—it’s the loss of a child that is the hardest. Interestingly, for a lot of partners, their biggest loss is their access to their partner, this feeling of “I wish I could do something to lift her out of this but I don’t know what to do.”

Read the complete article: On Lisa Ling’s new website, women find ways to cope with tragedy

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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Dean Swanson: linking teacher’s miscarriage to fight and fall may be premature

Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN

A high school Spanish teacher in New York City miscarried last week after she fell to the ground while breaking up a fight between two students. ABC.com interviewed the Dean of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Kristen Swanson about the incident in the story Teacher Breaks Up Fight, and Miscarries (Swanson is in the text story, not the video).

In the story, Dean Swanson, who is an expert in miscarriage, comments:

 Batista faces a “constant coming to terms with loss. It’s a death of a life that was short. It’s a death that’s a bit confusing, because you never got to meet the person you’re grieving. But you’re also grieving the loss of yourself as a mother or dad and the scenario around it that never gets to be,” she said.

“We don’t know what ultimately could have caused it,” she said. “It could very easily have been that there was a silent miscarriage happening all along and it just began to complete itself at that time — coincidental to it, not caused by it.”

Video: Dr. Deborah Mayer Speaks about Elizabeth Edwards

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN


School of Nursing Associate Professor Dr. Deborah Mayer  was interviewed by the local ABC station about Elizabeth Edwards. Her comments are at about 6:07 in the video (around 7:44 on the counter at the bottom). Dr. Mayer is advanced practice oncology nurse who has consulted with organizations on issues to improve cancer care and has over 30 years of cancer nursing practice, education, research, and management experience.

 See the ABC 11 video here.

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.


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