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.

Dean Kristen Swanson Featured on Radio Show

Dean Kristen Swanson

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Kristen M. Swanson was the featured guest on the Sept. 11 YOUR HEALTH radio talk show. She talked about the Swanson Theory of Caring, updated listeners on the nursing shortage, and discussed issues facing nurses and nursing education today.

YOUR HEALTH is a weekly one hour radio talk show on patient health produced by the University of North Carolina Department of Family Medicine. The show is co-hosted by Dr. Adam Goldstein and Dr. Cristy Page.

Listen to the radio show here: http://yourhealthradio.org/listen-to-the-show/.

Amy Davenport Named to NC Great 100 Nurses by NCNA

 Amy Davenport has been selected to receive a scholarship from The Great 100, Inc., RN Nursing Excellence Organization of North Carolina for the year 2010-2011. Davenport is a senior nursing major at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing who has already completed the Master of Public Health degree at UNC Chapel Hill. She was chosen by the school faculty to receive the scholarship from The Great 100, Inc

Amy Davenport

She and the other scholarship recipients, along with The Great 100 Award recipients for 2010, will be honored at a black-tie Gala at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC on September 18, 2010. 

The Great 100, Inc. is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina by recognizing the importance of Registered Nurses in diverse practice settings, positively impacting the image of nursing and nursing as a profession, acknowledging 100 North Carolina Nurses annually who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession and contributing funds for scholarships for Registered Nurse education. 

Read more about Amy here

Endowed Merit Scholarship Created by Tom and Landon Fox

We are so pleased to tell you that Tom and Landy Fox created the J. Thomas Fox, MD `60 and Landon Lewis Fox, BSN `56 Undergraduate Nursing Merit Scholarship Fund.  This endowment fund will begin to support our students in 2011.  The Foxes want to have a relationship with student recipients during their lifetime and believe that by establishing the scholarship now, rather than leaving a bequest, their desire to experience “the joy of giving” more personally would be fulfilled.

Landon entered the School of Nursing in 1952 as part of the second BSN class in the state.  When this group of outstanding students graduated in 1956 they were at the vanguard of nursing education in the State of North Carolina.  They set an example and became role models for future Carolina nurses.

Over the years, Landon has enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships with her classmates that could have developed only through the shared experiences of living and studying together in the nurse’s dorm, guided by Dean Elizabeth Kemble.  After graduation, Landon worked in pediatric nursing.  She married Tom Fox, a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine.  They lived in Charlotte, NC, where Tom practiced psychiatry and Landon volunteered at family-oriented, non-profit organizations.  The Foxes have three married daughter.

Now, the couple has retired to Chapel Hill and enjoy many University alumni and athletic activities.  Tom serves as a Director of the School of Nursing Foundation, Inc. and Landy volunteers in the community.

When you see Tom and Landy, please give them your heartfelt thanks for their love and support of our School.

Trip to Vietnam Lets Student Practice Nursing in the Real World

Minh Nguyen and Dr. Linda Cronenwett

Minh Nguyen has just returned from a summer trip to Vietnam that was part of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing’s .  He was the recipient of the Cronenwett Global Study Award, created by a private gift to honor Dean Emerita Linda H. Cronenwett.  Read about his experience:

Prior to the trip, I knew there was a big gap between the health care systems of Vietnam and the US. Among the differences, the lack of infection control posed the biggest threat to the health and safety of the patients. The hospitals in Vietnam are overcrowded and lack resources, and overuse of antibiotics has increased infection rates.

Because of these problems I wanted to do a project to reduce the infection rate by increasing hand washing compliance since hand washing has proved to be the most effective, and simplest, method. My plan was to spend a week observing at a hospital in Vinh city, another week for planning the interventions and the rest of the time implementing and evaluating those interventions.

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Welcome to the Faculty: Shawn Kneipp, PhD, ARNP

Shawn Kniepp, PhD ARNP

Shawn Kniepp, PhD ARNP

Shawn Kniepp has been involved in health disparities research for fifteen years and received numerous National Institutes of Health grants to support her work and that of doctoral students.  She looks at two major areas of disparities.  The first area involves factors that cause disparities in mechanistic, physiological ways.  An example is how chronic stress causes poor health outcomes, like blood pressure changes, in low income women.

The second area centers around women in a Welfare Transition Program.  Dr. Kniepp is examining how welfare policy affects stress levels, and how stress is being managed in the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to improve the health of women who are enrolled.  She followed 432 women for nine months, testing a public health nursing intervention using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches.  The intervention group had a high likelihood of having problems reaching long-term employment goals.  Many suffered from heart disease, back pain, allergies, and other ailments that kept them from seeking or securing steady employment.

Deborah K. Mayer Receives Grant to Help Cancer Survivors

Join us in congratulating Dr. Deborah K. Mayer whose grant “Evaluation of Preferences for Survivorship Care Plans” has been funded by the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. 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 Survivor Care Plan (SCP), which includes a treatment summary and care plan, is one component of survivorship care. There are a range of available SCP templates, but many are complex and 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. Congratulations to Deb!

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