SON Awards Laurel Archer Copp Literary Award

In 2007, the School of Nursing began awarding the Laurel Archer Copp Literary Award, named for the School’s third dean Laurel Copp. This year, the award was presented to two faculty members, associate professor and director of the Clinical Education & Resource Center Carol Durham and

Faculty members Carol Durham (left) and Kathy Alden (right) received the third Laurel Archer Copp Literary Award given to faculty for outstanding scholarly writing.

Faculty members Carol Durham (left) and Kathy Alden (right) received the third Laurel Archer Copp Literary Award given to faculty for outstanding scholarly writing.

associate professor Kathy Alden.

Durham and Alden received the award for their recent publication, “Enhancing patient safety in nursing education: Use of human patient simulation as an instructional strategy.” Durham is an internationally-renowned expert in the field of human patient simulation, and the School is continuing to grow its educational endeavors in this area. Alden works closely with Durham on these initiatives.

Copp, who served as dean from 1975 to 1990, endowed the award as a way to promote scholarly writing among the faculty. She defines “scholarly writing” as the creative use of words to achieve insight or impact on patient care, teaching, research or service.

“This is something I wanted to do from the first day I started as dean,” Copp said in a previous interivew. “It was very important for me to promote and foster writing and publication among both the tenured and non-tenured faculty.”

Articles published within the last two years in a peer-reviewed journal or magazine are eligible for consideration. Two panels review the submissions, which are judged on their effectiveness of expression, creativity, literary quality, excitement or energy, stylistic excellence and stimulation of thought or action.

We congratulate Durham and Alden on their award!

Faculty member Carol Durham to be inducted into NLN Academy

Carol Durham will be inducted into the National League of Nursing Academy of Nursing Education in September 2009. Durham was recognized for her significant contributions to nursing education in the area of simulation. She has developed simulation experiences for a variety of learners, including undergraduate and nurse practitioner students, registered nurses and nursing assistants, as well as inter-professionals in medicine and pharmacy.

Recognizing the need to prepare other educators in simulation, Durham has taken the patient simulator out to AHEC nurses, training them in the use of simulation. She has also assisted faculty at various nursing schools nationwide in faculty development around simulation, teamwork and quality and safety.

In a current project, Durham is using simulation to educate nurses in long-term care settings in North Carolina. For the past two years, she was on a team of nine simulation experts from across the United States along with eight international simulation faculty who developed courses for the Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) sponsored by the National League of Nursing and Laerdal Medical. The SIRC is now widely used for faculty development in simulation.

Carol Durham, director of the Clinical Education & Resource Center, will be inducted in the National League of Nursing Academy of Nursing Education in September 2009

Carol Durham, director of the Clinical Education & Resource Center, will be inducted in the National League of Nursing Academy of Nursing Education in September 2009

Durham Wins National Award for Technological Innovation in Classroom

Clinical associate professor and director of the School’s Clinical Education & Resource Center Carol Durham received the Bayada Award from Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. This national award is given to nurse educators who have significantly contributed to nursing education by developing or incorporating a new technology into the curriculum.

The Bayada Awards committee in collaboration with Drexel University selects two nurses, one from practice and one from education, annually to receive the Bayada Award. One is given to a faculty member or practicing nurse whose innovation improves nursing education and student outcomes. The second award is presented to a nurse educator or practicing nurse whose novel use of technology improves patient care and outcomes. Both awards are $5,000 prizes.

Durham received the award for developing a one-of-a-kind, on-the-road simulation based education program as a component of the HRSA funded grant #D62HP01913, Improving the Care of the Acutely Ill Elder (Palmer, PI) and Enhancing the Skills of Nursing Practice in NC Long-Term Care Facilities (Welsh, PI) through FutureCare of North Carolina, funded by Duke Endowment. The programs bring geriatric nursing education to practitioners who have little didactic experience in this area. The program provides interactive educational experiences by using high fidelity human patient simulation technology and is a portable teaching method that offers an interactive learning environment.

Durham received her award during an announcement ceremony on June 5, 2009, at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute in Arlington, Va.

To read more about the award, click here:

Carol Durham Recognized for Safe Patient Handling

Congratulations to Carol Durham who received, on behalf of the UNC-CH School of Nursing, The National Occupational Research Agenda 2008 Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety to recognize organizations working together in NORA-related research to protect worker health and safety for Safe Patient Handling and Movement Training Program for Schools of Nursing. She received a plaque and letter recognizing this partnership from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Under Durham’s leadership, the School of Nursing participated as a partner on a study to evaluate the effectiveness of implementing that curriculum in nursing programs developed by Nancy Menzel from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Audrey Nelson from the Patient Safety Center of  Inquiry, Tampa VA. She continues to be on the forefront of changing the way educators train students to move and lift patients using minimal lift techniques learned from this project.

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


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