2011 SON Global Health Awards

Congratulations to the School of Nursing students and faculty who received global health awards this year. These awards are primarily from the School’s global health funds, which are generated from the Visiting Scholars program. This year $22,000 was awarded.

Applications were reviewed by three teams from the Global Nursing Advisory Council (GNAC) joined by faculty who received awards in previous years. Award amounts are primarily based on airfare to the destination. We were still unable to fund all who applied. Through the GNAC we have focused our areas of support so that students and faculty are helping expand our capacity in global health but also are involved in sustainable work, either through service that can be built on from year to year, or in developing scholarship opportunities. We are particularly pleased to award two Cronenwett Global Awards designated for undergraduate students (see Global Study Award Helps Students Gain World Experiences).

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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.

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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United Kingdom Health Care Leader David Benton to Speak

You are invited!

Visiting global scholar David Benton will present a public lecture,
“Nursing in the Global Health Arena: Education, Policy, and Migration,”
on April 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the Fox Auditorium.  This presentation
is open to the university community. No RSVP is needed.

In collaboration with the SON Global Nursing Advisory Committee and
Advancement Office, interested faculty, students, alumni and friends are
invited to join us the following day for …

A Conversation with David Benton
April 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room 1100

*Please RSVP by April 15 for the April 20 session to Talat_Qazi@unc.edu
or 919-966-4619*

This smaller group, roundtable conversation will be moderated by Gail
Mazzocco, EdD, RN, who is familiar with the U.K. health care system.
She has made presentations to the Royal College of Nursing and recently
participated with us on the SON spring break trip to London to compare
the U.K. health care system (National Health Service)with U.S. practices.

This will be a focused discussion about health care policy and issues
relevant to nursing.

David Benton has served as Executive Director of Nursing at a health
authority in London; he is a senior civil servant in Northern and
Yorkshire regions; CEO of a nurse regulatory body in Scotland; as a
nurse director of a University Trust Health System.  He was presented
with a Fellowship of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2001 and
awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2003 for his
contribution to health and nursing policy.

Participation for the smaller group conversation is limited to 25 people.

Questions?  Ask Norma_Hawthorne@unc.edu or Melissa Monroe monroe@unc.edu

SON Student Volunteers at Public Health Clinic in Mexican Village

Leilani Trowell, a rising senior nursing student, is doing a one-month summer residency in the Zapotec village of Teotitlan del Valle just outside of Oaxaca City, Mexico.

Hi, everyone. I just got off my third day of work volunteering at the public health clinic. The most difficult thing for me is that no one at the clinic speaks much English, and my Spanish is not much better. So it is hard for me to understand everything! The first day was the most frustrating because I had no idea what to do. However, I soon learned how the village was divided up into five sections, and I THINK that it is health week.

Right now, we are concentrating on giving vaccinations to children. The first day, I made a census of all the children under age 5 in the village. The second day, I walked around the village with Blanca, one of the nurses who does speak English. That was a very long day with a lot of walking around. Fortunately, it was the coolest day since I’ve arrived, but it was still hot. I liked doing this a lot.

Today, Blanca and I went to the original clinic in El Centro, near the town Zocalo that has been closed since the new clinic opened on the highway. They are trying to rebuild the original clinic. We gave vaccinations to the children, mostly vitamin A and Sabin for polio. I also gave injections for anti-hepatitis. The most surprising thing was how no one wears gloves and does not do the whole ‘wash your hands before and after patient contact’ thing. All that was available in the new clinic was a bar of soap next to a sink and a hand towel. In the El Centro clinic, there was nothing at all. Thankfully, I had some of the waterless hand sanitizer that I bring everywhere with me! There is a lot for me to learn and teach during the four weeks I will be here.

The Collection Box

This year the School will send 30 students, mainly from the BSN and MSN programs, to Honduras to run and assist with health clinics, feeding programs and visiting orphanages and hospitals as ambassadors from UNC. The trip, from March 6-15, 2008, will focus on increasing the cultural understanding of migrant Latino health issues and applying this knowledge to the growing Hispanic population in North Carolina.

Student’s individual cost for this trip is $1,300. Although some medical professionals have volunteered their time and some medicines and supplies have been donated through the non-profit organization Compassion Med International, trip participants still need financial funding to purchase supplies here and in Honduras. The following donations would also be helpful:

Over-the-counter meds:
Tylenol 325mg (60 bottles x 100ct)
Tylenol 500mg (50 bottles x 100ct)
Cough Drops (~20bags of 30 or more ct)
Neosporin (20 tubes x 30gm)
Hydrocortisone 0.5% (25 tubes 15gm or 30gm)
Hydrocortisone 1.0% (25 tubes 15 gm or 30gm)
Lotrimin Cream 1.0%(antifungal cream) (25 tubes)
Vaginal Cream [anti-yeast] – 15-20 tubes
Poly-vi-sol (10-15 bottles)
Pepto-Bismol tablets ( 20 boxes )
Children’s Vitamins
Adult Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins
Ibuprofen 200mg

School supplies:
New or nearly new children’s book bags and light weight school supplies (paper will be purchased in Honduras)

A collection box will be placed outside the Division 2 door on the 4th floor of Carrington Hall. Another box will be in front of Jean Davison’s office door, 535. Please mail financial donations to Compassion Med International, 200 Sage Rd., Chapel Hill, N.C., 27514.

With the support of SON faculty and staff, 20 participants worked in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, during Spring Break 2007. The team saw more than 300 patients daily in the clinic, and they delivered food packets to feed 30 families for a week. They also provided clothing, vitamins and medicines to an orphanage, visited and gave medical supplies to a local hospital and provided vitamins and anti-parasitic medications to thousands of children.


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