Watch the “I am a Carolina Nurse” Video

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Being a “Carolina Nurse” has many dimensions.  This 7-minute video tells the story from the perspective of students, alumni, faculty, SON and hospital leaders who all experience the quality, energy and emotion of being connected to one of the leading Schools of Nursing in the United States.  Unrestricted private gifts made this video possible and we are grateful to our alumni and friends who provide on-going support to the School.  For giving opportunities, please contact Director of Advancement Norma_Hawthorne@unc.edu

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!

Jai-Rong Wu Joins Carolina Nursing Faculty

Jai-Rong Wu, PhD, RN, is a nurse researcher who studies medication adherence with patients who have congestive heart failure.  She explains that older patients are particularly at risk because if they don’t take the medications they are fifty-percent more likely to be admitted to a hospital for complications that result from non-compliance.  And, this leads to increased cost of care.

“If people take good care of themselves and take their medications as prescribed, then chronic disease can be managed to provide a good quality of life,” she says.

Dr. Wu, who spent six years at the University of Kentucky School of Nursing as a doctoral student and researcher, has developed an intervention study to help patients adhere to their medical regimen.  She has identified the reasons why people do not adhere to what is prescribed.  At UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing she will be building a collaborative team to do another intervention study, collecting more data, analyzing it, and recommending ways senior can improve their cardiovascular health well into old age.


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