Beth Black Receives NIH Funding to Study End of Life Care

Beth Black, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor has received funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research at NIH for her grant entitled “End-of-Life Care After Severe Fetal Diagnosis.” The grant is for $407,000 over 2 years to study the implementation of a perinatal palliative care program at the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, and responses to a life-threatening fetal diagnosis by women, their partners and health care providers. Dr. , Cary C. Boshamer Professor, is a co-investigator and is a research adviser to the study.  

 
“We need to learn how to support these families in the best way possible. The way to learn is to talk to them, to find out what they need, identify their grief trajectory, and find out how they do after the loss,” Dr. Black says. In the long term, Dr. Black wants her work to provide a good theoretical foundation for the development of interventions for these families. She also wants to align perinatal issues with the end of life care issues conceptually. “I’m really committed to the care of these families. I want to find out from them and from their providers how we can best care for them in this heartbreaking situation.”
 
Look for more on Dr. Black’s work in the next issue of .

Dean Swanson comments on Bush’s miscarriage on Time.com

Dean Kristen Swanson

In a story on Time.com, UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing Dean Kristen Swanson comments on George W. Bush talking about the miscarriage his mother had when he was a teenager:

“Let’s put ourselves in Barbara Bush’s position,” says Kristen Swanson, the study’s lead investigator and a nurse who is also dean of the nursing school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). “She’s home, bleeding, cramping and passes the fetus. She scoops it up, puts it in a jar and says, Drive me to the hospital. She says to her son, I’m in the middle of a miscarriage, and this is the fetus that I just passed. There is nothing sinister in this.”

Read the complete article: George W. Bush, His Mom and Her Fetus: Not So Weird After All. Swanson is an expert on miscarriage and how couples respond emotionally to it. She began her work on miscarriage 25 years ago with her dissertation, “The Unborn One: A Profile of The Human Experience of Miscarriage,” and has continued studying this area both as an investigator and as a consultant to other researchers’ works. 
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ABC News Features Dean Swanson’s Research on Miscarriage

ABC News posted an article Dec. 10, 2009, about the emotions that surround miscarriage and early pregnancy loss. The story explores the reactions and feelings experienced by several couples and includes analysis and data from  experts, including School of Nursing Dean Kristen M. Swanson.

In the article, Swanson discusses the intensity of emotions associated with a pregnancy loss and how male and female partners experience the loss in different ways. Through her research, she said, she has found that women experience a pregnancy loss in very vivid terms, and their partners feel the loss more vaguely.

Swanson recently published a study about the benefits of nurse-led counseling for couples experiencing miscarriage and early pregnancy loss in the August issue of the Journal of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Medicine.

Dean Kristen M. Swanson’s Latest Study Featured on Conceive Magazine Web site

Dean Kristen M. Swanson recently published a study in the Journal of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Medicine about the best counseling methods to help couples who have recently

Conceive Magazine Web site today published an article about Dean Kristen M. Swanson's latest study about the benefits of nurse-led counseling sessions for couple recently suffering a miscarriage or pregnancy loss.

Conceive Magazine Web site today published an article about Dean Kristen M. Swanson's latest study on the benefits of nurse-led counseling sessions for couple recently suffering a miscarriage or pregnancy loss.

suffered a miscarriage or early pregnancy loss to process their emotions and grief. Her research determined that couples are best helped by participating in nurse-led counseling sessions.

A stand-alone article about her research was published on the Conceive Magazine Web site today, Sept. 23, 2009. The magazine has a circulation of nearly 200,000 readers. To read the article click here:

http://conceiveonline.com/fertility-news/heal-after-a-miscarriage/

Kristen M. Swanson, SON’s Sixth Dean, Takes Helm on Aug. 1, 2009

Karen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, is Alumni Distinguished Professor and Dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She is renowned for developing the Swanson Theory of Caring – a theory that names and defines five characteristics of caring. She is also an active Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Fellow and is a member of the American Academy of Nurses, the American Nurses Association, the Council of Nurse Researchers and Sigma Theta Tau International. Before coming to the SON, she pursued research and academic interests at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle for 25 years.

Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, began her term as the sixth dean for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing on Aug. 1, 2009

Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, began her term as the sixth dean for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing on Aug. 1, 2009

“I came to the School of Nursing because I saw the commitment of administration, faculty, staff and students to ‘getting it right.’ There is clear evidence of integrity, a passion for excellence, openness to collaboration and a sense of pride in knowing that the work here makes a difference,” Swanson said. “The School’s values and mission match my personal and professional beliefs about nursing education, clinical research and the delivery of care.”

Swanson earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and continued with her academic pursuits, culminating with a master’s degree in adult health and illness nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in psychosocial nursing from the University of Colorado. She completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Washington. In addition to holding a faculty position at the University of Washington, she taught at Trenton State College, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the University of Colorado School of Nursing.

Swanson’s particular area of research interest is in miscarriage and early pregnancy loss. She began this work with her dissertation, “The Unborn One: A

Profile of The Human Experience of Miscarriage,” and has continued studying this area both as an investigator and as a consultant to other researchers’ works. She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on 10 grants dealing with early pregnancy loss, caring and related topics since 1985. It is during this time that she developed the Swanson Theory of Caring. Since developing the theory, she has consulted with and guided 20 healthcare institutions on the proper way to implement her caring theory in clinical practice.

In recognition of her work, she received an Outstanding Researcher Award from Sigma Theta Tau and has been an invited speaker or visiting professor on multiple occasions, most recently at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan in 2007. In 2002, she was awarded the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award. She is also on the editorial board or serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Nursing Outlook, Research in Nursing and Health and the International Journal of Human Caring.

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