RN-BSN and Women’s Health NP Options Suspended as of August

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will suspend admissions into the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) option of the BSN program and the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner option in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program after August 2011.

These programmatic changes are necessary because of ongoing state budget cuts. In January, Chancellor Holden Thorp instituted campus-wide cuts equal to a 5 percent permanent state budget reduction to take effect July 1. That move anticipated expected reductions to the University’s state appropriations that could reach as high as 15 percent for fiscal 2011-2012. These anticipated cuts come on top of almost 10 percent in permanent cuts that the School of Nursing has absorbed over the last two years.

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What do Family Nurse Practitioners do after they graduate? This one is opening a clinic.

Xiao McLinton completed the FNP/MSN program at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing in 2006.  In 2008 she ran an urgent care clinic in Smithfield, NC, and also served in a 30-bed Durham, NC, acute care facility.   “My last two jobs have been very challenging,” McLinton says, “and I have proven that I have the ability to deliver safe and quality medical care in an independent urgent care clinic and in an inpatient hospital setting.

Now, Xiao McLinton, FNP, MSN, RN, ANCC,  has stepped into the role of owner of a nurse-managed clinic.  She will open the Carrboro Family Clinic in Carrboro Plaza on May 15, 2010, determined to provide service seven days a week, from morning until evening, Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from mid-morning until mid-afternoon. She promises excellent care for all and walk-ins are welcome.

Xiao McLinton”s nursing work experience is like many other FNPs.  She worked as a full-time staff RN at UNC Women’s Hospital for six years, where she helped patients and their families prepare for birth and delivery of newborns, and then provided patient education and post-partum care.  What makes her different is that she has 24 years of international nursing experience having worked in China, the Middle East, Canada and the U.S.  This gives her a unique perspective.

Family Nurse Practitioners like Xiao McLinton have a broad range of training and education.  They can address pediatric and adolescent health issues, provide a wide range of services to a large base of patients, including evalulation, diagnosis, treatment, education, risk assessment, health promotion, care management, coordination of care and counseling.  They can deal with diabetes, obstetrics and gynecology, adolescent health, and coordinate the care and services with other disciplines as needed.

In this era of increasing primary care needs and high level of primary care physician shortages, nurse practitioners like Xiao McLinton, are educated and trained to meet the health care needs of individuals and families.

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